Waltons New School of Music - Voice (Singing) Tuition, Dublin

Voice (Singing) Tuition

at Waltons New School of Music

'May you live a hundred years and may the last voice that you hear be mine.'
Frank Sinatra

'The only thing better than singing is more singing.'
Ella Fitzgerald

Voice (Singing)Contents






  • See Vocal Tuition FAQs for some frequently asked questions about voice (singing) tuition.


 Private, Partner & Small Group Lessons

Waltons New School of Music's voice programme is designed to help new and experienced singers of all ages to get the most out of the instrument they were born with. Singing instruction for adults and teens is two-part, concentrating on both vocal technique and interpretation. The technique portion works on breathing, range development, vocal strength, flexibility, intonation and tonal quality. The material chosen for interpretation work is selected with each student's unique goals (and voice) in mind. As it is not generally advisable to begin technical work before the age of 15, singing lessons for younger students concentrate on healthy singing, musicianship and interpretation skills. Vocal tuition at the New School can also include preparation for grade examinations from preliminary to performance or teaching diploma level, as well as Junior Cert. Music and Leaving Cert. Music practicals, and counts as the 'personal skill' challenge area for Gaisce - The President's Award.

Genres/styles taught at the New School include:

  • Classical (Opera, Lied, etc.)
  • Jazz (see below)
  • Musical Theatre
  • Rock/Pop
  • Sean-nós
  • Traditional/Folk

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

One of the New School's most popular courses, Introducing Singing for Adults is designed to take some of the mystery out of singing, improve your confidence in singing before an audience and introduce you to the fundamentals of voice training.

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 Group Courses for Intermediate Students

We offer the following workshop courses for voice students with some experience, all of which finish with optional public performances before family and friends:

  • The Jazz Vocal Workshop provides an intensive introduction to the range of skills and techniques required to sing in the jazz style.
  • The Musical Theatre Workshop is designed for anyone interested in performing in musicals and is an excellent opportunity to develop your vocal abilities, song/audition repertoire and dramatic skills.

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 Jazz Voice

What does it mean to sing in the ‘jazz style’? What goes into making an exceptional jazz performance? The New School’s lessons in Jazz Voice introduce singers at all levels of experience to the wide range of skills and techniques required.

Jazz is as much an approach to as a style of music, and lessons focus equally on understanding and interpreting jazz from the inside they do on the techniques of singing it. Depending on student level, lessons may include some or all of the following elements:

  • Physical and vocal warm-ups
  • Voice technique
  • Listening exercises and harmonies
  • Defining your vocal range
  • Rhythm work
  • Jazz-style phrasing and expression
  • Singing in various styles, including swing, Latin, bebop, ballads and the blues
  • Improvisation and scat singing in various styles, from blues to bebop to modal music
  • Choosing repertoire and exploring jazz standards, including the songs of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rogers & Hart, etc.
  • Using a microphone
  • Identifying and communicating tempos and grooves
  • Creating intros and endings
  • Understanding charts
  • Setting songs keys and transposing
  • Developing your own unique style

Jazz Voice lessons, taught by Jenna Harris, Dav McNamara, Filipa Quintino and Ruba Shamshoum, can be taken alone (through 30-, 45- and 60-minute private lessons) or as a supplement to regular voice lessons.

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Marta Burns (also Introducing Singing for Adults)
Janyce Condon
Sadhbh Dennedy
Sinéad Flynn (also Musical Theatre Workshop)
Jenna Harris (also Introducing Singing for Adults, Jazz Vocal Workshop)
Ríona Sally Hartman (also Introducing Singing for Adults)
Lynn Hilary (also Introducing Singing for Adults)
Dav McNamara
Niamh McCormack (also Introducing Singing for Adults)
Cathy McEvoy (Sing Your Heart Out Choir)
Joan O'Malley (also Introducing Singing for Adults)
Filipa Quintino
Ruba Shamshoum (also Introducing Singing for Adults)
Carmel Whelan (sean-nós singing)

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 Comments from Students & Parents

'I wish I had discovered this years ago. By the end of my first lesson I had learned techniques that I had spent years trying to master.'
– M. Begley

'Can't speak highly enough of my singing tutor. As a novice to singing beyond the privacy of my shower, her personal attention and interest in helping me to discover my singing voice has been invaluable.'
– C.M. Condon

'I have an excellent teacher. She is very encouraging and has a lot of insight into the individual student's problems and how to improve them.'
– M. Conroy

'Great teacher. I have developed so much in the past year [and] have learned so much technique. We get through a lot in a 30-minute lesson; it’s very productive.'
– S. Daly

'Excellent teacher. Excellent school. Thanks for giving me the confidence to get in touch with my real singing voice. Music is one of the greatest gifts we have been blessed with.'
– T. Dollard

