Waltons New School of Music - Traditional & Folk Instruments Tuition, Dublin

Traditional & Folk Instruments Tuition

at Waltons New School of Music

'There is only one way of becoming a traditional player or singer, and that is by listening to genuine material performed in a traditional manner.'
Brendán Breathnach

'I'm not interested in heritage – this stuff is alive.'
Martin Carthy


Traditional InstrumentsCONTENTS


 Private, Partner & Group Lessons

Reflecting Waltons’ ongoing commitment to promoting Irish and folk music, Waltons New School of Music offers a diverse programme. Lessons are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced students in:

  • Banjo (Irish/Tenor banjo & Bluegrass/5-String Banjo)
  • Bodhrán
  • Bouzouki
  • Button Accordion (Intensive Lessons only)
  • Concertina
  • Fiddle (Irish & Bluegrass)
  • Irish/Wooden Flute
  • Guitar (Trad, Folk & Blues)
  • Gypsy Violin
  • Harmonica (Diatonic & Chromatic)
  • Irish Harp
  • Low Whistle
  • Mandolin
  • Piano Accordion (Intensive Lessons only)
  • Sean-nós Singing
  • Tin Whistle
  • Traditional/Folk Singing
  • Uilleann Pipes

Traditional and folk instrument tuition can also include preparation for Junior Cert. Music and Leaving Cert. Music practicals, and instrumental study at the school counts as the 'personal skill' challenge area for Gaisce - The President's Award.

Tuition options include:

  • Weekly private (one-to-one) lessons, 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length.
  • Group lessons, designed for students at the same level of proficiency who enrol together, and available as 30- 45- or 60-minute ‘partner’ lessons, as well as 60-minute lessons for 3 or 4 students.
  • Single 1- or 2-hour Intensive Lessons.

Go to Tuition Options for more information on private, partner and small group lessons, and Enrolment & Fees for tuition fees and enrolment forms.

Tuition + Instrument Packages, which include one term of 30-minute private lessons as well as a new instrument from Waltons Music – both at substantial discounts – are also available. See Trad & Folk Instrument Discounts, Packages & Payment Plans for more information.

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 Comments from Students

'Great tuition! Have been taking trad flute lessons here for the last year and my instructor has brought me on by leaps and bounds. The Friday sessions are an excellent way to learn new tunes.'
– C. Boylan

'My fiddle teacher is really helpful and encouraging. I always leave feeling more confident about my playing. Thanks!'
– R. Walter

'I'd highly recommend taking harp lessons here. I had been thinking about taking lessons for years and am very glad I finally did so. It has been an absolute delight.'
– H. Hegarty

'I can't speak too highly of Waltons New School of Music and of Paddy Kiernan's tuition for the banjo. I love what I am learning and go away from each lesson more motivated to learn.'
– M. O'Keeffe (Introducing 5-String Banjo student)

'You are never too old to play an instrument. I have only had five lessons and can now play three tunes to my satisfaction.'
– M. Smithers (Introducing Irish Fiddle student)

'A great course. The teacher was very passionate about it, and I think all the students thoroughly enjoyed it. I did!'
– R. Moore (Introducing Harmonica student)

'I really enjoyed learning step-by-step from a master of the instrument, in a relaxed atmosphere.'
– G. McManus (Introducing Tin Whistle student)

'Great teacher, full of knowledge, who made the classes fun and incorporated extra teaching tools to go above and beyond.'
– T. Stephenson (Introducing Bodhrán student)

'I learned more from this 10-week course than from trying to teach myself acoustic blues for over 10 years!'
– D. Farrelly (Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics student)

'A very, very knowledgeable teacher who clearly explains each technique. I learned so much from this class.'
– D. Murray (Fingerstyle Guitar Basics student)

'Very enthusiastic and able teacher. Go raibh maith agat!'
– D. Dodd (Trad Guitar Basics student)


Have you taken – or are you taking – traditional or folk instrument lessons/courses at Waltons New School of Music? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire. Each term all feedback questionnaires are entered in a draw for a €50 gift token, which can be used either towards additional tuition at the school or for instruments, sheet music or accessories at Waltons Music shops.


