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Outreach Music Courses

Waltons New School of Music

‘Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.’
– Benjamin Franklin

Our Programme

What is it?

The New School’s Outreach Programme includes 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 or youth centre. These courses provide opportunities for young people to have the enriching experience of learning music from expert teachers and facilitators, at a reasonable price and in a familiar environment. We offer a range of subjects and instruments, and the option of group or private tuition.


‘The Musical Youth Foundation has worked with Waltons New School of Music on all of our programmes, and we have found their teachers to be not only highly professional but genuinely dedicated to the advancement of music education for children.’
– Chris Maher, Founder & CEO, Musical Youth Foundation

How do the courses work?

One of our teachers will be assigned to your school for centre for a residency, usually ranging from 10 to 30 weeks. He/she will teach weekly classes or lessons that can take place either during school, and integrated into the weekly timetable, or after school. Courses can be paid for by the school, parents association or parents themselves. Residencies can be one-off, they can continue for another period subject to student interest, or you can opt for a different instrument or subject for their next residency. Residences can also be directed towards a final ‘showcase’ performance for other students, teachers and parents.

Our courses, while providing sound instrumental or vocal tuition, aim to do more than that. They are also designed to engage participants in all aspects of active music making: listening, composing and performing. In other words, participants learn the fundamentals of music along with their instruments. Our purpose is to introduce a core subject, music, with an element of fun to young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience it, or simply to provide an accessible and rewarding start to further music education.

Who will teach?

Our group course teachers have been carefully selected for their ability to work with and inspire young students, as well as their experience with group music tuition. Private lesson teachers are selected from our own highly-qualified teaching staff. All teachers are Garda vetted and fully insured.

Is it worth our time and effort?

Yes! Music education teaches creative thinking, self-discipline and cooperation. Children and young people who participate in music classes or lessons are more motivated, enjoy their school week more and tend to be better students. Countless studies have shown that intelligence, test scores, reading ability, mathematical ability and social skills are all greatly improved by the study of music and fine arts.

For advocacy articles on the critical importance of music education specifically and arts education in general, see the Why Music? page on our website.

What do we need to provide?

Our requirements for outreach music courses are:

  • All Group Courses. Large classroom or school hall with good ventilation and light, whiteboard/marker or blackboard/chalk.
  • Bodhrán, Guitar, Irish Fiddle, Tin Whistle, UkuleleViolin. Instruments for each student, at least one music stand for every two students (except Bodhrán course).
  • Capoeira. Large uncarpeted space cleared of desks and chairs, CD player.
  • Choir and Singing. Digital or acoustic piano.
  • Music for Me. Classroom percussion instruments, with teacher bringing additional instruments.

Flyers • Enrolment Forms

We can provide your school or centre with everything you need to get started, including information flyers and enrolment forms to distribute to students and parents.

Outreach Courses Faculty

Testimonials

‘The children love violin lessons with their teacher and look forward to Mondays because of this. She makes the lessons fun and very interesting. Everyone who has seen the children perform has been most impressed – and all this after 10 weeks!’
– L. Cunningham, Scoil Aonghusa Junior, Tallaght

‘Children are really enjoying the tin whistle classes…and look forward to this slot every week…. Well structured classes, good classroom management and attention to detail.’
– A. Joyce, St. Paul’s Junior School, Greenhills

‘The students involved in the guitar groups have developed better social skills and are more able to communicate their feelings. There are some in these groups who would have difficult enough life situations, and for them I believe these classes are a little haven. The students have a great sense of achievement and “try” without fearing failure. This has been a huge step for some. For children for whom there is a high risk of leaving school early, we have found the guitar lessons of particular benefit in keeping and re-engaging them in the education process.’
– A. Kelly, Ringsend Technical Institute

‘Wonderful to see children learning guitar in school. John is an excellent tutor [who] asks them what they really want to learn – an important aspect of any tuition.’
– A. McCarthy, Scoil Plás Mhuire, Dublin 7

‘The guitar tutor has been excellent in the way he has interacted with the young people and adapted the lessons and music to their interests. [They] have become more confident in their own ability since beginning to learn the guitar; they were hesitant at first, but now they are really enjoying it and even offering up suggestions for songs to learn to the tutor! I would recommend this…to other youth projects or groups working with young people without hesitation.’
– S. Moore, Ballybough Youth Project, Dublin 3

