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Music education for primary schools

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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9 ​Tips for Performing Music in the Classroom

For a child to grow up with an appreciation and desire to listen to music is a wonderful gift. Things like going to concerts or buying records is something that can be enjoyed throughout your life and is a fantastic way to experience and feel inspired by the creative output of others. On the...

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​7 Subjects To Integrate Music With In The Classroom

Music is a versatile subject to incorporate into lots of other subject areas. Whether it’s coming up with a song to help the children remember times tables or to get them listening to a particular style during an art class there can be a lot more scope to bring music into the classroom than you...

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Using Graphic Notation to Teach Music

Using graphic notation is a great way to combine musical literacy, composition and performance in a way that is accessible for all teachers and students, regardless of prior musical experience. Graphic notation can be used to explore vocal sounds, introduce instruments and to prepare student...

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