Waltons New School of Music - Wind Instruments Tuition, Dublin

Wind Instruments Tuition

at Waltons New School of Music

'Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.'
Charlie Parker

'I do not consider myself as having mastered the flute, but I get a real kick out of trying.'
James Galway

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See Wind Tuition FAQs for some frequently asked questions about wind instrument tuition.

 Private, Partner & Group Lessons

Waltons New School of Music offers lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced students in:

  • Clarinet
  • Concert Flute
  • Irish Traditional (Wooden) Flute
  • Harmonica (Diatonic & Chromatic)
  • Piccolo
  • Recorder
  • Saxophone (Alto & Tenor)

Clarinet, harmonica and saxophone instruction can include jazz theory and improvisation. Students of wind instruments at the New School can also be prepared for a range of grade exams, from preliminary to performance or teaching diploma level, as well as 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 for both individuals and small groups. Students must bring their own instruments to 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 Wind Instrument Discounts, Packages & Payment Plans for more information.

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 Comments from Students

'My son has made great progress with the saxophone while studying here. While he has worked hard himself, much of this is down to the teacher, who has been both patient and motivating.'
– N. Brophy

'Waltons New School of Music fills an important gap in music education as it is open to newcomers/amateurs, especially adults. It caters for all – from 'hobbyists' to top grade exams – and provides wonderful opportunities for music making. Welcoming and non-judgmental, yet pushing for individual best standards. Tá failte romhat!'
– J. Dillon (concert flute student)

'Great tuition! Have been taking trad flute lessons here for the last year and my instructor has brought me on by leaps and bounds.'
– C. Boylan

'I benefited an extraordinary amount from the tuition I received here. I have improved significantly due to the time I've had here and feel more confident in my abilities through these lessons.'
– K. McDonnell (saxophone student)

'The wonderful teacher, very supportive and patient, made for a very enjoyable experience. There was a lovely sense of camaraderie in the group learning and playing together.'
– S. Coyne (Flute Ensemble student)

'Great teacher – enthusiastic, good-humoured and very helpful.'
– R. McDonnell (harmonica student)

'Clear and confident teacher.'
– J. O'Leary (clarinet student)

Have you taken – or are you taking – wind 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

Beginning students can join Introducing Harmonica, which explores the basics of diatonic harmonica playing in various styles, from folk-rock to blues. No previous musical experience is required.

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 Ensembles & Sessions

  • The school’s Flute Ensemble is open to students of Grade III standard and above and works on a wide range of repertoire in a variety of styles. It is also an opportunity to meet other players and make some great music!
  • The school's 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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 Wind Instruments Grade Exam Syllabi

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

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 Theory & Musicianship

  • Beginning students should also consider taking Music Fundamentals, designed to supplement private tuition with the basics of music theory.
  • 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 wind 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 wind instrument students 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.

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Peter Dobai (saxophone, clarinet, recorder)
Eamonn Galldubh (traditional flute)
Michael McInerney (harmonica, Introducing Harmonica course)
Kieran Moynihan (concert flute, piccolo)
Alice Nolan (concert flute, piccolo, Flute Ensemble)
Ronan O'Sullivan (clarinet, saxophone, recorder)

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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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