i teach trad
Professional Development for Irish Traditional Music Teachers
Welcome to I Teach Trad
Where 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
The first complete package of continuing professional development training and support for traditional music teachers.
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.
To transform your traditional music teaching, here’s what we offer
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.
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.
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.
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
PLAN YOUR CPD Pathway
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.
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.
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.
Latest News & Blog
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