For any music related class, (excluding piano) each student is required to bring their own instrument. It is assumed that all instruments will be in good, working condition and ready when classes begin.
This Celtic drum is fun, fascinating, and unbelievably capable of providing so many different sounds and rhythms.
Cape Breton Piano Accompaniment
The piano was introduced as an instrument of accompaniment several decades ago and has since become the most common instrument of choice in accompanying fiddlers in the Cape Breton style. Walking bass lines, and syncopated rhythms in the right hand emulate the sounds of the Gaelic language of Cape Breton Island, and Nova Scotia. Students in this class will learn techniques used in accompanying fiddlers and pipers in the Cape Breton style of music. Chording approaches for marches, strathspeys, jigs, and reels will be explored during this class.
Fàs, meaning grow, is a new program for specifically created for youth ages 5 to 7. Geared for young, first-time participants, it gives a gentle introduction to elements of Gaelic language and culture, and allows for insight into the College experience. Kids can expect to learn new Gaelic words, sing some Gaelic songs, try out stepdancing, see what classes in fiddle, piping, and piano are like, have fun at the arts and crafts table, and still have time for great games and outdoor activities. Little ones are welcome to stay overnight with us, or come as day students.
This style of fiddle music is unique throughout the world, in all Celtic circles. Classes offered in Cape Breton Fiddle will focus on techniques such as bowing, grace notes, tempos and the swing that is so reminiscent of the Cape Breton style of music; a style rooted in the Gaelic language of Cape Breton Island and Nova Scotia.
The goal of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to enhance the Gaelic language acquisition process through the use of stories and skits.
Gàidlhig aig Baile (GAB) is an immersion method of Gaelic language instruction used in communities throughout Nova Scotia.
Learn about the song tradition in Nova Scotia Gaelic culture. Work on Gaelic milling songs and mouth music.
This course introduces students to the vibrant and ancient art of Gaelic storytelling. Students will hear and learn humorous anecdotes, ghost stories, fairy stories, oral history and will be introduced to our famous Gaelic heroes.
The dynamic rhythms of guitar accompaniment and rich sounds of melody instrumentation have greatly contributed to the sounds of traditional Gaelic music in more recent times. Learning this rugged style includes time spent on chord work, progressions, ear training, tune knowledge, and interpretation.
The harp is an ancient part of the Celtic and Gaelic music tradition. Although a relative newcomer to the shores of Cape Breton, it is beginning to be heard more often as a small but growing community of harpers enters the Island’s musical culture.
Described by some authorities as one of the most sophisticated forms of national dance in the world, Highland dance is a mixed heritage of war and ceremonial dance, competitive solo dances and social dances. Danced in competitions and Highland games all over the world, Highland dance is characterized by sharp precise leg movements and foot work, hops and leaps, and the use of both turn-out and a pointed foot.
History of the Gael
A history of the Gaels from ancient times to present day, this course will be delivered through the medium of English and is open to all students.
Piping has strong roots in traditional Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton and is closely connected to the rhythms of the language. The repertoire of tunes is lively, and at times, challenging.
Small Pipes/Border Pipes
Recent history in North America has seen a major resurgence in bellows blown pipers, enthusiasts, as well as high end pipe makers. 2015 will feature class offerings for those interested in Border pipes and Scottish smallpipes.
The Cape Breton style of dance is rooted in the Gaelic language. The various rhythms heard and danced in this style are a direct translation from the language. In this class, you will learn how to dance strathspeys, jigs and reels. Cape Breton square-dancing will also be taught throughout the course of classes.
Weaving is a proud part of craft culture in this part of the world, and has a vast history here at the College. Learn techniques, loom-use, patterns, and how to hand-dye warps. Youth even learn to dye fabrics with the use of Kool-Aid!
An instrument found in many areas of the Celtic music style, the whistle is heard in solo performances but most often in collaboration with others.