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Musical Explorations

A Pre-Instrumental Music Course
for Children Aged 5-6

Next course starts 6 October 2018.

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Course Description

Part of Waltons New School of Music’s Music for Me pre-instrumental programme, Musical Explorations, for children aged 5-6, follows on from our Musical Adventures course (ages 4-5) but can also be a great starting point for children with no previous classroom music experience. The course provides children with a range of individual, partner and group activities and games through which they can work with more advanced concepts such as music reading, tempo, dynamics and timbre. In addition to working with a number of classroom percussion instruments, children develop their music reading skills with unison and duet recorder playing.

During the course, visiting New School faculty members will also demonstrate different instruments and instrument groups (strings, wind, keyboard, guitar, traditional/folk, etc.).

Carmel Whelan

Carmel WhelanCarmel started tin whistle, Irish flute and singing at an early age and has been a member of various choirs, including the RTÉ children’s choir Cór na nÓg, DIT Choral Society and the Dublin Airport Singers. She also has years of experience in musical theatre and traditional sean nós singing. Carmel received a BMus degree with first class honours from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Her extensive teaching experience includes tin whistle, Irish flute and vocal tuition at the Craobh Seán Treacy and Malahide branches of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and at Clasac, the Comhaltas Regional Centre in Clontarf, as well as the Ossia Youth Choir of North Dublin, which she founded in 2011 and directs. She is currently a Kodály Early Years Music Education Practitioner with Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, teaching pre-instrumental music at several primary schools, and she also directs choirs at three primary schools for Music Generation. Carmel’s extensive performance experience includes several appearances on RTÉ Radio 1’s Céilí House and participation in such major cultural events as the Temple Bar TradFest, the Bloomsday Festival and National Music Day. Carmel has taught at the school since 2013, and she currently teaches our Music for Me courses, as well as sean-nós singing, tin whistle, Irish traditional flute, and pre-instrumental and choir courses for our Outreach Programme and Music at Work Programme.

2018-2019 Course Schedule & Fee

23 weeks, 6 October 2018 – 13 April 2019
(No classes 3 November, 22 December – 5 January, 23 February)
Saturdays 12.15 – 1 pm

Tuition Fee: €295


Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee. Places are limited to twelve, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. A number of our group courses fill in advance of their start dates, and early enrolment is recommended.


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