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Frequently Asked Questions About Waltons New School of Music


How do I enrol?

First, you should decide what you would like to enrol for, and the fee. Group course and ensemble fees are listed in the relevant sections; private and group lesson fees are listed separately (go to Enrolment & Fees). You can complete an enrolment form on the website (go to Enrolment & Booking Forms) or pick up a hard copy from the school office.

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How do I know if a lesson or course is the right level for me?

Private lesson tuition, because it is one-to-one, can be adjusted to suit your level (beginner, intermediate or advanced), and whatever your previous musical experience is. Our ‘Introducing’ courses for beginners are just that; in other words, they are designed for absolute beginners with no previous musical experience. If a class or ensemble is described as intermediate level, then some previous experience and training is expected. If you don't know if your experience is enough to start at the level of an intermediate class, it is best to talk to us.

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Where do the lessons and classes take place?

Lessons, classes and workshops take place at Waltons New School of Music, 69 South Great George's Street, or at our annex classrooms in the Centre of English Studies building, 31 Dame Street (see our printable facilities map for details). Room numbers are listed on our timetable, posted daily at the school, and generally do not change from week to week.

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Where can I park?

The New School is located in Dublin city centre, and there are several car parks in our immediate vicinity, as well as limited on-street parking (go to Location for a map). The school has an agreement with Park Rite car parks that all students, parents and faculty can avail of special student discount rates of €2 per hour or €10 per day at any of their Dublin car parks (the closest is on Drury Street, a three-minute walk to/from the school). To avail of these discounts, simply drop by the school office with your parking ticket, which we will stamp for you, and show it to the car park attendant when you leave. Because of our central location, it is also very convenient to take public transport or travel to the school by bike. (There is also a Dublin Bikes station on Exchequer Street, a two-minute walk to/from the school.)

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How can I get there by public transport?

The New School is well served by public transport. The 16, 16A, 19, 19A, 65, 65B, 83 and 122 buses all stop nearby. The nearest LUAS stop is at St. Stephen's Green, a five-minute walk to/from the school. The nearest DART stations are Pearse Street and Tara Street, both ten-minute walks to/from the school.

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Who is eligible for tuition discounts?

We offer a 10% discount on 30-minute private lessons for over-65s, unemployed persons and third-level students with valid identification; these discounts also apply to Lunchtime Lessons (30-minute lessons taken between 10 am and 2 pm, Monday – Friday) and to additional lessons taken by a single student or lessons taken by additional students from the same family. Discounts do not apply to group lessons. Tuition assistance for lesson fees based on financial need is also available.

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What is the difference between group courses and small group lessons?

Group courses take place on fixed days/times, and students can enrol for them individually. Partner (two people) and small group (three or four people) lessons can be scheduled for any day/time of week, subject to availability, and students enrolling for them are responsible for forming their own groups. (Booking cannot be confirmed until enrolment forms and tuition fees are received from all group members.)

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Are there sequels to the beginners’ group courses?

If enough students in a group course are interested, an improvers group course can generally be scheduled, subject to teacher availability. If not, you can enrol for private (one-to-one) lessons or partner/group lessons with other course participants.

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Are the same courses offered every year?

It is not always possible to know as much as a year in advance whether a particular course will be offered, and we are constantly developing new courses and modifying existing ones. Our best recommendation is to try to take the course when it is offered. Be aware, also, that in order to improve instruction most of our group courses have strict enrolment limits, so don't wait to enrol if you know you want to be in a particular class.

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How can I find out what you are offering next term or next year?

While we try to plan our schedule of lessons and courses well in advance, it is not always possible to know as much as a year in advance whether a course will be offered. Summer Term lessons and courses are generally posted on the web by early May, and the next year's lessons and courses by mid-July, at which time printed information will also be available.

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Does the school accept foreign students?

Yes. Foreign students who are living or studying in Ireland are welcome at the school. However, it is not possible to apply for a student visa to study at the school alone, as we do not offer the option of full-time study. Most of what is taught in instrumental or vocal lessons can be demonstrated or explained in relatively simple language, and an A1 or A2 level of language proficiency (basic user) is generally sufficient. However, tuition in theory and musicianship requires a higher level of language proficiency.

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How accessible is the school?

The school building is Victorian, and accessibility is quite limited. However, there is a stairlift from the ground-floor entrance to the first floor, where the school office and two of our classrooms are located, and we may be able to arrange music lessons for a person with mobility difficulties in one of these classrooms. Please contact the school office for more information.

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My question isn't listed here. Who can I contact?

Please contact our administrative staff by telephone (01 478 1884) during office hours (First – Third Terms: 10 am – 8 pm, Monday – Thursday and 10 am – 6 pm, Friday and Saturday | Summer Term: Monday 10 am – 6 pm, Tuesday – Thursday 10 am – 8 pm, Friday 10 am – 6 pm) or e-mail, and we will be happy to advise you. We are:

Josephine Boyle, Eimear Kelly, David Mooney, Sarah Walsh (Administrators)
John Mardirosian (Director)

Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.

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  • 69 South Great George's Street Dublin 2 Ireland 
  • Phone: +353 1 478 1884
  • Fax: +353 1 475 1346
  • Email: info@newschool.ie
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