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PDC with world renowned choral music education pioneer Doreen Rao

Music Generation in partnership with the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education, the Association of Irish Choirs and DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama present Conducting Young Choirs in the World Today: Into the Future, an accredited Professional Development Course in Choral Music Education, which will take place from  14 - 17 July, 2015 in the wonderful environment of NUI Maynooth.

The four day residential course offers a fantastic opportunity for musicians, music teachers and choral conductors working with children’s and youth choirs to gain accredited tuition with renowned international Master Teacher Doreen Rao.

The course offers established choral conductors and music teachers, university students, singers and choir leaders, the opportunity to improve their skills through a combination of interactive classes, score study and conducting technique.

Celebrated internationally for her moving concerts and inspirational teaching, Doreen Rao’s pioneering approach and work has changed the landscape of music education across the globe. Linking the standards of performance and education with the goals of diversity, inclusion and social responsibility, Rao’s seminal work teaching children to sing inspired a generation of conductors and teachers to lead young choirs in schools and communities around the world.

Click here to download a brochure and application form.

For further information on this and other Music Generation initiatives and programmes, click here.


Aravon Summer Chamber Music Course

Senior Course – for secondary school age musicians
Strings, wind
21 – 26 June 2015

Junior Course – for primary school age musicians (minimum age 9)
Strings, wind, recorder and percussion
28 June  – 1 July 2015

The DYO Chamber Music Summer Courses are designed for young musicians with some experience in orchestra and chamber music and also for those who are completely new to ensemble playing.

String players at all levels will have the opportunity to explore a rich and varied repertoire of chamber and orchestral music. Each string quartet is coached by a dedicated expert tutor for the duration of the course.  Wind players have the opportunity to explore a full repertoire of classical, jazz, swing and blues music with an experienced wind tutor.  Our percussion course offers younger players the chance to get involved in music whilst joining in with all the summer camp fun!

The courses offers a unique blend of music-making and traditional summer camp fun activities, including swimming, rounders, uni-hoc, orienteering, football, tennis, drama and the annual “Aravon’s Got Talent!” show.

The closing date for applications is May 30 and they can be made on the DYO website.

Orchestral Manoeuvres at the Royal Irish Academy - Monday 6 - Friday 10 July

A week long orchestral summer course at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. The course is for the age group 12 -18 and for the ability range of Grade VI upwards. There is no audition required. The cost is €150 per student.

For further information and / or an application form contact for information on residential packages contact


IAYO Conducting Workshops - Monday 6 - Friday 10 July

Under the direction of Robert Houlihan, this course will run in conjunction with Orchestral Manoeuvres at RIAM.

Conducting workshops for youth orchestra conductors will be held at the Royal Irish Academy of Music to run alongside their Summer Orchestra Academy. Participants will avail of tuition in baton technique and score preparation along with opportunities to observe sectional and full rehearsals with the RIAM summer orchestra academy, conducted by James Cavanagh.

The course is for mixed ability / experience. Participants may choose to prepare all of the chosen repertoire or a smaller selection that reflects their present ability to prepare music.

Visit our website for more information and to make an application. 


OURchestra Summer Camp - Monday 13 - Friday 17 July

Week-long residential music camp based in Esker Youth Village, Galway, blending music theory and practice with a host of other techniques. It’s an orchestral programme for players ages 12-17 years of age of grade 3-8 standard.

The course involves orchestral playing, chamber music, choir singing, improvisation, juggling, variety shows and will end in a final public concert.

The course is €220 which is an all inclusive, residential cost.

Contact or for more information.


Ceol na Mara Summer School for Strings - Sunday July 26 - Friday July 31

Ceol na Mara Summer School for Strings, which takes place in Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, is the summer course where classical and traditional music meet. It is a family friendly course catering for all ages and levels. In addition to their chamber music, orchestra and traditional music classes, they have included modules such as drama, singing, sean nós dancing, music appreciation and song writing.

Find out more from


ConCorda Chamber Music Course for Strings - Friday 14 - Saturday 22 August

Suitable for string players of grade 5 upwards, aged 14 to 21, based in Kilkenny College.

Now in its seventeenth year, ConCorda offers advanced string players aged between 14 and 21 an inspiring and transforming musical experience in chamber music, string orchestra and music improvisation. The course is designed to give students the opportunity to study chamber music intensively at a very high level with a staff of Irish and International tutors including members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. ConCorda is directed by Artistic Director Adrian Petcu and Course Director, the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s own Joachim Roewer.

Visit the ConCorda website for more information.


Irish Youth wind Ensemble - Sunday 16 - Sunday 23 August

Week long course for wind instrumentalists from grade 6 upwards, aged 16 to 25, based in University of Limerick.

Applications are invited in the following instruments:
Flute, Piccolo Oboe, Cor Anglais, Bb, Eb and Bass Clarinet, Bassoon & Contrabassoon, Alto / Tenor / Bari, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Harp, Double Bass

Applicants must be aged between 16 and 25 and must have a minimum of Grade 6 standard, and the application closing date is Friday April 3.

