Martin Hayes’ ‘Sean Ryan’s Jig’

Music of a Culture
Years 9 & 10 Elective Music Students

Focus Content:
Students will focus on how techniques affect the tone colour of a piece. They will learn this through listening to the selected piece and experimenting with techniques on an unfamiliar instrument.


‘Sean Ryan’s Jig’ by Martin Hayes.


Tone Colour:

–       Students will explore the instrumentation used in Celtic music and the atmosphere that they create.


–       Students will look at how techniques and tone colour link together to form the atmosphere created in a piece.

Learning Activities



Students will listen to the piece ‘Sean Ryan’s Jig’ and list all the techniques used by the main melodic instrument (Fiddle). All the techniques will be listed on the board and the teacher will provide and explain any missing techniques. The class will then discuss the importance that techniques play in tone colour.

Solo Fiddle Performance of ‘Sean Ryan’s Jig’


The students will be asked to find an instrument that they are unfamiliar with and explore its tone colour by experimenting.


Students will then compose a short piece on that instrument where they utilize the techniques that they been experimenting with. The Zoom H1 Handy Recorder will record this short piece and an mp3 file of their piece will be given to the student to take home.


Students will be asked to research Celtic musical instruments. They will present information about the instruments such as:

–       What it looks like?

–       How it’s played?

–       What it sounds like?

–       Techniques that are commonly used? 

Extra Information on Celtic Jigs and Reels

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