Waltons New School of Music - Introducing Singing for Adults Course, Dublin

Introducing Singing for Adults

Group Course for Beginners

Next classes start 2 – 4 October 2017

See Summer Introducing Singing for Adults for a course in July 2017.

'You've got a song you're singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut. And you've got to make them think that you're one of them sitting out there with them too.'
Johnny Cash

'When I began singing, it was the first time I was happy in my life. As a baby, I would stop crying when I heard a great singer.'
Andrea Bocelli


Course Description

Introducing Singing for AdultsDo you love to sing? Have you ever been told that you had a good voice and ‘must get it trained’? Would you like to know what actually goes on in singing lessons? Featured on RTÉ Radio One’s 'Morning Ireland' programme and one of Waltons New School of Music’s most popular courses, Introducing Singing for Adults is designed to take some of the mystery out of singing, improve your confidence in singing before an audience and introduce you to the fundamentals of voice training. Along with a small group of like-minded adults, you will observe and participate in basic singing tuition. You will learn how to choose songs (from a range of musical styles) that suit you and your voice. And you will begin to explore the technical side of singing, discovering the application and use of Focus and Support. (We will also discuss how to work with a voice/singing teacher to achieve your singing goals.) But most of all you will learn – in a relaxed and supportive environment – to sing with and in front of others. For those who want a basic understanding of technique, as well as for those who want to begin a lifetime of study (Pavarotti took a singing lesson every week for most of his life!), this course is the perfect introduction to the singer’s art.

Please note that Introducing Singing for Adults is not a course for the timid. You will be asked to stand up and sing with – or in front of – others on a weekly basis!

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

What happens after the course has finished?

Two weeks before the end of each Introducing… course, you will be given options for continuing your tuition at the school. Although a continuation ‘Improvers’ course cannot generally be scheduled on the same day/time as the Introducing course, one can be arranged if enough students would like to continue and your teacher has timetable availability. Students can also continue their tuition with either private (one-to-one) or small group lessons with other class members (see Private, Partner & Small Group Lessons). We are happy to discuss these options with you.

Introducing Singing for Adults is one of our group courses for beginners. Private (one-to-one), partner, small group and one-off 'intensive' singing/voice lessons are also available for students at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Go to Departments & Faculty – Voice (Singing) for more information.

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 Comments from Students

'I enjoyed the course immensely and learned a lot. The teacher was excellent and I liked the whole welcoming set up in Waltons New School of Music.'
– A. Molony

'The course was so much more than I expected. I learned so much and gained confidence within myself. The teacher was an inspiration!'
– C. McGowan

'A great course for everybody who loves singing! It will help you understand the basics of singing technique, boost your confidence and allow you to meet fantastic people. Highly recommended!'
– J. Kaletka

'At first I was hesitant about joining an adult singing class. Now that the class has finished I have no regrets and my Tuesday nights are noticeably empty! My technique and confidence have improved significantly and I finally know how to warm up my vocal chords. I'm looking forward to continuing my musical journey with Waltons!'
– M. McKernan

'This course is a great introduction and confidence builder. Before you realise it you're singing in front of people and loving it!'
– E. Donnelly

'If you love to sing but are not sure how to progress, give the singing course a go. Hugely enjoyable and a great way to progress in a small group. It helps with wobbly nervous voices too! Highly recommended.'
– A. McCabe

'A very enjoyable course. The teacher was very experienced and all participants improved hugely, even shrinking violets!'
– E. Loughrey

'For me, as an aspect of personal development, the classes were hugely enjoyable and rewarding.'
– E. McGrath

'Very enthusiastic teacher and great breadth of genres taught. Really enjoyable – didn't miss a class!
– P. Dunne

'It is a great singing experience. Besides learning the techniques, you gain confidence in yourself. It is also a relaxing time.'
– M. Laboureur

'I really enjoyed the course and gained confidence in my singing abilities as well as learning new techniques, and I had fun singing songs I would not normally have considered “suitable” for me.'
– R. Ferguson

'Excellent tuition. I really enjoyed getting to know different voices and different styles of singing.'
– P. Murray

'A great introduction to singing and the different genres of music. The course definitely made me want to pursue further vocal training.'
– R. Lee

'It was so enjoyable that I never noticed the time passing and was always surprised when the time was up!'
– N. O’Reilly

'A very nice introduction to the basics of singing. You learn how to sing great songs step-by-step, without having to be able to read music.'
– F. Bulcke

'Gave me confidence to try for the high notes in the choir I'm in.'
– B. Mac Ceallaigh

'Relaxed but progressive atmosphere. Good quality tuition. Professional teacher.'
– K. Ackland

'Great fun. Relaxed atmosphere. Learned loads!'
– K. Finn

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. Each term all feedback questionnaires are entered in a draw for a €50 gift token, which can be used either towards additional tuition at the school or for instruments, sheet music or accessories at Waltons Music shops.

