'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
The value of music and music education is undisputed. Numerous studies have proven that active music making:
- 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
Yet despite extensive research indicating that music instruction supplies intellectual, emotional and physical components critical to young people’s development, music and arts programs are often the first victims of budget cuts.
In a school system where few young people are exposed to music making of any kind, much less have access to regular instrumental or vocal tuition, Waltons New School of Music’s Outreach Programme thus fulfils an important need. Our goal is to provide, at a reasonable cost, meaningful, high quality music workshops and music tuition for primary and post-primary schools, youth centres, special needs organisations and the local community.
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.
Longer Term Courses & Lessons
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 and youth centres throughout the greater Dublin area, either during or after school hours.
The goal of the New School's Outreach Programme is to provide opportunities for active music making that may not otherwise be available in the primary and post-primary school classroom or in 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.
Both our workshops and In-School music classes are fully covered by employer's and public liability insurance.
Go to Enrolment & Booking Form Downloads for an Outreach Booking & Enquiry Form.
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Sarah Cunningham, Outreach Co-ordinator
Sarah can provide information and advice on particular workshops or In-School music courses and is responsible for scheduling, contracts and payments. firstname.lastname@example.org
Waltons New School of Music
69 South Great George's Street
T: (01) 478 1884
F: (01) 475 1346
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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