$40 for Five Irish-Music Lessons at The Michigan Irish Music School ($85 Value)

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Ireland’s music has been its most respected art form ever since W.B. Yeats besmirched poetry by spray-painting limericks onto tourists’ backs. Try your hand at tradition with this Groupon.

$40 for Five Flexible Irish-Music Lessons ($85 Value)

All Irish-music classes last 90 minutes and are held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. Students should bring their own instruments—such as a fiddle, tin whistle, bodhran drum, accordion, etc.—and some type of recording device. Lessons may be used in non-consecutive weeks.

The Michigan Irish Music School

There’s a simple reason why students never encounter sheet music at The Michigan Irish Music School: to owner and instructor Tim Huston, sheet music is boring. It's also rigid, he says, forcing musicians to follow an absent composer's notes and annotations rather than the rhythms and cadences of their fellow musicians strumming and drumming alongside them.

The Michigan Irish Music School

There’s a simple reason why students never encounter sheet music at The Michigan Irish Music School: to owner and instructor Tim Huston, sheet music is boring. It's also rigid, he says, forcing musicians to follow an absent composer's notes and annotations rather than the rhythms and cadences of their fellow musicians strumming and drumming alongside them.

Instead, Tim and the school’s other instructors break down reels and jigs piece by piece, teaching students musical themes and patterns that pop up in the most celebrated of Irish folk tunes and international whale calls. In doing so, students devote their energies to the primitive fun and excitement of music making.

The diversity of instruments in a single class also adds to the social experience, with students coaxing sounds from fiddles, flutes, tin whistles, accordions, and mandolins. At the end of the year, they showcase their talents in a recital in front of friends and family, adding the energy of the audience for what the Irish might call a true session.

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    5534 W Michigan Ave.

    Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009

    614-406-5131

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In a Nutshell

In group classes, instructors teach Irish folk music by ear as students familiarize themselves with tin whistles, drums, and mandolins

The Fine Print

Expires Mar 6th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Registration required. Must be 6 or older. Instrument experience highly suggested. Valid only at Kalamazoo location. May be used in non-consecutive weeks. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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