You should come! The Maleny Celtic Winter School is designed to cater for all levels of playing ability and experience, from students just starting to learn an instrument to more experienced players who want to learn new approaches and techniques and learn a few tunes. The focus is on learning traditional music in a traditional way, by ear and from other musicians who are prepared to pass on their knowledge and understanding of an ancient but constantly evolving art form.
While some of our classes will cater for students of all levels of experience and skill, our fiddle classes, and our sessions for flute and whistle will be divided into sessions for players at beginner/intermediate level and a separate class for more advanced players. In the case of the fiddle classes, some of our tutors will swap between advanced sessions and beginner/intermediate sessions to give all of those attending the benefits of their differing approaches to teaching.
Because of the group nature of the workshops, a basic level of playing ability is necessary. Kate Fraser runs beginner tune sessions in Maleny on Wednesday nights for those wishing to brush up on their skills, and Steve Cook teaches an intermediate class at the same time. Kate can be contacted on 07 5499 9172 for more information about these sessions, and there is more information at malenytunesclass.blogspot.com.
Due to the demand in recent years, we offer three “absolute beginners” classes. Experienced tutors will guide those who are just seeking to start out on whistle/flute, bodhran and fiddle ( 2 hour classes each day). And there’ll be plenty of sessions for those who want to try out their new skills.