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At the New Century, we believe that honing the mind on music and dance is a lifelong aspiration, and an important part of living well. Irish traditional music and dance are technical art forms that teach a mixture of discipline and obedience to form while encouraging creativity and the development of a unique musical voice. Beyond their artistic merits, Irish traditional music and dance encourage students to perfect a wide-ranging skill set that includes detailed listening, technical refinement, ensemble cooperation, and music literacy. Our cross-disciplinary approach helps students build a strong foundation for a musical life—whether as a professional or a dilettante—and connects them socially within Maryland's storied Irish traditional music community.