‘The [tin whistle] classes have a relaxed atmosphere and are graduated, with lots of reinforcement throughout.’
– O. Mulrane, St. Mary’s BNS, Booterstown

‘Many people with disabilities have a great interest in music – it is a hobby that can be enjoyed despite limited mobility. For some people it was their first time to try a percussion instrument and many found that they had a talent for it. It was great to introduce these instruments and perhaps even sow the seed for a new interest or hobby. The Drum Workshop was thoroughly enjoyed by not only the participants but also by the volunteers and staff members.
The Drum Workshop had different sequences where group work was involved. Building social skills is a key part of the Summer Project programme. The group sequences created the feeling of working together and also made participants aware of the others in the group.
In short, the Drum Workshop fitted in perfectly with the ethos behind the Summer Project. It was a fantastic success, and inspiring for all involved to see the participants take part in it and get so much out of it. I would like to take this opportunity to wish [the facilitators] all the best in the future, and I hope that they bring their talents to plenty more people with disabilities.’
– S. O’Farrell, The Irish Association for Spina Bifida
and Hydrocephalus


Has your school or organisation taken one of our outreach music courses or workshops? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire about it.

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Booking • Enquiries

To book a particular course, or for more information about any aspect of the New School’s Outreach Programme, please complete an Outreach Programme Booking • Enquiry Form or contact David Mooney, our Outreach Co-ordinator, by phone on (01) 478 1884.

Our Courses

Primary Courses

We offer the following group courses for primary schools:


Bodhrán

(3rd class and up, maximum 10 participants in a group)

The bodhrán, a wood and goatskin drum beaten with a wooden stick, is the heartbeat of Irish traditional music – and great fun to play! Students will learn the main rhythms of traditional Irish music in this course, including reels, jigs, hornpipes and polkas.


Capoeira

(all classes, maximum 25 participants in a group)

African in its origin and Brazilian in its evolution, capoeira provides a fun, creative and comprehensive way for participants to exercise, develop their sense of music and rhythm and be exposed to the another culture. In Brazil, capoeira is the second most practiced sport after soccer and is part of many Brazilian schools’ curricula.


Choir

(3rd class and up, no maximum)

Aside from the fun and the music, the benefits of singing in a choir are many and varied. Numerous studies have shown that choral singing improves academic performance and teaches valuable life skills. Most importantly, a choir teaches the importance of co-operation and working together as a team.


Guitar

(3rd class and up, maximum 10 participants in a group)

Melodic, harmonic and percussive, the guitar is not only satisfying to play in itself but can also serve as a ‘gateway’ musical experience for other instrumental study. This course provides children with an excellent introduction to the guitar, including melody playing, chord accompaniment, note reading skills and basic two-part solo playing.


Irish Fiddle

(3rd class and up, maximum 10 participants in a group)

The fiddle is arguably the most popular Irish traditional instrument. Participants will learn basics of playing this beautiful instrument (holding, bowing, fingering, etc.) and the main forms of traditional music (jigs, reels, hornpipes, airs, etc.), including some of their many variations.


Music for Me!

(Junior Infants to 1st class, maximum 15 participants in a group)

Exploring the many elements of music through listening, performing and ‘composing’, this pre-instrumental course is ideal for Junior and Senior Infants classes, as well as Montessori schools, and promotes independent thinking, cooperation, problem-solving and musical exploration.


Singing

(3rd class and up, maximum 10 participants in a group)

Everyone loves to sing, and singing is the basis of all music. It also builds self-esteem, promotes teamwork and facilitates self-expression. And best of all, our voices are the most convenient of instruments – both free and portable! We will work on and learn to sing a wide range of songs in this course, including pop, R&B and musical theatre.


Songwriting

(3rd class and up, maximum 10 participants in a group)

Everyone can be a songwriter, and learning to write and perform songs is an immensely satisfying and empowering experience. In this course we will explore the components of songs (lyrics, melody, rhythm, etc.) and work together as a group to transform our own ideas into original songs!


