Waltons New School of Music - Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults Course, Dublin

Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults

Group Course for Beginners

Next classes start 16 – 17 January 2018.

'It's like a whole orchestra, the piano for me.'
Dave Brubeck

'I'm playing all the right notes…but not necessarily in the right order.'
Eric Morecambe


Course Description

1 intropianoadultsTaking place in Waltons New School of Music’s Digital Piano Lab and designed for absolute beginners, the Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults course encourages the development of each student’s abilities in an atmosphere of relaxed concentration. Students learn the fundamentals of keyboard technique – as well as basic music theory, sight-reading and chordal accompaniment – while progressing through a varied and interesting repertoire that ranges from classical to pop. Headphones allow students to hear themselves play without hearing the rest of the class and enable the teacher to work individually with each student. Alternatively, students can learn to sight read and play together without headphones in an ensemble setting.

Participating students will need to have an acoustic or digital piano to practice at home, and will also need to purchase The Classic Piano Course, Book I, by Carol Barratt before the course begins. A digital piano, as well as the book, can also be purchased together with the course (see Course + Instrument Package below).

Have you enrolled in this course?
See our Introduction Handout for tips on how to get the most from it.

Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults is one of our group courses for adult beginners. Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Children is offered for Children aged 6-8. Private (one-to-one), partner and one-off 'intensive' piano lessons are also available for students at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Go to Departments & Faculty – Piano & Keyboard for more information.

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 Course + Instrument Packages

In association with Waltons music shops, the New School also offers three discounted Course + Instrument Packages that provide students entering this course who don’t already have instruments with everything they’ll need, for a reduced ‘package’ price:

  1. Course plus Yamaha P45 Digital Piano (regular price €497) and Apextone Double-Braced Keyboard Stand (regular price €42.50), delivered to your home at no charge*, as well as The Classic Piano Course, Book I (regular price €12.10), available at the first class.
  2. Course plus Yamaha YDP-143 Arius Digital Piano (regular price €918, available in Black or Rosewood) and book.
  3. Course plus Yamaha YDP-163 Arius Digital Piano (regular price €1,192, available in Black Walnut, Rosewood, Satin White or Washed Ash) and book.

See Schedules & Fees below for costs and savings. Please note that Yamaha Arius digital pianos are ordinarily delivered ‘flat packed’; if you would like the piano set up for you as well, there is an additional €25 set-up fee.

You should purchase this Course + Instrument Package at least two weeks before the first class in order to ensure delivery of your instrument before the course begins. All instruments are subject to availability.

*Piano deliveries take place on weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm.

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 Comments from Students

'I would highly recommend this class – it far exceeded my expectations. And I’m so pleased that I decided to learn piano. It’s been such fun.'
– M. Bell

'Personally I felt that, being older, I may have been left behind, but small classes give plenty of one-on-one time with the tutor.'
– P. Bissett

'I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Never having done any musical training, I can hardly believe all I have learned.'
– R. Butler

'I would highly recommend this course as a great first step to learning piano/keyboard.'
– G. Byrne

'The classes are well paced with a very hands-on approach; you feel you’re being properly guided along.'
– A. Corcoran

'A perfect course for beginners. I've already recommended it to a friend and she's starting next term. I highly recommend Waltons for anybody who always wanted to learn to play an instrument but never had a chance. It's never too late, and once you start you won't regret it!'
– V. de Almeida

'If you're an adult it's never too late to learn an instrument. Best adult class I've gone to. I will be doing another course here soon.'
– L. Dowdall

'[V]ery well structured, with a patient and friendly teacher.'
– S. Flanagan

'The very positive approach by the teacher was so encouraging!'
– D. Germaine

'Nice environment with proper time given to all students in a group class.'
– K. Jason

'Excellent tuition. Very enjoyable, and makes difficult learning very easy. Highly recommended.'
– L. Johnson

'Did not think learning piano could be so easy and fun!'
– D. Lafon

'I've wanted to play piano for years, and thanks to Waltons now I can!'
– P. McCooey

'I was surprised at my ability to progress in quite a short period of time.'
– A. McGrath

'Gentle patience, with individual attention coupled with a welcoming smile, made this class a joy.'
– J. McNamara

'The teacher was great, and very patient!'
– S. O'Connell

'A great way to start an instrument and start learning it in a way that suits your own needs.'
– T. O’Neill

'The course is fantastic. I knew nothing about piano and keyboard, and now I am excited to continue and feel comfortable and confident in what I've learned thus far.'
– A. Scobie

'Exceeds expectations. Didn't think we would get so much individual time.'
– S. Stack

'Friendly environment that lets you progress at your own pace.'
– P. Yang

Have you taken – or are you taking – this course? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire about it.

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Liza Hingerty

Liza HingertyLiza studied both piano and music theory at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, obtaining her ALCM and GNEIM diplomas. She went on to teach at the Rathdown School for seven years, as well as continuing her musical studies with voice lessons, before coming to the New School. She has performed widely both as a jazz singer (with her own Trio and Quartet as well as numerous other musicians) and pianist (specialising in music of the 1930s and 40s, from George Gershwin to Cole Porter) at numerous Irish and Italian venues, including The Button Factory, The Bleu Note and Le Basement Jazz Club, among othes. She has been teaching piano and keyboard at the New School, to students at all skill levels, for over a decade.

Andrew Hogan

Andrew began his music training at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where he studied pianoforte performance and music theory and was awarded distinctions in both a London College of Music performance diploma and an ABRSM teaching diploma. He graduated from University College Dublin with an honours BA in Music and French and also studied pipe organ for two years (he is currently organist at Church of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom at University College Dublin). More recently, Andrew was awarded distinction in a City and Guilds Higher Diploma in Sound Engineering and Music Technology, and in addition to a busy teaching schedule he also works as a freelance music producer, producing music for short films as well as a self-produced EP. Andrew has worked with a wide range of students of varying ages and levels both at the New School, where he has taught since 2011, and other schools in Dublin. He has also prepared students for examinations in both Pianoforte and Music Theory with all major music examining bodies.

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 2017-2018 Second Term Class Schedules

CLASS 1 (Liza Hingerty)
10 weeks, 16 January – 20 March 2018
Tuesdays 6.15 – 7.15 pm

CLASS 2 (Liza Hingerty)
10 weeks, 16 January – 20 March 2018
Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.30 pm

CLASS 3 (Andrew Hogan)
10 weeks, 17 January – 21 March 2018
Wednesdays 6.15 – 7.15 pm

CLASS 4 (Andrew Hogan)
10 weeks, 17 January – 21 March 2018
Wednesdays 7.30 – 8.30 pm


Course Alone: €170
1. Course + Yamaha P45 Compact Digital Piano, Stand & Book: €679 (package savings: €42.60)
2. Course + Yamaha YDP-143 Arius Digital Piano & Book: €1,039 (package savings: €61.10)
3. Course + Yamaha YDP-163 Arius Digital Piano & Book: €1,299 (package savings: €75.10)

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Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee or course + instrument fee. Places in each class are limited to eight, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. Most of our group courses are fully booked well in advance of their start dates, so early enrolment is recommended.

Purchasing this course or course + instrument as a gift? Please complete a Gift Certificate Booking Form.

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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