Classes - Fall 2020

  • Scholarship available: email to brimstunes@gmail.com

  • Multi-class & Family Discounts Apply

  • Membership: Yearly BRIMS membership is $70/ family and $45/individual

  • Unless otherwise noted: “Classes” will consist of one instructional video that can be accessed whenever and however many times a student would like. followed within a week by a Zoom meeting with the instructor to go over material, ask questions, etc.

TUESDAY CLASSES (begin October 13th)

For questions regarding class levels and placement, please email to brimstunes@gmail.com

Teen Flute & Whistle Class (ages 10-16)

Augie Fairchild

Tuesdays 4:00 p.m.- Zoom meeting

8 Weeks

$200 (BRIMS members pay $180)

This class will cover standard session repertoire, as well as tunes played by the Trad ensemble.  We will discuss playing technique (when -do- you breathe, anyway?), work on our ornamentation, and put some sets of tunes together for session playing or performance.  Just as importantly, we will keep things at a friendly pace and have fun!

Older students are welcome depending on level, please drop a line to inquire to brimstunes@gmail.com

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Trad Ensemble

Alex Davis & Augie Fairchild

Tuesdays 5:00 p.m.- Zoom meeting 

8 Weeks

$200 (BRIMS members pay $180)
Note: This class is free to any student taking another paid 8-week BRIMS class

In this class we will work on both new and current repertoire for the performing arm of BRIMS. We will start by learning two tunes written by BRIMS members John Blandin and Stu James: the Quarantine Jig, and Flatten the Curve. We will also review and practice songs and tunes that are already played by the Trad Ensemble, work in small groups to learn new songs and tunes, and work together to create a video showcase of our efforts by the end of the semester.

Session Workshop Class

Alex Davis 

Tuesdays 6:00 p.m.- Zoom meeting

8 Weeks

$200 (BRIMS members pay $180)

In this class we will learn some common and not so common tunes that can be played in a traditional Irish session. The focus of the class is primarily learning by ear, though ABC notation and "the dots" or staff notation may be used as a learning aid. Each week the class will receive an instructional video with a tune for students to learn individually. On the class Zoom sessions we will review the tune together and troubleshoot any roadblocks! All levels and instrument types are welcome in this workshop, although basic instrument proficiency is expected. Generally, the focus is on learning melodies, however, accompaniment instruments are also welcome!

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Sean-nós Dance, Ages 10-Adult

Fiona Balestrieri

Tuesdays 6:00 p.m.-Zoom meeting

8 Weeks

$200 (BRIMS members pay $180)

Sean-nós or “old-style” dancing is an improvised percussive dance style that shares roots with flatfooting, clogging, and modern Irish hard shoe. In this class, you will learn the “basic” foot rhythms of Jigs and Reels and build a repertoire of “steps.” Together we will teach our feet to speak the rhythms of Irish traditional music, and gain confidence in improvising our own steps. All skill levels welcome! 

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THURSDAY CLASSES (Begin October 15th)

For questions regarding class levels and placement, please email to brimstunes@gmail.com

Advanced Beginner Youth Irish Dance

Lori Madden

Thursdays 4:30 p.m.-Zoom meeting

8 Weeks

$200 (BRIMS members pay $180)

This class is for students who have covered the very basics of Irish dance,  including skipping, side step and another step or two.

Scoil Sampler Class, Ages 5-10

Selection of videos will be available including:

Craft, song, story, easy dance, tin whistle

Once-a-month Zoom dates TBA

$180 (BRIMS members pay $160)

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Teen/Adult Advanced Beginner Hardshoe (continuation of Carrie’s 6:30 hard shoe class)

Mimi Vidaver-Davis

Thursdays 6:30 p.m.-Zoom meeting

8 Weeks

$200 (BRIMS members pay $180)

In this class students will work on the building blocks of hardshoe dancing including steps, form and technique

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Teen/Adult Advanced Hardshoe

Carolyn Ward

Thursdays 6:30 p.m.

8 Weeks

$200 (BRIMS members pay $180)

In this 8-week session, we will focus on Slow Treble Jig material. Students will learn 1-2 full steps with an emphasis on competition-style moves. By the end of this course, students will have mastered material and be able to perform steps to music. Instructional videos will be provided 6 days prior to virtual classes. Students are expected to review new material ahead of time. Zoom classes will be used for students to show the instructor their progress and to ask questions about material.

Teen/Adult Advanced Softshoe

Carolyn Ward

Thursdays 7:30 p.m.

8 Weeks

$200 (BRIMS members pay $180)

In this 8-week session, we will focus on Reels and explore spins. Students will learn 2-3 steps with an emphasis on competition-style moves. By the end of this course, students should be able to perform steps consecutively to music. Instructional videos will be provided 6 days prior to virtual classes. Students are expected to review new material ahead of time. Zoom classes will be used for students to show the instructor their progress and to ask questions about material.

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Intermediate/Advanced Flute (for adults & advanced teen players)

Augie Fairchild

Thursdays 5:30 p.m.- Zoom meeting

8 Weeks

$200 (BRIMS members pay $180)

In this class, we will spend time learning about the intricacies of flute technique: breathing, phrasing, tone, and ornamentation.  Each week we will pick one or two tunes to explore, and find out just what we can do with them!  We will also spend some time listening to different players and discussing what techniques they are using to create their own personal style.

Minimum 3 years playing experience recommended, but please contact us with any questions about playing level.

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Thank you

to our partners in music

Website Credits

BRIMS is grateful for the enthusiastic support - and beautiful photos! - provided by Gary Alter

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Blue Ridge Irish Music School  ~  2146 Lakeside Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901

(434) 409-9631  ~  brimstunes@gmail.com

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