Irish Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Students will learn about Irish instruments and Irish music history in this lesson plan. They will read a text lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • discuss the history of Irish music
  • describe four types of Irish instruments
  • identify the sound of these instruments


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.



  • Begin by asking students what comes to mind when they hear Irish music.
  • Explain that this lesson explores Irish music, its history and its instruments.
  • Distribute a copy of the Irish Music: Instruments & History lesson and select a volunteer to read 'Background on Irish Musical History' out loud, then start the following discussion:
    • Describe where Ireland is located.
    • Define 'aural form' and discuss how Irish music began.
    • What did the early musicians play and for whom?
    • Discuss the purpose of Irish music.
  • Now, choose another student to read 'Types of Instruments Used in Irish Music,' then pose the following discussion points:
    • Describe the characteristics of the Celtic harp.
    • Discuss how the Celtic harp is different from the typical harp we see today.
    • Where is the Celtic harp displayed?
    • Describe the characteristics of a bodhran and explain how it works.
    • Which Irish instrument is one of the most difficult to play? Why?
    • Based on the question above, describe the instrument.
    • Describe the tin whistle.
  • Now, ask students to read the 'Lesson Summary' independently.
  • Afterwards, distribute the lesson quiz and require students to complete in pairs.
  • Review the answers with the class.

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