Waltons New School of Music - Guitar, Bass & Ukulele Tuition, Dublin

Guitar, Bass & Ukulele Tuition

at Waltons New School of Music

'The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different colour, a different voice.'
Andrés Segovia

'If you're going to sweep the floor, sweep it better than anybody in town. And if you're going to play the guitar, really, really, really get into it, and don't be jivin'.'
Carlos Santana

'You can't hold no groove if you ain't got no pocket!'
Victor Wooten

'Sometimes I can’t think of a better way to end my day than coming home and just strumming my ukulele for a few minutes. I mean, I joke around and tell people that it’s an entire yoga session in one strum, you know?'
Jake Shimabukuro









 Private, Partner & Small Group Lessons

Waltons New School of Music offers lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced students in:

  • Acoustic Guitar (various styles)
  • Blues Guitar (Acoustic & Electric)
  • Classical Guitar
  • Electric Guitar (various styles)
  • Flamenco Guitar
  • Irish Traditional Guitar
  • Jazz Guitar
  • Bass Guitar / Electric Bass
  • Jazz Bass
  • Ukulele

Guitar and bass tuition can also include preparation for music grade exams from preliminary to performance or teaching diploma level (see below for exam syllabi), as well as Junior Cert. Music and Leaving Cert. Music practicals, and it counts as the 'personal skill' challenge area for Gaisce - The President's Award. Electric guitar and bass tuition can also include instruction in effects and technology. All of our guitar and bass teachers are also active performers, both live and recorded.

Tuition options include:

  • Weekly private (one-to-one) lessons, 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length.
  • Group lessons, designed for students at the same level of proficiency who enrol together, and available as 30-, 45- or 60-minute ‘partner’ lessons, as well as 60-minute lessons for 3 or 4 students.
  • Single 1- or 2-hour Intensive Lessons in most acoustic and electric guitar and bass styles.

Go to Tuition Options for more information on private, partner and group lessons, and Enrolment & Fees for tuition fees and enrolment forms.

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 Group Courses for Beginners

The New School offers four popular foundation courses for absolute beginners:

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 Group Courses for Intermediate Students

Our four 'Basics' courses for guitar provide extensive introductions to the styles for players with some previous experience:

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Michael Behan (acoustic / classical / electric / jazz guitar)
John Clarke (acoustic guitar, Introducing Guitar for Adults, guitar outreach courses)
Alice Jago (acoustic guitar, guitar outreach courses)
Miguel Ángel Lejarza (classical / flamenco guitar, Flamenco Guitar Basics)
Michael McInerney (acoustic guitar, Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics)
Brendan Maher (guitar outreach courses)
David Mooney (bass guitar, jazz bass, acoustic / electric guitar, guitar outreach courses)
Eoin Mulvany (classical guitar)
Gary Norman (acoustic / electric guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, Introducing Guitar for Adults,
   Introducing Guitar for Children, Introducing Ukulele, guitar and ukulele outreach courses)
John Sweeney (acoustic / electric / traditional guitar, Introducing Guitar for Adults, Introducing Guitar for Teens,
   Trad Guitar Basics, guitar outreach courses)
Brian Tavey (classical / acoustic / electric guitar)

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 Comments from Students & Parents

'My daughter has attended Waltons for introductory guitar classes for almost two years and really enjoys it. Her teacher is great, very calm, encouraging and patient, and he doesn't talk down to them. Every week I see progress and her personal pride in playing a little more accurately and fluidly each time. The atmosphere in the building from all staff is one of professionalism, kindness and welcome.'
– A. Campbell

'I have been trying to play guitar for years. After a ten-week course I really feel I have some chance now!'
– G. Collie

'Anyone can learn the guitar. All you need is a willingness to learn and a professional teacher from Waltons New School of Music.'
– S. Collins

'I was nervous learning an instrument like the guitar for the first time as an adult, but our teacher made us all feel at ease and the pace of the lessons suited our learning development. I can't wait to come back!'
– D. Ffrench

'I had forgotten how much I loved guitar until I returned to Waltons School of Music. Thank you.'
– D. Flood

'I tried learning guitar on my own over the years and then didn't pick up the guitar for two years. This class has been perfect for me, with encouraging, good-humoured teaching. I'm enjoying learning!'
– S. Gavin

'This has been a most enjoyable and fulfilling learning experience. The teacher is a classy, professional but very much down-to-earth guy. He puts you at ease and is hugely encouraging and supportive. On my first visit I was a little tentative on arrival. His style is to engage and listen, and I immediately felt comfortable and assured. Since then I've genuinely enjoyed every minute of these sessions. Don't think I can say that about too many experiences of anything I've been involved with over the years!'
– A. Jennings

