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Music education for primary schools

The Name Song

This is a perfect musical activity for the first day back at school and great for the younger classes. As well as helping the children learn each others' names, this activity will help them experience the pulse, tempo and rhythm in a piece of music. Follow the video below and access our free...

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10 Years of DabbledooMusic!

This year we are celebrating 10 years of DabbledooMusic! In 2011 myself and DabbledooMusic co-founder Killian Redmond, launched the first version of our online resources, self published a children’s workbook and started working with teachers to develop our full curriculum content for primary...

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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 26: Bass Guitar

This month's theme is the bass guitar - laying down a solid rhythm alongside the drums and bridging the gap from the rhythm section to the melody instruments. Few are the bands who did not have a dedicated player on the low-end, and many are those who put it to the front for great effect. Think...

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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 25: Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder is a living legend whose influence on the development of modern music is only balanced by his hefty contribution to pop music with a plethora of hit songs. A strong social conscious, talent by the bucketload and a willingness to explore sonic boundaries - this and more is explored...

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New from DabbledooMusic in 2021/22

At DabbledooMusic we are putting the final touches on our planning content and lessons for the new school year. After a difficult 18 months for schools, teachers, children and parents, we are looking forward to the gradual return to normality in schools. Like everyone in the education...

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​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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