'It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery [the theory of relativity] was the result of musical perception.'
– Albert Einstein
'Maybe it's naïve, but I would love to believe that once you grow to love some aspect of a culture – its music, for instance – you can never again think of the people of that culture as less than yourself. I would like to believe that if I am deeply moved by a song originating from some place other than my own homeland, then I have in some way shared an experience with the people of that culture. I have been pleasantly contaminated. I can identify in some small way with it and its people.'
– David Byrne
Waltons New School of Music’s extensive Outreach Programme provides – for primary and post-primary schools, youth centres, special needs organisations and the local community – two forms of music tuition:
- One-Off Music & Cultural Workshops
- Longer-Term Music Courses & Lessons
The value of music and music education for young people is undisputed. Numerous studies have proven that music tuition and active music-making:
- Supplies intellectual, emotional and physical components critical to young people’s development
- Provides unique and distinct modes of learning
- Promotes higher order thinking skills
- Fosters creativity and self-expression
- Encourages teamwork and cohesiveness
- Develops perceptual and motor skills
- Is a major source of joy and achievement
See the Why Music? page of our website for links to music education advocacy articles and scientific studies that detail these benefits.
The goal of the New School's Outreach Programme is to provide opportunities for music tuition and active music making that may not otherwise be available in schools or the local community. Our intention is to expand children and young people's musical knowledge and encourage imaginative thinking, creativity, a positive self-image and a respect for their own and others’ cultural heritage.
One-Off Music & Cultural Workshops
Since 2001, the New School’s Outreach Workshops have taken place at over 300 primary schools, post-primary schools, youth centres and special needs organisations nationwide, as well as at the Ark and National Concert Hall, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, and arts centres throughout the greater Dublin area. Our facilitators are professional musicians and educators with a wealth of experience and have been carefully selected for their ability to work with and inspire young students, as well as for their experience with group music tuition.
Longer-Term Music Courses & Lessons
First introduced in 2004, our In-School Music Programme consists of a range of music courses and lessons that take place on-site at primary schools, post-primary schools, youth centres and arts centres throughout the greater Dublin area. Our group course teachers have been carefully selected for their ability to work with and inspire young students, as well as their experience with group music tuition. Private lesson teachers are selected from our own highly-qualified teaching staff.
Garda Vetting, Insurance and Child Protection
All of our workshop facilitators and In-School Music Programme teachers are Garda vetted.
Both our workshops and In-School music classes are fully covered by employer's and public liability insurance.
Our Outreach Programme adheres to Waltons New School of Music's rigorous Child Protection Policy.
For more information on any aspect of the New School's Outreach Programme, or to enquire about a particular workshop or course, please contact Simon Nugent, our Outreach Co-ordinator, by phone (01 478 1884) or email.
Alternatively, you can download and complete an Outreach Programme Booking & Enquiry Form (pdf format) and we will get in touch.
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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