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Jenna Harris

Jenna began her music studies with classical voice until she discovered her passion for jazz, and she holds a diploma in Jazz Performance awarded by Trinity Guildhall and an honours BA in Jazz Performance from Newpark Music Centre (she was the first woman in Ireland to receive a degree in Jazz Performance). The Jenna Harris Quintet, a band formed while she was an undergraduate, performed jazz standards for a number of years after they graduated, and she has also performed and recorded with the jazz/electronic group Zoiband, releasing the EP Sundillion in 2011. Currently her main performing focus is jazz and improvised music projects, including Berri, a drums/voice duo performing original material, with Matthew Jacobson on drums/synth and Jenna on voice/effects/loops. Derek Whyte (double bass) also joined Jenna and Matthew to form another group, the Scintilla jazz trio. While Jenna specialises in jazz, she teaches natural voice technique, suitable for many music genres, that prioritises clarity and a full understanding of the student’s voice. This approach promotes vocal longevity and the ability to maintain a settled, comfortable and problem-free voice. Special attention is also given to the development of the student’s own individual ‘sound’. Jenna has taught with the New School since 2006, and with Newpark on their BA programme.

Ríona Sally Hartman

Ríona studied architecture at University College Dublin before turning to music full-time. She studied a range of vocal genres (including classical, jazz and sean-nós) both at the New School and privately and went on to receive a BA in Jazz Performance with First Class Honours from Newpark Music Centre. Ríona has performed with a number of Irish groups and ensembles, including Monster Monster (alt-pop), Dig a Little Deeper (swing and bossa nova), the Sami Moukaddem Band (Middle Eastern jazz) and her own Ríona Sally Hartman Band, with which she released Big Starving Thing, her debut album of original material, in 2015. Reviews of the album described her as ‘a rising star’ (RTÉ lyric fm) and ‘a polished singer’ (the Independent). According to the Irish Times, ‘her finely-crafted debut album unites the musician and the songwriter, drawing water from many wells, from folk and jazz to alt pop and contemporary lieder…fresh and unclichéd.’ Ríona has taught voice for over ten years and currently performs and workshops with the National Concert Hall’s ECO (Education and Community Outreach) Band. She is on the Improvised Music Company’s board of directors.

Niamh McCormack

Niamh McCormackNiamh received her BMus and MMus Performance degrees from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Since then she has performed in the National Concert Hall, the Gaiety Theatre, Place des Arts in Montreal, Radio City Music Hall in New York City, as well as at the Giza pyramids in Egypt. She has won numerous awards in feiseanna and music festivals, including the Stevenson Award and bursary from the Ballymena Festival. She has also toured extensively as vocal soloist with Riverdance and performed such operatic roles as Musetta in La Boheme, Papagena in The Magic Flute and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro. Niamh has sung with the National Chamber Choir and continues to be a deputy member. She is also a regular recitalist and performer of Early Music and has recorded a lunchtime recital for RTÉ lyric fm. In addition to teaching at the New School since 2009, Niamh has taught singing and musical theatre with An Grianán, Co. Louth.

Joan O'Malley

Joan O'MalleyJoan received her BMus Performance degree as well as a postgraduate Diploma in Performance from the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama and also trained at the Stageworks Drama School. She has won several awards for her singing, including the DIT Opera Studio’s MacNamara Gold Cup and the Feis Ceoil’s Veronica Dunne and Wilson Cups. Joan has performed in numerous productions with Opera Ireland (Cosi fan tutte, Don Pasquale) and the Anna Livia Opera Company (Lucia di Lammermoor, The Pearl Fishers) and as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Coronation Mass, among others. She has taught at the New School since 2007.

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 2017-2018 First Term Class Schedules & Fee

CLASS 1 (Jenna Harris)
10 weeks, 3 October – 12 December 2017
Tuesdays 6.15 – 7.15 pm

CLASS 2 (Jenna Harris)
10 weeks, 3 October – 12 December 2017
Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.30 pm

CLASS 3 (Joan O’Malley)
10 weeks, 4 October – 13 December 2017
Wednesdays 6.30 – 7.30 pm

CLASS 4 (Ríona Sally Hartman)
10 weeks, 4 October – 13 December 2017
Wednesdays 8 – 9 pm

CLASS 5 (Niamh McCormack)
10 weeks, 5 October – 14 December 2017
Thursdays 7 – 8 pm

(No classes on 31 October – 2 November – Mid-Term Break)

Tuition Fee: €170

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Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course 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 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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