'Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the secret places of the soul.'
The development of a complete musician requires far more than simply learning to play an instrument or sing. For this reason the New School 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 & Group Lessons
The New School offers private (one-to-one) musicianship, theory and sight singing lessons for all grades, from beginner to teaching diploma level, as well as Junior Certificate Music, Leaving Certificate Music and preparation for third-level music entrance tests. At higher levels the study of harmony, counterpoint and music history is included, and tuition is also available in composition. Group lessons, designed for students at the same level who enrol together, are available as 30-, 45- or 60-minute ‘partner’ lessons, as well as 60-minute lessons for 3 or 4 students. Single 1- or 2-hour Intensive Lessons for are also available.
Go to Enrolment & Fees for more information on private, partner and group lessons.
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- Music Fundamentals I & II introduce students to the fundamentals of reading and writing music, as well as to elementary musical grammar. They are recommended for anyone beginning instrumental tuition at the New School. Designed especially for voice 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. Students completing the course can further develop and apply the skills they have learned in the course in the ten-week Jazz Blues Ensemble Workshop (students can enrol for both courses together at a reduced fee), followed by Jazz Ensembles I and II.
- We offer a Songwriting Workshop during the school year, as well as The Art & Craft of Songwriting during the summer, both of which 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. The Pre-Exam Revision Workshop offers an intensive final preparation, on the Saturday before the exam itself, to both New School and external students preparing for this year's exam. Go to Leaving Certificate Music.
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New School Songwriting/Composition Prize
In June 2013, a prize of €300, which can be applied towards lessons or courses at the New School during the 2013-2014 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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Rachel Foley (Leaving Cert. Music Easter Revision Course & Pre-Exam Revision Workshop)
Andrew Hogan (also Junior Cert. Music)
Kieran McEvoy (Songwriting Workshop)
David Mooney (Jazz Improvisation Basics)
Eoin Mulvany (also Leaving Cert. Music Preliminary & Two-Year Courses, Music Fundamentals,
Sight Singing Made Easy)
Melanie O'Reilly (The Art & Craft of Songwriting)
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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