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Kerry School of Music News 30.09.2019 


Mrs. Breda Clifford

Kerry School of Music was saddened to learn of the passing of former company board member and Chairperson Mrs. Breda Clifford. Breda played an important part in steering the development of the school in the early 1990's when it became a limited company and was granted charitable status. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Ivan Ilic Masterclass

Distinguished Serbian pianist Ivan Ilic came to the School of Music last Monday, September 30th to give his second masterclass to students. Ivan, a regular visitor to Ireland, has just released the first in a series of recordings of piano transcriptions of the Haydn Symphonies to great acclaim. Ivan will work with some very talented young pianists from Tralee, Killarney, Cahersiveen and Dingle.

New Teachers

We welcome to our teacher association members: Randal Devine (Violin, Viola, Piano), Rachel Scoazec Lenihan (Guitar, 4/5 String Banjo, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Irish Harp), Mairead Fitzmaurice (Music Theory and Singing), Caitriona Fitzmaurice (Violin, Piano, Singing, Pre-Instrument and Music Theatre), Clodagh Harrington (Contemporary and Popular Singing), Owen Herlihy (Guitar and Songwriting), Clodagh Gaynor (Violin, Piano, Fiddle), Katrina Galvin (Pre-Instrument, Music Theatre and Hip hop/Street Dance) and Nela Budoyova (Modern Dance). 

Pre-instrument classes

Pre-instrument classes for 4-7 year olds are being introduced in Tralee (Saturday mornings), Killarney (Thursday afternoons) and Listowel (Wednesday afternoons) and we're glad to report lively interest. The classes aim to familiarise children with the entire range of musical instruments and to make them proficient readers of music before they begin studying any instrument. The benefits of this essential approach are numerous. 

Scholarships

The School offers a limited number of scholarships every year to encourage the study of less well known instruments such as Oboe, Saxophone and Bassoon, all brass (Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba) and lower strings ('Cello and Double Bass). Further details can be got from the School office.

Group classes

Affordable group classes are being offered to beginners in Violin, 'Cello, Viola, Keyboard and Guitar. Terms and conditions apply. 

Instrument hire

Kerry School of Music has a large bank of string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Before investing in an instrument, parents can hire an instrument from the bank for as little as €3.50 per week. 

School Music Hours

A series of hour-long orchestra concerts specially designed to introduce school-going children to the orchestra is taking place from Tuesday to Friday, October 15th to 18th in Siamsa Tire Tralee. Performed by the Kerry Pops Orchestra under the direction of Aidan O' Carroll, the performances include many different musical styles from Classical to Contemporary and have a high level of audience participation. Booking is through Kerry School of Music only on 066-7125690..

Kerry School of Music performing groups 

Kerry School of Music orchestras, choirs and instrumental ensembles are open to all. Please enquire about joining one of our groups. See our website for details.

Kerry School of Music performing groups 

Kerry School of Music orchestras, choirs and instrumental ensembles are open to all. Please enquire about joining one of our groups. See our website for details.