Academy Of Irish And Celtic Studies

Academy Of Irish And Celtic Studies

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20 employees
33 years in business

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We provide private and limited class lessons on Irish and Celtic musical instruments, as well as children's and adult Step Dance, Scottish Country Dance, Céilí (Irish Social Dancing) and Irish Language. Excellent supplementary educational activities for homeschoolers as well.

Don't just celebrate Irish culture in March...immerse yourself all year long in its study with passionate, highly talented Teaching Artists at the Norman Castle on Central Avenue in Phoenix! The Irish Cultural Center, Academy of Irish and Celtic Studies and McClelland Irish Library await you! Call today for lessons or email [email protected] Visit our website at today!

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Phoenix, AZ 85004
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    I took Irish, but did not find it overly helpful or like the instructor was overly knowledgeable. The classes offered are not widely publicized nor overly robust.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Students at the Academy of Irish and Celtic Studies are assessed and then guided by talented and experienced teaching Artists in the study of their chosen instrument, dance discipline or language. Whether at the level of novice, intermediate or advanced, teachers tailor each student's progress individually to attain goals for each term of study set jointly by student and teacher.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Our Teaching Artists bring great talent and years of experience to their work. Irish and Celtic music is about bands and many other musical settings. This music is played in community. The Irish Seisiún is a hallowed tradition, often held in pubs or other places where communities gather. Common tunes are learned and played together, which encourages proficiency as well as the likelihood of the tunes being passed down to subsequent generations. Our instructors are well known on the Irish music scene in Phoenix.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Lessons are generally offered in Academic Terms, three to four terms a year. Members of the Irish Cultural Center pay only $135 for ten weeks of once per week lessons. Non members pay a slightly higher but still very reasonable rate. Visit for more information.

How did you get started teaching?

The Academy was started by a group of remarkable people who shared a vision of being a link between the people of Arizona and the people of Ireland. The Irish Government, among many others, has played a role in the development of the mission of this Irish-American community. The Academy, Cultural Center and Irish Library serves as the heart of the Arizona Celtic Community.

What types of students have you worked with?

Teachers at the Academy of Irish and Celtic Studies have worked with students of all backgrounds and from all walks of life who share one thing....a passion for the culture of the Celts. Whether or not you claim Celtic blood, the Irish nation and its people have held a deep fascination for many people down through time, and many enjoy exploring this culture through the study of its music, dance, art, language, customs and religion.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

The Academy participates in many Cultural events each year. From the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire each March to the literary event celebrating Irish author James Joyce each Bloomsday to the ritual observance of the Winter Solstice, the Celtic year is marked by traditional music, art, literature, dráma and dance, and Academy teachers and students are active participants in these occasions throughout the year.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

We suggest consultation with the appropriate Academy faculty member in setting up a convenient lesson time or in finding out times when dance, art, drama or language classes are held. Counsel in purchasing an instrument is always recommended. Assessment and guidance will be done in lesson/class. Any questions regarding the suitability of a student for the course of study of interest can be accomplished prior to the start of the term by email.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Generally, students are expected to devote a reasonable amount of time to practice or assigned homework in their chosen area of study. Payment is expected in advance of lessons or classes taken. Please take into consideration that though various instruments, including voice and piano, are offered, all lessons and classes involve education in Irish and Celtic music, dance, art, literature, theatre and language. All subjects of study are taught from a uniquely cultural perspective.

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