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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.

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.

Deadline: 5pm on 28th of June 2024

Results: 12th of July 2024

Ashling Murphy Scholarship

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

Caroline Judge Fegan TTCT Scholarship

The TTCT course application is below. 

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. 


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. 

10 week lesson plan for Irish music

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. 

Comhaltas's TTCT Teacher Training Course application

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

Deadline for applying: 29th of March 2024

Pre - TTCT 

Comhaltas is also running a one day in-person preparatory teaching course. It gives 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. 


Pre-TTCT course dates : 15th Sep 2024

Deadline for applying: 31st Aug 2024

Scoil Éigse

An essential part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Scoil Éigse offers young and up and coming musicians a unique opportunity to learn from traditional music’s best teachers and musicians. This week of intensive tuition and fun filled sessions at ‘Club na hÉigse’ culminates in a special concert featuring students and tutors.

They also provide adult mixed classes as well as special needs and support classes in the evenings. 

Scoil Éigse dates : 4th to 9th Aug 2024

Deadline for applying: 12pm on 29th July 2024


Scoil Éigse Scholarship

The 1st and 2nd place winners of the following competitions at the All-Britain Fleadh will receive a discount for the summer school: 

Banjo, Whistles, Irish Harp, Fiddles, Singing, Uilleann Pipes, Flute, Concertina, Button Accordion and Bodhran. 

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