Concertina Classes at Cascadia

If you have questions about these classes or how to place yourself, email Randal Bays.

We only teach "anglo" concertina - The "anglo" concertina gets a different note depending on whether you're pushing or pulling the bellows, whereas the "English" concertina gets the same note. Almost all Irish style concertina players use the "anglo".

Advanced - The actual content of the advanced classes is left up to the individual instructor, but you can expect to learn some good tunes and get deep into the fingering and ornamentation. Remember that in the advanced classes you'll be expected to play on your own in front of the class. If you're uneasy about that you will do well to go for the intermediate classes instead.

Intermediate - Similar to the advanced classes, but you won't have to worry about playing in front of the class. Also the pace of the tune learning as well as the tempos of the tunes themselves will be slower.

Introductory - If you're new to the instrument and want to get a good start with an excellent teacher, here is your golden opportunity. We will have several loaner instruments available on a first come, first served basis during the week.

Guidelines for placement in concertina classes

Advanced/Intermediate - You should have mastered the basic skills of playing the button accordion or anglo concertina, know where the notes are on the instrument and be able to play with a steady rhythm. You should have at least a few Irish traditional tunes that you can play with confidence.

Introductory - This class is for those who are new to the instrument or still in the beginning stages of learning. You'll get help with holding the instrument properly, playing the principal scales found in Irish music, the basics of ornamentation, repertoire building and more.

Concertina Teachers at Cascadia

Tim Collins
Session I (Advanced/Intermediate)
Session II (Advanced/Intermediate)

Francis Cunningham 
Session I (Advanced/Intermediate)
Session II (Advanced/Intermediate)

Jason Kies
Introductory Concertina