Irish traditional music is a folk music and has been passed on by ear from one generation to the next. Often, tunes are absorbed over time and the musician will have usually heard a particular tune many times before he/she sits down to learn it properly. In Ireland, music is mostly learned in this way and when you see Irish musicians perform on stage or play at a session in the corner of a pub there is a marked absence of sheet music, unlike their classical counterparts. Teachers may use ABC method of teaching the notes, and students may also be given a copy of a given tune to take home each week. Some instructors may choose to use sheet music as an alternative teaching strategy for some students; however, the emphasis will be on teaching and learning by ear. It is also worth noting that Irish tunes have certain patterns and repetitive structures contained within which promote this type of learning and playing.

Therefore, instead of sheet music, students receive a recording of the tunes that will be taught during the quarter and we would encourage our students to listen to this recording as much as possible in order to become familiar with the music, thus making it easier to learn and acquire a greater level of fluency. It would be helpful if students were to bring some kind of recording device to class (cell phone, MP3 recorder, etc.) so that the tune may be recorded and taken home.

Open to all ages, classes run on a quarterly basis in tandem with the Dublin City Schools calendar. Fiddle will take place on a Thursday & Mandolin / Tenor Banjo will take place on a Monday.


Fall classes will be held in the heart of Historic Dublin, OH.
Timeless Skin Solutions (Behind Tickets Galore).
58 South High Street, Unit C
Dublin, OH 43016

Classes & Times

Mandolin / Tenor Banjo Group 1 (Beginners): 6:00PM – 6:40PM
Completely new to instrument / know just a few notes / one scale.

Mandolin / Tenor Banjo Group 2 (Intermediate): 6:45PM – 7:25PM
Playing for a year or more / can play a couple of tunes / couple of scales / know a few chords.

Fiddle Group 1 (Beginners): 6:45PM – 7:25PM
Completely new to instrument / know just a few notes / one scale / not sure how to hold the bow.

Fiddle Group 2 (Intermediate): 6:00PM – 6:40PM
Have been playing for over a year / Know a few tunes / can play a few scales.

Bouzouki Workshop: 6:30PM – 7:10PM

Dates for Fall quarter
Fiddle Classes

September: 12th, 19th, 26th
October: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
November: 7th

Mandolin / Tenor Banjo Classes

September: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
October: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Bouzouki Workshop

September: 16th
October: 7th
November: 4th
December: 2nd


It’s $15 per class, so the fall session is $120.

NOTE: The maximum per class is 8 students and a minimum of 4 students is required for each class. Where numbers allow, children and adults will be taught separately; otherwise, a mixed class will take place.

At some time in the future, the Dublin Irish Music Academy intends on expanding the classes to include button accordion, guitar, bodhrán (Irish drum), singing, and classes in the Irish language.

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Students will need to purchase their own instrument prior to the start of classes.

Please contact Mick Broderick on 614-648-3220 for further information.

Students will need to purchase their own instrument prior to the start of classes.

For instrument purchase, here are some stores we are happy to recommend:


The Loft offers a rent-to-purchase option as well as fitting for size & repair work.

Mandolin / Tenor Banjo

Music Go Round

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