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Outreach Music Workshops

Waltons New School of Music

‘Since the beginning of time, children have not liked to study. They would much rather play, and if you have their interests at heart, you will let them learn while they play; they will find that what they have mastered is child’s play.’
– Carl Orff

Our Workshops

The New School’s outreach music workshops are designed for primary schools, post-primary schools, youth centres and special needs organisations. Although diverse, they have two essential elements in common: they are all hands-on and interactive. We offer the following workshops:

  • Capoeira in the Classroom (primary, post-primary, youth
    special needs)
  • Drumming Around the World (primary, post-primary, youth, special needs)
  • Let’s Write a Song! (primary)
  • Music Technology for Post-Primary Students
  • Songwriting & Music Production (post-primary)
  • Sounds Irish (primary, post-primary)

Primary • Post-Primary
Youth • Special Needs

‘The workshop integrated so many different elements of the curriculum – singing, percussion, PE, drama, dance…. I’d highly recommend it to all levels, even infants.’
– U. O’Neill, Cnoc Mhuire JNS, Tallaght, Dublin 24


African in its origin and Brazilian in its evolution, capoeira is a unique art form that blends acrobatics, martial arts, music, dance, percussion, singing and tradition in a single mesmerising jogo (game). Capoeira in the Classroom provides a creative and comprehensive way for participants to exercise, learn a martial art, develop their sense of music and rhythm and be exposed to the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture while playing in a group and having fun!

Capoeira is played inside a circle of friends, clapping hands to the rhythm of traditional instruments that have been used since capoeira’s creation. Inside the circle of capoeira, participants learn to find their balance through the movements of capoeira and express themselves and their individuality in new ways. They learn about all the elements of capoeira, including music, song, instrument playing (berimbau, pandeiro and atabaque) and physical expression (using animal movements as a source of inspiration). They take part in this dynamic workshop as players, dancers, acrobats, musicians, singers and interactive spectators. In one word they become ‘capoeiristas’.

Capoeira in the Classroom is available on two levels. Level 1 is an introduction to all the elements of Capoeira. In level 2 (which requires that participants have taken the level 1 workshop) young people are taught how to combine the basic movements they learned in the previous workshop and are urged to let loose their creativity through music, song, instruments and body movements. Particular attention is given to the learning and practice of acrobatics basics. In a single day, schools can avail of any combination of level 1 and level 2 workshops.

Teachers, who are asked to participate, will also be provided with suggested follow-up activities for classroom use.


Testimonials

‘Learning first-hand about other cultures is very exciting. The facilitators’ approach was gentle, positive and encouraging – with a smile!’
– S. Barry, Kilmacanogue National School, Co. Wicklow

‘An exciting and varied workshop enjoyed equally by students and teachers!’
– H. Brennan, Scoil Mhuire Senior National School, Dublin 15

‘Movement with a difference – well worth taking the time to explore. Can’t wait for the next session.’
– M. Curtin, St. Mary’s Boys National School, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14

‘Vibrant, interesting and easy to get involved in. Well-run, well-planned and safe.’
– L. Kavanagh, Our Lady of Lourdes National School, Inchicore, Dublin 8

‘This was a thoroughly enjoyable workshop for everyone involved, and the children benefited greatly from it. Thanks to Waltons and the Capoeira faciliators.’
– C. Murray, St. Mary’s Boys National School, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14

‘A highly successful, motivating and active workshop that encourages the children in learning about other cultures and traditions. A very exciting and energetic blend of music, dance and movement.’
– C. Ní Choimín, Mount Anville National School, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

‘Capoeira in the Classroom is a brilliant opportunity for children to engage in music and movement in a new and exciting form. The children loved it, and the teachers were delighted with the content, which incorporates many aspects of the Revised Curriculum.’
– N. Nic Roibéaird, Scoil Neasáin, Baile Hearman, Dublin 5


Has your school or organisation taken this workshop? 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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Workshop Details

  • Day/Date. By arrangement (please contact us)
  • Overall Length:
    4 x 1-hour workshops: 4 ½ hours (with 30-minute break)
    3 x 1-hour workshops: 3 ½ hours (with 30-minute break)
    2 x 1-hour workshops: 2 hours
  • Number of Participants. Maximum 35 per workshop
  • Facilities/Equipment Needed. Large classroom or hall (preferably without carpet and with a large space cleared of furniture), CD player, whiteboard/markers or blackboard/chalk

