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Students with financial need can apply for scholarship for partial tuition for lessons or classes. The process is confidential.
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Individual Instruction in
Piano, Irish Flute, Penny Whistle
Rachel enjoys working with students of all ages. She has been performing around New England since 2000 with Celtic bands such as Blackbird, Wind that Shakes the Barley, and Skellig, as well as Contra dance and English Country Dance ensembles. She performs on piano, Irish flute, whistles, and accordion.
Classically trained in piano, Rachel is also adept at playing by ear and accompanying traditional folk music, as well as composing original tunes. She is happy to coach students in any of these skills, and enthusiastic about getting beginners started off with a positive experience of making music on the piano.
Penny whistle is suitable for ages 6 -100, inexpensive to buy, and can be thrown in a backpack as you climb up your favorite hill. Those familiar with Irish music will know it can be bright and cheerful, slow and soulful, and everything in between. Rachel teaches penny whistle primarily by ear, but written music can also be used whenever it is helpful. If one of the aims is to learn to the basics of reading music, we will do that, too, using the whistle. The fingering transfers to Irish flute, if that is of interest later.
Irish flute is a wooden transverse flute with open holes, requiring hands a bit larger and stronger than a young child’s to play. Those who already play silver flute will find many similarities and will likely be able to focus on learning Irish ornamentation early on. Those for whom flute is new will first learn the basics of playing the instrument and simple tunes, including Celtic melodies. The Irish flute has a truly gorgeous, warm sound and even the simple melodies for a beginner will give you much pleasure to play.
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