Atlanta Irish Music School

Traditional Irish Music for Kids, Teens & Adults

Céad Míle Fáilte!

Welcome to The Atlanta Irish Music School, home of The Atlanta Junior Ceili Band (AJCB).  The AJCB was founded in 2005 to teach and promote quality traditional Irish music to children, teens and young adults in Metro Atlanta, Georgia USA.  The Atlanta Irish Music School teaches:  Fiddle, Whistle, Flute, Piano Accordion, Piano, Concertina, Tenor Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Song and Bodhran for students (6 to 21yrs)-- group classes, private lessons, workshops, concerts and summer camp. 

Irish music is music for your entire family and music for a lifetime ---  join us today!

Sunday September 21st 2014 
Please contact Ms. Jessica (Ceili Band Director) or Jamie Laval (Adult Program) to enquirer about times and classes. 
The Paideia School's Music Arts Center Band Room.
Contact us to learn more!  EMAIL or call 770-712-9334

Uniforms for Ceili Band Class with Ms. Jessica

All Ceili Band Class students with Ms. Jessica MUST order the school uniform.  Please read below.  If you have additional questions, please email Ms. Jessica.  All logo uniform parts should be ordered through by parents by October 1st.  By utilizing LandsEnd Uniform Shop we will be able to to use these uniforms year to year. 

Beginning and Intermediate Ceili Band Class:
Formal Uniform:
GIRLS: Black AJCB polo* with black skirt, black opaque tights, black flats.   
BOYS: Black AJCB polo* with black pants, black socks, black dress shoes

Casual Uniform: 
BOYS & GIRLS: Green AJCB Tee* with jeans and black flats (GIRLS) or casual dress shoes (BOYS)
Optional Order:  AJCB Sweatshirt Girls Crew fit* or Boys Crew fit*
All items listed with (*) must be purchase at  Atlanta Irish Music School Webpage.
Purchase on your own:   GIRLS black above the knee skort or skirt; black opaque tights, black flats or Mary Janes.  BOYS  black pants, black socks, black dress shoes

Advanced Ceili Band Class:
Formal Uniform:
GIRLS: Black short sleeve dress above the knee OR Black skirt above the knee and short sleeve black blouse, black opaque tights, black flats or heels (closed toe). 
BOYS: AJCB Red Plaid Tie*.  Black dress shirt long sleeves with black pants, black socks, black dress shoes.

Casual Uniform: Green AJCB Tee Shirt* with jeans and black flats (GIRLS) or casual dress shoes (BOYS)
Optional Order:  Black AJCB Sweatshirt Girls Crew fit* or Boys Crew fit*

All items listed with (*) must be purchase at  Atlanta Irish Music School Webpage.

Welcome Jessica Sherwood: New Ceili Band Director 

Jessica Sherwood is a full-time professional flutist and educator in the greater Atlanta area. An active free-lance musician, she has performed locally with the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, and Atlanta Ballet Orchestras, and regionally with the Alabama and Charleston Symphony Orchestras. Prior to moving to Atlanta, Jessica performed extensively throughout the South Florida region, including work with the New World Symphony and the Naples Philharmonic. She was also a member of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Charleston, South Carolina, and Spoleto, Italy. She is the flutist and founding member for Sonic Generator, the contemporary music ensemble-in-residence at Georgia Tech. Jessica studied at the University of Michigan, graduating as a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. She currently teaches instrumental music for grades 5 through 12 at The Paideia School in Atlanta.

In addition to her work as a classical flutist, Jessica began studying the Irish flute in 2000. She attended the Boxwood Festival in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where she studied with Celtic flutists Chris Norman, Cathal McConnell, and Pat O’Gorman. She has taught Irish flute and whistle through the Atlanta Irish Music School since 2010, and will be taking over as Ceili Band Director beginning in Fall 2014. 

Welcome Jamie Laval:  New Adult Program Instructor

Jamie Laval is recognized as one of the premier Celtic performers and instructors on the international music scene today. Winner of the 2002 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship, Jamie has performed for Her Majesty The Queen and recorded with Dave Matthews. His most recent album, Murmurs and Drones, won the popular vote for Best World Traditional Album in the 2012 Independent Music Awards. Jamie studied classical violin at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and was a member of several professional symphony orchestras in the Pacific Northwest before devoting himself exclusively to Irish and Scottish music. 

Esteemed as an educator, Jamie teaches privately and in class settings. He has been a guest instructor at Joyful Noice Summer Music Camp, St. Andrews University (Laurinburg, NC), Davidson College, California State University (San Marcos),  The John C. Campbell Folk School, and for 5 years was on the faculty of the Swannanoa Gathering.
Congrats to our U18 Ceili Band who placed 1st at the Midwest Fleadh and to all individual winners and competitors!!!!!!  Liam, Katy, Caty, Lauren, Patrick, Hollie, Nick, Dave, Ciara, Rory, Madeleine.

What Parents Are Saying about AJCB

"Our son, Noah, has been a member of the Atlanta Junior Ceili Band for more than six years now. It has been the most wonderful experience for both my son and our family.  Katherine Irwin Thomas has taught our son to play Irish fiddle by ear and he has become a skilled fiddler and tenor banjo player.  She has instilled a love of Irish music in him.  Noah has played with the band on countless stages and traveled to competitions. The experience he has gained has been immeasurable.  As a family, we have enjoyed seeing the band play with renowned musicians, for groups and organizations, at festivals and community events.  Having our son be a part of the Atlanta Junior Ceili Band has enriched Noah's life as well as our own."

-Mary and Paul Coffin
, Alpharetta


Upcoming Events: Q1

  • 9/7 First Class
  • 9/12 Quarter 1 payment due
  • 9/21 Second Class
  • 10/5 Third Class
  • 10/19 Fourth Class
  • 10/31-11/2 Atlanta IrishFest

Irish Sessions for kids

  • Celtic Session: Sandy Springs, Every Monday Night 7:30 to 9:30pm Steve's Live Music with leader, Jamie Laval.  Click here for more info. All ages.
  • Irish Youth Session: Midtown, last Sunday night of the month with leader, Jessica Sherwood.Click here for more info.  5pm to 6pm. Kid focused.


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