Facilitators

Sansão Maia

Sansão has been training, studying and developing capoeira for over 20 years. He co-founded the Oficina da Capoeira Brazil group and worked with hundreds of children in the Projeto de Orientacao da Crianca pela Arte before arriving in Dublin in 2001. Over the past three years he has developed the Oficina da Capoeira Dublin group and introduced many other aspects of Brazilian culture to a wide audience, thanks to his regular classes, workshops, performances, radio interviews, and appearances on national television and in print. Under his guidance, the group has appeared in numerous street performances, dance festivals (Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, University of Limerick Festival of Traditional Dance, Drogheda Samba Festival, Latin Quarter Experience, Bloomsday celebrations), and theatres. He has also facilitated many workshops for the International Dance Festival of Ireland, The Ark and the Tallaght and Ballymun community centres, as well as schools, colleges and universities. Capoeira has brought him to Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Holland and England to facilitate workshops and to perform in festivals and gatherings.

Daniela Quaresima

Daniela studied capoeira under Sansão Maia and arrived in Ireland in 1999. With Prof. Sansão, she has given workshops and performances for schools, colleges, universities and community groups throughout the country. Together with the Mundo Capoeira Ireland group and supported by the Happy City Samba Band, she represented Brazil in welcoming the football star Pelè on his visit to Dublin. She has also performed at the Dublin Fringe Festival, Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, Dance Theatre of Ireland, International Dance Festival of Ireland, Drogheda Samba Festival, Ballina Salmon Parade, the Latin Quarter Experience, Spirasi Asylum Services Initiative, and at the Launch of the World Awareness Week organized by the National Youth Council of Ireland, just to name a few. She has also performed with several Dublin-based music groups such as De Jimbe, MaSamba and Afronova project in numerous festivals, has been training, studying and developing capoeira for almost 10 years. She is the co-founder of the Mundo Capoeira Ireland group and has introduced many other aspects of Brazilian culture to a wide audience, thanks to her regular classes, workshops, performances, radio interviews and appearances on national television.

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Primary • Post-Primary
Youth • Special Needs

‘The two leaders of the workshop were excellent with the children. The children had a fantastic time but were kept under control at all times. All the pupils got a turn to play an instrument.’
– E. Deery, Sacred Heart BNS, Ballygall, Dublin 11


Drumming Around the World combines dynamic live demonstrations with a variety of fun and fascinating activities, offering participants an enjoyable and positive introduction to music and rhythm in a multicultural context, as well as ‘hands-on’ experience with a wide range of percussion instruments. The instruments used and introduced in this workshop can include bodhráns, congas, bongos, djembes, tambourines, cymbals, agogos, cowbells, triangles, woodblocks, claves, shakers and sleighbells.

Come and join us on this multicultural musical adventure, exploring drums, drumming and rhythms from around the world! We’ll make a whistle stop tour of the globe, starting here with Ireland’s very own bodhrán, the heartbeat of Irish traditional music, and will go on to explore rhythms and percussion instruments from such diverse cultures as West Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the USA, Japan and China. So bring your ears, eyes and lots of energy – and we’ll see what fascinating experiences lie ahead!

Teachers, who are asked to participate, will be provided afterwards with suggested follow-up activities for classroom use.


Testimonials

‘Created an interest in percussion and taught a lot to the pupils about percussion and Latin music – thank you very much!’
– L. Bertram, St. Andrew’s NS, Bray, Co. Wicklow

‘A variety of instruments were named, shown and played in an interesting and instructive manner, with humour and enthusiasm, and with full, controlled participation of the pupils.’
– S. Breheny, Bishop Galvin NS, Templeogue, Dublin 6W

‘The students got a lot out of it, and the facilitators did a wonderful job.’
– F. Maxwell, Moyne Community School, Co. Longford

‘Comments from the children afterwards included – Cool! Deadly! Brill!’
– G. Nolan, Kilmacanogue NS, Co. Wicklow

‘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.’