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 Group Courses for Beginners

We offer a range of instrumental courses for absolute beginners:

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 Group Courses for Intermediate Students

Our 'Basics' courses for guitar are excellent introductions to the styles for players with some previous experience:

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 Sessions & Jams

  • Our Trad Slow Sessions are traditional Irish music sessions in all ways except one: the tempo. We play the session tunes at a slower than normal pace (usually less than half the speed), so that beginning and intermediate players can more easily learn the tunes and join in the session. More experienced players who wish to refine their techniques at a slower pace are also very welcome.
  • Our Bluegrass Slow Jams are open to anyone who wants experience playing and singing bluegrass standards at a moderately slow tempo and in a supportive, educational and fun jam setting. Participants will build up a repertoire of bluegrass, folk, gospel and country blues songs and learn how accessible and enjoyable playing with other musicians can be, while supervised by an experienced teacher.

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 Friday Casual Concerts

The New School’s Friday Casual Concerts are a great opportunity for students of all instruments (and all musical styles) to play in public, in a relaxed and supportive setting, before friends, family and other students. These brief concerts, which take place once a month on Friday evenings at 7 pm in the school, allow individual students and ensembles to perform in public, show off their skills and learn how to cope with nerves. They are also highly recommended for students preparing for grade exams.

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 Outreach

Sounds Irish is an outreach workshop in Irish traditional music for primary schools and youth centres. The workshop features dynamic live demonstrations and allows participants to develop their musical awareness through the hands-on exploration of the forms, rhythms and instruments of Irish traditional music.

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 Instrument Discounts, Packages & Payment Plans

Because of the New School's close association with Waltons Music Ireland, currently-enrolled students of Waltons New School of Music are entitled to discounts on traditional and folk instruments, accessories and books sold in Waltons Music shops. Tuition + Instrument Packages, which combine a term of 30-minute private lessons with a new instrument, both at substantial discounts, are also available. And students enrolling for two or more terms are eligible for Instrument Payment Plans, available for selected instruments priced at €150 or more. See Instrument Discounts, Packages & Payment Plans for more information.

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 Student Benefits

Currently-enrolled students of traditional and folk instruments at Waltons New School of Music are entitled to several valuable benefits, including:

  • Discounts & Instrument Payment Plans from Waltons Music
  • Discounts on Waltons World Masters Series Events
  • Discounts on Ensembles, Sessions and Music Theory Courses
  • Discounts on Practice Facilities
  • Discounts on City-Centre Parking
  • After-Hours Purchasing from Waltons Music Shop

See Student Benefits for more information.

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 Faculty

Aoife Desmond (Irish fiddle, Introducing Irish Fiddle)
Eamonn Galldubh (uilleann pipes, flute, tin whistle, low whistle, tin whistle outreach courses)
Patrick Kiernan (5-string/bluegrass banjo, 4-string/tenor banjo, Introducing 5-String Banjo)
Robbie Leahy (bodhrán, guitar and tin whistle outreach courses)
Francis Long (mandolin, 4-string/tenor banjo)
Harry Long (tin whistle, low whistle, Introducing Tin Whistle)
Cathy McEvoy (bluegrass fiddle, Irish fiddle)
Michael McInerney (harmonica, Introducing Harmonica, Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics, Fingerstyle Guitar Basics)
Ian McTigue (Sounds Irish outreach workshop)
Sinéad Madden (Irish fiddle, Sounds Irish outreach workshop)
Junshi Murakami (Irish harp)
Niamh Ní Charra (concertina, Irish fiddle)
Bríd O’Donnell (button accordion, tin whistle, tin whistle outreach courses)
Lucie O'Flynn (Irish fiddle, Irish fiddle outreach courses)
Kevin O'Hare (bodhrán, guitar, Introducing Bodhrán, bodhrán outreach courses)
Anne Orr (piano accordion)
Oleg Ponomarev (Gypsy violin)
John Sweeney (guitar, bodhrán, tin whistle, Trad Guitar Basics)
Carmel Whelan (sean-nós singing, flute, tin whistle)


Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.

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