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Music education for primary schools

​50 Years on From its Release, Why the Beatles’ White Album is Still the Perfect Album for Children to Listen to….

50 years ago the Beatles released their 9th studio album called ‘The Beatles’ which then became more commonly known as The White Album. Many of the songs were written while they were in India during a transcendental meditation course. It was then recorded in London at the famous Abbey Road...

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​7 Steps to School Singing Success

One of my best musical memories from a few years ago when I briefly taught singing in a musical stage school in Dublin on a Saturday morning. Attending the school, were a group of about 15 kids who I remember taking for a class. In the previous weeks before I had arrived, they had been learning...

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An Evening of Extraordinary Ideas

Delighted to be asked to give a presentation at the upcoming Evening of Extraordinary Ideas. It features a stellar lineup of artists, comedians, musicians and thinkers - 'part TED talk, part Burning Man' as the Greystones Guide describes it! The Whale Theatre in Greystones is the venue and the...

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The Top 9 Kids Songs for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and we've decided to compile our top-9 list of the best kids halloween songs ever made. Some are from TV themes, some are from movies and some were released as songs but all of them are spooky and great pieces of music! If you're a classroom teacher, why not...

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Musical Instruments in The Classroom

The first time you hand out instruments to a room full of eight year olds is a scary moment. The noise levels start to rise. One child is putting every ounce of strength and concentration into banging that cymbal as loud as possible. Another puts their triangle down to covers their ears. You...

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Music Education: the Secret Sauce to Keeping Robots off your Jobs

Last year, PWC released a report saying by the year 2030, robot automation will have replaced 800 million jobs. The report has suggested that in richer nations like the USA and Germany, up to one third of the workforce will have to retrain. While it surely comes as no surprise that technology...

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​5 Easy Ways to Teach Composing in the Classroom

Why do we need composition? Since I started working for Dabbledoo about a year ago I have been writing a lot of the articles for this blog. It’s something I really enjoy and I feel like I’m slowly getting better at it. Alongside working for Dabbledoo, I’ve also continued to play music and in the...

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Primary School Music Concepts Explained Using GIF's

With September looming, the new school year is nearly upon us and planning for the coming year is no doubt underway. For any primary teachers planning their music for this year, we've prepared a list of musical concepts from the Irish primary music curriculum along with some simple explanations...

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Pop Music Course and the Importance of Teaching Through Contemporary Music

A great way to get the children in your class to buy-in to your music lessons is to provide them with examples of music that they know. Pop music is a simple way to do this. From doing workshops in primary schools all over Ireland, we've noticed that children have a surprisingly wide range of...

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Music Philosophy Can Foil Fake News Fallacy

This article was originally published in The Globe Post and can be viewed here. In 399 BC, the Greek philosopher Socrates was brought to trial accused of “failing to acknowledge the gods” and for “morally corrupting the Athenian youth.” Socrates, at the age of 70, defended himself at the...

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