Join Oona's Lesson Studio

weekly private lessons

Oona draws on her extensive experience studying fiddle music and absorbing the philosophies of the Suzuki Method to create a personolized curriculum for each student.

While studying Irish tunes and/or classical repertoire, we will also explore technique & posture, practice skills, and more.

2022-2023 classes take place online or in-person following covid protocols.

The program includes weekly private lessons with ensemble and performance opportunities throughout the school year.

Please get in touch for rates and availability.

Irish tunes online

Irish Tunes Online is a new course inspired by Oona's extensive experience teaching both in-person and online workshops and classes, and recording educational videos.  There are two components to the program, based on each students' learning style and educational needs.

1) Start with a series of four pre-recorded lesson videos (e.g. #1 Jigs).  In each lesson Oona will start with a rhythmic warmup and other technical preparations, and then teach a tune phrase by phrase.

2) If you want additional instruction or feedback on your playing, add an optional lesson or package of lessons.  Perhaps you want to get feedback on all four jigs once you have finished the course?  Or maybe you'd be more comfortable getting some pointers after you learn the first tune, and choose the 4 lesson package?  These options are designed to be very flexible, to best support your learning.

New tune type series' are planned to be released on a rolling bases and as interest dictates.

Watch a sample lesson:

Irish Tunes Online #1: Jigs
  • Irish Tunes Online #1: Jigs
In cart Not available Out of stock
$60.00

Coming in September 2022.

A series of four pre-recorded video lessons. In each lesson Oona will start with a rhythmic warmup and other technical preparations, and then teach a tune phrase by phrase.

See option to add on private lessons for additional instruction.

Read more…
Irish Tunes Online #2: Polkas
  • Irish Tunes Online #2: Polkas
In cart Not available Out of stock
$60.00

Coming in October 2022.

A series of four pre-recorded video lessons. In each lesson Oona will start with a rhythmic warmup and other technical preparations, and then teach a tune phrase by phrase.

See option to add on private lessons for additional instruction.

Read more…
Irish Tunes Online #3: Reels
  • Irish Tunes Online #3: Reels
In cart Not available Out of stock
$60.00

Coming in November 2022.

A series of four pre-recorded video lessons. In each lesson Oona will start with a rhythmic warmup and other technical preparations, and then teach a tune phrase by phrase.

See option to add on private lessons for additional instruction.

Read more…
Irish Tunes Online: One 60 Minute Lesson
  • Irish Tunes Online: One 60 Minute Lesson
In cart Not available Out of stock
$65.00

For students enrolled in Irish Music Online with Oona Grady.

For musicians looking for single lessons to support their independent learning with Oona's Irish Music Online courses. Classes take place online (FaceTime, Zoom, Skype) or in-person following covid protocols and are scheduled at a mutually convenient time in 2022.

Read more…
Irish Tunes Online: One 30 Minute Lesson
  • Irish Tunes Online: One 30 Minute Lesson
In cart Not available Out of stock
$40.00

For students enrolled in Irish Music Online with Oona Grady.

For musicians looking for single lessons to support their independent learning with Oona's Irish Music Online courses. Classes take place online (FaceTime, Zoom, Skype) or in-person following covid protocols and are scheduled at a mutually convenient time in 2022.

Read more…
Irish Tunes Online: Four 60 Minute Lessons
  • Irish Tunes Online: Four 60 Minute Lessons
In cart Not available Out of stock
$240.00

For students enrolled in Irish Music Online with Oona Grady.

For musicians looking for a lesson package to support their independent learning with Oona's Irish Music Online courses. Classes take place online (FaceTime, Zoom, Skype) or in-person following covid protocols and are scheduled at a mutually convenient time in 2022.

Read more…
Irish Tunes Online: Four 30 Minute Lessons
  • Irish Tunes Online: Four 30 Minute Lessons
In cart Not available Out of stock
$140.00

For students enrolled in Irish Music Online with Oona Grady.

For musicians looking for a lesson package to support their independent learning with Oona's Irish Music Online courses. Classes take place online (FaceTime, Zoom, Skype) or in-person following covid protocols and are scheduled at a mutually convenient time in 2022.

Read more…

One-off lessons and packages

For musicians looking for single lessons, or short term lesson plans.  Topics can include violin technique, fiddle repertoire, practicing strategies, and more.  Meetings take place in-person or online (FaceTime, Zoom, Skype), scheduled at a mutually convenient time in 2022.

