Waltons New School of Music - String Instruments Tuition, Dublin

String Instruments Tuition

at Waltons New School of Music

'An abundance of technique should not be a means to an end but a way to allow the heart to expand freely.'
Pablo Casals

'A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?'
Albert Einstein


String Instruments TuitionCONTENTS

See String Tuition FAQs for some frequently asked questions about string instrument tuition, and Tuning Bowed String Instruments for information on tuning.


 Private, Partner & Group Lessons

Waltons New School of Music’s string instrument programme provides specialised training at all levels, from absolute beginner to advanced, in the following instruments:

  • Violin (Classical, Jazz/Swing & Gypsy)
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Fiddle (Irish & Bluegrass)
  • Irish Harp

Many of our students, whose ages span over half a century, have come here to study entirely for their own pleasure. Others have been prepared for grade examinations, performance or teaching diplomas, scholarships and public performances. We have also prepared string students for Junior Cert. Music and Leaving Cert. Music practicals, and string study at the school fulfills the 'personal skill' challenge area for Gaisce - The President's Award.

Tuition options include:

  • Weekly private (one-to-one) lessons, 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length.
  • Group lessons, designed for students at the same level of proficiency who enrol together, and 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.

Go to Tuition Options for more information on private, partner and group lessons, and Enrolment & Fees for tuition fees and enrolment forms.

Tuition + Instrument Packages, which include one term of 30-minute private lessons as well as a new instrument from Waltons Music – both at substantial discounts – are also available. See String Instrument Discounts, Packages & Payment Plans for more information.

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 Comments from Students

'My daughter has a wonderful violin teacher here. She certainly has the knowledge and expertise but most importantly she knows how to work with children and motivate them to stick with it. We’ll be back.'
– J. O'Donnell

'I had been thinking about taking lessons for years and am very glad I finally did so. It has been an absolute delight.'
– H. Hegarty (Irish harp student)

'My violin teacher completely accommodated my ambition to progress quickly in learning the instrument, starting from absolutely no experience.'
– O. Robinson

'My son is very lucky to have found such a generous, committed and talented tutor….'
– U. Sealy (mother of double bass student)

'I had no music background but the teacher was very helpful and made it very enjoyable. I really enjoyed the classes. Thanks!'
– J. Vasseur (Introducing Violin for Adults student)

'The tuition was excellent. I learned a lot in a positive and pleasant way.'
– D. Brennan (Introducing Irish Fiddle student)

'I like the super friendly staff (both office and teachers), great location and ability to adapt individual tuition to your own pace and time commitments.'
– J. Quesado (cello student)

'I'm a mature student with limited time to play an instrument, and Waltons have been great.... I've had a very encouraging teacher, I'm so glad I took up violin, and I plan to continue. Thanks!' 
– H.J. Ó Mairtin

'There is an overall 'can do' atmosphere; very accessible and friendly; no ageism; good opening hours.'
– M. Meinardi (cello student)


Have you taken – or are you taking – string instrument lessons/courses at Waltons New School of Music? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire. Each term all feedback questionnaires are entered in a draw for a €50 gift token, which can be used either towards additional tuition at the school or for instruments, sheet music or accessories at Waltons Music shops.


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 Group Courses for Beginners

We offer the following group courses for absolute beginners:

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 Ensembles & Sessions

  • Our Adult String Ensemble provides an encouraging yet challenging environment for string players to explore and play a wide range of music together.
  • Our two Jazz Ensembles introduce students of all instruments to the art of improvisation through the study and performance of blues and jazz.
  • We also run monthly Bluegrass Slow Jams and Trad Slow Sessions, open to both New School and external students/players, on Friday evenings at the school.

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 Friday Casual Concerts

The New School’s Friday Casual Concerts are a great opportunity for students of all instruments (and all musical styles) to play in public, in a relaxed and supportive setting, before friends, family and other students. These brief concerts, which take place once a month on Friday evenings at 7 pm in the school, allow individual students and ensembles to perform in public, show off their skills and learn how to cope with nerves. They are also highly recommended for students preparing for grade exams.

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 String Instruments Grade Exam Syllabi

Links to downloadable string instruments syllabi (pdf format) with different exam boards:

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 Theory & Musicianship

  • Beginning string students should also consider taking Music Fundamentals, designed to supplement private tuition with the basics of music theory, and string students at all levels are encouraged to attend theory classes.
  • Jazz Improvisation Basics, intended for students with at least one year’s playing experience, is an ideal introduction to improvised music making. Students completing the course can further develop and apply the skills they have learned in this 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.

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 Instrument Discounts, Packages & Payment Plans

Because of the New School's close association with Waltons Music Ireland, currently-enrolled students of Waltons New School of Music are entitled to discounts on string instruments, accessories and books sold in Waltons Music shops. Tuition + Instrument Packages, which combine a term of 30-minute private lessons with a new instrument, both at substantial discounts, are also available. And students enrolling for two or more terms are eligible for Instrument Payment Plans, available for selected instruments priced at €150 or more. See Instrument Discounts, Packages & Payment Plans for more information.

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 Student Benefits

Currently-enrolled string instrument students of Waltons New School of Music are entitled to several valuable benefits, including:

  • Discounts & Instrument Payment Plans from Waltons Music
  • Discounts on Waltons World Masters Series Events
  • Discounts on Ensembles, Sessions and Music Theory Courses
  • Discounts on Practice Facilities
  • Discounts on City-Centre Parking
  • After-Hours Purchasing from Waltons Music Shop

See Student Benefits for more information.

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 Faculty

Aoife Desmond (Irish fiddle, Introducing Irish Fiddle)
Leanne Doyle (violin, Introducing Violin for Children)
Elena Elioutina (violin, viola, Introducing Violin for Adults, Introducing Violin for Children)
Otávio Gomes (violin, viola)
Beata Kmak (violin)
Martina Kozhuharov (cello)
Cathy McEvoy (bluegrass fiddle, Irish fiddle)
Sinéad Madden (Irish fiddle)
David Mooney (double bass)
Junshi Murakami (Irish harp)
Niamh Ní Charra (Irish fiddle)
Lucie O'Flynn (violin, Irish fiddle, violin outreach courses)
Hilda O'Mahony (violin)
Oleg Ponomarev (classical, jazz/swing and Gypsy violin, viola)
Suzanne Savage (violin, Introducing Violin for Adults)
Sarolta Simo (violin, Introducing Violin for Adults)


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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