Murphy Roche School of Irish Music

Willowbrook, IL

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How does your business stand out?

We teach each child in the way that helps them to play music well and soon. That's what kids and parents want: music, enjoyment. We are careful to ensure good muscle development and musical virtuosity in kids but we do it in a way that makes them eager to practice and perform.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

We have been very lucky to have worked with some fabulous kids over the years. We've been able to travel with them to perform and compete on the world stage. Parents are often amazed that their child has what it takes to become a world class musician. It takes a solid teaching program, caring teachers and kids who are engaged. Talent is overrated, as the book of the same title says. Kids who work hard go far. If a child just wants to have fun playing music, we're on board with that, as well.


Willowbrook, IL 60527

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11 Reviews
  • Paul S. Jul 8, 2016
    Traditional Irish music taught in the traditional way. It's more like a family than a school. Open, friendly, and lots of fun. Great teachers.
  • CS S. Jul 5, 2016
  • Erin K. Jul 5, 2016
    Fiddle music and comrodary are outstanding.
  • Amy R. Jul 5, 2016
    This school is wonderful and very family oriented. Two thumbs up!
  • Patrick B. Oct 26, 2015
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
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  • Jen S. Aug 11, 2015
    I joined Murphy Roche as an adult. I picked up my violin after 30 years, having played classical through college. I cannot express how amazing it has been to be part of this group. I have recaptured my love of music, learned more about my Irish heritage, made new friends of all ages, and enjoyed a whole new dimension of my life. If you have desire to return to music after years of being gone or of starting fresh as an adult, take the risk. It is one of the best things I have ever done in my life because Murphy Roche is an outstanding, talented, professional, and FUN organization 🎻🎶
  • Dave R. Aug 9, 2015
    Murphy Roche provides a fine resource for the young musician as well as the adult who is interested in exploring the world of Irish music. I am a guitarist who was recently inspired to learn the tenor banjo. ItÂ’s been a great experience learning a new instrument in an extremely supportive environment.
  • Ewa B. Aug 4, 2015
    Very unique music school that offers a lot of opportunities to perform the Irish music through weekly sessions and variety of concerts. Very warm atmosphere. My daughter loves the interaction with other young musicians during her weekly lessons.
  • Sam K. Jul 27, 2015
    lessons are individual for half an hour each, but most students come and spend all day playing music and having fun. The Chole's are more than instructors to the kids, they become part of there family. My child started lessons at the age of 4 and after 7 years still can't wait to get to lessons every saturday!!
  • Kathleen M. Jul 24, 2015
    Great way to introduce my 3rd generation grandchildren to our Irish heritiage. Introductory complimentary lesson; Adjustable weekly scheduling; Kids of all ages meeting, learning Irish tunes and eventually performing together at local venues; convenience of paying weekly by the lesson; Very positive but accountable teaching style!
  • Beth S. Jul 23, 2015
    The toe-tapping spirited music of Ireland comes alive in the home of the founders of the Murphy Roche School of Irish Music. The atmosphere is very welcoming and you feel a sense of community while learning all aspects of the Irish music culture. The students learn how to play by ear by watching videos on their website and by recording their teacher playing the tune or technique introduced during the lesson and practicing with it throughout the week. The students also reinforce their learning by teaching it their fellow student(s). My eight-year-old daughter has been attending for the past year and a half and has this to share with you...'I love playing music with my friends and learning new tunes - reels, jigs, slip jigs and polkas - every Saturday. I also love that I've learned how to sing a few songs in Gaelic.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Yes, our lessons are $20 per half hour per lesson (some kids take multiple instruments). Students can stay all day, if they wish and have lunch (provided). There is no additional charge for this.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We ask families to come and observe. We are not your typical music school. We'll tell you all about our program to see if it will work for you. Each child receives a private lesson, one on one with a teacher each week but can stay as long as desired to work with teaching assistants and hone their craft.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Masters degree in education and a world title in Irish music.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I always wanted to play Irish music. It's my passion. I love to share it with kids. My husband and son also teach. Several of our current teachers are current or former students.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Genius musicians, struggling musicians, kids with no problems, kids with the gamut of problems from developmental disabilities to autism and Asperger's to ADHD/ADD.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We are currently planning to host the 2017 North American convention of Irish Musicians. Approximately 2000 musicians from all over the world will come to the Chicago area for a weekend of music and dance. It's the best weekend of the year, if you are an Irish musician.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Vet teachers carefully. There are a lot of teachers/music programs that will not motivate your child to practice. They are often careless about posture, which can cause lifelong problems. If you have to drive a little further to get to a good teacher, your reward for that time investment will be great.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Is your program fun? How do I know which instrument is right for my child? Are you able to loan me an instrument? Can I hear some of your students play?