DabbledooMusic Blog

Music education for primary schools

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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Cruinniú na nÓg 2019

Cruinniú na nÓg is a national celebration of young peoples participation with culture and creativity. Launched last year as part of the Creative Ireland programme, it saw over 500 free events take place in conjunction with local authorities around the country. Child-centred and activity based, it...

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Pop Music — Fast Food for the Ears

This article was original written and published on Inside Sources available here. "Any time I listen to “Albatross” by Fleetwood Mac all I can imagine is bathing in ornate gardens while a slow-motion fountain of chocolate sauce rains down. I feel both thrilled and slightly embarrassed at...

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Spotting The Difference Between Irish Tunes

Irish Dance Tunes As well as songs, which mostly take the form of laments, and ballads, there is a great number of Irish dance tunes. Some would estimate between 5,000 and 7,000 tunes in the traditional Irish repetoire! These pieces of music are simple single line melodies which means they can...

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​4 Piece of Music For Studying The Easter Rising

Ireland’s song writing tradition has for centuries been inspired by many of the political and social events throughout the nation’s history. One of the most important of those is the Easter Rising of 1916 which ultimately led to the state’s independence in 1922. In 2016, the nation celebrated...

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DabbledooMusic Spring Party - 23rd April in Sugar Club, Dublin

We're delighted to be returning to the Sugar Club to bring you a very special night of music. The evening will be kicking off at 7pm with an interactive music workshop that will run through a selection of our Dabbledoo resources. No previous musical experience necessary and we’ll provide the...

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Teacher Resource Pack 3 - Guide to Orchestral String Instruments

Our latest teacher resource pack focuses on the various string instruments of the orchestra: the violin, viola, cello, double bass and the harp. 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...

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