Platinum Membership Class 2016 – Registration Closes Monday, January 11th





BodhránExpert Platinum Membership is an online program and downloadable course, but a truly unique experience. Yes, you get all the videos, transcripts and audios from me that make you feel like I’m there in the room talking to you and teaching you directly, but you also get to connect with me and your classmates so you actually feel like we’re in this journey together.

Once you register you will immediately receive login details to a private membership site where you can GET STARTED RIGHT AWAY!


Why is PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP now extra-special? 

First of all you now get LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP. I originally put a time limit on the program in case I decided to change private membership site platforms, but I don’t see that happening any time soon.

I also realise that life sometimes gets in the way of our plans so giving you Lifetime access takes away any worry of membership site access ending before you get a chance to finish all the content.

All members, right back to the inaugural class of 2011, still have continued access to the course.


Take Part In ‘Real Time’ or Completely Go At Your Own Pace

I initially set up BodhránExpert Platinum Membership so that the lessons were time-released depending on when you joined. This allowed members to go at their own pace, but I’ve often wondered if students would like to have a wee kick up the backside once a week to keep them on track.

You will get a weekly email from me so we can go through the entire program together and you get the full use of the course. My intention is not to overwhelm you each week with to-do’s, but to give you clear and concise direction to get more done in less time.

Each email will have direct links to specific lessons in the course for you to work on each week, guides to where to find everything inside the private membership site, homework exercises from our brand new Rhythm Booklet and motivational tips and advice you won’t find anywhere else for a complete accelerated learning experience.

With that said, I encourage you to go at your own pace that fits in to your lifestyle.


Here are all the details:

BodhránExpert Platinum Membership is a Downloadable Online Program. Once purchased you will receive login details to the private membership site.The course starts immediately and the Main Program Lesson Vault includes:

  • 45 Never Seen Before Video Lessons
  • Audio Recordings of all Video Lessons
  • Written Transcripts from each lesson with the easy to follow Bodhrán Notation.
  • Progress Checklist so you can track your progress
  • All material is downloadable.
  • Everything is not only viewable on regular computers and notebooks, but it is also  Ipad and Iphone ready.


Wait ‘Til You See The BONUS MODULES!!!

That’s When It REALLY Steps Into High Gear. The Main Program lays the foundation, but you’ll also get SIX BONUS MODULES which will take you much deeper.


Once you’ve covered the Main Program these in depth Bonus Modules will help to take your playing to the next level and keep you motivated.



In this module you will learn all about the Offbeat Reel Rhythm, how to use it in tunes. I originally planned to include one tune to play along with, but got so carried away during recording that we ended up putting together a four tune set. This is a 9 video module totalling over 1 hr 37 minutes.


Here you will learn how to master Kerry style triplets and rolls once and for all. This is a complete blueprint to cracking what many find to be one of the most frustrating rudiments to learn and control. In this very detailed lesson you’ll learn how to use triplets in the score for the very popular ‘Toss The Feathers’. Five videos for another 1 hr 25 minutes  of high quality instruction.


This module is all about the Slip Jig. Not only will we cover various Slip Jig Rhythms, but we will learn a score to use it in AND I’ll also teach you how to change between 9/8 and 6/8 time when the tune calls for it. You will also learn what to play along to Rocky Road To Dublin. Three videos totalling over 40 minutes of instruction.


In this module we  cover an introduction to Waltzes, Polkas and Marches. You will learn suggested beatings to play along to the featured tunes and much more. Includes O’Sullivan’s March, John Ryan’s Polka and Fanny Power Waltze. Five more great videos totalling 1 hr 14 minutes.


This module will cover intermediate and advanced jig rhythms and a really neat tune to use them in. This lesson really makes you think outside the jig box and see the cool possibilities beyond the Mother Of All Jig Rhythms. Five more videos of intense jig work will keep you busier than the 54 minutes of video time. As in all the modules the notes will really support you here, especially the 30 pages for this module alone.


In this module we will cover how to piece together a bodhrán solo. Here I will teach you two sections of one of my own solos. First we’ll cover the ‘Jig Fanfare’ and then what I call my ‘Salsa’ section. Four videos and almost another 100 minutes of video content in this module itself.


