Our School

Founded in 1996 by Susan Cross Gilligan, the Riley School is a community of children, teens and adults dedicated to the pursuit of Irish traditional music.

Our Board of Trustees seeks to extend and enhance our community through workshops, ceili dances and other performance opportunities for our students that raise awareness of our school and what we offer.

Riley School is supported by the Ohio and Kentucky Arts Councils.

In-person classes are held on Saturdays, beginning at 9:00 am at :

Grace United Methodist Church
2221 Slane Avenue
Norwood, OH

Dates for the 2024-25 school year are -

Fall Quarter : 7 SEP - 9 NOV
Winter Quarter : 4 JAN - 8 MAR
Spring Quarter : 22 MAR - 3 MAY

Registration generally opens about a month before classes begin.

Small class sizes provide a rewarding and effective way for students to experience the history, camaraderie and joy of playing traditional Irish music.
Specific class times may be adjusted depending on enrollment and teacher availability. Please see the Schedule Page for current quarter class offerings and times.

We hold an Open House each quarter for new and prospective students.

Classes offered:
  • Accordion
  • Banjo
  • Bodhran (Irish drum)
  • Concertina
  • Fiddle
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Irish Harp
  • Mandolin
  • Piano Accompaniment
  • Singing
  • Tin Whistle
  • Uilleann (Irish) Pipes

Learning Opportunities:
  • Regular Saturday music classes
  • Periodic workshops lead by visiting musicians
  • Summer Camps
  • Heritage, Culture, and Language Workshops
  • Sessions - informal music and social gatherings

Performance Opportunities:
  • Ceili Band
  • Ensemble Performing
  • Weekly Riley School Lunch concerts
  • Fleadh Cheoil (Music Competitions held at the regional and international level)

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