Group Courses currently available at Mad About Music School.
One of the most rewarding experiences as a musician, is to perform in a group. Whether it be in a choir, a band, a small chamber ensemble, or as part of an orchestra. We aim to provide as many opportunities as possible, to make this happen for you.
“Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.”
“The music is not in the notes,but in the silence between”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Here are the main group courses we teach. For more information, click on the course which interests you
An exciting way to begin your violin adventures is learning within a group. Each lesson is 30 minutes long and group sizes are kept small. Your child will learn pieces both individually, and as part of a group. We can work towards some of the medals/certificates as well as preparing for our end of term concerts, which allows your child to perform in a friendly, informal setting, which builds their confidence.
The language of music is not just being able to play it, but also to be able to read and write it. This opens up the whole world of music for anyone learning it. We firmly believe that music theory is important and can be fun! In a friendly relaxed group setting we work through the ABRSM and/or Popular Music theory curriculum, allowing students to sit written exams if they wish to do so. We also dip into the world of music history learning about various composers and musical eras. The group theory class is FREE to all of our students taking a 30 minute or more practical lesson!
A fun and exciting Introduction to a range of instruments, a chance to experiment and try to see what “fits”. Listen to new music from around the world; learn about the different sounds that instruments make, and how they do it! Start to look at the basics of the musical language, note reading and tempo. Listening to different pieces of music from across the ages and learning who composed them and what the world was like then! Explore sounds and make new friends. We used to call this group Quavers, but as many other music schools have copied us, we renamed it because we don’t follow, we lead. Music explorers for 5-7 Year olds, but it is dependent on numbers, so it’s best to contact us to see if we are currently running it.
In this group we tackle everything from madrigals, show tunes, vocal experiments, and even the latest hits. We ask you to bring an open mind, lots of ideas and learn the importance of team work through the magic of music and song!
This is our string ensemble (including guitars, drums and keyboards!). Everyone, from the complete beginner to our diploma students, are welcome to be part of this. Due to the diversity of capabilities in our group,we all learn from each other, building on each others strengths, whilst supporting each others weaknesses. String Things, has already had the opportunity to perform, with other young string players from the Tulsa Honors Orchestra, USA. It is our intention to foster more relationships with other schools in different areas/countries, and to arrange performances both at home, and away.
Our bands have formed from friendship and a mutual love of music. We actively encourage and facilitate any of our students to start up groups, and provide lessons and advice. We are always on hand, to guide and support our students on their musical journeys.
This course is available as either a full course, which will enable you to study an extra exam outside of school, or as intensive revision course to support your school work. We cover all the components required for your exam which are listening, composition and performance. In the listening component, you will study the current set songs and works, as well as exploring the choice pieces to tie in with your schools curriculum. You will learn how to listen to music, and how to describe what you hear. You will also work on how to dictate, and construct a short melody. You will learn about traditional Irish music, some of the commonly used styles and how to recognise them. In the composition component, you will learn about basic keys, triads and chords, and how to use them, learning how to compose a short melody. For the performance component, you will learn how to prepare a programme for one or two instruments or voice, either as a solo or group performance. We will work alongside your practical tutor, and offer suggestions on how to maximise your grade potential.
Like our Junior cert program, this course is available as either a full course, which will enable you to study an extra exam outside of school, or as intensive revision course to support your school work. You do not have to have sat your Junior cert music, but this means you need to catch up on the elements covered in Junior cert. We cover all the components required for your exam. The syllabus for Leaving cert. continues to emphasise the balance of the three activity areas introduced at Junior Certificate level, performing, listening and composing. You will learn to prepare for the set works and you will take a full in depth look at traditional Irish styles, and how to recognise them, composition techniques and how to build and harmonise a basic melody using chord structures and bass lines, and you will prepare for the performance elements of the exam which are worth up to 50% of your grade.
We will build on all of the elements to enable the higher level students to decide on the best elective element.
Aimed at our classical students, we encourage our students to form small groups to perform as a tight knit team. Learning the skills of listening and team work. Your ensemble is only ever as good as your weakest player, which encourages close team work and encouragement. We will tutor, advise and provide rehearsal space, to allow our students to progress at there own pace. In the future we are hoping to be able to provide groups for hire, allowing our students an entrance into professional performance!
This is a fun class, dipping into the world of music as a listener. Understand your favourite pieces, who wrote them, what the world was like around them. We are hoping to arrange trips to local concerts, making this group a bit like a musical “book club” . You will be part of the decision process, allowing you to dictate the structure of the class.