Music Summer School For Strings in Connemara

Ceol Na Mara Junior


Ceol Na Mara Junior – €250

The junior course is suited to children from the age of 6 to approximately 9 who have been learning a stringed instrument for a minimum of one year (either classical or traditional). Fluency in reading music is not essential.

The main aim of the Junior course is to bring out each child’s creativity through music. As part of this they will be learning the many different ways music can be approached. Through listening, learning by ear and improvising. By creating a drama, playing together in groups with varying styles of music from classical to Irish traditional music with a little jazz, pop and rap thrown in.

Each year we chose a theme and build a drama around it. The children help to create a complete production themselves by contributing their own ideas for a storyline as well as using their instruments for the musical sections. Every year is very different as the end result is dependent on the kids themselves and the energy the bring to the group. It is always a lot of fun. 

A wonderful extra element to the course is choir. This is taken by Sr. Karol O’Connell. Sr. Karol is a sister in the Benedictine community in Kylemore and is a highly acclaimed musician in her own right. Her ‘Music is Fun’ method is a series of books she has devised for teaching music in the classroom based on the Kodály method. She has years of experience working with children and recently featured in the film currently on general release ‘Making the Grade’ about the RIAM exams. They will have a short class with Sr. Karol every day which will give them a wonderfully uplifting perspective on how to use their voice. 


Cost:€250

Venue: Kylemore Abbey 

Schedule: Sunday – Friday. 

Start and finish dates as  on Home page. 

Sunday afternoon introductory session 2pm – 3:30pm

Monday – Friday 9:30 – 12pm (which will include a 15 minute break half way through, children are asked to bring a snack and drink with them)

On the final day, Friday, there will be a lunchtime concert involving the Junior and Intermediate group, featuring their drama and musical items.

Then at 6:30pm (exact time tbc) we will have the final concert in which the chamber groups, jazz, trad and orchestra items from the Senior and Adult group will play. 

The Intermediate group will be playing in certain orchestral items at this concert. 

Junior participants will not be performing at this but are must welcome to attend with their parents.


Registration & Payment

Registration forms can be be downloaded and emailed or posted along with a cheque made out to ‘Ceol na Mara’ to :

Oonagh Keogh
2 The Brook, Huntsfield,
Dooradoyle, Co Limerick.

Payment can also be made by direct bank transfer. I will email the bank details on request. 

IBAN 
IE18AIBK93524739876073
Account Number 
39876073
Sort Code: 935247
BIC: AIBKIE2D 

Please ensure when lodging the fee this way, that you state clearly on the transfer the name of the participant who is being paid for. 

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