Waltons New School of Music - Theory, Musicianship & Songwriting Tuition, Dublin

Theory, Musicianship & Songwriting Tuition

at Waltons New School of Music

'Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the secret places of the soul.'

Theory, Musicianship & SongwritingContents




The development of a complete musician requires far more than simply learning to play an instrument or sing. For this reason, Waltons New School of Music offers a range of theory and musicianship lessons and courses, designed to supplement and support the student's practical studies. Tuition in musicianship and theory is recommended for students of all ages, whether they are studying classical, traditional, jazz, popular or world music instruments, and essential for anyone planning to take grade examinations past intermediate level.

 Private, Partner & Small Group Lessons

The New School offers tuition for students at all levels in:

  • Music Theory (all grades, to diploma level)
  • Musicianship
  • Sight Singing
  • Songwriting
  • Junior Certificate Music
  • Leaving Certificate Music

At higher levels, the following subjects are available:

  • Harmony
  • Counterpoint
  • Composition
  • Conducting

Tuition options include:

  • Weekly private (one-to-one) lessons (30, 45 or 60 minutes in length).
  • ‘Partner’ lessons (also 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length), designed for students at the same level of proficiency who enrol together.
  • Single 1- or 2-hour Intensive Lessons.

Go to Tuition Options for more information on private, partner and group lessons, and Enrolment & Fees for tuition fees and enrolment forms.

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 Group Courses

  • Music Fundamentals I & II introduce students to the fundamentals of reading and writing music, as well as to elementary musical grammar, and are recommended for anyone beginning instrumental tuition at the New School.
  • Designed especially for voice/singing students and choristers, Sight Singing Made Easy allows students to develop simultaneously their music reading skills and practical sight singing.
  • Jazz Improvisation Basics, intended for instrumental and vocal students with at least one year’s playing or singing experience, is an ideal introduction to improvised music making.
  • We offer a Songwriting Workshop for adults and Songwriting Fundamentals for Teens during the school year, as well as The Art & Craft of Songwriting during the summer. These acclaimed courses are designed to guide students through the entire songwriting process, integrating the craft's many skills into a seamless artistic whole.

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 Leaving Certificate Music

The New School’s courses and workshops together make up one of the most comprehensive Leaving Cert. Music programmes of any music school in the country. The Preliminary Course covers the fundamentals of music theory up to Junior Cert. standard as a preparation for Leaving Cert. Music. The Two-Year Course is designed to prepare students for all aspects of the Essential Listening and Composing Activities at Higher level. The Easter Revision Course provides extra preparation to students studying for the exam, either on their own or at school. And the Pre-Exam Revision Workshop offers intensive final preparation, on the Saturday before the exam itself, for both New School and external students preparing for this year's exam. Go to Leaving Certificate Music.

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Michael Behan
John Clarke (songwriting)
Barbara Dagg
Tommy Gray
Andrew Hogan
Alice Jago (songwriting)
Patrice Keegan
Kieran McEvoy (Songwriting Workshop)
Elisabeth Meuleman
David Mooney (also Jazz Improvisation Basics)
Eoin Mulvany (also Leaving Cert. Music Courses & Workshops, Music Fundamentals, Sight Singing Made Easy)
Tamara Niekludow
Melanie O'Reilly (The Art & Craft of Songwriting)
Ronan O'Sullivan

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 Comments from Students & Parents

'This course gave me great confidence in songwriting, and to have the guidance of a professional songwriter was so helpful. The course helped me both lyrically and musically to realise my songwriting potential, and I am now constantly writing new material.'
– A. Bradley (Songwriting Workshop student)

'The instructor is extremely knowledgeable but also patient and approachable, highly recommended.'
– P. Bradley (Music Fundamentals student)

'The course is challenging [and] great fun. The teacher is very helpful without being patronising, and the material progresses quickly.'
– N. Casey (Sight Singing Made Easy student)

'This course is perfect for anyone with an interest in music. It starts with the very basics of theory and the information is made easy to understand. There is a good atmosphere in the class, being with people who share your passion for music.'
– I. Colgan (Music Fundamentals student)

'A great educational experience and very friendly atmosphere.'
– T. Cronin

'Great, flexible, friendly and encouraging teacher.'
– C. Fay (Songwriting Workshop student)

'Sight singing is a skill that I thought was beyond me, but when it was broken down and explained well by an excellent teacher, and then practiced of course, it’s amazing how quickly it became second nature!'
– R. Fitzpatrick (Sight Singing Made Easy student)

'Well explained, well organised, comprehensive and interesting course.'
– M. Gilligan (Leaving Cert. Music Two-Year Course student)

'Very interesting. Great to understand how music works.'
– R. Hayes

'An excellent teacher with so much to give.'
– J. Lynch

'The small class made it easier to learn and interact. Everyone could answer (or ask) questions in class.'
– H. Phillips (Leaving Cert. Music Two-Year Course student)

'I came with the object of turning ideas into songs. I left with a complete song from an idea I had for years. Results!'
– N. Tuke (The Art & Craft of Songwriting student)

'The course is both challenging and fun, and the teacher is excellent.'
– S. Walsh (Jazz Improvisation Basics student)

Have you taken – or are you taking – theory, musicianship or songwriting tuition at Waltons New School of Music? 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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 New School Songwriting/Composition Prize

In June each year, a prize of €300, which can be applied towards lessons or courses at the New School during the next school year, will be awarded for the most creative original composition/song for solo instrument or voice or small group/ensemble, performed by the composer/songwriter alone or with group. See Scholarships & Prizes for more information.

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 Music Theory Grade Exam Syllabi

Links to downloadable music theory syllabi (pdf format) with different exam boards:

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 Student Benefits

Currently-enrolled theory, musicianship and songwriting students of Waltons New School of Music are entitled to several valuable benefits, including:

  • Discounts & Instrument Payment Plans from Waltons Music
  • Discounts on Waltons World Masters Series Events
  • Discounts on Ensembles, Sessions and Music Theory Courses
  • Discounts on Practice Facilities
  • Discounts on City-Centre Parking
  • After-Hours Purchasing from Waltons Music Shop

See Student Benefits for more information.

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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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  • 69 South Great George's Street Dublin 2 Ireland 
  • Phone: +353 1 478 1884
  • Fax: +353 1 475 1346
  • Email: info@newschool.ie
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