Group Course for Beginners Aged 6-8
'This study is the first to directly test the hypothesis that music training transfers to cognitive intelligence. [It] used an experimental design with random assignment of a sample of six-year-old children to experimental and control groups. The study found that children given piano or voice lessons had significant increases on four index scores of the standard IQ test (Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Organization, Freedom from Distractibility, and Processing Speed) compared to the control groups.'
– Glenn Schellenberg (Univ. of Toronto), ‘Music lessons enhance IQ’ (Psychological Science, 15, 511-514, 2004)
Designed for absolute beginners, Waltons New School of Music's Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Children is a lively and enjoyable course in which children aged 6-8 explore many of the basic elements of music and the piano. While learning about the instrument, both individually and together, they also:
- Develop their understanding of pulse and rhythm through clapping and singing exercises.
- Sing songs using solfège (do-re-mi) before playing them on the keyboard, which helps to develop each child’s ‘inner ear’ and sight singing skills.
- Do memory aural work (playing short melodies by ear).
- Learn to read treble and bass clefs.
Group learning has long been recognised as one of the most effective ways to teach children about music and instil positive lifetime attitudes towards both music and learning. A group environment provides children with the opportunity to make music together with friends and classmates, sharing common goals and skills. The interaction between students also encourages and promotes understanding, and children learn to assess their peers positively.
Children entering this course must have access to an acoustic piano, digital piano or electronic keyboard for regular practice, and parents should purchase John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course, Revised Edition, Book 1 by John Thompson and Music Theory for Young Children, Book 1 by Ying Ying Ng (both available from Waltons) before the course begins. These books can also be purchased together with the course (and given to students at the first class) for a total cost of €384.
'Andrew is a lovely teacher and has lots of patience. The kids are always happy going to their lessons and pick it up very quickly.'
– A. Lainn
Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Children is one of our group courses for beginners. Private (one-to-one) 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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Course + Instrument Packages
In association with Waltons Music, the New School also offers three discounted Course + Instrument Packages that provides children entering this course with everything they'll need:
- Course plus Yamaha P-45 Compact Digital Piano (regular price €459), delivered to your home at no charge*, as well as the books, available at the first class
- Course plus Yamaha YDP-143 Arius Digital Piano (regular price €849, available in Black, Rosewood or White) and books.
- Course plus Yamaha YDP-163 Arius Digital Piano (regular price €1,099, available in Black Walnut, Rosewood, Washed Ash or White) and books.
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 €25.00 set-up fee.
You should purchase one of these Course + Instrument packages at least two weeks before the first class in order ensure delivery of your child’s instrument before the course begins. All instruments are subject to availability.
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Andrew Hogan, Teacher
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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2016-2017 Course Schedule
22 weeks, 8 October 2016 – 8 April 2017
(No classes 5 November, 24 December, 7 January, 25 February)
Saturdays 11 am – 12 pm
Saturdays 12 – 1 pm
Course Alone: €370
Course + Yamaha P-45 Compact Digital Piano & Books: €799 (package savings: €45.45)
Course + Yamaha YDP-143 Arius Digital Piano & Books: €1,169 (package savings: €65.45)
Course + Yamaha YDP-163 Arius Digital Piano & Books: €1,399 (package savings: €85.45)
Course + Books: €384
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Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course or course + instrument fee. 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 eight.
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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