Waltons New School of Music - Traditional & Folk Instruments Tuition, Dublin

Traditional & Folk Instruments Tuition

at Waltons New School of Music

'There is only one way of becoming a traditional player or singer, and that is by listening to genuine material performed in a traditional manner.'
Brendán Breathnach

'I'm not interested in heritage – this stuff is alive.'
Martin Carthy








 Private, Partner & Small Group Lessons

Reflecting Waltons’ ongoing commitment to promoting Irish and folk music, Waltons New School of Music offers a diverse programme. Lessons are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced students in:

  • Banjo (Irish/Tenor Banjo, Bluegrass/5-String Banjo)
  • Bodhrán
  • Button Accordion (Intensive Lessons only)
  • Concertina
  • Fiddle (Irish, Bluegrass)
  • Irish/Wooden Flute
  • Guitar (Trad, Folk, Blues, Flamenco)
  • Gypsy Violin
  • Harmonica (Diatonic, Chromatic)
  • Irish Harp
  • Low Whistle
  • Mandolin
  • Sean-nós Singing
  • Tin Whistle
  • Traditional/Folk Singing
  • Uilleann Pipes
  • Ukulele

Traditional and folk instrument tuition can also include preparation for Junior Cert. Music and Leaving Cert. Music practicals, and instrumental study at the school counts as 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 small group lessons, and Enrolment & Fees for tuition fees and enrolment forms.

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 Group Courses for Beginners

We offer a range of instrumental courses for absolute beginners:

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 Group Courses for Intermediate Students

Our 'Basics' courses for guitar are excellent introductions to the styles for players with some previous experience:

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Aoife Desmond (Irish fiddle, Introducing Irish Fiddle)
Éamonn Galldubh (uilleann pipes, flute, tin whistle, low whistle, bodhrán, tin whistle outreach courses)
Patrick Kiernan (5-string/bluegrass banjo, 4-string/tenor banjo, mandolin, Introducing 5-String Banjo)
Miguelangel Lejarza (flamenco guitar, Flamenco Guitar Basics)
Harry Long (tin whistle, low whistle, Introducing Tin Whistle)
Cathy McEvoy (bluegrass fiddle, Irish fiddle)
Michael McInerney (harmonica, acoustic blues & fingerstyle guitar, Introducing Harmonica,
   Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics)
Ian McTigue (Sounds Irish outreach workshop)
Sinéad Madden (Irish fiddle, Sounds Irish outreach workshop)
Junshi Murakami (Irish harp)
Niamh Ní Charra (concertina, Irish fiddle)
Gary Norman (ukulele, Introducing Ukulele, ukulele outreach courses)
Bríd O’Donnell (button accordion, tin whistle, tin whistle outreach courses)
Lucie O'Flynn (Irish fiddle, Irish fiddle outreach courses)
Kevin O'Hare (bodhrán, Introducing Bodhrán, bodhrán outreach courses)
Oleg Ponomarev (Gypsy violin)
John Sweeney (acoustic guitar, trad guitar, bodhrán, tin whistle, Trad Guitar Basics)
Carmel Whelan (sean-nós singing, flute, tin whistle)

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 Comments from Students & Parents

'Great tuition! Have been taking trad flute lessons here for the last year and my instructor has brought me on by leaps and bounds. The Friday sessions are an excellent way to learn new tunes.'
– C. Boylan

'Very enthusiastic and able teacher. Go raibh maith agat!'
– D. Dodd (Trad Guitar Basics student)

'I learned more from this 10-week course than from trying to teach myself acoustic blues for over 10 years!'
– D. Farrelly (Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics student)

'I'd highly recommend taking harp lessons here. 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

'I really enjoyed learning step-by-step from a master of the instrument, in a relaxed atmosphere.'
– G. McManus (Introducing Tin Whistle student)

'A great course. The teacher was very passionate about it, and I think all the students thoroughly enjoyed it. I did!'
– R. Moore (Introducing Harmonica student)

'A very, very knowledgeable teacher who clearly explains each technique. I learned so much from this class.'
– D. Murray (Fingerstyle Guitar Basics student)

'I can't speak too highly of Waltons New School of Music and of Paddy Kiernan's tuition for the banjo. I love what I am learning and go away from each lesson more motivated to learn.'
– M. O'Keeffe (Introducing 5-String Banjo student)

'You are never too old to play an instrument. I have only had five lessons and can now play three tunes to my satisfaction.'
– M. Smithers (Introducing Irish Fiddle student)

'Great teacher, full of knowledge, who made the classes fun and incorporated extra teaching tools to go above and beyond.'
– T. Stephenson (Introducing Bodhrán student)

'My fiddle teacher is really helpful and encouraging. I always leave feeling more confident about my playing. Thanks!'
– R. Walter

Have you taken – or are you taking – traditional or folk 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.

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 Trad Slow Sessions

Our Trad Slow Sessions are traditional Irish music sessions in all ways except one: the tempo. We play the session tunes at a slower than normal pace (usually less than half the speed), so that beginning and intermediate players can more easily learn the tunes and join in the session. More experienced players who wish to refine their techniques at a slower pace are also very welcome.

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 Theory, Musicianship & Music Technology

  • Beginners students should also consider taking Music Fundamentals, designed to supplement private tuition with the basics of music theory.
  • Students of traditional and folk instruments may also be interested in our Music Technology programme.

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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 traditional and folk 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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 Martin A. Walton Memorial Scholarships

Taking place in May each year, the New School's annual Martin A. Walton Memorial Scholarship Competition awards full-year tuition scholarships in three categories:

  • Young Student of the Year (students aged 18 and under)
  • Mature Student of the Year (students aged 19 and over)
  • Most Promising Beginner (students who came to the school as beginners on their instruments)

See Scholarships for more information.

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 The Taylor Guitar Prize

As part of the Martin A. Walton Memorial Scholarship Competition, a Taylor electric guitar (valued at approximately €2,000) will be awarded to the most promising guitar student (any style) at Waltons New School of Music. See Instrument Prizes for more information.

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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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Sounds Irish is an outreach workshop in Irish traditional music for primary schools and youth centres. The workshop features dynamic live demonstrations and allows participants to develop their musical awareness through the hands-on exploration of the forms, rhythms and instruments of Irish traditional music.

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 Student Benefits

Currently-enrolled students of traditional and folk instruments at 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.

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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