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Music education for primary schools

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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5 Ways to Assess Your Class’ Progress with Music

One of the core areas of the delivering the Irish primary music curriculum is understanding how best to assess the progress of the class in music. The purpose of assessment is not simply for fulfilling the curriculum’s requirements, but it is also to instil in the children a sense of...

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Spring 2019 Workshop Tour

Last year I collaborated with a number of theatres and arts centres to provide workshops for young people and their families. The workshops I ran were quite successful and it's a great way to get out to different parts of the country. I'm looking to expand our outreach programme in 2019 and...

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