Schedules & Fee
Children aged 6-8 will explore many of the basic elements of music and the piano in this lively and enjoyable course: developing their understanding of rhythm through clapping and counting, reading treble and bass clefs, and learning to play music on the piano both individually and together. Another important aspect of the course is an emphasis on singing songs using solfege (‘do-re-mi’) before playing them on the keyboard. This helps develop each child’s ‘inner ear’ and sight singing skills, which are crucial to all music making.
Group learning has long been recognized as one of the most effective ways to teach children about music. A group environment has the added benefits of using positive peer pressure as an incentive to learn, and the interaction between students encourages and promotes understanding. The opportunity to make music together with friends and classmates who share common goals and skills adds additional incentives for progress and success. In Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Children, young people participate in a variety of interesting and fun activities, thus instilling positive lifetime attitudes towards music and learning.
Children entering this course must have a piano, digital piano or keyboard at home or available for regular practice. These may be purchased from Waltons music shops at special discounts (see below) or on payment plans. Parents are also advised to purchase Tunes for Ten Fingers: A First Piano Book by Pauline Hall (Oxford University Press), available in Waltons music shops, before the start of the course.
Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Children is one of our group courses for beginners. Private and partner 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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Majella Boland, Teacher
Majella graduated with a BA International double honours Degree in Music and French from N.U.I. Maynooth in 2006, completing a year in l’Université Jean-Monnet in St. Eitenne, France. She recently completed her PhD in Musicology at University College Dublin (with a dissertation on the music of John Field), where she has tutored and examined both keyboard harmony and general musicianship. Majella co-edited Issue 6 of the postgraduate journal The Musicology Review and contributed an article to Issue 7 of the same journal. She has presented at all the annual Society for Musicology in Ireland's (SMI) conferences since 2009; the First International Conference on Irish Music and Musicians (Durham, 2010); the Eighth Biennial Conference for Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Belfast, 2011); and the international conference, Central European Musicians and the Birth of French Piano Virtuosity (Rome, 2012). She is an active member of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, the Kodály Society of Ireland, the Society for Music Education in Ireland and the European Piano Teachers' Association of Ireland. Majella received her AVCM piano diploma in 2000, is a former violinist with Kildare County Orchestra (1999-2004) and was a member of the Choral Society in NUIM (2002-2004). She has taught piano and theory at the New School since 2008.
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2013-2014 Class Schedules & Fee
23 weeks, 5 October 2013 – 12 April 2014
(No classes 2 November, 21 December – 4 January, 22 February)
Saturdays 11 am – 12 pm FULLY BOOKED
Saturdays 12 – 1 pm FULLY BOOKED
Tuition Fee: €380
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Enrolment for this course requires a completed enrolment form and full payment of tuition fees. (Go to Enrolment & Booking Form Downloads for a 2013-2014 Courses for Children Enrolment Form.) Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. Early enrolment is recommended, as places in each class are limited to six.
Purchasing this course as a gift? Go to Enrolment & Booking Form Downloads for a Gift Certificate Booking Form.
If your child does not already have an instrument for this course, please note that Waltons music shops offer suitable instruments at special discounts for students starting tuition at the New School. Go to Recommended Instruments for more information.
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