The main tutor for the classes is Una O’Somachain and she is assisted with the younger pupils by some of her senior pupils. The accompanists for the school are Giles and Charlotte. The school offers singing classes from the very young nursery tots up to and including pupils attending college. The junior classes are held in the Millennium Forum on Tuesdays from early September at the following times:
Nursery, Primary 1 and Primary 2 from 4.00 pm to 4.45 pm
Primary 3 and Primary 4 from 4.45 pm to 5.30 pm
Primary 5 from 5.30 pm to 6.00 pm
Classes for senior pupils are taken in my home at 7 De Burgh Terrace on Wednesdays and Thursdays and are organised in relation to the grade examinations for which the pupils are working. These classes run from 4.15 pm to 7.00 pm but the times for particular groups vary from season to season as the pupils progress through their grade examinations. For details of times new pupils should phone me on 71265914
The classes for the younger pupils focus on enjoyment and making the period a fun session for the pupils. We use basic percussion instruments with the young tots to help develop their sense of rhythm and fun. As they progress through the classes they are taught songs from the singing syllabus of Trinity-Guildhall, London so that those who wish to take music examinations may do so. We also teach the theoretical elements that are required. There are two opportunities during the year to take the examinations, in May and in November. The older pupils also have the opportunity to take the Musical Theatre examinations of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. A big event in our musical year is Feis Dhoire which always takes place during Easter Week.
They have greatly expanded their range of singing competitions in recent years and the pupils are prepared for these. There are other local Feiseanna during the year that some pupils like to enter for and we are always happy to advise them on song choices etc. Another feature of the musical year is our annual charity Class Feis. This is always very popular with the pupils and it is aimed at being an enjoyable day where they can perform in a relaxed, happy environment. All funds generated by this Feis go to charity.