DabbledooMusic Blog

Music education for primary schools

Teacher Resource Pack 4 - Guide to Orchestral Brass Instruments

Our latest teacher resource pack focuses on the various brass instruments of the orchestra: the French horn, trumpet, trombone and tuba. We have created six versions of each that are in the following order: Full colour poster (this provides you with the answers to the worksheets too) Basic...

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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 4: Irish Traditional Music!

Today we recorded episode 4 of the DabbledooMusic Show on Dublin Digital Radio. This month we looked at traditional Irish music. Click on the Mixcloud link below to listen back to our show. Here's the playlist of all of the tunes we played plus some extras we didn't get...

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Your Guide to Identifying The Instruments of the Orchestra

An orchestra is a large group of people playing lots of different instruments together. The modern orchestra, as we know it today, developed it's basic form in the early 1600's. Since then it has grown in size to some orchestras performing with over 100 players. It has also added and removed...

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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 3: The Music of New Orleans!

Today we recorded episode 3 of the DabbledooMusic Show on Dublin Digital Radio. This month we looked at the amazing music of New Orleans. Jazz, mardi gras, second line marching bands, Louis Armstrong, The Meters - for a relatively small city, New Orleans punches above its weight. We take a...

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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 2: The Music of Brazi!

Today we recorded episode 2 of the DabbledooMusic Show on Dublin Digital Radio. This month we looked at the amazing music of Brazil. Here's the podcast from the show where you can listen back: Here's the playlist of all of the tunes we played plus some extras we didn't get to:

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DabbledooMusic Brand New Updates For 2019/20!

What's New? We've had a busy summer creating new resources, planning content and a new layout for the 2019/20 school year. The changes are based on our nationwide school survey that asked teachers for feedback across a range of music curriculum related topics. Teachers asked for more songs,...

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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 1: The Music of Africa!

Today marks the start of our brand new radio hour on Dublin Digital Radio called The DabbledooMusic Show! The show will be a monthly show presented by Shane Killian and Chris from DabbledooMusic that focuses on a different musical theme each month be it a particular instrument of the world....

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​How to Record Music in the Classroom

Whether it’s a school concert, instrumental piece or a song in the classroom often teachers find it beneficial to record the musical activities going on in the school. There are many benefits in doing so including: for the purposes of assessment, to share the recording with the wider school...

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​5 Thoughts on Learning Music by Memory

For the past number of years I have played in a Dublin-based ska band called Interskactic. The band was formed by a bunch of musicians who loved the old-school Jamaican big-band ska from the 1960’s. One of the key bands that were a major influence to us from this period were The Skatalites....

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Ireland's Favourite Folk Song Competition

In April this year, RTE launched the search for Ireland's favourite folk song. Folk music has made up such a large proportion of our cultural identity as a nation and the search to find a definitive winner was to prove very challenging. The search whittled a list down to 10 finalists with a...

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