– S. O’Farrell, Irish Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus

‘Educational, informative and great fun! Held the children’s interest throughout – a huge achievement!!’
– D. O’Reilly, Scoil Thomáis, Castleknock, Dublin 15


Has your school or organisation taken this workshop? 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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Workshop Details

  • Day/Date. By arrangement (please contact us)
  • Overall Length:
    4 x 1-hour workshops: 4 ½ hours (with 30-minute break)
    3 x 1-hour workshops: 3 ½ hours (with 30-minute break)
    2 x 1-hour workshops: 2 hours
  • Number of Participants. Maximum 35 per workshop
  • Facilities/Equipment Needed. Large classroom or hall, CD player, whiteboard/markers or blackboard/chalk

Facilitators

Solomon Ijigade

Solomon learned his drumming and singing from relations and family friends when growing up in Nigeria. Since he moved to Ireland in 2000, he has been performing with the award-winning African musical group Adun Oyin. With them he has also given workshops and performances to schools, colleges and community groups around Dublin. In 2003, Solomon played St. Patrick in ‘Mixing It on the Mountain’ – a musical co-produced by Calypso and Tower of Babel – at the Samuel Beckett Centre. He also played a leading role in ‘The Gods Are Not to Blame’, an Arambe/Project co-production at the Project Theatre as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. Solomon is a soloist with the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir and has performed on RTÉ radio on ‘Rattlebag’ and ‘Tonight with Vincent Browne’ as well as on RTÉ Television, on the ‘Late Late Show’, ‘Mono’ and ‘Would You Believe?’.

Ian McTigue

A former student at the New School, Ian has worked as a professional musician and teacher, specialising in bodhrán, drum kit and percussion, for over eighteen years. He has shared a stage and recorded for television and radio with artists as diverse as Carlos Nuñez, Dónal Lunny, Mairtín O’Connor, Michael McGoldrick and Camille O’Sullivan. For six years he toured the United States, Canada and Mexico with Riverdance, as percussionist and bodhrán soloist. Ian is also co-facilitator of the New School’s Sounds Irish workshop.

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Primary 4th-6th Class

‘The facilitators had a lovely way about them with the young people…and they were patient and encouraging. It was brilliant to have a song begun developed, finished and recorded together in the space of a morning – a great morning’s work!’
– Gráinne Lord, Arts Officer, City of Dublin Youth Service Board


Facilitated by acclaimed songwriter Niall Donnelly and musician-producer Gavin Ralston , and suitable for 4th-6th Class primary students, the two-hour Let’s Write a Song workshop will take participants on a memorable musical journey, creating in the process an original recorded song entirely from scratch! Along the way we will explore instruments, sounds and the elements that make up a song – lyrics, melody and backing music – as well as how these three elements interact.

Let’s Write a Song includes the following elements:

  • Niall will work with participants on the lyric writing process, gathering loose ideas and thoughts into a theme and subject.
  • At the same time, Gavin will arrange the musical backing according to the ideas of the group
  • We will produce a working verse and chorus, as well as a basic backing track.
  • Gavin will play the musical backing to the class, and they will sing their verse and chorus. Then all of the parts will be editing to fit in and developed until the song is complete.
  • Parts will be allocated to soloists, group singers and musicians. (Children who are already learning an instrument are encouraged to bring it along.)
  • We’ll record the song!

After the workshop, your school will receive an mp3 track of the song for easy sharing with other students and staff.


Workshop Details

  • Day/Date. By arrangement (please contact us)
  • Length. 2 hours
  • Number of Participants. Maximum 30
  • Equipment Provided. Laptop running Pro Tools, Logic and Reason music software, MIDI controller keyboard, guitar, percussion instruments, microphones, etc.
  • Facilities/Equipment Needed. Interactive whiteboard or projector

Facilitators

Niall Donnelly

Niall hails from Bray, Co. Wicklow and has been a professional musician for over 25 years, having worked with a number of bands as front man, guitarist and principal songwriter. He first came to prominence as a songwriter after being selected to write material that ended up as part of Even Deeper’s debut EP on U2’s Mother Records label. This led to Niall setting up his own band, Alligator, in the early 90s, which recorded an album with Leo Pearson, U2’s producer. Alligator’s next incarnation was a band called Sixteen Layers, with songs co-written by Niall and Wayne Hector of Sony ATV (responsible for writing ‘Flying Without Wings’ among other songs. Their first single, ‘Torch’, released in the mid-00’s, went to the top 20 in the UK indie charts. Since then Niall has been working independently with numerous artists – including Luán Parle, Scott Maher and Springbreak – and he has shared the stage with Declan O’Rourke, Snow Patrol and Sharon Shannon, among others. Niall is a dynamic performer and teacher, and a creative goldmine; there’s never a dull moment when he’s about!

