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Music education for primary schools

5 Ways to Assess Your Class’ Progress with Music

One of the core areas of the delivering the Irish primary music curriculum is understanding how best to assess the progress of the class in music. The purpose of assessment is not simply for fulfilling the curriculum’s requirements, but it is also to instil in the children a sense of...

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Spring 2019 Workshop Tour

Last year I collaborated with a number of theatres and arts centres to provide workshops for young people and their families. The workshops I ran were quite successful and it's a great way to get out to different parts of the country. I'm looking to expand our outreach programme in 2019 and...

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Teacher Resource Pack 1 - Guide to Traditional Irish Instruments

Welcome to the first of our teacher resource packs. It focuses on instruments used to perform traditional Irish music. In the pages that follow, you will see the fiddle, accordion, guitar, bodhrán, uilleann pipes and the flute. We have created six versions of each that are in the following...

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​2018 Soapbox - 3 Random Musical Musings from the Year

As we near the end of the year, we thought it might be nice to start a new tradition of a final soapbox post of our learnings and thoughts from the year. Whether you’re a teacher, parent or music enthusiast we hope that by continually sharing our growing knowledge of music education it might...

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15 Christmas Carols for the Classroom with Downloadable Lyrics

'Tis the Season for Singing! There's music everywhere over the next few weeks in the run up to Christmas. What better way to spend your time than making some of your own in the classroom. Below we've compiled a list of 15 well known Christmas carols which you can incorporate into your...

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​50 Years on From its Release, Why the Beatles’ White Album is Still the Perfect Album for Children to Listen to….

50 years ago the Beatles released their 9th studio album called ‘The Beatles’ which then became more commonly known as The White Album. Many of the songs were written while they were in India during a transcendental meditation course. It was then recorded in London at the famous Abbey Road...

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​7 Steps to School Singing Success

One of my best musical memories from a few years ago when I briefly taught singing in a musical stage school in Dublin on a Saturday morning. Attending the school, were a group of about 15 kids who I remember taking for a class. In the previous weeks before I had arrived, they had been learning...

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An Evening of Extraordinary Ideas

Delighted to be asked to give a presentation at the upcoming Evening of Extraordinary Ideas. It features a stellar lineup of artists, comedians, musicians and thinkers - 'part TED talk, part Burning Man' as the Greystones Guide describes it! The Whale Theatre in Greystones is the venue and the...

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The Top 10 Kids Songs for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and we've decided to compile our top-10 list of the best kids halloween songs ever made. Some are from TV themes, some are from movies and some were released as songs but all of them are spooky and great pieces of music! If you're a classroom teacher, why...

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Musical Instruments in The Classroom

The first time you hand out instruments to a room full of eight year olds is a scary moment. The noise levels start to rise. One child is putting every ounce of strength and concentration into banging that cymbal as loud as possible. Another puts their triangle down to covers their ears. You...

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