Athenry Music School

MEGA CONCERT 7th MAY 2017

Athenry Church – 3pm

WELCOME

About Us

Athenry Music School is a not-for-profit, community music school which aims to develop Athenry as a centre of outstanding and prolific musical activity by fostering an ethos of inclusivity and by nurturing and developing the talents within each of us.

The school was founded by the two directors, Katharine Mac Mághnuis and Helen Farrell in 2007 with 50 students and two other teachers. Since then the school has expanded to a student body of over 300 and a teaching faculty of twenty five. It is the school’s belief that all children have musical potential and that it is our duty to develop this to the highest level possible for each child.

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The teachers of Athenry Music School pride themselves on constantly re-evaluating their approaches to music education to create a fun and secure learning environment. These include:

  • Parental Involvement
  • Teaching the child, not the piece
  • Memorization
  • Group Classes in Suzuki strings and piano
  • Music Reading
  • Emphasis on aural learning & concert going
  • Concert giving

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Lessons Available

THINGS TO DO

Strings*

Violin

Viola

‘Cello

Double Bass

Guitar

Ukulele

Piano

Voice

Woodwind

Flute

Clarinet

Saxophone

Brass

Trumpet

Trombone

French Horn

Traditional

Harp*

Tin Whistle

Concertina

Accordion

Fiddle

Uilleann Pipes

Flute

*available through Suzuki method

Suzuki Education

Suzuki method classes are available on Violin, Viola, ‘Cello, Piano & Harp. All other instrumental lessons are taught with Suzuki Philosophy close to our hearts

Suzuki Philosophy

Suzuki Talent Education or Suzuki Method combines a music teaching method with a philosophy, which embraces the total development of the child. Dr Suzuki’s guiding principle was “Character first, ability second”.

The essence of his philosophy may be found in the following quotes from his many writings:

“Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited”.

“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens, noble human beings. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth, and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets beautiful heart.”

“Where love is deep, much will be accomplished.”

“My dream is for the happiness of all children. I feel respect and friendly feelings for everyone. In particular, I cannot help but feel respect and warm feelings for young children. And my heart brims over with a desire to help make all the children born upon the earth fine human beings, happy people, people of superior ability. My whole life energies are devoted to this end.”

How does Suzuki work?

Dr Suzuki called his teaching method the Mother-Tongue Approach, inspired by the fact that children so effortlessly learn to speak their native tongue. Prompted and encouraged by the parents’ love and the family environment, the child responds and develops this most difficult of skills, that of intelligible speech.

When a child learns to speak, the following factors are at work:

  • Listening
  • Motivation
  • Repetition
  • Step-by-step mastery
  • Memory
  • Vocabulary
  • Parental Involvement
  • Love

In the Suzuki approach each of these principles is used in the learning of an instrument (piano, violin, viola, cello, voice, harp). The mother-tongue approach has successfully been applied to other fields such as art, poetry and mathematics.

Dr Suzuki closely follows the parallel with language learning and recommends that music should become an important part of the baby’s environment from birth (or even before). When the infant’s environment includes fine music as well as the sounds of the mother-tongue, it is understandable that the child will develop the ability to speak and to play a musical instrument (with technical guidance) before being required to read in either language. Formal lessons frequently begin as early as 3 years of age.

Listening

Children learn to speak by listening and imitating the spoken language they hear around them. In Suzuki teaching, much emphasis is placed on daily listening to recordings of the Suzuki repertoire, as well as music in general. The more frequently the students listen to the recordings, the more easily they learn to play.

Constant listening to music performed with beautiful tone provides children with a role model for their playing. In the lessons, the production of fine tone and sensitive playing is stressed from the beginning.

Parental Involvement

Parents play a crucial role in Suzuki. Learning takes place in an environment of co-operation between teacher, parent and child. The parent’s role includes attending each lesson with the student, taking notes and then guiding them through their practice at home – they become the ‘home teacher’. Parents also need to play the recordings daily, help to create an environment of affection, support, encouragement and understanding, and also attend workshops, concerts, group lessons, graduations and summer schools with their child.