Gavin Ralston

Gavin is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and music producer who has been involved in the music industry for many years, covering virtually every genre from rock, pop and folk to Irish traditional, classical and theatrical shows. He began his music career performing on the Dublin rock music scene before moving to Dingle in Kerry to study Irish traditional guitar with the legendary Steve Cooney, and he has since performed and toured with many traditional and folk acts, including Sharon Shannon, Arcady, Beginish, Begley & Cooney, Eimear Quinn, Cormac Breatnach and Lunasa. Gavin also has an extensive rock and pop pedigree and has performed and toured with such acts as The Waterboys, Picturehouse, Clannad, Bagatelle, Revelino and Eleanor McEvoy. He also performed in numerous theatrical and dance shows, including Brecht’s Mother Courage, Michael Flatley’s Celtic Tiger and Rubato Dance Company’s flamenco dance show Bull Dance. Gavin has recorded and produced a wide range of artists, including Grammy award nominated Vanessa Williams, Ronnie Drew, Bagatelle, Picturehouse, The Coronas and The Blizzards. He has also published a widely used instructional book on Irish traditional guitar.

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Post-Primary • Youth

Designed for post-primary school or youth groups, Music Technology for Post-Primary Students is a fascinating one-day workshop that introduces students to the myriad uses of music technology – in the classroom, at third level, and in the world of professional musicians.

Through a combination of demonstration and hands-on activities in the New School’s Music Technology Lab, students will learn about the ‘tools of the trade’, including:

  • Hardware. Computers, MIDI interfaces, synthesiser keyboards, sound modules, mixers, microphones, etc.
  • Software. Recording software, sequencers, scoring applications and other compositional tools
  • Techniques. Audio recording, notation, sampling, sequencing, sound synthesis

Music Technology for Post-Primary Students is available by group enrolment only. There is a maximum of sixteen students per workshop (two students per computer workstation) and teachers must accompany and supervise students.


Testimonials

‘A very entertaining day in which the students’ creativity and interest were allowed to shine!’
– C. Duffy, Lucan Community College, Lucan, Co. Dublin

‘Very clear teaching in a relaxed environment…. A thoroughly enjoyable workshop. There were some technophobe students who left feeling like mini-DJs!’
– M. Nic Mhathúna, Coláiste Chilliain, Clondalkin

‘Provides a very good introduction to music technology and a useful starting point for the Leaving Cert. Music Technology course.’
– B. Sexton, Coolmine Community School, Clonsilla, Dublin 15


Has your school or organisation taken this workshop? 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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Workshop Details

  • Day/Date. By arrangement (please contact us)
  • Length. 5 hours (10 am – 1 pm, 2 – 4 pm suggested)
  • Location. Music Technology Lab, Waltons New School of Music
  • Number of Participants. 16 students maximum (plus teacher)
  • Equipment provided. PCs & sound cards • Cubase Elements music software, Reason Essentials virtual music studio, Sibelius notation software • Keyboards & other MIDI controllers • Digital mixers, samplers, microphones & other hardware
  • Materials provided. Instructional handouts

Leaving Cert. Music Technology Version

We also offer a version of this workshop that covers all of the requirements of the Music Technology core activity at Higher Level (25% of total marks) of the Leaving Cert. Music exam, including:

  • Stating the medium/system/software the student will use to input lines/parts/tracks and describing the edits he/she intends to make.
  • Inputting, saving and retrieving a two-part score. For the exam, students will be asked to input all or part of each line/part/track, at the discretion of the examiner.
  • Performing six edits. Edits should make musical sense.
  • Producing a recorded or score version of the music. While the recording or score may be produced in advance on the day of the examination, the candidate will be required to demonstrate the procedure involved to the examiner.
  • Playing two pieces from the standard electronic repertoire or compiling and playing to own backing track (at least 32 bars long).

‘I feel much more comfortable doing music technology for the Leaving Cert. now, and the teaching was great.’
– E. Cooper

‘A great workshop and very helpful.’
– S. O’Connell


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Alice Jago, Facilitator

Alice is an award-winning singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer and teacher from Dublin. She has shared the stage, both in Ireland and abroad, with many prominent Irish and international musicians and groups, including Damien Dempsey, Elvis Costello, Eric Bogle, Mic Christopher, Miles Hunt (The Wonderstuff), Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), Paul Heaton (Beautiful South, Housemartins), Bell X1, Calexico, The Frames, The Walls, The Be Good Tanyas and Republic of Loose. She is also a trained sound engineer, having studied Music Production for Games at Griffith College, received a Diploma in Music Technology & Sound Engineering from the Sound Training Centre and received an MPhil degree in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin. Alice has been awarded the RTÉ/RAAP Breakthrough Artist Bursary and an Artist-in-Residence Bursary from the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and she was the Contemporary Music Centre’s first Summer Residency recipient. Hotpress magazine described her songs as sounding ‘like they were written 200 years ago, and may well be written again 200 years from now.’

