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Irish Traditional Music Teachers 

Comhaltas in Britain recognises the important contribution our teachers make in passing on our cultural traditions. Whether in branches or schools as volunteers or paid, without those teachers instilling a love and enjoyment of Irish traditional music we would not have the next generation of musicians to continue the living tradition. 

Below, are just some of the ways we are continuing to support our teachers and their development.

Caroline Judge Fegan TTCT Scholarship

Comhaltas in Britain are proud to launch our third successive scholarship for a teacher of traditional Irish music to attend CCÉ's Testas i dTeagasc Ceolta Tíre (TTCT) diploma course. The award is made to one teacher from Britain each year and will cover the cost of the residential course and a contribution towards travel. 


The closing date to apply for this year's scholarship award is Friday 15th March at 12pm. 

Details and application form can be downloaded here


The TTCT course application is below. 

Comhaltas’s TTCT Teacher Training Course application 

The TTCT course is an intensive week designed to develop and enhance the teaching practices of an individual who's an experienced teacher. You'll cover topics around methodologies, child protections, learning styles and so much more. 

This course is ideal for musicians who are:  

  • Is aged over 20 at start of the year.

  • Experience in teaching groups and individual.

  • 100hrs of teaching over a range of levels.


You can contact Majella Barley (Director of TTCT) for support. 


TTCT course dates : 21st - 27th of July 2024

Deadline for applying: 29th of March 2024

Scrúdú Ceol Tíre (SCT Exams)

The SCT Exams is an examining board for Traditional Irish Music. Comhaltas in Britain and Music Teachers' Board partnered together to provide these exams in the UK. 


The exams has now become accredited by Ofqual and a recognised awarding body of qualifications in the UK. Grades 6-8 are now eligible for UCAS points. 

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Ashling Murphy Scholarship

There are three scholarship that Comhaltas is providing:


  1. Community

  2. Music education

  3. Research 

Submissions should include name, contact information, short biography of the applicant and a brief outline of the project to include a proposed budget and timeline.


Pre - TTCT 

Comhaltas is also running a one day online preparatory teaching course for members outside Ireland, giving musicians the opportunity to explore their skills as aspiring teachers.


No previous teaching experience is required and the course will cover Methodology, Common Repertoire Types, Child Protection, SCT as a teaching tool, Teaching Practice/Demonstration and concludes with Reflection and Discussion. 

The date for the 2024 Pre-TTCT course is yet to be announced


10 Week Lesson Plan

In this course you will be taken through the basics of Traditional Irish music, learning about the various instruments and tune types involved and you will learn to play the Tin-Whistle.

If you're interested in further lessons in Irish Traditional Music then please contact us. 

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