Traditional Irish Music
Raised in London, Julianne Moylan has recently returned to live in Clane, County Kildare. She is an An All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and was a regular on the rich session circuit in London in the 90’s. She was also a very active member of Comhaltas Ceóltoirí Éireann throughout those years. This brought her all over the UK and Ireland as she built up her experience in various competitions and festivals.
This has given her considerable experience in every aspect of performing and recording, appearing on a number of stages from the West End of London to Ireland and further afield.
As a relatively new resident in Clane, County Kildare she now concentrates on family life and pursuing her love of teaching, attending local session whenever possible.
Over the years she has taught traditional music privately and in group lessons with Feíth An Cheoil School of Traditional Music in London. She has taught all abilities and ages (aged 6 upwards) and has also prepared students for Irish Traditional Music Exams and competitions - from those entering their first to experienced Fleadh-goers.
She describes her style as dynamic and lively, whilst still maintaining the excellent technique required to play the fiddle to a high standard. With equal emphasis on bow and finger ornamentation, she has been influenced by many of the great fiddlers of our era such as Cathal Hayden, Austin Dawe and Tommy Peoples.
“I am happy to teach adults and children" she confirmed when we spoke to her recently. "The majority of my teaching is on a one to one basis which always gives better results. Its very much pupil sensitive and gives the time and space to learn, by ear if necessary. I generally combine teaching by ear and by note as well. Its all about how the student want’s to learn and how they learn best, and this guides the approach taken. As a teacher I encourage elements of both. You start off with some notes and as the student gets better you can start to develop their ear a bit as well.”
“By background I was taught by Eilish Byrne Whelahan. She likewise built the lessons around how the student wanted to do it. I would have learnt by ear as I was 12 or 13 when I went to her. We didn’t do pieces of paper. It was all done by tape recorder and I’d just pick tunes and we would go through them on technique, ornamentation or variation. Whatever she felt it needed to make it sound right.”
Julianne varies her classes from 30 - 60 minutes. “Anything longer than half an hour, especially with kids is difficult” she says. They have a short attention span. You could push it to 45 minutes, by the time they get in and get ready.”
“The best way to learn it is by enjoying it. I dont care what tune I’m teaching or what style of music it is. Enjoying is everything. You just need the student to develop an appreciation of the music and then they are far more likely to practise and stick with it. You can then throw in a few more complicated things, reels or whatever. Its all about the enjoyment and from there you can build a solid base. The same applies to adults in a way. It all about how they want to learn. They are much clearer in their opinions and you work with that.”
Julianne is flexible with regard to the regularity of lessons but feels weekly is the best option especially when starting out. Bad habits can go cause problems if they are not picked up early. Having said that she is appreciative of people's busy lives and is always flexible.
Name : Julianne Moylan
Instrument : Fiddle
Address : Clane, Co. Kildare
Skype Lessons : Yes
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Email : info (at) fiddlesticks (dot) ie
Phone : 085 780 3005