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The TTCT Course for 2015 will take place from Sunday October 27th- 31st at an Chultúrlann and applications are presently being accepted at Head-Office for applicants specialising in fiddle, flute, whistle, concertina, button accordion, harp and banjo. The closing date for applications is June 5th and all eligible applicants will be requested to attend for audition and interview June 27th. Alternate provision for audition and interview is made in exceptional cases.

Amongst the subject areas included in this intensive course are: Irish traditional music and traditional music education and pedagogy, instrument methodology, musical literacy and analysis, accompaniment, general principles of education, teaching and transmission, teaching and learning styles, class management and preparation, the SCT as a teaching/learning framework and slow airs as part of the traditional repository. Candidates are also advised on good practice in relation to CCÉ Child Protection guidelines. The course includes practical teaching practice sessions, which are mentored. The course director is Martin Power and the ratio of assessors / tutors to candidate allows for very significant levels of staff support.

The course has been specifically designed to equip teachers of Irish traditional music to teach more effectively in a wide variety of community settings. It is recommended that applicants have some teaching experience at the time of applying and we would ask CCÉ units to facilitate prospective applicants in terms of acquiring such experience, as is feasible, e.g. in a mentored or assistant role or as is appropriate. This course is highly subscribed and applications are received from candidates both nationally and internationally. Places are allocated on the basis of date of application and the audition/interview process and to this effect we are encouraging interested parties, presently teaching and known to CCÉ units to start their application process as soon as possible. Applicants need to be a minimum age of 18.

Ard-Oifig would appreciate it if each province and subsequently counties would inform their relevant units of the details of the TTCT 2015 Course as outlined above and distribute the application form as appropriate. All further enquiries re course content and procedures can be directed to

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You can download the TTCT application form from our website. Please send the completed application form to:

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
32 Belgrave Square
Co. Dublin

or email

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