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National Concert Hall
Learning and Participation Programme

We’re passionate about music, and we believe that the joy of music should be experienced by all. Our programme for children and families is based on fostering the natural creativity of the child, and of promoting music’s potential to promote family cohesion. We view children as co-creators of the learning process, and we develop our initiatives to be child-centred, and wherever possible, child-led.

Early Years Music

A growing body of research provides evidence of the long term benefits of music education from very early in a child’s life. We believe in this, and we also believe that it’s a great way to have fun!

Sample activities:

Mini-Music is an action-packed music workshop experience for babies and young children aged 3 months to 8 years

Bring Along a Baby concerts are designed for parents of babies and very young children to enjoy a concert of the highest standard while babies play, sleep or feed.

Family Music

We encourage engagement with music as a shared family experience, and most of our activities in this area include both parents and children as active participants.

Sample activities:
Our Family Concerts are designed to entertain, excite and educate! There are plenty of opportunities to join in, and we love to see different generations coming together to experience the music in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Family Workshops are a great way for children and parents to have fun learning about music together. Whether you attend one of our Baby Bop or Toddler Twist events, or participate in our Let’s Drum, Family Jazz, or Gamelan interactive workshops, we’re sure that you will have a memorable experience of music-making together!

Musical Discovery

We aim to broaden the musical horizons of children and young people with a varied programme of discovery days, holiday camps and other activities. We also like to include cross-disciplinary activity with art, literature, drama and science.

Sample activities:
Song School is a holiday camp for song-writing and performing. Quavers to Quadratics interactive workshops for primary school groups experiment with sound and physics .

Music Workshops for Schools

These interactive Music Workshops for Schools place an emphasis on participation and enjoyment, while also linking in with key areas of the school curriculum. They can take place in the school, or at the NCH

Percussion, Singing, Song-writing, or Gamelan Introduction can all provide a fascinating hands-on experience, while broadening musical knowledge and understanding.

National Concert Hall
Tel: +353 (1)41 70000