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About Us

Ceol Press is the brainchild of educators Mark and Elizabeth Gowman

Mark & Liz

Mark and Liz are both forward-thinking music educators whose work has flourished into a number of areas, including folk music, folk and non-standard pedagogies, early-childhood education, and technology.

The origin story of Ceol Music & Ceol Press is that they serve as the publishing and sales resource for the interactive instructional method Ceol: Learning & Teaching Irish Traditional Music. Of course, now the shop is built and the curriculum isn't!

Ceol author Mark Gowman regularly presents workshops on Irish music and music education at schools and conferences at the local, state, and national level. These include numerous sessions for the Eastman School of Music, Boston University, the Hochstein School, Nazareth College, the Rochester Flute Association, and the Erie County Music Education Association; the 2003, 2004, and 2012 New York State music education conferences; the ROGUE music education conference; and the 2006 Music Educators National Conference in Salt Lake City. 

Our Mission

Our mission is simple: All we want is to radically alter the field of music education; spread our love of Irish and other folk/ethnic/indigenous/popular musics around the world; introduce game-changing, easy-to-use resources for musicians and educators; and, if it's not too much to ask, maybe even break even. All while having enough spare time in the day that we can enjoy life and spend copious amounts of time with our own children.

 

Workshops

Mark Gowman whistle

Mark Gowman has been teaching Irish traditional music for the last fifteen years of a highly-respected two-decade teaching career. He and his trad music students have been heard on the famed Thistle and Shamrock radio program and have performed with some of the world's top Irish musicians, including Lunasa, Teada, Grada, and Karan Casey. He is the owner of Ceol Music & Ceol Press; co-director of the ROGUE music education conference; and author of Ceol: Learning and Teaching Irish Traditional Music. Mark regularly presents workshops on Irish music and music education at schools and conferences at the local, state, and national level. These include numerous sessions for the Eastman School of Music, Boston University, the Hochstein School, Nazareth College, the Rochester Flute Association, and the Erie County Music Education Association; the 2003, 2004, and 2012 New York State music education conferences; the ROGUE music education conference; and the Music Educators National Conference.

Reviews of these workshops and presentations are extremely favorable, with review score averages in the 4.8 of 5 range.

We are eager to come to your school, event, or work with you individually to help you develop your skills, program, or the skills of your students. 

Letters of reference and other information are available. 

“You... were informative and exciting. You allowed us to have fun, and you motivated us to learn more about this music so we can share it with our students. Congratulations to you for this excellent presentation.” - former NY State Multicultural Music Education Committee Chair