Application forms and more information can be found here.


Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim

Sat 2nd – Mon 4th May 2015

G5 Hot Glass-Casting Into Zircar Moulds Workshop

Tutor: Keith Alan Seybert. Duration: 3 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €450


Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd May 2015

G6 Sand Casting With Hot Glass Workshop

Tutor: Keith Alan Seybert. Duration: 1 Day. Participants: 6. Cost: €220


Thur 14th - Fri 15th May 2015

PD1 Portfolio Content Development

Tutor: Christine Mackey. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €120


Sat 16th- Sun 17th May 2015

PD2 Portfolio Design And Information Technology

Tutor: Christine Mackey. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €120


Sat 9th- Sun 10thMay 2015

W4 Musical Instrument Making

Tutor: David Spence. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €190


Sat 30th- Sun 31stMay 2015

MC2 Sand Casting In Bronze and Aluminium

Tutor: Kate Oram. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 8. Cost: €280


Sat 30th- Sun 31st May 2015

IT1 Innovative Technology

Tutor: Leo Scarff And Alistair Farrell. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €130


Sat 13th- Sun 14th June 2015

DLP1 Free Hand Sketching

Tutor: Mary Byrne. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €130


Sat 20th – Sun21st June 2015

MF4/5 Silversmithing And Small Scale Metal Sculpture

Tutor: Fiona Mulholland & Soraya Ricalde. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €170


Sat 27th- Sun 28th June 2015

MF1 Welding

Tutor: Michael O’Hara. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €200


Sat 27th- Sun 28th June 2015

IT2 Innovative Technology

Tutor: Leo Scarff And Alistair Farrell. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €130


Sat 27th- Sun 28thJune 2015

TP4 Traditional Print Letterpress Courses

Tutor: Scott Coombs. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €170

Leitrim Sculpture Centre, New Line, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim

Telephone: 071 985 5098


National Sculpture Factory Professional Development Programme Spring 2015

As part of its commitment to providing services and resources to visual artists, the National Sculpture Factory programmes an annual series of professional development training events. This programme supports visual artists in their practice by providing training on a range of topics directly relevant to their work. For full details see:


Creative Writing Course at Venues Across Ireland

Course available at venues across Ireland

Writing for Publishing is the title of a new educational initiative being spearheaded by The Manuscript Publisher and designed specifically for authors, writers, independent publishers. It aims to equip authors and writers with both the tools and the skills necessary to write and reach a public audience in today’s publishing environment.

It is a creative writing course for the modern publishing age, emphasising the all -important connection between writing and publishing: how one informs the other and how the two operate in today’s era of digital media and mass communication. Prospective authors and writers will learn how to develop their writing skills with a view to getting published. They will learn to seek out, identify and take advantages of writing and publishing opportunities that present themselves.

A complete course outline, including contact details and how to book a group seminar or presentation is available from the Writing for Publishing website –


Arts Courses at Newtownbarry House

The fully equipped Artists Studio is in the old Kitchen of Newtownbarry House. It has beautiful light from its two roof light windows making it an excellent painting and drawing studio. It has easels, a room with sinks and a separate room for painting boards or still life. It can accommodate 12 people on the art courses. It also has a separate room for lunch and discussions. Newtownbarry also offers B&B with a delicious dinner for anybody who wishes to stay. There are also plenty of opportunities to do landscape painting or drawing around the grounds and parkland of the house.

For details, please download the PDF of New Studio Programme 2010 (approx 1mb).

For more details check out


RIAM Diploma in Community & Group Music Teaching

The RIAM is delighted to present our Diploma in Community & Group Music Teaching programme. This Diploma is unique to the RIAM and is our way of supporting the vision of Music Generation of bringing music education to every community in Ireland with the generous support of U2 and the Ireland Funds.

The prospectus outlines a range of information from entry requirements, application procedures to assessments and academic components.  The aim of the programme is to equip musicians with the attitude and skills required to teach effectively in the community and classroom setting.

If you require any further information please contact the General Office.



The Department of Arts Education and Physical Education in association with the Department of Music offer this specialised MA degree in Music Education. The degree involves an exploration of music teaching and learning processes from a range of social science perspectives and involves interdisciplinary studies in Education, Music and other related fields.

Who the course is for?

Anyone with an interest in music education including:

teachers (at primary, post-primary and music school/college levels)


community/outreach workers

curriculum support personnel

professional/community musicians

How long is the course?

A one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme that requires completion of six modules and a dissertation

Are there entry requirements?

Applicants will normally hold either:

a) an honours primary degree with Music along with a post-graduate qualification in Education, or

b) an honours primary degree in Education with Music.

Applicants with equivalent, appropriate qualifications along with relevant professional experience may also be considered on a case by case basis.

How do I apply?

Please read application guidelines on the postgraduate application page.