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Post-Primary • Youth

Contents

• Songwriting Taster
• Songwriting & Music Production Basics
• Advanced Songwriting & Music Production
• Songwriting & Music Production in Depth
• Facilitators

Acclaimed songwriter Niall Donnelly and musician-producer Gavin Ralston facilitate a range of songwriting and music production workshops with the New School that are suitable for post-primary schools and youth projects. These include a two-hour Songwriting Taster; two four-hour songwriting and music production modules that can be taken individually or together over the course of two different days or on two different weeks; and an ‘in-depth’ six-hour module that allows time for the writing and producing of several songs.


Songwriting Taster

This two-hour workshop is an excellent introduction to the art and craft of songwriting. Participants will work together as a team and actually write and record a song in just two hours!

After the workshop, your school will receive an mp3 track of the song for easy sharing with other students and staff.

Workshop Outline

Songwriting (75 minutes)

  • Lyrics – choosing your subject and approach
  • Music – choosing a style and arranging music
  • Developing the song

Recording & Production (45 minutes)

  • Preparing the song and musicians for recording; what instruments and sounds to use
  • Arranging parts, harmonies, backing vocals, instruments and solos
  • Developing dynamics and mood
  • Recording the backing track (guitars, drums, percussion, etc.)
  • Recording vocals (lead and backing)
  • Recording soloist(s)
  • Mixing

Workshop Details

  • Day/Date. By arrangement (please contact us)
  • Length. 2 hours
  • Number of Participants. Maximum 30
  • Equipment Provided. Laptop running Pro Tools, Logic and Reason music software, MIDI controller keyboard, guitar, percussion instruments, microphones, etc.
  • Facilities/Equipment Needed. Interactive whiteboard or projector

Songwriting & Music Production Basics

This four-hour workshop is an excellent introduction to songwriting, music production and the music industry and can also serve as the first module of a two-day workshop, followed by Advanced Songwriting & Music Production (see below).

Workshop Outline

Introductions (30 minutes)

  • Introduction to the music industry – starting off
  • From the angle of a solo artist
  • From the angle of a music producer and session musician
  • Advice, suggestions, questions and answers

Songwriting (90 minutes)

  • Introduction – types and examples of songs
  • Lyrics – choosing your subject and approach
  • Music – choosing a style and arranging music
  • Developing the song

Music Production and Arranging (120 minutes)

  • Preparing the song and musicians for recording; what instruments and sounds to use
  • Arranging parts, harmonies, backing vocals, instruments and solos
  • Developing dynamics and mood
  • Setting up a room for recording
  • Mic’ing up instruments and vocals
  • Programming beats & keyboards
  • Recording audio and over dubs
  • Operating Protools and Reason
  • Stage 1 – recording the backing track (guitars, drums, percussion, etc.)
  • Stage 2 – recording vocals (lead and backing)
  • Stage 3 – recording soloist(s)
  • Stage 4 – mixing

Workshop Details

  • Day/Date. By arrangement (please contact us)
  • Length. 4 ½ hours (with 30-minute break)
  • Number of Participants. Maximum 30
  • Equipment Provided. Laptop running Pro Tools, Logic and Reason music software, MIDI controller keyboard, guitar, percussion instruments, microphones, etc.
  • Facilities/Equipment Needed . Interactive whiteboard or projector

Advanced Songwriting & Music Production

This four-hour workshop follows on from Songwriting & Music Production Basics with more information on the music business as well as in-depth songwriting and recording analysis.

