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Walton New School of Music
Outreach Programme

Since 2001, Waltons New School of Music’s extensive Outreach Programme has provided music and cultural workshops, music courses and music lessons to primary and post-primary schools, youth centres, special needs organisations and the local community.

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.

OUTREACH WORKSHOPS


The New School’s Outreach Workshops have taken place at over 400 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 workshops include:

Capoeira in the Classroom

Primary • Post-Primary • Youth • Special Needs

Drumming Around the World

Primary • Post-Primary • Youth • Special Needs

Irish Music Tasters

Primary • Post-Primary • Youth

Music Technology for Teens

Post-Primary • Youth

Songwriting & Music Production

Post-Primary • Youth

Sounds Irish

Primary • Post-Primary • Youth


Although individually tailored to suit the needs of different age groups, all workshops aim to:


  • 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..



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COMMENTS


'Vibrant, interesting and easy to get involved in. Well-run, well-planned and safe.'
– 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


We offer a range of curricular and extra-curricular music courses, taught by some of the Dublin area’s finest music teachers, that can take place in your primary school, post-primary school, special needs school or youth centre – and either during school hours or after school. Our 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, including:

Bodhrán

Clarinet

Concert Flute

Guitar

Irish Fiddle

Piano

Recorder

Saxophone

Singing (Voice)

Tin Whistle

Ukulele

Violin




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.


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COMMENTS


'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!

01 478 1884






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