Group Courses for Beginners
at Waltons New School of Music
‘Music is essentially useless, as life is.’
– George Santayana
The New School offers a range of Introducing group courses that provide foundation tuition for absolute beginners. Each term’s Introducing courses start from scratch. Continuation ‘Improvers’ courses can generally be scheduled in the following term for students who have completed them. Click on the images for information about each course.
Relaxed but progressive atmosphere. Good quality tuition. Professional teacher. [Introducing Singing for Adults]
I was trying to play guitar for a year, but YouTube didn't help. With this course [Introducing Guitar for Adults], now I can play and understand what's going on.
I would highly recommend this class [Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults] – it far exceeded my expectations. And I’m so pleased that I decided to learn piano. It’s been such fun.
Personally I felt that, being older, I may have been left behind, but small classes [Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults] give plenty of one-on-one time with the tutor.
The [Introducing Tin Whistle] classes are the highlight of my week. I tried other instruments but always gave up, never found one that I could enjoy as much as I do the tin whistle. So much of it is thanks to Harry, who is a brilliant, expert teacher, finding the perfect pace to develop and always encouraging the group
The tuition was excellent. I learned a lot in a positive and pleasant way. [Introducing Irish Fiddle]
A very nice introduction to the basics of singing. You learn how to sing great songs step-by-step, without having to be able to read music. [Introducing Singing for Adults]
I really enjoyed this course [Introducing Irish Fiddle]. In such a short space of time I feel I have learned loads, and I look forward to improving.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course [Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults]. Never having done any musical training, I can hardly believe all I have learned.
My daughter has attended Waltons for introductory guitar classes [Introducing Guitar for Children] for almost two years and really enjoys it. Her teacher is great, very calm, encouraging and patient, and he doesn't talk down to them. Every week I see progress and her personal pride in playing a little more accurately and fluidly each time. The atmosphere in the building from all staff is one of professionalism, kindness and welcome.
A great teacher who offers excellent tuition catered around each individual student's needs. One of the best. [Introducing Irish Fiddle]
Excellent teaching, and easy learning techniques. [Introducing Tin Whistle]
Fiddle is a tough instrument to start as a beginner, and this course [Introducing Irish Fiddle] shows that it's actually manageable! The teacher is really nice and helpful and patient.
All together I would give the course [Introducing Guitar for Teens] out of 10 – great teacher, great staff, great facilities – Waltons has it all.
Would highly recommend this course [Introducing Guitar for Adults] to anyone starting out on the guitar.
I absolutely loved learning to play the harmonica. Michael McInerney’s love for the harmonica is infectious! [Introducing Harmonica]
I have been trying to play guitar for years. After a ten-week course [Introducing Guitar for Adults] I really feel I have some chance now!
A perfect course [Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults] for beginners. I've already recommended it to a friend and she's starting next term. I highly recommend Waltons for anybody who always wanted to learn to play an instrument but never had a chance. It's never too late, and once you start you won't regret it!
An incredible player and inspiring teacher! [Introducing World Drumming]
My daughter loved learning violin at the school, and the group environment has also helped her to develop her social skills. A stimulating and enjoyable course! [Introducing Violin for Children]
This course [Introducing Singing for Adults] is a great introduction and confidence builder. Before you realise it you're singing in front of people and loving it!
[My son] really loved the class [Introducing Guitar for Children], and the teacher was able to channel his enthusiasm and encourage it.
I had been looking for a course like this [Introducing World Drumming] and am so glad I found it. Exceeded my expectations.
If you're an adult it's never too late to learn an instrument. Best adult class [Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults] I've gone to. I will be doing another course here soon.
Great way to get started with the guitar! [I have] a very thorough and patient instructor, with good choice of content for the classes [Introducing Guitar for Adults]. I have found that my playing has improved greatly.
I really enjoyed the course [Introducing Singing for Adults] and gained confidence in my singing abilities as well as learning new techniques, and I had fun singing songs I would not normally have considered ‘suitable’ for me.
I was over 50 and wanted to learn to play the fiddle, so I signed up for my first set of classes (10). I nervously attended my first class [Introducing Irish Fiddle] in Waltons, and I needn't have worried. The admin staff were so welcoming and light hearted and made me feel at ease. My class teacher has a very natural way of teaching; she is so patient and encouraging and there is a relaxed atmosphere in the class. I will be starting my sixth set of sessions with Waltons at Easter.
Introducing Fiddle was a really enjoyable course. All of the tunes I learned were broken down and made easy to learn and pick up. The teacher was extremely helpful, accommodating and approachable, and this gave me the confidence in going on to learn the fiddle.
