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Irish Session Tunes

The class will teach students some common Irish session tunes to expand their repertoire and help them participate more in an Irish session. Class will be taught by ear, and learning by ear is strongly encouraged. Students will be provided sound files to learn the tunes. Class time will be spent primarily playing through and solidifying the tunes to help the student develop new sets to bring to a session.  Open to any melody instrument traditionally used for Irish tunes – with at least an intermediate level of proficiency recommended.

Depending on the progress of the class and time available, various dance tune types will be covered and may include polkas, jigs, reels, hornpipes, slides & barn dances. The emphasis will be on learning the tunes but if time allows other topics that may be discussed include lilt (rhythmic feel), phrasing, and ornaments.

Bring your instrument and a basic recording device to class.


Class is located inside Mellon Hall, Anderson Dining Hall, and Snack Bar, Woodland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

Your PayPal payment serves as your registration. You will receive more information closer to the course start date. 


Refunds, Pro-rates and Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be issued if Calliope cancels a class due to insufficient enrollment. If that happens, you will be notified in advance and will receive a refund or credit within 30 days from the start of class. No refunds will be given to those who cancel their registration within 2 days before a class starts or after class begins. Classes may not be pro-rated; please plan accordingly. Confirmations will be sent approximately a week before a class starts via email (please specify if you prefer to be contacted by phone).

Class Dates

April 3, 2023 - May 22, 2023


Mondays, 6:30 - 7:45 PM


Vince Burns
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Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232