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Outreach Programme

Waltons New School of Music

‘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

‘Music has to be recognized as an…agent of social development in the highest sense, because it transmits the highest values – solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion. And it has the ability to unite an entire community and to express sublime feelings.’
– José Antonio Abreu

Since 2001, the New School’s extensive Outreach Programme has provided music and cultural workshops, music courses and music lessons to primary and post-primary schools, youth centres, special needs organisations and the local community.

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Outreach Programme Mission

The value of music and music education for young people is undisputed. Numerous studies have proven that music tuition and active music-making:

  • Supplies intellectual, emotional and physical components critical to young people’s development
  • 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

(See Why Music? for links to music education advocacy articles and scientific studies that detail these benefits.)

The goal of our Outreach Programme is to provide opportunities for music tuition and active music making that may not otherwise be available in schools or 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.


Our outreach music 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, specials needs organisations and arts centres throughout the greater Dublin area. Our facilitators are professional musicians and educators with a wealth of experience and have been carefully selected for their ability to work with and inspire young students, as well as for their experience with group music tuition.

Our workshops include:

Capoeira in the Classroom
Primary • Post-Primary • Youth • Special Needs
Drumming Around the World
Primary • Post-Primary • Youth • Special Needs
Irish Music Tasters
Primary • Post-Primary • Youth
Leaving Cert. Music Technology
Let’s Write a Song!
Music Technology for Teens
Post-Primary • Youth
Songwriting & Music Production
Post-Primary • Youth
Sounds Irish
Primary • Post-Primary • Youth



We offer a range of curricular and extra-curricular music courses, taught by some of the Dublin area’s finest music teachers, that can take place in your primary school, post-primary school, special needs school or youth centre.

The following courses are available:

Irish Fiddle
Music for Me!

(pre-instrumental music)
Tin Whistle


Private • Partner Lessons

Private (one-to-one) and Partner (two-person) lessons in some of the most popular instruments we teach at the New School (as well as singing) can be arranged for your school or centre, giving students the benefit of expert teaching in a familiar environment. Our fees are also significantly lower than the fees charged in a music school setting, with the added advantage that students do not have to travel. Lessons can take place during or after school hours.

We offer lessons in the following instruments:

Concert Flute
Irish Fiddle
Singing (Voice)
Tin Whistle


Outreach Programme Faculty

Booking • Enquiries

To book a workshop, course or lessons, please complete our Outreach Booking Form.


Questions about our Outreach Programme?


Child Protection • Garda Vetting • Insurance

Our Outreach Programme adheres to Waltons New School of Music’s rigorous
Child Protection Policy.

All of our outreach course teachers and workshop facilitators are Garda vetted.

All of our outreach activities are fully covered by employer’s and public liability insurance.

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