One 60 Minute Lesson
  • One 60 Minute Lesson
In cart Not available Out of stock
$75.00

For musicians looking for single lessons. Classes take place online (FaceTime, Zoom, Skype) or in-person following covid protocols and are scheduled at a mutually convenient time in 2022.

Read more…
One 30 Minute Lesson
  • One 30 Minute Lesson
In cart Not available Out of stock
$45.00

For musicians looking for single lessons.  Classes take place online (FaceTime, Zoom, Skype) or in-person following covid protocols and are scheduled at a mutually convenient time in 2022.

Read more…
Four 60 Minute Lessons
  • Four 60 Minute Lessons
In cart Not available Out of stock
$270.00

For musicians looking for short term lesson plans.  Classes take place online (FaceTime, Zoom, Skype) or in-person following covid protocols and are scheduled at a mutually convenient time in 2022.

Read more…
Four 30 Minute Lessons
  • Four 30 Minute Lessons
In cart Not available Out of stock
$160.00

For musicians looking for short term lesson plans.  Classes take place online (FaceTime, Zoom, Skype) or in-person following covid protocols and are scheduled at a mutually convenient time in 2022.

Read more…

Caffe Lena School of Music

Caffe Lena After School Folk Music Ensembles

Wednesdays: Sept 14 - Nov 16

Team learning with Oona & James Gascoyne & Matt Griffin, for students 7-15 years.  Learn to play your favorite instrument by ear in a supportive group setting.

Two class times (3:45-4:30 SOLD OUT + 4:35-5:20).  Come to one or both.  

Scholarships are available!

Oona is teaching fiddle, ukulele, bass, vocals, etc., and coaching ensembles.  Guitar, banjo, and percussion will also be offered.

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

STUDENT TESTAMONIALS

Oona Grady is a great teacher!  She is trained as a classical violinist and as a fiddler so she is able to teach a student who is interested in both.  This has made her a really good match for my teenage daughter.   She is knowledgable and supportive.  She is dependable and encourages students to take on a challenge.  My daughter has studied with her for 4 years, first in person and then on Skype.  It has been positive experience all around!
--Jane B., parent and violinist


I enjoyed playing classical duets with Oona for 5 years!
--Maya J., age 13


Oona's talent and patience is hard to match.  She taught my son for 4 years, beginning when he was age 6.  Oona has made a lasting impression on us both, and has helped my child acquire the skills he will need to carry on to the next level of musician-hood! 
--Jane C., parent and fiddle player

 

My daughter Izzy has really enjoyed the opportunity to work with Oona.  She says Oona is fun but also holds her accountable for some of the things she doesn't remember to think about; like positioning of her fingers or bow hold.  She started with Oona not knowing much about Irish music and has come to really enjoy playing it.  She has also enjoyed learning Suzuki with Oona and enjoyed playing together with Oona during lessons.  We were all (Izzy and our family) sad when Oona moved away as she was a great mentor and teacher for Izzy as she learned new skills and grew in her confidence when playing. 
--Beth L., parent

I am pleased to have a chance to make a statement in support of Oona as she tries to establish herself in a new area of New York State.  I have played Trad. Irish music on my fiddle for about 30 years.  I've taken lessons here and there, usually one shot deals and was terrible about practicing.  Last fall I decided to get serious and started going to Ithaca for lessons with Oona.  

While I was very nervous and self conscious, she immediately set me at ease with her lovely personality and superb skills as both a player and an instructor.  A few months into my lessons with her, she asked me if I wanted to be in a recital featuring her students, all of whom were 16 or younger, aside from me. The thought terrified me and I initially declined.  After a few more lessons I felt myself improving and gathered up my courage and said okay.  So, at the age of 58, I took part in my first recital!  It was great, even though I think I was way more nervous than even the littlest fiddler.  I loved watching her interact with the kids...her guidance was firm, but with a calm demeanor.  At that recital the tunes were Irish, but she had one student performing a long, complicated Classical piece and Oona played with her.  I was blown away by their duet.  In the 7 months I went to Oona for lessons I feel I made more progress than in the previous decade. 

We laughed much together and she helped me build my confidence as a player.  I miss her and truly hope folks in the Saratoga Springs area quickly realize what a gifted instructor and performer they have in their midst! 

Best of luck to you Oona! 
--Deb P., Preble, NY