Workshop Outline

Introductions (20 minutes)

  • Introduction to the music industry – the music business
  • From the angle of a solo artist
  • From the angle of a music producer and session musician
  • Advice, suggestions, questions and answers

Songwriting Analysis (60 minutes)

  • Classic song analysis – ‘Dead Flowers’ (Rolling Stones), ‘Dreams’ (Fleetwood Mac), ‘A Day in the Life’ (The Beatles)
  • Lyrics, music arrangements, instrumentation, history of band at time of writing, public reaction, video and audio examples

Production, Engineering and Programming (120 minutes)

  • Recording and editing with Protools, Reason, Garage Band and Logic
  • Choosing the best recording system
  • Recording sounds and creative looping and sequencing
  • Classic recording analysis – multi-track Protools versions and video presentations of ‘Superstition’ (Stevie Wonder), ‘Is This Love’ (Bob Marley) and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (Queen)

Business and Promotion (40 minutes)

  • Web based promotion – social networks for audio, visual and socialising
  • Performing live – songwriting showcases, support slots with big bands, entering competitions
  • Developing an identity and sound
  • Management, publishing and record deals
  • Selling your music

Workshop Details

  • Day/Date. By arrangement (please contact us)
  • Length. 4 ½ hours (with 30-minute break)
  • Number of Participants. Maximum 30
  • Equipment Provided. Laptop running Pro Tools, Logic and Reason music software, MIDI controller keyboard, guitar, percussion instruments, microphones, etc.
  • Facilities/Equipment Needed. Interactive whiteboard or projector

Songwriting & Music Production in Depth

This six-hour workshop is a more ‘in-depth’ version of Songwriting & Music Production Basics, allowing participants to develop and record two or three songs and to learn much more about the process of recording and production.

Workshop Outline

Introductions (40 minutes)

  • Introduction to the music industry – starting off
  • From the angle of a solo artist
  • From the angle of a music producer and session musician
  • Advice, suggestions, questions and answers

Songwriting (160 minutes)

  • Approaches to songwriting and examples of songs
  • Lyrics – choosing a subject
  • Music – choosing a style and arranging music
  • Developing and recording two or three songs

Music Production and Arranging (160 minutes)

  • Preparing the song and musicians for recording; what instruments and sounds to use
  • Arranging parts, harmonies, backing vocals, instruments and solos
  • Developing dynamics and mood
  • Setting up a room for recording
  • Micing up instruments and vocals
  • Programming beats & keyboards
  • Recording audio and over dubs
  • Operating Protools and Reason
  • Stage 1 – recording the backing track (guitars, drums, percussion, etc.)
  • Stage 2 – recording vocals (lead and backing)
  • Stage 3 – recording soloist(s)
  • Stage 4 – mixing

Workshop Details

    • Overall length. 7 hours (with two 30-minute breaks)
    • Number of Participants. Maximum 30

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  • Equipment Provided. Laptop running Pro Tools, Logic and Reason music software, MIDI controller keyboard, guitar, percussion instruments, microphones, etc.
  • Facilities/Equipment needed. Interactive whiteboard or projector

Facilitators

Niall Donnelly

Niall hails from Bray, Co. Wicklow and has been a professional musician for over 25 years, having worked with a number of bands as front man, guitarist and principal songwriter. He first came to prominence as a songwriter after being selected to write material that ended up as part of Even Deeper’s debut EP on U2’s Mother Records label. This led to Niall setting up his own band, Alligator, in the early 90s, which recorded an album with Leo Pearson, U2’s producer. Alligator’s next incarnation was a band called Sixteen Layers, with songs co-written by Niall and Wayne Hector of Sony ATV (responsible for writing ‘Flying Without Wings’ among other songs. Their first single, ‘Torch’, released in the mid-00’s, went to the top 20 in the UK indie charts. Since then Niall has been working independently with numerous artists – including Luán Parle, Scott Maher and Springbreak – and he has shared the stage with Declan O’Rourke, Snow Patrol and Sharon Shannon, among others. Niall is a dynamic performer and teacher, and a creative goldmine; there’s never a dull moment when he’s about!

Gavin Ralston

Gavin is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and music producer who has been involved in the music industry for many years, covering virtually every genre from rock, pop and folk to Irish traditional, classical and theatrical shows. He began his music career performing on the Dublin rock music scene before moving to Dingle in Kerry to study Irish traditional guitar with the legendary Steve Cooney, and he has since performed and toured with many traditional and folk acts, including Sharon Shannon, Arcady, Beginish, Begley & Cooney, Eimear Quinn, Cormac Breatnach and Lunasa. Gavin also has an extensive rock and pop pedigree and has performed and toured with such acts as The Waterboys, Picturehouse, Clannad, Bagatelle, Revelino and Eleanor McEvoy. He also performed in numerous theatrical and dance shows, including Brecht’s Mother Courage, Michael Flatley’s Celtic Tiger and Rubato Dance Company’s flamenco dance show Bull Dance. Gavin has recorded and produced a wide range of artists, including Grammy award nominated Vanessa Williams, Ronnie Drew, Bagatelle, Picturehouse, The Coronas and The Blizzards. He has also published a widely used instructional book on Irish traditional guitar.