'I have the best teacher in the world!'
– S. Killeen

'The guitar teachers at Waltons School of Music are brilliant. I would recommend them to anyone. Shame the term is over.'
– C. Kinsella

'Good atmosphere, enthusiastic and supportive teacher, and small class size. This course helped me take another important step towards becoming a better guitar player.'
– F. MacCárthaigh

'I expected to learn some chords and a few songs, but I am also learning about music and how it is constructed. The lessons have far exceeded my expectations.'
– D. McDonnell

'My daughter thoroughly enjoys each lesson. In just a short space of time she has developed confidence in playing her guitar and a desire to improve and learn more. This is purely attributable to the fantastic tuition from her teacher. Thank you!'
– H. McGrath

'[I have] a very supportive and talented teacher. He always goes above and beyond his role as a teacher, and I consider myself very lucky to have found someone with such a unique gift.'
– O. Martin

'[A]n exceptional musician and teacher. I have really enjoyed the variety of material which he has introduced me to. Over the year we have looked at some classical pieces, some Irish music and recently we have been looking at jazz. I feel a lot more confident about my playing, and I have a far better understanding of rhythm in particular. Also, the more I play the more I enjoy listening to music. I look forward to the class each week, and I would like to thank my teacher for his patience and his very clear manner of explaining musical concepts.'
– T. O’Donnell

'I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of learning and developing a new skill. This was further enhanced by the enthusiasm, motivation and continual encouragement and support of the teacher.'
– M. O'Reilly

Have you taken – or are you taking – guitar or bass lessons/courses at Waltons New School of Music? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire.

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 Ensembles & Sessions

  • Guitar and bass students may also be interested in joining one of the school’s Jazz Ensembles.
  • We also run monthly Trad Slow Sessions, open to both New School and external students/players, on Friday evenings at the school.

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 Theory, Musicianship & Songwriting

  • Beginning guitar and bass students should also consider taking Music Fundamentals, designed to supplement private tuition with the basics of music theory.
  • Our Songwriting Workshop will help you to develop your creative ideas – in any musical style – and turn them into finished songs.
  • Jazz Improvisation Basics, intended for students with at least one year’s playing experience, is an ideal introduction to improvised music making. Students completing the course can further develop and apply the skills they have learned in this course in the ten-week Jazz Blues Ensemble Workshop (students can enrol for both courses together at a reduced fee) followed by Jazz Ensembles I and II.

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 Instrument Discounts, Packages & Payment Plans

Because of the New School's close association with Waltons Music Ireland, currently-enrolled students of Waltons New School of Music are entitled to discounts on a wide range of guitars, basses and accessories sold in Waltons Music shops. Tuition + Instrument Packages, which combine a term of 30-minute private lessons with a new instrument, both at substantial discounts, are also available. And students enrolling for two or more terms are eligible for Instrument Payment Plans, available for selected instruments priced at €150 or more. See Instrument Discounts, Packages & Payment Plans for more information.

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 Martin A. Walton Memorial Scholarships

Taking place in May each year, the New School's annual Martin A. Walton Memorial Scholarship Competition awards full-year tuition scholarships in three categories:

  • Young Student of the Year (students aged 18 and under)
  • Mature Student of the Year (students aged 19 and over)
  • Most Promising Beginner (students who came to the school as beginners on their instruments)

See Scholarships for more information.

 The Taylor Guitar Prize

As part of the Martin A. Walton Memorial Scholarship Competition, a Taylor electric guitar (valued at approximately €2,000) will be awarded to the most promising guitar student (any style) at Waltons New School of Music. See Instrument Prizes for more information.

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 Guitar, Bass & Ukulele Grade Exam Syllabi

Links to downloadable guitar and bass syllabi (pdf format) with different exam boards:

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 Friday Casual Concerts

The New School’s Friday Casual Concerts are a great opportunity for students of all instruments (and all musical styles) to play in public, in a relaxed and supportive setting, before friends, family and other students. These brief concerts, which take place once a month on Friday evenings at 7 pm in the school, allow individual students and ensembles to perform in public, show off their skills and learn how to cope with nerves. They are also highly recommended for students preparing for grade exams.

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 Student Benefits

Currently-enrolled guitar and bass students of Waltons New School of Music are entitled to several valuable benefits, including:

  • Discounts & Instrument Payment Plans from Waltons Music
  • Discounts on Waltons World Masters Series Events
  • Discounts on Ensembles, Sessions and Music Theory Courses
  • Discounts on Practice Facilities
  • Discounts on City-Centre Parking
  • After-Hours Purchasing from Waltons Music Shop

See Student Benefits for more information.

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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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