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Music Technology for Teens

A One-Day Workshop

‘Excellently presented to beginner students – also to produce their own song was very rewarding. Overall they found it very valuable.’
– K. Morgan, Balbriggan Community College

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Workshop Description

Designed for post-primary school and youth groups and taking place in the Waltons New School of Music’s Music Technology Lab, Music Technology for Teens 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 demonstrations and hands-on activities, 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 Teens is available by group enrolment only. There is a maximum of sixteen students per workshop (two students per computer workstation), and teachers/supervisors must accompany and supervise students.

Workshop Details

  • Day/Date By arrangement (please contact us)
  • Duration 5 hours (10 am – 1 pm, 2 – 4 pm suggested)
  • Location Music Technology Lab, Waltons New School of Music
  • Class size 16 students maximum (plus teacher)
  • Fee €330 • €297 (DEIS schools)
  • Fee per student (16) €20.63 • €18.56 (DEIS schools)
  • 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

Graham McCartin

Graham McCartinGraham began learning guitar at an early age and moved into the world of music production when he was just seventeen. He has played in many bands over the years, performing sold out shows in venues around Ireland, including Whelans, The Academy and the Olympia Theatre. Studying music in University College Dublin and music production in Griffith College helped develop Graham’s expertise in the music production field. He is currently heavily involved in songwriting and production in the Irish music scene, working with many upcoming artists on a freelance basis and co-writing for artists in The Nucleus, the new pop songwriting hub in Dublin (where Ireland’s 2017 Eurovision entry, ‘Together’, was developed). Graham is also an active composer and producer for films and games, and he has worked on a number of short films over the past few years, including The Lollipop Man (2018), nominated for Best Comedy at the Underground Cinema Short Film Awards. You can check out Graham’s work on his website,


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

‘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


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