WNSM Outreach - In-School Music Programme

In-School Music Programme

Bringing Music Tuition to Schools and Youth Centres

'Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.'
Benjamin Franklin


What is it?

Waltons New School of Music's In-School Music Programme is designed to bring a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular music courses, taught by some of the Dublin area’s finest music teachers, right into your primary school, post-primary school or youth centre. The programme provides the opportunity for young people to have the enriching experience of learning music from expert teachers and facilitators, at a reasonable price and in a familiar environment. We offer a range of subjects and instruments, and the option of group or private tuition.

How does it work?

One of our teachers will be assigned to your school for centre for a residency, usually ranging from 10 to 30 weeks. He/she will teach weekly classes or lessons that can take place either during school, and integrated into the weekly timetable, or after school. In-school programmes 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.

The group courses, 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 Musical Youth Foundation has worked with Waltons New School of Music on all of our programmes, and we have found their teachers to be not only highly professional but genuinely dedicated to the advancement of music education for children.’
– Chris Maher, Founder & CEO, Musical Youth Foundation

See a video created by the Musical Youth Foundation, for which we are currently running In-School Music Programme guitar and singing courses:

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Who will teach?

Our group course teachers have been carefully selected for their ability to work with and inspire young students, as well as their experience with group music tuition. Private lesson teachers are selected from our own highly-qualified teaching staff. All teachers are Garda vetted and fully insured.

Is the programme worth our time and effort?

Yes! Music education teaches creative thinking, self-discipline and cooperation. Children and young people who participate in music classes or lessons are more motivated, enjoy their school week more and tend to be better students. Countless studies have shown that intelligence, test scores, reading ability, mathematical ability and social skills are all greatly improved by the study of music and fine arts.

For advocacy articles on the critical importance of music education specifically and arts education in general, see the Why Music? page on our website.

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What about instruments?

For Bodhrán, Guitar, Irish Fiddle, Tin Whistle and Violin classes, each child must have an instrument to use in the classes and practice with; a digital or acoustic piano is required for Choir,  Singing and Junior or Leaving Cert. Music courses; and some classroom instruments are required for the Exploring Percussion and Music for Me courses, as well as Music Therapy (see below). Because of the New School's close association with Waltons Music, we are able to supply these instruments, as well as music stands, at special discounts as part of any course ‘package’. (See In-School Music Programme Instruments & Equipment for more information.) Instruments can be paid for by participants/parents as part of the course fee, or they can be paid for by the participating school/organisation and remain its property. Practice (ideally daily practice!) is an essential aspect of these courses, and if students do not bring instruments home to practice then the school or centre will need to provide a room and times for practice, which should also be supervised by a teacher, youth worker or parent.

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What do we need to provide?

  • All Group Courses Large classroom or school hall with good ventilation and light, whiteboard/marker or blackboard/chalk.
  • Bodhrán, Fiddle, Guitar, Tin Whistle and Violin Instruments for each student, at least one music stand for every two students (except Bodhrán course).
  • Capoeira Large uncarpeted space cleared of desks and chairs, CD player.
  • Choir and Singing Digital or acoustic piano.
  • Exploring Percussion, Music for Me and Music Therapy Classroom percussion instruments, with teacher bringing additional instruments.
  • Junior and/or Leaving Certificate Music Digital or acoustic piano, CD player.

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Flyers/Enrolment Forms

We can provide your school or youth organisation with everything you need to get started, including information flyers/enrolment forms to distribute to students/participants and/or parents.

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How can we book a course or get more information?

For course booking and additional information, please contact Simon Nugent, our outreach co-ordinator.

Alternatively, please complete an Outreach Programme Enquiry Form and we will get in touch.

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Some Comments on the Programme

'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 with their teacher and look forward to Mondays because of this. She 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

'The [tin whistle] classes have a relaxed atmosphere and are graduated, with lots of reinforcement throughout.'
– O. Mulrane, St. Mary's BNS, Booterstown

'The students involved in the guitar groups have developed better social skills and are more able to communicate their feelings. There are some in these groups who would have difficult enough life situations, and for them I believe these classes are a little haven. The students have a great sense of achievement and “try” without fearing failure. This has been a huge step for some. For children for whom there is a high risk of leaving school early, we have found the guitar lessons of particular benefit in keeping and re-engaging them in the education process.'
– A. Kelly, Ringsend Technical Institute

Has your school or organisation taken one of our courses? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire. Thank you.

See left menu for more information on, and the courses and lessons available in, our Primary and Post-Primary programmes, as well as our group course teachers.

Outreach Programme Booking & Enquiry Form

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