You must fill in an application form which can be accessed from:

Admissions Office ,
Student Services
Mary Immaculate College,
South Circular Road,
Tel: +353 61 204348
Tel: +353 61 204348

Or you can access the form here.

Further information on the course is available from:

Dr Ailbhe Kenny,
Course Coordinator,
Mary Immaculate College,
South Circular Road,
Tel: +353 61 774721



The MA in Art and Design Education is a blended part-time programme that runs over two years.

The programme operates online through networked platforms with college-based seminars and workshops held during eight days over the two years. The next intake is September 2014 and applications from both national and international candidates are currently being accepted.

The programme is designed to meet the need for critically focused advanced-level study for art and design teachers within the contexts of professional in-career development and life-long learning; extend teachers’ learning in areas of creative art and design practice, research and teaching within an online community of practice; make learning experiences available to teachers that take advantage of Web. 2.0 technologies. The programme provides a platform to network with peers and agencies for the advancement of professional skills, personal capabilities and educational innovation and change in the field of art and design, and to provide teachers with pioneering learning and teaching processes that place a premium on contribution, collaboration, responsibility and autonomy.

This is a new type of MA programme, one that embraces new ideas about learning and the kinds of active social spaces that can be nurtured online. By stressing the importance of fostering a learning community of art and design teachers the new programme endeavors to meet the challenge of providing authentic educational experiences that expose participants to a rich network of content and dialogue.

For further information contact programme leader Maria Finucane (

MFA at the Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster: Call for Applications

The two-year MFA at the Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster seeks to attract outstanding and highly motivated applicants. The MFA was established 1979, is based in Belfast and has a long and proven track record of providing a rigorous studio-based programme with access to the expertise of a core staff of nationally and internationally recognised visiting artists. Within the studio and wider environments the diversity of teaching input by staff and visiting artists reflects the range of approaches and contexts embraced.

We recognise contemporary Art practice as being open and pluralistic and encourages dialogue between diverse disciplines. A multi-disciplinary/ inter-media approach enables students to work in a flexible manner that offers the maximum opportunity for individual practice. Students are asked to engage with systems of enquiry that explore and embrace traditional exhibition formats alongside wider models of production, distribution and dissemination. Critical discourse on practice with an emphasis on analysis and self-reflection contributes to an understanding of contemporary art located within a larger cultural, social and political context.

The MFA supports committed, critically engaged and sustainable professional practice.

The 2010 Turner Prize was won by MFA graduate Susan Phillipsz (1994). Other nominated graduates include Phil Collins, Cathy Wilkes and Christine Borland. Graduates of the MFA have been substantially represented over the years in other high profile events and prizes, including the Venice Biennale, Becks Futures, The Nissan Art Award, New Contemporaries, The John Moores Prize and the Glenn Dimplex Award. Two graduates have been awarded the highly competitive Paul Hamlyn Award. Film production, art writing, gallery management and curation are allied areas where graduates have also been internationally successful.

Deadline: The application process has rolling deadline however we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible as places are allocated to suitable candidates on a first come basis.

For full details see:


MA Art in Public: University of Ulster, Belfast Campus

The MA Art in Public has evolved from current complex concerns for the role of art / artists in a changing society. The MA focuses on a wide set of contexts, it is based in and responds to Belfast, where engaged art practices have been developed in various “public” spaces for many years.

The programme seeks to develop testing modes of working that are dialogic, participatory, interventionist or collaborative in intention and structure.

Throughout the programme students will work with formal / informal external partners and be expected to develop self initiated, innovative practice based approaches.

The programme is run full-time over 3 semesters – a period of 18 months including a summer break. Part-time it is run over a 3 year period.

More details here:

The deadline is ongoing.


Postgraduate and Part-Time Programmes in IADT Dun Laoghaire
IADT: Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology have postgraduate and part-time programmes in the following areas: • Business: Postgraduate Diploma in Business in Cultural Event Management. • Humanities: -MA in Public Culture Studies. -Certificate in Creative Writing. -Certificate in Citizenship and Society. • Visual and Media Arts: MA in Visual Arts Practices. MA in Screenwriting for Film and Television | MA in Broadcast Production for Radio and Television.  IADT is also offering a number of scholarships for Masters by Research on the basis of research proposals in Creative Arts and Media, and Public Cultures / Entrepreneurship. More information on , or contact our Admissions Office on (01) 239 4621 or at



Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing - American College Dublin in association with the Irish Writers' Centre

A one-year course examining the process and composition of prose fiction.

Critical workshops and one-on-one mentoring guide students to complete a novel or short story collection.

The creative writing process considered from intellectual, psychological, economic, and cultural angles.

Seminars presented by agents and publishers emphasise the professional environment of writing.

Master classes by established writers.   

You can find full details of the MFA in Creative Writing here 

American College, Dublin, a constituent college of Irish American University, is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

For Further discussion and advice on the programme and guidance on submitting: 01-676-8939 ADMISSIONS@AMCD.IE  




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