I Teach Trad, a new online platform to support traditional music teachers anywhere in the world, has been launched by Dr. Liz Doherty.
“There is no curriculum or syllabus for teaching or learning traditional Irish music,” says Dr. Liz Doherty, who’s taught in this field for over 30 years. “Everybody is left to figure it out for themselves – what to teach, and how to teach it. This is why I designed a set of tools and supports to help these teachers do their job more easily and effectively.”
“We want to offer quality support for teachers in an affordable, accessible, and flexible manner and this is the perfect mix. Teachers are out there doing amazing work – but it can be tough. I want to help make their jobs a whole lot easier. “
Dr. Doherty has created her own framework, which “lays out a clear structure and system for planning, organising, and delivering your teaching. I also developed a toolkit of specialist resources, and skills, and secret weapons designed to make my teaching better for me – and for my students.”
Her new system has already come in for high praise from key figures in the trad music scene.
Fintan Vallely, PhD, musician, writer, and teacher has described I Teach Trad as a “formidable expression of teaching logic and system.”
Dr. Ryan Molloy, Associate Professor, National University of Ireland, Maynooth says it’s “the right programme, created at the right time, by the right person.”
Liz says the programme can be accessed not just by Irish traditional music teachers but by folk music teachers the world over. The course is available to buy online and it can be followed at your own pace and in your own time. Training for groups of teachers can also be booked on the website, as can one-to-one mentoring.
As a performer, teacher, academic, and consultant in the field of Irish traditional music, Liz’s credentials are impeccable. She’s been a lecturer in Irish traditional music at University College, Cork, and at Ulster University and was awarded a National Teaching Fellow in 2019 for her work in traditional music teaching and learning. She’s a published author and has played a leading role in organisations such as Culture Ireland, the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaín, the Irish Traditional Music Archive and recently co-produced the television series Fleadh 2020 for TG4.
As a fiddle player, she’s recorded as a solo artist and with bands, performed on TV and radio and at Irish and international festivals, such as the Celtic Colours International Festival in Canada, and the Tonder Folk Festival in Denmark.
As a fiddle teacher, Dr. Doherty runs the online FiddleClinic.ie and runs Scoil Trad with her husband, Jim Woods, in Buncrana, Co Donegal. She’s taught at hundreds of festivals and summer camps at home and abroad including Milwaukee Irish Festival, Australia’s National Folk Festival, the Toucan Irish Festival in France, and Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy in Ireland.
Find out more about I Teach Trad here or email liz@ITeachTrad.com.