Individual and Group Activities

As well as their individual lessons, students participate in group lessons. The common repertoire enables them to play together, giving them valuable ensemble experience and positive reinforcement of concepts learnt in their individual lessons. Students also take part in performances and workshops and observe other children’s lessons. All of these things are wonderful motivational tools – children love to do what they have seen other children doing.

Positive Environment

A positive, nurturing environment is created in the lesson and is also essential at home. Parents need to ensure that all members of the family understand this. Children learn enthusiastically when they are supported with sincere praise and encouragement. They learn to recognise one another’s achievements, creating an environment of co-operation.

Repertoire

One of Suzuki’s major contributions to music education is the unique order of the repertoire. Each carefully chosen piece becomes a building block for future learning. Technique, musicianship and style are developed through the study and repetition of these pieces.

Each instrument has its own repertoire. This provides familiarity and hence excellent motivation to progress. Through the common repertoire within each instrument, children have a bond with Suzuki students world-wide.

However, the spirit of Suzuki teaching may encompass all styles and periods of music. Teachers often give supplementary material which may help to widen the students’ musical experience.

Reading

Reading music follows the acquisition of good aural, technical and musical skills, just as reading language begins after a child can speak fluently. The stage at which the child begins to learn reading music varies according to age and general development. However, it will always be after basic playing skills have been mastered to maintain the focus on beautiful tone, accurate intonation and musical phrasing.

Integrating the music reading program with the Suzuki repertoire is vital to the child’s musical development.

Fees & School Regulations

Fees are to be paid in advance each term. The term dates for 2016-17 are*:

Term 1:  5th September 2016

Term 2:  21st November 2016

Term 3:  27th February 2017

Fees can be paid online here

Individual lessons

20min lesson:                             €160 per term

30min lesson:                             €200 per term / € 220 for 2 students sharing

(10 individual lessons for instrumental students or 8 individual and 2 group lessons for Suzuki students.)

Orchestras/ Ensembles:    First child: €50 per term, Second child: €30 per term, Third child: FREE

Choirs                                        €15 per term

Family rates                             First member: €20 per annum, Second member: €10 euro per annum, Third member: FREE

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Worldwide Insurance:              €10 per family per year

Academic Classes

Junior Cert (1hr):                       €180 per term

Leaving Cert (1hr 30min):       €220 per term

1 hour Individual Class:           €400 per term

Instrument Hire

(When you avail of our hire scheme, please fill in a hire agreement)

Violin/ Viola:                             €60 per year (to a max of €100 per family)

Cello/ Traditional Flute:         €100 per year

Care of Coláiste an Eachréidh

  • The directors have the ultimate responsibility for the care of Coláiste an Eachréidh during music lessons. We would deeply appreciate your help in retaining the support and good nature of the principal and staff of the Coláiste. Students are  asked to respect school property and buildings at all times. Please do not disturb material on teachers desks etc. and leave the room as you find it.

Discipline

  • Please behave in a quiet and orderly manner both in the school and in school grounds. Students are expected to co-operate with staff so as to ensure an atmosphere conducive to learning in the school. Repetition of unruly behaviour will be dealt with by the Director and can result in discontinuation of classes.
  • Parents are expected to accompany all students of national school age at all times i.e. before, during and after lessons .Please do not drop your child/children at the gate and then find a parking space.
  • Post primary students are not entitled to wait before, between or after classes unless they do so in a supervised classroom and with the written permission of a Director.  Consequently, it has to be understood that parents who ignore this request can have classes withdrawn without further explanation. Supervised study is available for academic music students and orchestra members on Wednesday and Thursday. Please contact a Director to avail of this service.
  • Running, jumping or climbing are not permitted in the school.
  • Students must take responsibility for their own belongings and instruments and be mindful of any hazard they might cause to others.
  • Bullying of any nature is not accepted or allowed in Athenry Music School.
  • No alcohol, smoking or drugs are allowed on the premises or surrounding grounds of Coláiste an Eachreidh.

