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Student Announcements

updated 1/7/19 HCM

FALL TERM IS NOT OVER! - Lessons resumed on January 6 for 2 weeks + make-up week. If you haven't communicated with your teacher about make-up lesson scheduling, please be sure to do so in order to get all the lessons you paid for this term! 

ÉIGSE CIM, A GAELA EVENT - Our annual fundraiser will be held at the Celtic Junction on Saturday, February 23. Visit our Gaela page for more information and to purchase tickets! Reservations can be made until February 11. 

SPRING LESSON REGISTRATION - Current students have until January 14th to get a 5% family discount. Please email Hannah CM about your lesson plans for the Spring Term! To schedule a new lesson, fill out the new lesson inquiry form on the registration site.

SPRING GROUP CLASS REGISTRATION IS UP! - Spring Term is January 28-May 26. You can view the Spring Class Catalog here. Questions or difficulties with our online registration site? Email Hannah Carr-Murphy at

MIDWEST FLEADH PAGE UPDATED - Parents of youth  interested in the fleadh should read the current information available on our Midwest Fleadh plans. The CIM Fleadh Informational Meeting is February 9, 2019 from 9:30am-12:30pm. Mark your calendars!

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

  • December 23-January 5 - CIM closed for Winter Break
  • January 6 - Fall classes and lessons resume for 3 more weeks!
  • January 7 - Spring Term registration deadline for returning students to keep lesson times
  • January 14 - Spring registration deadline for 5% family discount
  • January 19 - Young Learners' Session @ CIM, 10-11:30am
  • January 21 - CIM closed for MLK Day
  • January 22-27 - Fall Term Make-up week
  • January 28 - May 26 - Spring Term
  • February 9 - Fleadh information meeting, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • February 11 - Deadline for Éigse dinner ticket registrations
  • February 23 - Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event

Student Documents

Orientation for New Students

The Center for Irish Music welcomes students of any age and level! We love our students and are so happy to have you as a part of our traditional Irish music family.  Please take a moment to peruse our website.  In addition to information about the CIM, this website includes a wealth of information about the local Twin Cities Irish music scene.  Here are some useful online spots, both for admin and music.

Admin-related links

  • Bookmark this page! - for student announcements, upcoming dates, performances etc.
  • CIM's Facebook page is very active.  "Like" our page and follow what we are up to.
  • Important CIM Dates - we publish a pdf of important dates on our calendar page.  We also do our best to keep our google calendar up to date (also on the calendar page).
  • CIM newsletter - All CIM students are automatically signed up for our monthly newsletter.  If you are not receiving our e-newsletter, please sign up on the newsletter page, or contact us at  All newsletters are archived on our newsletter page.
  • CIM Policies - if you ever need to refer to our policies for private lessons or classes, they are here!
  • YOUR student portal!!  You have a student portal with our online registration system, where you can access your account, see when your lessons are and view your past enrollment.  Click on the "Student Portal" link at the upper right-hand corner of every page of our site!  Contact us at with any questions.

Music-related links

  • CIM Common Repertoire - (under the "Resources" tab).  Every few years, we develop an online resource of tunes for our students.  This is a great place to learn tunes that your fellow students will know.  We are currently working on a 2016 common repertoire.
  • Recitals - we hold two recitals a year for all of our students and encourage ALL of you to participate.  Our recitals are one of the BEST places to meet new musical friends and families.
  • Local Sessions - be a part of the Twin Cities' vibrant tune-playing community by going to listen or play at a session!  Don't be shy. . . You may even be able to convince your instructor to go with you—or maybe he or she is already there every week! Former CIM instructor Tom Lockney runs a learner's session at Keegan's pub on Sundays from 4-6pm that many of our students attend.
  • Instruments FAQ page - there is a small amount of information about where/how to buy Irish traditional instruments and recommendations of local businesses that will help you with repairs.  This information comes directly from our instructors - they are your best resource for any instrument-related questions!
  • Local Music Competitions & Midwest Fleadh Cheoil pages - for those of you who benefit from the pressure of a good, solid deadine (that is likely most of you)!  We highly recommend these opportunities, particularly for under-18 musicians, as a way to improve and increase your enjoyment of the music.

CIM Google Calendar

We keep this google calendar up to date with events, classes, workshops, board meetings and event planning committee meetings.

How to Stay Connected

Visit this google document to learn about how to stay connected to things at CIM!