Great fun. Relaxed atmosphere. Learned loads! [Introducing Singing for Adults]
This course [Introducing Violin for Adults] is great! My class has a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere that is a pleasure to be part of, and I’ve learned loads.
[V]ery well structured, with a patient and friendly teacher. [Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults]
This course [Introducing Violin for Adults] has opened up new horizons for me. I never thought I could learn a musical instrument, and so far Waltons New School of Music has allowed me to dream that it is possible, no matter what age I am.
I found the [Introducing Bodhrán] course great, as I had never played before and was not at all familiar with the instrument. We were eased into playing comfortably.
All the fundamentals were covered, which gave us the best foundations for learning how to play the violin correctly. Terrific teacher, and the atmosphere of the class [Introducing Violin for Adults] was always great and positive. I had fun at every class. Thank you.
I'm finding [Introducing Violin for Adults] very enjoyable and not at all intimidating. The teacher makes us feel at ease as we learn the violin.
I am only sorry that I did not find out about the course sooner at age 61. Better late than never. Paddy is a fantastic teacher, and the course [Introducing 5-String Banjo] so far is a blast!
I tried learning guitar on my own over the years and then didn't pick up the guitar for two years. This class [Introducing Guitar for Adults] has been perfect for me, with encouraging, good-humoured teaching. I'm enjoying learning!
The very positive approach by the teacher was so encouraging! [Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults]
Paddy made every lesson an interesting one. He is a superb teacher. [Introducing 5-String Banjo]
Everyone should take Introducing Banjo. It's my new favourite thing to do, and it's really fun to learn at the same time.
Truly amazed at how far I have gone in such a short period. At Christmas I couldn't even hold a fiddle, but I was playing tunes by St. Patrick's Day! [Introducing Irish Fiddle]
Excellent tuition. Very enjoyable and makes difficult learning very easy. Highly recommended. [Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults]
The [Introducing Violin for Adults] course gave me a great introduction to a difficult instrument in a friendly, fun environment. It was challenging but thoroughly enjoyable, which I think should be credited to the patience and helpfulness of the teacher.
A great course [Introducing Singing for Adults] for everybody who loves singing! It will help you understand the basics of singing technique, boost your confidence and allow you to meet fantastic people. Highly recommended!
A great introduction to guitar and will be something I'll continue into the future. [Introducing Guitar for Teens]
Michael has an encyclopaedic knowledge of harmonica and the blues. He gives great encouragement to his students whilst showing great patience. [Introducing Harmonica]
Each class [Introducing Guitar for Adults] brings me closer to a possible dream realised.
I tried learning online and got nowhere. Already, after the course [Introducing Guitar for Adults], I can play a few songs. Will definitely recommend it.
It is a great singing experience. Besides learning the techniques, you gain confidence in yourself. It is also a relaxing time. [Introducing Singing for Adults]
Did not think learning piano could be so easy and fun! [Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults]
Fantastic course [Introducing Bodhrán] – really helped me to gain confidence in playing.
A great introduction to singing and the different genres of music. The course [Introducing Singing for Adults] definitely made me want to pursue further vocal training.
A very enjoyable course [Introducing Singing for Adults]. The teacher was very experienced and all participants improved hugely, even shrinking violets!
I like the structured approach and empathetic teacher with the ability to identify and help areas of weakness. [Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults]
If you love to sing but are not sure how to progress, give the singing course [Introducing Singing for Adults] a go. Hugely enjoyable and a great way to progress in a small group. It helps with wobbly nervous voices too! Highly recommended.
The [Introducing Irish Fiddle] teacher was excellent, very encouraging and with endless patience.
I've wanted to play piano for years, and thanks to Waltons now I can! [Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults]
Really enjoyed the [Introducing Ukulele] course and am amazed at how much I learned in ten weeks!
Great [Introducing Harmonica] teacher – enthusiastic, good-humoured and very helpful.
I didn't expect to be able to play seven tunes after only ten weeks. [Introducing Irish Fiddle] was a fantastic introductory course that covered the basics perfectly....
The course [Introducing Singing for Adults] was so much more than I expected. I learned so much and gained confidence within myself. The teacher was an inspiration!
For me, as an aspect of personal development, the classes [Introducing Singing for Adults] were hugely enjoyable and rewarding.
Having just retired from work, I decided to have a go at learning the violin. I was apprehensive about the prospect, not having any experience of playing a musical instrument. However, all my concerns were unnecessary as I found the course [Introducing Violin for Adults] relaxing and my progress of learning the instrument quicker than anticipated.
At first I was hesitant about joining an adult singing class [Introducing Singing for Adults]. Now that the class has finished I have no regrets and my Tuesday nights are noticeably empty! My technique and confidence have improved significantly and I finally know how to warm up my vocal chords. I'm looking forward to continuing my musical journey with Waltons!
