DabbledooMusic Blog

Music education for primary schools

​6 Steps to Learning An Instrument in 1 Year

Back on New Year’s Day 2020, I made the resolution that this would be the year I’d finally learn trad music. I had been toying with the idea of learning tin whistle for years and even learned a handful of basic tunes. But I had made no real commitment to it. The start of 2020 started well...

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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 24: Summer Music!

It's all about sounds of the summer this month so expect to hear everything from Caribbean steel bands to Balearic bangers. (To find more ideas for bringing music to life in your home, check our 'Complete Guide to Music Making for Kids' for links to additional resources.)

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DabbledooMusic SchoolFest 2021

A music festival is the perfect way to end the school year on a high. We have created a free course with all the content you need to make it happen. Your music festival can take place within the classroom or as full school project where each classroom can host a different musical experience...

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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 23: Electric Guitar

This month's DabbledooMusic show is all about the electric guitar. The show gives a good run through some of the key figures in the world of electric guitar from the genres of rock and roll, punk, jazz, rock, blues and contemporary. In this episode Shane also puts Chris and Killian to the test to...

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Teachers' Survey Results 2021

Each year we conduct a survey to ask primary school teachers across Ireland how music is working in their classroom. In April 2020, we asked teachers how we could help them and their students with distance learning and how we could advise schools for the return to the classroom. In April 2021,...

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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 22: Film Music

Imagine watching your favourite film with no soundtrack? Film scores have an amazing way of helping to build empathy with characters, evoke particular landscapes as well as heighten tension and suspense. This months' show features a selection of our favourite cinematic music. Shane even put us...

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​5 Fun Classroom Music Activities for Term 3

It’s been a long year for teachers, children, and parents and so as we head towards the end of this school year, here are some ideas for finishing this year with a musical bang. With the children getting settled back into school after being at home for most of 2021 and as we're all looking...

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Teachers' Survey 2021

Help make DabbledooMusic even better for teachers and children across Ireland! Each year we reach out to teachers to get their feedback about our online music resources for primary schools. One of the great benefits of having our content online is that we can improve and add new content based on...

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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 20 + 21: Electronic Music + Irish Electronic Music

Our last 2 episodes of the DabbledooMusic Show have been focusing on electronic music. For our first episode we look at the early experiments of John Cage and Delia Derbyshire, through the sonic landscapes of Brian Eno and Suzanne Ciani, up to Detroit Techno and Daft Punk. The next episode...

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Getting Back to Music in the Classroom

With the schools back, we wanted to address the area of music in schools based on the guidance from the Department of Education and Skills. We have consulted Dr. Luke O' Neill from Trinity College Dublin on the subject and have been following studies from around the world dealing with music...

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