Primary 3rd-6th Class • Post-Primary • Youth

‘A wonderful, “hands-on” learning experience. A great insight into Irish musical instruments.’
– A. O’Connor, Scoil Bhríde GNS, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15


Sounds Irish is a dynamic workshop designed to open participants’ ears to the rich tapestry that is our music, our history, and our heritage. The workshop begins with a brief performance and overview of Irish music – where it comes, from, how it is passed from generation to generation, its forms (jig, reel, hornpipe, etc.) and its instruments. We’ll introduce the fiddle, its history, its various parts and the names of its strings, and small groups will get to ‘try out’ fiddles provided for the workshop. Then we’ll introduce the bodhrán, its parts, its history and how it is played, and students will also get to try out bodhráns. Finally, while the rest of the workshop group beats out rhythms on their desks, groups of bodhrán and fiddle players will accompany the facilitators in a reel specially written for the workshop.

Sounds Irish is available on two levels. In level 2 (which requires that participants have taken the first workshop) children are taught the more complex rhythms of jig and hornpipe and about more notes of the scale (as they use more strings of the violin), while they continue their exploration of the forms and instruments of Irish music. In a single day, schools can avail of any combination of level 1 and level 2 workshops.

Teachers, who are asked to participate, will also be provided with suggested activities, dances, songs and games for classroom use.


Testimonials

‘The enthusiasm of the facilitators really brought the instruments to life.’
– A. Bleheen, St. Eithne’s GNS, Edenmore, Dublin 5

‘I liked the use of real instruments, the participatory element, the enthusiastic facilitators used to working with children. A fun workshop with no pressure on children (or teachers!) to perform.’
– C. Bourke, Our Lady of Victories GNS, Ballymun, Dublin 9

‘100% participation, simple and very effective techniques used. Facilitators were very supportive and encouraging throughout.’
– R. Moran, Scoil Bhríde GNS, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15


Has your school or organisation taken this workshop? 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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Workshop Details

  • Day/Date. By arrangement (please contact us)
  • Overall Length:
    4 x 1-hour workshops: 4 ½ hours (with 30-minute break)
    3 x 1-hour workshops: 3 ½ hours (with 30-minute break)
    2 x 1-hour workshops: 2 hours
  • Number of Participants. Maximum 35 per workshop
  • Facilities/Equipment Needed. Large classroom or hall, CD player, whiteboard/markers or blackboard/chalk

Facilitators

Aoife Desmond

Aoife began playing music at an early age. She received a Higher National Diploma in Traditional Music Performance from Ballyfermot College of Further Education, where she studied under the direction of Paul McGrattan and was taught by renowned musicians such as Michelle O’Brien and Paul Kelly. She also completed a TTCT Diploma teacher training course with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Aoife has been teaching fiddle and tin whistle for over ten years and teaches in numerous schools around Tallaght and west Dublin, at Áras Chrónain (where she was musical director in 2012-2013), at Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and at the Des Carty School of Music. She has worked with a number of youth projects through the Des Carty School of Music for which she composed music for traditional youth ensembles and performed in arts centres around West Dublin, and she regularly facilitates music workshops for young children in schools, libraries and arts centres throughout Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow. Aoife is a regular session musician and performer around Dublin and her home county of Kerry. She not only plays traditional Irish music but has broadened her repertoire to include playing and performing with rock and folk rock bands such as India9Nine. Aoife has taught at the New School since 2014.

Ian McTigue

A former student at the New School, Ian has worked as a professional musician and teacher, specialising in bodhrán, drum kit and percussion, for over eighteen years. He has shared a stage and recorded for television and radio with artists as diverse as Carlos Nuñez, Dónal Lunny, Mairtín O’Connor, Michael McGoldrick and Camille O’Sullivan. For six years he toured the United States, Canada and Mexico with Riverdance, as percussionist and bodhrán soloist. Ian is also co-facilitator of the New School’s Drumming Around the World workshop.

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Other Information

How do they work?

Except Music Technology for Post-Primary students, which takes place in the New School’s Music Technology Lab, the workshops take place on-site at your school or centre and are team-taught by two facilitators.

