Testimonials

What folks have to say about us ...

Since the founding of the organization, I have had the great privilege of playing weekly with many great musicians and friends. The community has always supported us as well as the members that would show up every week for sessions. We started at the Kerry Piper in Willowbrook more than 25 years ago, with just a guitar and banjo and in a few months we would have over 20 musicians to pack the bar every Wednesday night for over 8 years. We then moved to the Auld Dubliner in Bollingbrook and the same thing happened, a big turnout every session night for years. When they closed, we then had the biggest session yet at the Irish Legend in Willow Springs. Over the years there, so many great friends and visiting musicians would again come every week. The single best thing to happen to me was to watch the little kids grow up, and sometimes even bring their own little kids for lessons. What a great experience this has been.
Mike Chole, Founder and Secretary

The Institute of Traditional Irish Music and Murphy Roche School of Irish Music welcome students of all abilities and ages. As an adult student of the harp, I can say the Murphy Roche “Fáilte” is warm and genuine!
Marion Johnson, Harp Student

The Institute of Traditional Irish Music and Murphy Roche School of Irish Music has allowed me to learn and participate in Irish music and culture. I started learning Irish traditional music after I retired from teaching middle school band. It was very intimidating at first, especially in other sessions with accomplished players. Mike Chole encouraged by early efforts. Their methods are encouraging, supportive and positive. Being in this group has opened a whole world of music and new friends, which is very rare at my age.
Wendy Miller, Flute

Having spent a number of years in the Irish dance community, we were looking for opportunities for our children to expand upon their understanding of Irish music and history. From the beginning, it was clear that we found a home at Murphy Roche. The instructors' expertise and passion for traditional Irish music are unparalleled. Not only are our children learning to play instruments with grace and precision, but they also delved deep into the rich cultural heritage embedded in every tune. The camaraderie among fellow students made learning even more enjoyable. The school's commitment to preserving and sharing this beautiful musical tradition is truly commendable. We take great pride in listening to our children play at various entertainment venues, including experiencing opportunities overseas. I highly recommend this school to any family eager to explore the captivating world of Irish music.
Laura & Patrick Ferrell, Parents

I like Murphy Roche because I can play and listen to all kinds of different instruments. They teach you all kinds of Irish songs to play. I have made a lot of friends at the music school!
Ian Ferrell, 8 years old, banjo

Attending Murphy Roche has been a great experience. I've always loved music, but learning to play the fiddle and bodhran here has been super fun. The teachers are patient, they make learning easy and exciting. I've made so many friends who share my love for Irish music. The best part? We get to perform together at events – it's like being part of a big musical family! If you want to learn Irish music and have a blast doing it, Murphy Roche is the place to be!
Kenseth Ferrell, 13 years old, fiddle and bodhran

The toe-tapping spirited music of Ireland comes alive through the founders of the Institute of Irish Traditional Music and Murphy Roche School of Irish Music. The atmosphere is very welcoming and you feel a sense of community while learning all aspects of the Irish music culture. The students learn how to play by ear by watching videos on their website and by recording their teacher playing the tune or technique introduced during the lesson and practicing with it throughout the week. The students also reinforce their learning by teaching it their fellow student(s). My daughter, Emma, has been attending she was 8 years old. Now 16, she has this to share with you...”I love playing music with my friends and learning new tunes - reels, jigs, slip jigs and polkas - every Saturday. I also love that I've learned how to sing a few songs in Gaelic.”
Beth Strong and Emma Strong
Institute of Traditional Irish Music
11309 72nd St
Burr Ridge, IL 60527 USA

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