All 10 videos of my ‘Bodhrán Hornpipe Series’ from my YouTube series are also now uploaded to the membership site. The accompanying pdf features the four separate featured rhythms and the full score for Dunphy’s Hornpipe.



I have recently added even more content to the Platinum course. The ‘Graduation Bonus’ is surprise bonus from me. Now, this doesn’t mean that once you do this you’re done learning. It’s just really great material that I couldn’t hold back from giving you.

It’s some top-end style rhythms that I know you’ll all fall in love with. We even learn a cool score for our very own ‘Platinum Reel’ and we get to spend almost another fun hour together.


All the transcripts and notation from the Main Program and the first Six Bonus Modules have been compiled together into one larger, consecutive file of almost 400 pages to make the up the ‘Big Book Of Bodhrán’ pdf. 



The TUNE BOOK consists of notation for all the tunes covered in the program condensed in to a handy 40 page book. It is an advanced PDF that has CLICKABLE AUDIO FILES RIGHT ON THE PAGE so you can practice along, looking at the sheet music and choose whichever tempo you want to play along with. 



All rhythms used in the program (PLUS MUCH MORE) compiled into one awesome file to make practicing simple, focused and fun. It contains over 300 rhythms of various time signatures, most with accompanying CLICKABLE AUDIO FILES RIGHT ON THE PAGE.


Inside the Private Members Website you will also find the following sections: 

Tune Room 

This will be your own private session training ground. As we cover a new tune recordings of it at various tempos will be placed here. You will also have the option to play along with the uilleann pipes with and without my bodhrán accompaniment. Playing along with my drumming will help you gain confidence and when you are ready to play on your own the track without drumming will be there for you.



This section will host a variety of helpful resources that will not only assist you in learning the bodhrán, but it will also help you become more educated and show you how to guide yourself along your musical journey.


Private Facebook Group

Consider this area to be your ‘Bodhrán Help Hot-Line’. You wouldn’t believe the amount of information, valuable tips and support that is here on a daily basis. The sense of community here is one of the best things about this program. 





As part of your Platinum Membership you will also get access to a BRAND NEW WORKSHOP coming in February 2016 – Single End Triplets.

I break everything down and use on-screen notation to de-mystify the different ways to play single-end ‘triplets’. And don’t worry, you don’t have to know how to read music to follow this easy notation.

Even other music teachers who read, teach and write music love this intuitive form of notation. On the other end of the spectrum, it’s also easily read by those who have never played an instrument or read any form of music in their life.


Platinum Class of 2016 is COMING SOON! To get FIRST NOTICE of when registration opens click HERE to join the VIP waiting list. 



Drum On!!!

~ Michelle



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David July 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

Hi Michelle, just a quick question/ how much for the Platinum Membership and about how long of a wait.
Thank you, David

Ramiro Daza July 25, 2013 at 7:44 pm

David I have the same question and I am still waiting to hear what the wait time is.

MichelleStewart July 26, 2013 at 5:19 am

Hi David, my apologies for the delayed reply. I’ve been travelling and currently in Cape Breton visiting family and getting ready to teach for two weeks at the Gaelic College. The next class of the Platinum course is coming next week so stayed tuned for all the details. If you enter your email at you’ll get an Early Bird Notice email of when the course opens so you can secure a spot before I open it to the general public.

MichelleStewart July 26, 2013 at 5:22 am

Hi Ramiro, stay tuned. I hope to launch the Platinum program next week. I see you’re already on the VIP waiting list so you’ll get an Early Bird notice email before the course opens to the general public.

Carl August 6, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I’m interested in the course, but concerned about only having access for a year. I’ve paid for term-subscription classes before, and not gotten the value. i work between 50-60 hours per week and am in a doctorate program. I know, why do i want to add something else to the list? i’ve always wanted to learn the bodhran and am just now getting brave enough to try. I have one on order, but i can go a month or so easily working 7 days/week. What if I run out of time on my subscription? thanks!

Janine September 6, 2013 at 12:41 am

Is this still available? How much? And does it matter if you are in a different timezone?


