The North Texas School of Irish Music is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that is part of the School of Irish Music Inc. The school was formed to provide goals, structure, and performance opportunities for young people who are interested in learning Irish music. We also provide an avenue for private lessons for adults, and help them connect with other playing outlets such as the Dallas Slow Sessions adult learning group operated by Jim Wells (www.dallasslowsessions.com).
The school was originally formed as part of the Traditional Irish Music Education Society, but as the success of the school quickly grew along with its size, TIMES unanimously agreed to spin off the organization into its own entity. The school owes much to the leadership of TIMES for their support and guidance and looks forward to continued good relations.
School of Irish Music Inc
The School of Irish Music Inc. is a non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) certification from the IRS. The School so far is comprised of the North Texas School of Irish Music in Carrolton, TX and now in Murphy, TX, and the Houston School of Irish Music.
Our program includes fund raising for travel to music competitions and events, music scholarships for children in financial need, concerts and events to promote Irish music, and especially traditional Irish music education.
Tim Kennedy – Executive Director
Tim is the Executive Director of our school. The school is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and he serves in a volunteer capacity devoting his time to help run the administration of the school and provide coordination for all our events. He also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the School of Irish Music Inc, the non-profit foundation that manages this school and others including the Houston School of Irish Music, and several performance events and festivals including Celtic Christmas Dallas, and Celtic Music Showcase Dallas.
Tim holds a masters certificate in music theory from Berklee College of Music and is completing an additional degree in music composition and production also from Berklee. He plays with several Irish session groups around town and has studied Irish fiddle with James Kelly and mandolin with Marla Fibish.
Tim also is an accomplished classical music player and has performed with the New Texas Symphony Orchestra, as well as chamber groups through Texas Christian University. He has written many compositions including a concerto for flute and piccolo that has been played by the New Texas Symphony Orchestra that not surprisingly, was a fusion between traditional Irish music and classical music.
Tim also holds an undergraduate degree in computing science, a masters degree in business administration, and a masters degree in science.