Pre-Instrumental (Early Childhood) Music Course for Children Aged 5-6
Part of the New School's Music for Me pre-instrumental programme, Musical Explorations is designed as a follow-up to Musical Adventures (ages 4-5) but can also be a great starting point for a child with no previous classroom music experience. The course provides children with a range of partner activities and games through which they can work with more advanced concepts such as music reading, tempo, dynamics and timbre. In addition to working with a range of classroom percussion instruments, children develop their music reading skills with unison and duet recorder playing. Visiting New School teachers will demonstrate different instruments and instrument groups (strings, wind, keyboard, guitar, traditional, etc.) throughout the course.
2013-2014 Class Schedule & Fee
23 weeks, 5 October 2013 – 12 April 2014
(No classes 2 November, 21 December – 4 January, 22 February)
Saturdays 12.15 – 1 pm FULLY BOOKED
Tuition Fee: €280
Darren Magee, Teacher
Darren studied Music Education at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama and Trinity College Dublin and was awarded the University of Dublin scholarship in 2007; he was also organ scholar to Trinity College for two years. He completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs in Trinity College to develop further his interest in inclusive education, and he is currently completing a Masters in music performance in organ at DIT Conservatory with Una Russell. His passion for pedagogy has led to regular international study in the major approaches to music learning, and in 2011 he attended practical seminars at the Orff Institut in Salzburg and the Kodály Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. He has also studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics (an approach for awakening innate musicality through movement, development of aural skills and improvisation) in London for several years and has attended seminars at the Dalcroze institute in Geneva and at Christchurch University, Canterbury. Darren has a keen interest in early childhood music education and enjoys applying what he has learned from his experience of the major approaches to work in this field. In addition to Music for Me at the New School, he also teaches curriculum music at Saint Patrick's Cathedral Choir School and is Assistant Director of Music at Saint Mary's Pro-Cathedral.
Enrolment for this course requires a completed enrolment form and full payment of tuition fees. (Go to Enrolment & Booking Form Downloads for a 2013-2014 Courses for Children Enrolment Form.) Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. Early enrolment is recommended, as places are limited to twelve.
Purchasing this course as a gift? Go to Enrolment & Booking Form Downloads for a Gift Certificate Booking Form.
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