Ramiro Daza September 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Have not heard about the platinum class???The important question is what is the cost? This should really be up front. Forget the hype and all that other jazz. Just be straight with those that have been following you.

MichelleStewart October 9, 2013 at 1:23 am

Hi Janine,
Registration of the Platinum course ends today at 10pm UK time. It doesn’t matter what timezone you’re in as it is video based. You can learn at any time of day that suits you and you can download everything to keep forever.

Bill Wallace November 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Is the Platinum course for more advanced players, or is it suitable for absolute beginners like myself? If it isn’t for beginners where should I look on your site for basics?
Many thanks in advance

MichelleStewart December 17, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Hi Bill, the course is actually geared for raw beginners AND players of more advanced levels.
I start with the most basics of how to hold the drum and tipper, basic jigs and reels, how
to start moving the hand at the back for tonal changes, etc.
Even in the Bonus Modules I take things very slowly in the beginning
of all the lessons – breaking down the rhythms and then building them up.
The faster tempo options are there to challenge people as they progress.

Hope this helps.


MichelleStewart March 7, 2014 at 10:07 am

Hi Carl, thanks for your message. Your access is actually much longer than a year. Although I say ‘It’s a one year course’ all previous members, right back to the inaugural group of 2011, still have complete access to the program. I simply made this stipulation in case I decide to change my private membership hosting site or set up in the future. However, I don’t see that happening any time soon.
Plus access to the site will never be stopped without notice. If for any reason life gets in the way during your first ‘full year’ I’m just an email away to make sure you get extended access. Hope that answers some of your questions.

Claire Cooper April 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Hi Michelle, I am guessing when we get the early bird email we will know how much it costs for the course then? I am trying to figure it out when the next one will start. But I will just keep practicing until I hear that a seat is open for me :) . You are amazing thanks for sharing knowledge with us.

Andy Downs December 27, 2014 at 3:28 am

Hi Michelle, I’m interested in the platinum membership course, but could do with knowing when the next one will start. I’m itching to get started and don’t want to pick up any bad habits that I will then have to unlearn.

Idelle Nissila February 22, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Hi Michelle,

Will there be 2015 classes? Thanks.

MichelleStewart March 20, 2015 at 3:11 am

Yes, the Class of 2015 starts in just a few weeks! Make sure you’re on the VIP waiting list here so you don’t miss it.

MichelleStewart March 20, 2015 at 3:30 am

Hi Andy, the Class of 2015 starts in just a few weeks! Make sure you’re on the VIP waiting list here so you don’t miss it. I have more people on the waiting list than I have actually spots so I don’t expect registration will be open for too long. If you’re on the waiting list you’ll get an Early Bird link to register and secure your spot before I open it up to the general public.
I love your enthusiasm. :)

Curt November 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm

Hi Michelle, I am really interested in your next class, but I will probably need to save up for the class, is there anyway you can give me an idea of about how much it will cost?

Ian McCubbin December 2, 2015 at 11:04 am

Hi Michelle,

Been playing for about 5 years off and on. Now in a grad music group of u3a a d bad a workshop tuition at Amber festival.

Have also learnt from some of your Utube videos.

I am looking for more help either face to face or your next platinum member course.
I live in Luncarty near Perth so not far from your Crieff base.
Any help you can offer appreciated.
Let me know costs.
Kind regards,

MichelleStewart December 3, 2015 at 3:49 am

Hi Ian, you’ll be happy to know I’ll be taking registrations for the 2016 very soon in December 2015. As long as you’re on the waiting list at you’ll get early bird notification.
Hope that helps. – Michelle

MichelleStewart December 3, 2015 at 4:10 am

Hi Curt,
Registration for the 2016 Class is opening up shortly, this December 2015. I see you’re already on the VIP waiting list so you’ll get early bird notification before it opens to the public. The price is £147 UK pounds for Lifetime Membership.
If you have any other questions about the program feel free to drop me an email at
Best regards,

Phil W February 22, 2016 at 10:25 pm

Hi Michelle, I’ll keep this brief.
Love the site, love the bodhran
lookin forward to the class, any ideas on about when the next class will start?
I’m on wait list just hopein for some idea on the time frame
thanks Phil W.

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