i teach trad

Professional Development for Irish Traditional Music Teachers

Welcome to I Teach Trad

We help great traditional musicians

become great teachers

Are you a traditional music teacher?

Are you an experienced musician – but wonder if  teaching is really for you?

Would you love some training and tools to help you teach more confidently?

Then we can help

A Revolution in Traditional Music Teaching

A Revolution in Traditional Music Teaching

Dr. Liz Doherty, education expert & award-winning teacher, is the creator and Director of I Teach Trad. Utilizing her unique skill set as an educator, performer, researcher, writer, music producer, arts consultantant and entrepreneur, she has drawn on over 30 years of experience in traditional music to help great musicians become great teachers.

I Teach Trad Logo Donegal fiddle player Liz Doherty

Our Services

Online Community

A place where teachers can come together to share, learn and upskill

Teacher Training Course

100-page Workbook – 30+ videos – 40+ hours of learning – 50 lessons – teaching tools & materials

Short Courses & Workshops

Designed & tailored for your Organisation/Festival –  upskill with ITT today

Training & Mentoring

Custom packages created for groups/individual – talk to us about your traditional music teacher needs

Invest in your CPD & Earn Digital Badges

Earn digital badges in recognition of your ongoing professional development

To transform your traditional music teaching, here’s what we offer

A Framework for Teaching & Learning Irish Traditional Music

Our signature course – the FIRST online teacher training course – is included in our Community membership package (Pro Plus).

Online Community

Our membership COMMUNITY is created for you, the traditional music teacher. It’s a place to connect with other teachers, share ideas, pick up new tips and tools for teaching. Join our forums and discussion. Explore our teaching-related conent in The HUB. Attend our live events. Or take a course. This is the online home for traditional music teachers, whatever instrument you teach, wherever you are in the world.


Online Course

Our flagship course, A Framework for Teaching Irish Traditional Music, is the first ever online training programme designed especially for traditional music teachers. This course will help you to plan, organise and deliver your traditional music teaching effectively and efficiently

Short Courses & Workshops

Sign up for one of our short courses or one-off workshops. Each of these is designed around a single theme or topic. Approach your professional development through these bite-sized sessions and bring your teaching to the next level.

Training & Mentoring

Sometimes you need some support that is tailored 100% to your own teaching situation. If it’s individual mentoring or training for a group of teachers at your organisation that you are after, talk to us and we can work with you to design the perfect package for you.

Earn a Digital Badge for your CPD

Invest in your professional development as a traditional music teacher. Complete our online course or any of our short courses/workshops and earn a digital badge
in recognition of your CPD.

Some of the people I’ve worked with

Professionalise your Teaching

using these tools

Lifelong Learning Map

Figure out exactly what your student needs using the TradLABB™ learning map.


Use the framework to plan, organise and deliver your teaching efficiently and effectively.

The TradLABB™

See how this teaching & learning design tool can help bring your lessons to the next level.


Build a toolkit of resources, skills and secret weapons to supercharge your teaching.

Teach beyond the tune

Create new and imaginative ways to make your teaching stand out.

Business Strategy

Learn how to make traditional music teaching your business with these handy hints and tips.


Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.

– Maya Angelou


should be part of your plan

as a traditional music teacher



Here’s what teachers have to say about how
I Teach Trad has transformed their practice

Liz has given me the most amazing advice, support and encouragement. She has helped me get super focussed in my teaching, made me thing about things differently – and get over the self-doubt! I always leave our sessions feeling inspired and motivated – and a better, more confident teacher.

Louise Hunter

The Southside Fiddlers, Glasgow

I wasn’t quite sure how to approach teaching online – so I thought, I’ll ask Liz. And I’m really glad I did. I got the best advice from tech set-up to thinking about what I would deliver, why, and how. It made me think about things I had never even considered before.
Thanks Liz!.

Michael McGoldrick

Musician & Teacher, Manchester

If you want an in-depth look at your teaching, the skills that you bring to the table and how to bring your teaching to the next level, this course is for you.
Liz is a great mentor full of fantastic ideas and guidance throughout the course. It’s definitely the way forward in teaching trad music.

Cillian Townsend

Music Generation, Carlow

Latest News & Blog

Online Community for Trad Teachers Goes Live

Online Community for Trad Teachers Goes Live

The world’s first online community for Irish traditional music teachers has gone live today. Innovative online CPD platform, I Teach Trad has opened the doors to trad teachers from all corners of the globe. The announcement was made by leading Irish traditional music...

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