Tin Whistle

(1st class and up, maximum 25 participants in a group)

A simple tube of metal with six finger-holes, the Irish tin whistle is easier to play than the recorder and has a great expressive range – from the speed and excitement of Irish reels to the beauty of slow airs. Children will learn to play Irish music, folk songs, Christmas carols and simple classics in this course.


Ukulele

(3rd class and up, maximum 25 participants in a group)

Originally from Hawaii, the ukulele has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, and for good reason: it is versatile, accessible, inexpensive, portable and most importantly, a lot of fun! This course introduces children to both melody and harmony and allows them to experience the enjoyment of making music as part of a group. Along the way they will develop their improvisation skills, their ‘polyphonic hearing’ and their understanding of the instrument as a tool to develop their own musicality.


Violin

(3rd class and up, maximum 10 participants in a group)

This course is intended not only to teach children to play the violin but also to make music an engaging and enjoyable learning experience. Students gradually master each step required – from holding the instrument and bow to learning proper finger placement and developing their sense of pitch – to ensure a solid musical foundation on the violin.

Post-Primary • Youth Centre • Special Needs Courses

We offer the following group courses for post-primary schools,  youth centres and special needs organisations:


Bodhrán

(maximum 10 participants in a group)

The bodhrán, a wood and goatskin drum beaten with a wooden stick, is the heartbeat of Irish music – and great fun to play! Participants in this course will learn how to hold a bodhrán and beater, some of the basic strokes and variations, and the the main rhythms of traditional Irish music, including reels, jigs, hornpipes and polkas.


Capoeira

(maximum 25 participants in a group)

African in its origin and Brazilian in its evolution, capoeira provides a fun, creative and comprehensive way for participants to exercise, develop their sense of music and rhythm and be exposed to the another culture. In Brazil, capoeira is the second most practiced sport after soccer and is part of many Brazilian schools’ curricula.


Choir

(no limit)

Aside from the fun and the music, the benefits of singing in a choir are many and varied. Numerous studies have shown that choral singing improves academic performance and teaches valuable life skills. Most importantly, a choir teaches the importance of co-operation and working together as a team.


Guitar

(maximum 10 participants in a group)

This course takes a practical, enjoyable approach to acoustic guitar tuition. The style is hands-on, contemporary and fun – and skills are developed using chord and riff examples from today’s top groups. You will also gain such essential musical knowledge as song structure, tab notation, scales, rhythm and metre, intervals and chord shapes.


Irish Fiddle

(maximum 10 participants in a group)

The fiddle is arguably the most popular Irish traditional instrument. Participants will learn basics of playing this beautiful instrument (holding, bowing, fingering, etc.) and the main forms of traditional music (jigs, reels, hornpipes, airs, etc.), including some of their many variations.


Singing

(maximum 10 participants in a group)

Everyone loves to sing, and singing is the basis of all music. It also builds self-esteem, promotes teamwork and facilitates self-expression. And best of all, our voices are the most convenient of instruments – both free and portable! We will work on and learn to sing a wide range of songs in this course, including pop, R&B and musical theatre.


Songwriting

(maximum 10 participants in a group)

Everyone can be a songwriter, and learning to write and perform songs is an immensely satisfying and empowering experience. In this course we will explore the components of songs (lyrics, melody, rhythm, etc.) and work both individually and together as a group to transform our own ideas into original songs.


Ukulele

(maximum 25 participants in a group)

Originally from Hawaii, the ukulele has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, and for good reason: it is versatile, accessible, inexpensive, portable and most importantly, a lot of fun! This course introduces children to both melody and harmony and allows them to experience the enjoyment of making music as part of a group. Along the way they will develop their improvisation skills, their ‘polyphonic hearing’ and their understanding of the instrument as a tool to develop their own musicality.


Violin

(maximum 10 participants in a group)

This course is intended not only to teach young people to play the violin but also to make music an engaging and enjoyable learning experience. Students gradually master each step required – from holding the instrument and bow to learning proper finger placement and developing their sense of pitch – to ensure a solid musical foundation on the violin.