Although individually tailored to suit the needs of different age groups, all workshops aim to:

  • Cultivate musical curiosity.
  • Encourage participants to explore their creativity and generate their own musical ideas.
  • Introduce musical concepts through experiencing them.
  • Show participants that music is fun and accessible, and develop their confidence through it.

Teachers/supervisors, who are strongly encouraged to participate, are provided with suggested follow-up activities for classroom use.

Who will facilitate?

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 their experience with group music tuition. They are also Garda vetted and fully insured. See individual workshop sections for profiles.

How much do they cost?

Workshop fees depend on the number of workshops per day. Because Drumming Around the World and Sounds Irish require a substantial amount of equipment, an additional €50 is added to these workshops per workshop day to cover the cost of equipment transport. A full day of workshops (4 x 1-hour workshops) for your school or centre costs as little as €3.79 per participant (€3.41 per participant for DEIS schools and registered charities).

Because the workshops take place on-site (except Music Technology for Post-Primary Students, which takes place in the New School’s Music Technology Lab), there are no travel or transport costs to be factored in, and minimal disruption of classroom schedules.

Fees

Capoeira in the Classroom
NO. OF WORKSHOPS PARTICIPANTS FEE DEIS FEE APPROX.
FEE/STUDENT
4 x 1-hour workshops Max. 35 per workshop
(140 total)
€530 €477 €3.79
€3.41 (DEIS)
3 x 1-hour workshops Max. 35 per workshop
(105 total)
€430 €387 €4.10
€3.69 (DEIS)
2 x 1-hour workshops Max. 35 per workshop
(70 total)
€330 €297 €4.71
€4.24 (DEIS)
Drumming Around the World • Sounds Irish
NO. OF WORKSHOPS PARTICIPANTS FEE DEIS FEE APPROX.
FEE/STUDENT
4 x 1-hour workshops Max. 35 per workshop
(140 total)
€580 €527 €4.14
€3.76 (DEIS)
3 x 1-hour workshops Max. 35 per workshop
(105 total)
€480 €437 €4.57
€4.16 (DEIS)
2 x 1-hour workshops Max. 35 per workshop
(70 total)
€380 €347 €5.43
€4.96 (DEIS)
Let’s Write a Song!
LENGTH PARTICIPANTS FEE DEIS FEE APPROX.
FEE/PERSON
2 hours Max. 30 €330 €297 €11
€9.90 (DEIS)

Music Technology for Post-Primary Students

LENGTH PARTICIPANTS FEE DEIS FEE APPROX.
FEE/PERSON
5 hours Max. 16 €330 €297 €20.63
€18.56 (DEIS)
Songwriting Taster
LENGTH PARTICIPANTS FEE DEIS FEE APPROX.
FEE/PERSON
2 hours Max. 30 €330 €297 €11
€9.90 (DEIS)
Songwriting & Music Production Basics
Advanced Songwriting & Music Production
LENGTH PARTICIPANTS FEE DEIS FEE APPROX.
FEE/PERSON
4 hours Max. 30 €530 €477 €17.67
€15.90 (DEIS)
Songwriting & Music Production In Depth
LENGTH PARTICIPANTS FEE DEIS FEE APPROX.
FEE/PERSON
4 hours Max. 30 €730 €657 €24.33
€21.90 (DEIS)

How do your fees compare with other activities?

The fact that workshops take place on-site means that their cost compares favourably with any activities that require transport. The workshops are competitively priced compared with other ‘in-school’ activities, and fees include the facilitators’ time (comprising planning, travel, set-up and workshop), all instruments/equipment and administration costs. It is important, when looking at the cost of activities, to compare ‘like for like’. For example, most of our workshops are team-taught because we have found that this is a far more effective way to interact and engage with all workshop participants, but two facilitators are necessarily more expensive than one.

How can we pay for workshops?

Some schools ask their students to contribute to the cost of a workshop, or the workshop can be paid for by funds from the school’s parents association, or through fundraising. Some local authorities may be able to offer grants for arts projects – contact your local authority Arts Officer for more information.

What do we need to provide?

Workshops generally require a large classroom or hall, CD player, and whiteboard/markers or blackboard/chalk. All other materials, instruments and equipment will be provided.

How can I book them or get more information?

Booking of workshops requires a deposit, payable no less than seven days before the scheduled date of the workshop, and a signed workshop contract (outlining our requirements, the workshop format and schedule). For more information, please complete and send us an Outreach Booking • Enquiry Form, or contact us by phone or email.

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