'I always wanted to sing but thought I didn't have a note in my head. With the help and patience of my teacher I now believe that I can and am loving it.'
– B. Dunne

'The atmosphere of lessons is incredibly friendly and encouraging, which has allowed my confidence and ability to grow with each lesson.'
– L. Farrell

'My singing teacher is very motivational and passionate about music. I found the lessons at Waltons a valuable learning experience and great fun at the same time. Highly recommended.'
– K. Healy

'I think the singing lessons here are brilliant. I only joined a year ago and have seen massive improvements in my vocal range. The lessons are really professional, and I have benefited hugely from them. Thank you!'
– J. Huysmans

'It's really exciting to hear the progress your own voice can make in the space of a term with guidance from your teacher, learning to relax and proper breathing. Love it!'
– A. Lee

'Inspiring tutor made every single class interesting, challenging but most of all fun and highly rewarding.'
– S. Maccan (Jazz Vocal Workshop student)

'The course was so much more than I expected. I learned so much and gained confidence within myself. The teacher was an inspiration!'
– C. McGowan (Introducing Singing for Adults student)

'I really enjoy working with my teacher – she is wonderful. I very much like the atmosphere at Waltons, as do my family. I look forward to next term and to improving my voice and technique.'
– G. McLellan

'I am very happy with my voice lessons at Waltons. I have an amazing teacher, very encouraging and patient, who makes the work fun. I will be continuing my lessons here for as long as I can afford it!'
– T. MacVeigh

'Have been to the Jazz Vocal Workshop at Waltons as well as one-on-one singing lessons. Teachers are personable, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, so too are the admin staff. I would highly recommend the school and will be signing up again soon for more intensive singing lessons!'
– Y. Murphy

'Professionally organised singing classes that enable you to sing with confidence and have fun doing so!'
– M. O'Laoi

'This year at Waltons has gone a long way towards achieving my two goals: building confidence and repertoire. Thank you.'
– C. Opitz

'I have loved working at my own pace without any pressure or set songs I must learn. My teacher is incredibly understanding and wonderful to work with. It is refreshing to be taught by someone with a real passion for their skill.'
– C. O'Síoráin

'A fantastic course, high energy, wonderfully taught, with clear instruction and a great class atmosphere. I'd recommend it to anyone.'
– J. Ryan (Musical Theatre Workshop student)

'The best singing teacher I have ever had – have learned so much.'
– K. Sanderlin

'Very good teacher, with excellent knowledge of good technique. Keep up the good work.'
– D. Steele

'I have found my singing lessons at Waltons very professional and look forward to attending every week! I would recommend Waltons to any musician.'
– A. Stein

'A great teacher...really encouraging and patient. She has really helped me to regain the confidence in singing that I thought I had lost.'
– L. Vergel

'I would definitely recommend anyone to take singing classes at Waltons. My singing teacher taught me how to sing and brought up techniques to develop my voice in a way I could understand in just a few weeks of lessons. She was extremely friendly, welcoming, warm and professional all at once. She is an amazing teacher and singer, and you can tell she loves it by the way she teaches…with a lot of passion and interest.'
– E. Weber

Have you taken – or are you taking – voice (singing) 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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 Theory, Musicianship & Songwriting

  • Designed especially for voice students and choristers, Sight Singing Made Easy simultaneously develops their music reading skills and practical sight singing – incorporating such elements as pitch, tuning, rhythm and solfege (do-re-mi, etc.). It is highly recommended for all voice students.
  • Jazz Improvisation Basics, intended for voice students with at least one year’s singing 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.
  • Taught by songwriter and musician Kieran McEvoy, the Songwriting Workshop will help you to develop your creative ideas – in any musical style – and turn them into finished songs.
  • Taught by singer-songwriter Melanie O'Reilly, The Art & Craft of Songwriting is a summer course that will take you through the entire songwriting process, integrating the craft's many skills into a seamless artistic whole.

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 Sing Your Heart Out Choir

Love singing but need encouragement? Join our Sing Your Heart Out Choir and your nerves will disappear! The Choir is led by a renowned choral director and focuses on music from the contemporary, gospel and world traditions. Join it and you’ll have the opportunity to sing some great songs with others, to find and improve your voice, to spend an hour and a half every week ‘singing your heart out’ and making new friends in the process, and to perform in public for fun and entertainment.

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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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 Voice/Singing Grade Exam Syllabi

Links to downloadable voice/singing syllabi (pdf format) with different exam boards:

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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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 Student Benefits

Currently-enrolled voice (singing) students at Waltons New School of Music are entitled to several useful 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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  • 69 South Great George's Street Dublin 2 Ireland 
  • Phone: +353 1 478 1884
  • Fax: +353 1 475 1346
  • Email: info@newschool.ie
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