Missed Classes and Punctuality

  • Students must attend their classes or lessons at scheduled times. Classes or lessons missed through the fault of students will not be made up. If a teacher is unable to attend a class a deputy teacher may be appointed. If no teacher is available the class will be made up at a mutually convenient time. Because teacher schedules are tight, a student who is late for lesson or class will not receive extra time. Please remember that teachers are not obliged to make up or give extra time to absent or late students.

Academic Classes

  • Students are responsible for finding their own accompanist, though lists of available accompanists will be made available from the Office.

Special Considerations

  • Students, or their parents, must inform the Teacher, if they are suffering from any form of illness or allergy, and if they are taking any form of medication. It is particularly important that a Teacher knows if a student suffers from a condition such as Asthma, Diabetes or Epilepsy so that they can cope in an informed way, if the student should suffer an attack.
  • It is also important to know if the student suffers from any hearing or sight problems, or any learning difficulties that might affect a student’s ability to respond in a class or individual lesson.
  • All medical information will be treated in the strictest confidence by the school.

Cancellations

  • The Director must be notified of withdrawal of a student from lessons or cancellation of course of study. Adjustments to invoices can only be made from the date of this formal notification.

General enquiries

  • General enquiries will be dealt with immediately, where possible, during normal office hours. For specific queries/enquiries you may be referred to the relevant teacher, or the Director, and an appointment made. Outside office hours, please ring and leave a detailed message. The Director is available to students and parents by appointment only. If you wish to talk to a teacher please make an appointment via the office.

Parent/ Pupil requesting change of teacher

  • Parents are advised to first discuss the issue with the existing teacher. After this, the parent should contact a director in writing or by email requesting a change of teacher. Teachers outside Athenry Music School should be given the same courtesy and the parent should speak to their existing teacher. The parent may then phone one of the Directors to discuss possible enrolment.

Photographs

  • From time to time photographs may be taken of students for publicity purposes. Unless otherwise stated, submission of the enrolment form will be regarded as permission for such photographs to be so used.

Gallery

HAVE A LOOK

Adiemus

Karl Jenkins

Awards & Partnerships

Over 250 people from Community and Voluntary groups from all around County Galway were honoured at the County Mayors Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 19th November in the Claregalway Hotel. The Awards recognise and celebrate community and voluntary activity around County Galway. Eleven Awards were up for grabs after a public call for nominations was made back in October. Mayor of Galway Cllr Liam Carroll with Catherine Mannion, Una Ní Fhlannagáin, Kevin Brett and Helen Farrell of Athenry School of Music. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy / No Fee Issued on behalf of Galway County Council For more information please contact Valerie Kavanagh 091 476512 or 087 9301125 or vkavanagh@galwaycoco.ie

Galway County Major’s Awards

Athenry Music School was delighted to be nominated for a County award in 2013 and had the pleasure of providing music on the night by one of our student string quartets and the Athenry Guitar Orchestra.

 

National Award for Development of Youth Orchestras

Athenry Music School was the overall winner of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras’ award 2014. We are very proud to house 6 orchestras in the music school and to have developed 5 more in our outreach programmes. (Yes- that’s 11 orchestras in a 5 mile radius! How cool is that!)

Overall National Achievement Award

The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras awarded OURchestra residential camp their overall achievement award, 2010. The camp is directed by Coole Music’s Katharina Baker and our own Director, Katharine Mac Mághnuis. The week-long camp incorporated orchestra, chamber music, traditional Irish music, juggling and choir. Activities were scheduled for 12 hours a day and the students even had to sing grace before any meal was served! This camp is now in it’s 7th year and dates for 2016 are 11-15th July.

