Waltons New School of Music - Music at Work Programme

Music at Work Programme

at Waltons New School of Music

'Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die.'
Paul Simon


What is it?

musicatworkimageBased on the Waltons New School of Music's very popular group courses for beginners, Music at Work is a unique programme that provides convenient and affordaxble music courses in Dublin-area workplaces. The courses generally take place during business hours (at lunchtime, for example) but can also take place after work. Course fees can be paid by the company, by employees, or by contributions from both.

We have extensive experience running group music courses for adults, both inside and outside the New School, and we have provided group tuition to well over 20,000 adult learners since the school's founding in 1994.

Why Music at Work?

The enormous benefits of music education for children have been widely researched, but the benefits for adults are just beginning to be understood. Now more and more forward-thinking companies are working with musicians to solve problems, enhance performance and morale, and help staff with their professional and personal development.

Music at Work courses provide an excellent means to:

  • Tap hidden potential and creativity
  • Promote communication and listening skills
  • Encourage support and trust
  • Reduce workplace stress
  • Improve interaction both among colleagues and between junior and senior staff

Absolutely no previous musical experience is required!

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How does it work?

One of our teachers is assigned to your company or organisation for a brief residency (generally ten weeks long, but shorter or longer residencies are possible). The residency can, if desired, culminate in a performance for other company employees. Residencies can be one-off, they can continue for another period, or you can opt for a different instrument or subject for your next residency.

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What do you offer?

We currently offer the following courses in our Music at Work programme:

  • Introduction to Bodhrán
  • Company Choir
  • Introduction to Guitar
  • Introduction to Irish Fiddle
  • Introduction to Singing
  • Introduction to Songwriting
  • Introduction to Tin Whistle
  • Introduction to Ukulele
  • Introduction to Violin

Courses for participants with previous music experience are also possible. We offer a wide range of group courses for intermediate students at the New School, and we can arrange Music at Work versions of any of them.

We also offer an excellent Team Building Bodhrán Workshop, for up to sixty people, that can be tailored to your company's needs.

See The Courses for more information.

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How much do they cost?

Course fees depend on length (number of weeks) and sometimes distance, if a lot of travel time is involved. (Modest additional travel costs apply to courses taking place outside Dublin.)

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Who teaches the courses?

Music at Work teachers, all part of the New School's regular teaching faculty, have been carefully selected for their ability to work with and inspire adult learners, as well as their experience with group music tuition.

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What facilities and equipment are needed?

Music at Work courses require a staff room or canteen large enough to accommodate the class, a CD player and whiteboard or flipchart with marker. For the bodhrán, guitar, Irish fiddle, tin whistle and violin courses, participants will need to bring their own instruments to the classes, and at least one music stand will be required for every two participants in the Irish fiddle, guitar and violin courses. For the Company Choir and singing courses, an acoustic or digital piano is required. (For more information on these requirements, see The Courses page.) Instruments and equipment for the courses at at discounted prices from Waltons Music.

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How can we find out more and/or book a Music at Work course?

If you are interested in our Music at Work programme for your company or organisation, please complete a Music at Work Programme Enquiry Form, and we’ll get in touch. A booking deposit of €50 is required to confirm a course. (The deposit is refundable if we are unable to schedule the course on a mutually agreeable day and time.) The balance of fees for the course and instruments/equipment (if applicable) is due before the course begins. Once the course day, time and start date are confirmed, we can provide you with photocopiable pdf flyers about the course in order to attract participants.

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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  • Phone: +353 1 478 1884
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