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  • Simply Music

    Created 2013-06-27 by Paul Maher

    Location: Johnstown Boys National School, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin - Co. Dublin

    Duration: 2013-06-27 to

Project Outline

Thinking about an innovative music programme to engage your students? 
Check out the link below and watch Simply Music’s new iClass Sounds:

What is iClass Sounds?

iClass Sounds is a brand new interactive Composition / Song-writing / Performance Workshop for students from 12-17 years.

Using a complement of 10 individual iPad’s, midi keyboards, electric guitars, bass guitars, mics, jam hubs, recording equipment and music software, we take advantage of modern technology to engage your students in live music composition and performance, through a blend of individualised and collective learning in a fun environment.

The programme (part-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland) is designed to respond to young people’s familiarity with technology and enhance their creative development and musical exploration.

How is the Programme delivered?
We bring the technology and the musicians to you.  Each workshop is facilitated by two professional musicians who arrive with our ‘silent rehearsal studio’ so you don’t have to worry about the workshop interfering with other classes in the school.
We believe in developing the student as fully as possible during our sessions to give individual attention to each student, so we work with small numbers to deliver and unrivalled and memorable experience for those who participate in the programme.

iClass Sounds is designed for 30 students working in groups of 10 students per session.  We deliver 3 sessions across the school day. The programme is delivered over a period of 3 weeks with the same students returning each week.   We visit your school 1 day per week for the duration of the programme allowing learning to take place between sessions and developing greater composition and performance outcomes.

Who are we?
Simply Music is a European Award-winning music education service, bringing music technology workshops to both teachers and students alike for over 10 years. We are a team of professional musicians and music pedagogy experts who deliver a bespoke experience suited to your needs. Paul Maher, Simply Music’s Director, a professional orchestral percussionist, holds an MSc. (Education and Training Management) and a B.A. (equivalency) in Music. Our extensive professional experience includes classical, jazz rock and popular genres. 
Simply Music is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and works in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills.

What do your students get from our workshops?
•    Understanding of new and emerging music technology software
•    Engagement with professional musicians
•    Participation in an engaging composition-based workshop
•    Participation and collective music-making
•    Understanding technologies associated with music recording and production
•    Social engagement and participative learning through music
•    Fun and enjoyment

Project Details

  • Location: Johnstown Boys National School, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  • From date: 2013-06-27
  • Length: 2 days
  • Participants per session: 10
  • Participants in total: 14
  • Contact hours: 8
  • Age range of participants:
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  • Related Organisation(s):
    Arts Council of Ireland
  • Funding Bodies:
    Arts Council of Ireland

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