Private • Partner Lessons

Private (one-to-one) and Partner (two-person) lessons in many of the instruments we teach at the New School can also be arranged for your school or centre, giving students the benefit of expert teaching in a familiar environment.

A minimum teaching block of three hours is required for each participating teacher. The block can be divided flexibly, depending on the students’ interests and skill levels, with six options available: 30-, 45- or 60- minute private lessons, or 30-, 45- or 60-minute partner lessons.

Participating students will need their own instruments (or access to instruments) to practice at home. For piano and singing lessons, the school will need an acoustic upright piano or digital piano with weighted keys, in good working condition and in tune.

Fees • Group Courses

Below are fees for 10-week group courses, although we can arrange courses of different durations, from courses up to 30 weeks long to 5-week ‘taster’ courses, and we would be happy to tailor a course to your particular needs. One hour of teaching can also be divided into two consecutive 30-minute classes, and two consecutive hours of teaching can be divided into two 60-minute classes, three 40-minute classes or four 30-minute classes. Schools classed as DEIS by the Department of Education receive a 10% discount off course fees.

OPTION STANDARD FEE DEIS FEE
1 hour teaching €750 €675
1.5 hours teaching €1,050 €945
2 hours teaching €1,400 €1,260
3 hours teaching €1,950 €1,755
The table below shows a sample breakdown of costs per student for 10 weeks x 2 hours of tuition.

OPTION STANDARD
FEE / STUDENT
DEIS
FEE / STUDENT
10 students per class
2 x 1-hour classes
Total of 20 students
€70 €63
10 students per class
3 x 40-min classes
Total of 30 students
€46.67 €42
25 students per class
2 x 1-hour classes
Total of 50 students
€28 €25.20
25 students
3 x 40-min classes
Total of 75 students
€18.67 €16.80

Fees • Private & Partner Lessons

A minimum 3-hour block, or 6 x 30-minute lessons, is required for outreach private or lessons. The tables below shows a sample breakdown of costs per student for 10 weeks of tuition.

Private Lessons
STANDARD DEIS SCHOOLS
Fee per Hour €43/hour €39/hour
Per Student (30-Minute Lessons) €21.50 €19.50
10 Weeks x 3 Hours €1,290 €1,170
Fee per Student (10 Weeks) €215 €195
Partner Lessons
STANDARD DEIS SCHOOLS
Fee per Hour €48/hour €43/hour
Per Student (30-Minute Lessons) €12 €10.75
10 Weeks x 3 Hours €1,440 €1,290
Fee per Student (10 Weeks) €120 €107.50

Terms & Conditions

  1. As soon as the dates, day(s), time(s) and duration(s) of your school/organisation’s course(s) and/or lesson(s) are agreed, Waltons New School of Music will issue a signed contract detailing the tuition, fee(s), teacher(s), contact person and details for your school/organisation and contact person and details for Waltons New School of Music.
  2. The countersigned contract should be returned within one calendar week, together with a deposit of €100, which can be paid by cheque, credit/debit card or cash (in person). The course(s) and/or lesson(s) cannot commence until the contract is returned and deposit paid.
  3. If instruments and/or equipment are purchased along with the course(s) and/or lesson(s), these must be paid for in full before commencement of tuition.
  4. The balance of fees for your school/organisation’s course(s) and/or lesson(s) are due within one calendar week of commencement.
  5. If required, Waltons New School of Music can produce printable A4 flyers detailing the course(s) and/or lesson(s) for distribution to students/parents. We will need a jpg logo of your school/organisation in order to do this.
  6. In the event that the teacher is unable to teach the course(s) and/or lesson(s) due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, Waltons New School of Music will either provide a replacement teacher of equal standing or arrange an alternative date or dates.
  7. In the event that your school/organisation decides to cancel course(s) and/or lesson(s) on a particular day or days, Waltons New School of Music should be notified at least 48 hours in advance. The teacher will endeavour to make up any class(es) and/or lesson(s) missed, but if he/she is unable to your school/organisation cannot be credited for them.
  8. In the event that your school/organisation has to close due to inclement weather or other circumstances, the teacher will endeavour to make up any class(es) and/or lesson(s) missed. However, if he/she is unable to do so, your school/organisation cannot be credited for them.
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