Patrick D'Arcy

Patrick D.

Woodland Hills, CA

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Patrick delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 1987

I specialize in teaching traditional Irish music played on uilleann pipes, whistle, flute and bodhran, the Irish frame drum. I also teach blues, rock & folk styles on acoustic and electric guitar. I have also begun teaching ukulele... it's so much fun! :-)


Music Teaching
Jun 1988 - Present
Patrick D. Music

I have been teaching music for over 25 years starting in Ireland and now at my home in Los Angeles.

I have toured and recorded extensively with numerous bands and as a solo artist.

I teach at Irish traditional music events all over the U.S. called tionol. Some examples are The North East Tionol (held annually in the Catskills), The Great Northern Irish Uilleann Pipers Tionol (held annually in the Twin Cities), Southern California Tionol (held annually in San Juan Capistrano).

I also teach music through the Music Center of Los Angeles via a group called A Gaelic Gathering. We perform at schools and at the Disney Hall teaching Irish music, dance and culture.

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Uilleann Piping
Jul 1997 - Jul 2003
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy
Classical Guitar
Sep 1989 - Jun 1992
Royal Irish Academy of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Certificate of Recognition
Mar 2015
City of Los Angeles

I was honored with this award in Spring of 2015 to highlight my contribution to Irish culture and community in Los Angeles County.


Certificate of Recognition - 2015 Irish Honoree
Mar 2015
City of Los Angeles


American Federation of Musicians
Jun 2009

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Some of the instruments I teach. Whistles, flute, pipes, guitar, mandolin, bodhran.

Playing with The Getty's and Ricky Skaggs at the Grand Ole Opry - March 2012

Neil Diamond recording session at Jim Henson Studios Hollywood with fiddler Kira Ott & producers Garret "Jacknife" Lee and Don Was.

Here is a video of me playing with my band Rattle The Knee. In the video I am playing uilleann pipes and Irish whistles as well as singing.
Playing a live show in Dublin

A Gaelic Gathering at World City, Disney Hall, Los Angeles.
Performing at the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club annual concert & workshop weekend.

Slow tune on whistle
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7 Reviews

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Amy Aug 24, 2015
Irish Whistle · In studio

I needed help with a tune I was performing on Low D whistle for a friend's birthday party. Pat was extremely helpful with ornamentation for the tune and gave me some great tips on playing my low whistle as I am fairly new to the instrument. I hope to return for more lessons soon.

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victor Aug 3, 2015
· Online

great lessons Patrick. I have learned a couple of new tunes...very quickly and some great regulator techniques....Thank you

Ken Aug 3, 2015
Uilleann Pipes · In studio

I've taken both Skype and in-person lessons from Patrick. First he is an astounding piper; second he is an excellent teacher. Well worth the time and expense.

Larry Aug 3, 2015
Irish Pipes · In studio

Patrick is a very accomplished piper, and a very helpful and patient teacher. He's good company too.

Fel Aug 3, 2015
Irish Pipes · Online

Been taking lessons from Pat over the years (2003) , both in person and on-line. Great instructor, patient and goes over the bits that I have difficulty with.

David O'Keeffe Aug 3, 2015
Uilleann Pipes · Online

I have been taking lessons with Pat for about a year now. I started with Irish Tin Whistle lessons in LA at Pat's house but I then moved to San Francisco where I continue with lessons via Skype. I have had some teachers in the past but Pat is by far the best teacher I have come to work with. I recently picked up the uilleann pipes and Pat has been instrumental to my advancement in understanding and playing of this instrument.
He is a very professional and approachable teacher. He is very flexible and accommodating with scheduling lesson times. What is very important to myself is how Pat is always looking to improve the my technique and is very encouraging, which keeps me wanting to learn more and more.

I would highly recommend Pat as a teacher. He is the best out there in my experience.

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Susan Aug 3, 2015
Irish Pipes · Online

Patrick has been teaching my son for a couple years now. He is excellent! My son kept having problems with his pipes and Patrick was able to fix those problems within the first couple lessons. We are very pleased with Patrick and feel blessed to have him as my sons teacher. He is very patient and kind with my son who is very introverted. I would highly recommend Patrick for lessons.

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