Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2024

Know The Score

Read Music The Trad Way

A brand new method designed to get traditional musicians sight-reading – FAST!


Traditional musicians don’t need to read music.

Think again! Being able to read and write music can be a game-changer for traditional musicians and teachers. Don’t let outdated myths hold you back! This is the transformative course you’ve been waiting for – the key to unlocking your potential in the world of traditional music!

Our brand new sight-reading method is 100% designed for the traditional musician.
Say goodbye to generic music reading methods that seem irrelevant to your unique musical journey – our system speaks your language!

This course is perfect for:

  • Traditional musicians who play any instrument.
  • Any traditional musician who would love to be able to read to read sheet music confidently and fluently.
  • Traditional music teachers keen to add this skill to their teaching toolkit.
  • Schoolteachers who want to upskill.

A Brand New Method

In this course, traditional musician and education expert, Dr. Liz Doherty, takes you on a transformative journey through the fundamentals of music notation. Whether you’re a performer, a student or a teacher, this course is designed to all traditional musicians on any melody instrument.

  • Demystify music notation and learn everything you need to know to get you reading and playing tunes fast.
  • Use our brand new method and follow 4 simple step to help you master sight-reading quickly and easily.
  •  Read tunes fluently straight off the page.
  •  Learn how to write down tunes for yourself.

Know the Score was launched at Scoil Samhraidh Wille Clancy in 2023 (See Know the Score Live version). We are delighted to announce our ONLINE edition, certified by the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Key Points

Course Overview

Why Choose This Course?

Follow our 4 steps and start reading tunes – FAST!

Step 1: Understand the form and structure of dance tunes.

Step 2: Read and play the rhythms.

Step 3: Master the pitches.

Step 4: Put it all together – read and play melody lines fluently.

Learn all the key elements involved in sight-reading while you focus on one tune type (Polkas). Everything you learned will then be applied to the other tune types. Simple!

From the first lesson, you will be encouraged to read and play; this will build your confidence and fluency. 

A comprehensive suite of materials, specifically composed help you build up and practice your music reading skills.


Dr. Liz Doherty

Teacher Training Expert

This course includes:


What our graduates say about us

“Every traditional musician should do this course!”
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earn professional development certificates

Our Courses are certified by the Royal Irish Academy of Music

I Teach Trad’s courses are certified by the prestigious Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), Ireland’s oldest conservatoire, and ranked one of the top 50 institutions in the world for performing arts.

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Teach Traditional Music & Song (Foundation Certificate)
Know the Score: Read Music The Trad Way (Online)
Know the Score: Read Music The Trad Way (In person)
The TradLABB™ Card Deck (Includes Short Course & Teaching Resources)