Music Network Capital Award

Music Network, in association with the Arts Council of Ireland, had applications from fifty nine music schools this year. Athenry Music School, along with eleven others received capital funding awards. Athenry was awarded €8,795. The award winning proposal was to inititate cello programmes in partnership with Gairm Scoil Mhuire, Athenry and Crumlin N.S., Ballyglunin, Tuam. In total 25 cellos were purchased and the programme started in September 2010, with cellist Nicola Geddes heading a team of tutors.

Composer in Residence James Ross 2013-14

Athenry Youth Orchestra had the pleasure of working with highly regarded international composer James Ross. This was facilitated by the Galway Co Co and GRETB. This culminated in a sell out concert in Seapoint, Galway and the production of a documentary and CD.

 

Young Musicians’ Professional Development Initiative

Y.M.P.D.I (for short!) is a year-long practice and performance contract between the music student, parent and school. It has been developed to help our senior students who are considering continuing their music studies at third level. Its primary aim is to increase their performance skills by the creation of public performance opportunities for our students and also to provide live music for venues and businesses in Athenry town and the surrounding areas.

Glenman Corporation – Main Sponsor 2008-2012

The Directors of Athenry Music School are sincere thankful to the Glenman Corporation for its greatly valued sponsorship. This generous financial support has constituted a major catalyst in the development and success of Athenry Music School.

Charities

Athenry Orchestras and Choirs have partnered with many charities. These include:

Western Alzheimer’s

The Simon Community

The Sunni Mae Trust

Childhood Cancer

Partnerships

We feel that it is very important to expose our orchestral members to professional performers and composers from Ireland and abroad to raise the standards of our ensemble playing, professional behaviour, rehearsal techniques, musicianship and orchestral accompaniment techniques with regard to both instrumental and vocal soloists. We also use collaborations to expose Athenry musicians and audiences to the less common instruments and world class performances. All these musical reasons for pulling groups together also do just that, pull people together and isn’t that what orchestral playing is all about.

Performers

Yuki Nishioka, violin

Brendan Walsh, guitar

Zoe Conway, fiddle & violin

Ailbhe Mc Donagh, cello

Linda O Connor, violin

Peter Sebastyen, cello

Peter Joyce, saxophonist

Atreyu Connelly, percussion

Joshua Alamu, Vocal coach

Composers

Brendan Walsh

Ross O’ Farrell

Kevin Brett

James Ross

Katharina Baker

Katharine Mac Mághnuis

Ciaran Hope

Choirs

St Mary’s children’s parish choir

Cor Le Cheile

Athenry Youth Choir

Cor Le kids

Athenry Gospel Choir

Cor Gealscoil Riada

Athenry Boys National School Choir

Cor Scoil Chroi Naofa

Presentation College Choir

Gairmscoil Mhuire Choir

Lisheenkyle National School Choir

Newcastle National School Choir

Monivea National School Choir

Crumlin National School Choir

Acafellas

Moy Singers, Ballina

Young Singers, Canada

The Riddlers, USA


Patrons

Thank you to all of you for your generosity of time, energy and passion towards the young people of our community. Many people taken a hands-on approach to helping our community school develop. Sincere thanks.

The following people have made donations of instruments and/or money to the school. Again, sincere thanks.

Afria Coffey

Ruth Dobbin O’Dea

The Drapiewski family

Blaithin Farrell

John Flanagan

Geraldine Flannery

Glenman Corporation

Stephen Kenny

Mark Kennedy

Wilma Moulden

Ruth Pokall

Stephen Rynne

Kate Thompson

Gearoid Whyte

Orchestras and Bands and Dance troupes

IAYO Festival Orchestra

St Patrick’s brass band, senior and intermediate

Coole Music

Music Matters

The Talisman Collection

Kendra Glynn Dance Academy

Loughrea Pipe Band Drum Core

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