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  • Suzuki Violin: Mary is a trained Suzuki Violin teacher with over 25 years of teaching experience, and offers private Suzuki lessons. The Suzuki Method (developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki) teaches music skills in an immersive way, much like you would learn a language. The idea is that a student hears the 'language', and begins to 'speak' it while developing skills that support it. ​​Mary teaches Suzuki Violin in-person at her home studio.  Find out more about the Suzuki Method here:

  • Irish Fiddle: Mary has developed a unique approach that mirrors the skills and techniques introduced in the Suzuki Method with a special focus on skills needed for Irish fiddling.  Like the Suzuki Method, music is taught in an immersive way, and there is a heavy emphasis on learning music by ear.  Mary teaches Irish fiddle both in-person and online through the Center for Irish Music, or online from her home studio.   You can find more information on her unique approach here


  • Starling Youth Intermediate Mixed Instrument Ensemble (ages 13-18) - (Sept 2023 - May 2024). Register for this class through the Center for Irish Music.

  • Summer Performance Mixed Instrument Ensemble (ages 13-18) - (June 12 - August 7 2024). Register for this class through the Center for Irish Music.



  • Minnesota Irish Music Weekend Trad Immersion Camp: June 8-9, 2024, ages 9-12.  Come spend two afternoons with CIM Instructors Mary Vanorny & Brian Miller, along with other young musicians who are ready to learn to play more Irish traditional music. Open to whistle, fiddle, flute, mandolin, banjo, guitar, harp and piano players who know five to ten Irish tunes, this program is part of Minnesota Irish Music Weekend

  • Headwaters Fiddle Camp:  June 17-21, 2024 - Co-directors Mary Vanorny and Brian Miller lead campers in fun activities and musical growth through music and musical history in Minnesota! Along with staff members Carrie Dlutkowski, Eric Carlson, and junior instructor Sawyer Corcoran, campers will take part in sessions and classes, along with some performance opportunities and field trips!  Open to fiddlers, strummers, and pickers, ages 8 and up. 

  • Irish Music and Arts Summer Camp at the Center for Irish Music: July 15-19, 2024 - Norah Rendell and Mary Vanorny, along with our advanced youth musicians, will lead campers ages 6-12 in a week long day-camp!  Learn songs, try Irish instruments, listen to stories, do arts & crafts, and learn some myths and legends.  Camp will also include ceili dancing and games at Newell Park.  

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