Outreach Music Programme
Waltons New School of Music’s extensive Outreach Programme is designed to provide a range of opportunities for active music making that may not otherwise be available to primary or post-primary schools.
Our teachers and facilitators are all professional musicians and educators with a wealth of experience and have been carefully selected for their ability to work with and inspire young students. They are also Garda vetted and fully insured.
Since 2001, the New School’s Outreach Workshops have taken place at over 350 schools, youth centres and special needs organisations nationwide, as well as at the Ark, the National Concert Hall, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, and arts centres throughout the greater Dublin area. Our intention is to expand children and young people’s musical knowledge and encourage imaginative thinking, creativity, a positive self-image and a respect for their own and others’ cultural heritage. Our workshops include:
- Capoeira in the Classroom (Primary & Post-Primary)
- Drumming Around the World (Primary & Post-Primary)
- Leaving Cert. Music Technology (Post-Primary
- Let’s Write a Song! (Primary)
- Songwriting & Music Technology (Post-Primary)
- Sounds Irish (Primary & Post-Primary)
Although individually tailored to suit the needs of different age groups, all workshops aim to:
'Vibrant, interesting and easy to get involved in. Well-run, well-planned and safe.'
- Cultivate musical curiosity.
- Encourage participants to explore their creativity and generate their own musical ideas.
- Introduce musical concepts through experiencing them.
- Show participants that music is fun and accessible, and develop their confidence through it.
– L. Kavanagh, Our Lady of Lourdes National School, Inchicore
'The two leaders of the workshop were excellent with the children. The children had a fantastic time but were kept under control at all times. All the pupils got a turn to play an instrument.'
– E. Deery, Sacred Heart B.N.S, Ballygall, Dublin 11
'Well organised... with more variety than I could hope to achieve in a lesson or a day or a week or a month!'
– O. Redmond, Our Lady of Victories Senior Girls School, Ballymun
'A variety of instruments were named, shown and played in an interesting and instructive manner, with humour and enthusiasm, and with full, controlled participation of the pupils.'
– S. Breheny, Bishop Galvin National School, Templeogue
OUTREACH COURSES & LESSONS
First introduced in 2004, the New School’s outreach tuition programme consists of a range of music courses and lessons that take place on-site at primary schools, post-primary schools and youth centres throughout the greater Dublin area, either during or after school hours. The programme provides the opportunity for every student to have the enriching experience of learning music or a musical instrument at first hand. Our group courses include:
- Bodhrán (Primary & Post-Primary)
- Capoeira (Primary & Post-Primary)
- Choir (Primary & Post-Primary)
- Exploring Percussion (Primary & Post-Primary)
- Guitar (Primary & Post-Primary)
- Irish Fiddle (Primary & Post-Primary)
- Music for Me (pre-instrumental music) (Primary)
- Singing (Primary & Post-Primary)
- Songwriting (Primary & Post-Primary)
- Tin Whistle (Primary & Post-Primary)
- Ukulele (Primary & Post-Primary)
- Violin (Primary & Post-Primary)
We also offer reasonably-priced private (one-to-one) music lessons for your school in wide range of instruments and subjects.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
A New School outreach teacher will be assigned to your school for a residency and teach weekly classes or lessons. The course and/or lessons can be paid for by the school, parents association or parents themselves. Residencies can be one-off, they can continue for another period subject to student interest, or you can opt for a different instrument or subject for their next residency. Residences can also be directed towards a final ‘showcase’ performance for other students and teachers of the school.
Our outreach courses and lessons, while providing sound instrumental or vocal tuition, aim to do more than that. They are also designed to engage participants in all aspects of active music making: listening, composing and performing. In other words, participants learn the fundamentals of music along with their instruments. Our purpose is to introduce a core subject, music, with an element of fun, to young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience it, or simply to provide an accessible and rewarding start to further music education.
'The guitar tutor has been excellent in the way he has interacted with the young people and adapted the lessons and music to their interests. [They] have become more confident in their own ability since beginning to learn the guitar; they were hesitant at first, but now they are really enjoying it and even offering up suggestions for songs to learn to the tutor! I would recommend this...to other youth projects or groups working with young people without hesitation.'
– S. Moore, Ballybough Youth Project, Dublin 3
'The children love violin lessons and look forward to Mondays because of this. [The teacher] makes the lessons fun and very interesting. Everyone who has seen the children perform has been most impressed – and all this after 10 weeks!'
– L. Cunningham, Scoil Aonghusa Junior, Tallaght
'Children are really enjoying the tin whistle classes...and look forward to this slot every week.... Well structured classes, good classroom management and attention to detail.'
– A. Joyce, St. Paul's Junior School, Greenhills
'Wonderful to see children learning guitar in school. John is an excellent tutor [who] asks them what they really want to learn – an important aspect of any tuition.'
– A. McCarthy, Scoil Plás Mhuire, Dublin 7
We would be happy to discuss the range of options available to your school, and to answer any questions you may have about the New School’s Outreach Programme. Please get in touch with us!
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