I really enjoyed learning step-by-step from a master of the instrument, in a relaxed atmosphere. [Introducing Tin Whistle]
I would highly recommend the course [Introducing Guitar for Adults] to anyone who always wanted to learn the guitar, especially those who think they are 'too late' or are afraid of the instrument.
Gentle patience, with individual attention coupled with a welcoming smile, made this class a joy. [Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults]
Michael made learning fun and very accessible (i.e. you don't have to be 'gifted' to learn to play). He explains techniques well and is very positive. [Introducing Harmonica]
Harry's approach to teaching the tin whistle is brilliant. He started gently (which I needed) and brought everyone along. There's also a mix of Irish music appreciation that works for me. I'd recommend this class [Introducing Tin Whistle] for anyone interested in learning to play traditional music.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the [Introducing Guitar for Adults] course and would recommend it to anyone.
I never thought I would be able to read chords and actually play something in such a short time. [Introducing Guitar for Adults]
I enjoyed the [Introducing Singing for Adults] course immensely and learned a lot. The teacher was excellent and I liked the whole welcoming set up in Waltons New School of Music.
A great course [Introducing Harmonica]. The teacher was very passionate about it, and I think all the students thoroughly enjoyed it. I did!
As an absolute beginner, I did not expect to learn so much in such a short time. Excellent tuition, and the [Introducing Guitar for Adults] course was fun as well as rewarding. Thanks and well done!
An excellent music course for children [Introducing Guitar for Children]. I'm delighted at the progress [my daughter] has made – as is she!
Excellent [Introducing Singing for Adults] tuition. I really enjoyed getting to know different voices and different styles of singing.
Aoife is a very patient teacher. She moves the [Introducing Irish Fiddle] class at just the right pace to push you forward, but she doesn't leave anyone behind.
I really enjoyed the [Introducing Irish Fiddle] course and have signed up for the continuation group. I found the delivery of lessons very effective and benefited hugely from them.
I would highly recommend Harry Long to anyone wanting to take up tin whistle. He is a patient and encouraging tutor. [Introducing Tin Whistle]
My daughter looks forward to her class [Introducing Guitar for Children] each week. She learned so quickly how to read music. The teacher is very good with kids.
A comprehensive introduction to the instrument. [Introducing Guitar for Adults]
Great [Introducing Ukulele] teacher. Never having played an instrument before, I didn't have high expectations for this course, but years ago I fell in love with Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's 'Over the Rainbow' on ukulele and wanted to play it – and believe it or not, now I can!
Brilliant teacher. Really enjoyed the [Introducing Guitar for Adults] course!
Harry's teaching methods are excellent, and I could see my own skills improving each week. Great atmosphere in the classroom. [Introducing Tin Whistle]
'I can't speak too highly of Waltons New School of Music and of Paddy Kiernan's tuition for the banjo. I love what I am learning and go away from each [Introducing 5-String Banjo] lesson more motivated to learn.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of learning and developing a new skill. This was further enhanced by the enthusiasm, motivation and continual encouragement and support of the teacher. [Introducing Guitar for Adults]
[Introducing Singing for Adults] was so enjoyable that I never noticed the time passing and was always surprised when the time was up!
Really enjoyed the [Introducing World Drumming] course and learned so much.
Great interaction between the teacher and each individual student. Great fun too! [Introducing Guitar for Adults]
The best adult start-up for piano that I have come across. [Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults]
The [Introducing Irish Fiddle] course was great. The 10 weeks flew by, and I can't believe how much we learnt in that time.
Highly enjoyable course [Introducing Bodhrán]. Would definitely recommend.
Michael McInerney has the blues running through his veins. I didn't really expect much from the [Introducing Harmonica] course, but it's so good I keep signing up for more terms of harmonica playing. Great fun too!
The [Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults] course is fantastic. I knew nothing about piano and keyboard, and now I am excited to continue and feel comfortable and confident in what I've learned thus far.
Loved every minute. [Introducing World Drumming]
I learned loads and really feel like I have a good general knowledge of guitar. [Introducing Guitar for Teens]
Michael is a really enthusiastic and capable teacher. I enjoyed both his humour and his teaching methods. He's very patient and encouraging. [Introducing Harmonica]
You are never too old to play an instrument. I have only had five [Introducing Irish Fiddle] classes and can now play three tunes to my satisfaction.
Exceeds expectations. Didn't think we would get so much individual time. [Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults]
This is a well-designed course [Introducing Harmonica] where progress is nearly guaranteed (as long as you practice enough). Michael McInerney knows what he is talking about, and he definitely has the skills to bring you to the next level.