Is theory compulsory?
Theory is compulsory for those taking Instrumetal lessons through the ABRSM syllabi. We do however try to stress the importance of theory classes & try to encourage it to all our pupils.Theory classes coincide with the practical lessons taken. The importance of theory grading cannot be underestimated given the ruling that grade 5 theory must be passed before further progression is allowed in your chosen instrument (ABRSM). The Keenan School of music acknowledges this and will work with each student to ensure meeting this standard. To give a more rounded performance the different eras of music, composers and listening analysis is also taught to help with the translation of written music into sound. Theory classes start after 1-2 years of taking instrumental lessons.
Also incorporated in our classes is the use of the Kodaly approach. Kodály’s approach to music education is based on teaching, learning and understanding music through the experience of singing, giving direct access to the world of music without the technical problems involved with the use of an instrument.
"Everyone who learns an instrument should sing first. Singing, independent of an instrument, is the real and profound school of musical abilities."
Flute & recorder Music Classes Dublin:
The Classical flute is taught from beginner to diploma level on a one to one basis. Technical control, fingering, articulation and dynamics are just some of the areas that are covered. Pupils are encouraged to study for Associated Board exams, and are offered the opportunity to compete for music medals or to participate in ensemble performances. Theory lessons are compulsory for all flautists which strengthens the students understanding of music. All teachers are fully qualified holding the minimum requirements of teaching diplomas.
Piano Music Classes Dublin:
Piano lessons are offered on an individual basis. Beginner to diploma level instruction is given. Pupils are introduced to the fundamentals of piano playing. ABRSM, ROCKSCHOOL & RIAM examinations are offered. Theory lessons are compulsory when taking practical examinations Music medals are also offered to all pianists. It is important to stress however that the first goal of learning the piano is enjoyment.
Guitar Music Classes Dublin:
Bass Guitar, classical Guitar, acoustic Guitar, jazz Guitar and electric Guitar are some of the different styles that are taught. All lessons are taught from beginner to diploma on a one-to-one bases or in a group setting (no more than 4 per class ) All guitarists are encouraged to study for ABRSM, Rockschool, R.I.A.M.,L.C.M. or Music Medals exams & certificates. All of our guitar teachers are fully qualified are also active performers bringing an added edge to the lesson.
Violin Music Classes Dublin:
All lessons are taught from beginner to diploma . For younger pupils, parents are invited to sit in and observe the lessons. This will help daily practice at home and can help promote confidence. Technique, posture and reading are only some of the things that are covered in class. ABRSM, R.I.A.M.,L.C.M. and Music medals exams & certificates are offered and also encouraged. Instruction is given by fully qualified teachers. Theory lessons are compulsory.
Viola Music Classes Dublin:
All lessons are taught from beginner to diploma . For younger pupils, parents are invited to sit in and observe the lessons. This will help daily practice at home, and can help promote confidence. Technique, posture and reading are only some of the things that are covered in class. ABRSM, R.I.A.M.,L.C.M. and Music medals exams are offered and also encouraged. Instruction is given by fully qualified teachers. Theory lessons are compulsory.
'Cello Music Classes Dublin:
Like that of the violin and viola the ‘cello is one of the string quartet instruments. Taught in the similar style to the Violin and Viola the Pupils of the 'Cello will decide what avenue to take to reach their goal at the end of the year.
Voice Music Classes Dublin:
An audition is required before a tuition place can be offered. Lessons will concentrate on breathe control, flexibility, range development, vocal strength, intonation and tonal quality. As each voice is unique the style of music to be studied will be discussed and advised in class. Competitions in Ulster and Feis Ceoil is also open to invitation to pupils who would like to compete. ABRSM, ROCKSCHOOL & RIAM are all offered for examinations & certificates.
Saxophone Music Classes Dublin:
The saxophone will be taught through the jazz & classical syllabus from the ABRSM and Music medals. A fun new instrument that started in in 2009. Technical control, fingering, articulation and embrochure are only the highlights of what is taught in this class.
Junior / Leaving certificate classes:
These state certificate classes are taught using the syllabus set for that year. The syllabus is divided into three areas – Listening, Composing and Performing. The practical element of the examination is also covered. A repertoire of Classical, jazz, popular and theatre music is all taught. Practical exams take place in March/April in the secondary school which the student attends.
Junior certificate classes are studied in a one year period while the Leaving certificate class is taught over a one or two year period. Both classes are limited in numbers. In order to be accepted to study either certificate, please email the office.
These Music classes are for younger pupils who are perhaps that little bit too young to play, but who are old enough to gain an insight into the world of music. Through fun and games, they will learn about the different instruments, basic rhythms, and music from different countries. The Kodaly approach is used to help train the ear through hand signals and sounds. These Pre-Instrumental classes are geared for 4-6years and are a wonderful introduction to music.