Wharton Music Center celebrates St. Patrick’s Day early with an Irish Music and Dance Workshop on Saturday, February 12. The one-day workshop includes two 90-minute sessions for adults, teens, and children and will introduce students to Irish style music and dance. The first session starts at 12:00 p.m. and the second session starts at 2:00 p.m. Participants can attend one session for $30 or both sessions for $50. The workshop concludes with an Irish Music and Dance demonstration at 4:00 p.m. The demonstration, which is included for workshop participants, is open to the public for a fee of $10. The workshop will be held at Wharton Music Center located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights.
 
Lessons will be given on the fiddle, flute, tin whistle and the bodhran (Irish drum) and conclude with introductory instruction in Irish step dancing. Classes on the tin whistle and bodhran require no previous musical experience. For classes on the violin and flute, it is suggested that students have 2-3 years experience on their instrument. The workshop is an exploration of what makes Irish music special and enjoyed throughout the world.
 
Instructors for the workshop are Rose Flanagan (Irish Fiddle), Linda Hickman (Irish flute and tin whistle), Margie Mulvilhill (tin whistle, flute), Bernadette Flanagan (Irish drum), Bernadette Kelly (Irish Dance).
 
Riverdance made Irish dancing and music a worldwide phenomenon. The workshop will introduce participants to the spirit of the Irish tradition. For a detailed workshop schedule, visit www.WhartonMusicCenter.org . To register for the workshop, contact Wharton Music Center at info@wmcmusic.org or 908 790-0700.
 
Judith G. Wharton Music Center, located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights, provides music, theater, and dance instruction, educational programs, and performances for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. In addition to instruction in all instruments, WMC offers classes in musical theater, dance, drama, choral music, vocal music, music theory, audio recording, early childhood music, and music for children with special needs. Offering a range of musical genres including classical, rock, jazz, and blues, WMC is northern New Jersey’s largest independent community music center serving students in Berkeley Heights, Summit, Chatham, New Providence, Long Hill, Warren, Basking Ridge, Short Hills, Millburn, Livingston, Westfield, Scotch Plains, and other surrounding communities. WMC is a non-profit charitable organization.