And so this is Christmas

Sunday, December 12, 2021 by Therese Porter | Uncategorized

Hello and a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to you all!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting the first concert since the unprecedented lockdowns which sent us all into such a surreal head space!!

Once again we could share and connect with MUSIC!

Room 20 in E. Glendalough School was very well ventilated as it has an entire wall of windows and an enormous exit door which were wide open, so we felt practically outdoors, and happily the weather was milder than it has been this last while...perhaps Santa took care of that?

We kicked off with a performance of Rudolph from the kids in Junior Musicianship Class which most certainly revealed the benefits of the class! Yes, that was a shameless promotion, and I hope we have more in the class signing up in January ♥ Then we were treated to some very polished performances, the last of which came from one of our advanced (been in the school many years!) Cuan O'Mara who dazzled us with a flawless performance and I know he inspired the other students! He had me in tears! 

There is still time to perform today at 3:00pm.  You can just come along, no need to register! Keith will be MC as I will be busy in St. Stephens' Green Shopping centre....singing as one of Santa's Elves!!!

A very special invitation!

A few months ago I got an email with the subject title, Santa Sings.  I thought it was spam, so I deleted. Then it came in again from another address, so I deleted it; but a few days later it came AGAIN! This time, I read it and it said Santa chose ME to work for him as an Elf to help raise money for Charities that help Children.  Wow! ME!?  He had attached an MP4 recorded in the North Pole of him SINGING!!!  He said I could choose the Charity! I can't tell you what it feels like to be chosen to represent the big guy and help spread his message of unconditional love, kindness and tolerance! Since then a client who is a business man has come forward with help to produce the CD single which he is selling to raise the funds for Variety - The Children's Charity

He also supplied the presents from Santa for each one of our students who played in the concert.

The CD and gifts will be there today at 3:00 so I hope you can stop in.

Therese has sent you the schedule of dates for my appearances, and the link to buy the CD online is:

www.santaschristmaswonderland.ie

Once again, I wish you all a very warm, loving and magical Christmas Holiday

Love, 

Kerry

Therese,

and Santa!!






Welcome to a new school year!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 by Therese Porter | Uncategorized

Welcome back to our returning students and hello to our new students!

New school year start dates

The new academic year starts today, Wednesday, 1st September in East Glendalough School, Wicklow town and on Monday, 6th September in Newcastle Parish Centre. There are 32 weeks of lessons in EGS and 34 weeks of lessons in NPC.  The Musical Theatre course begins on 1st October and runs over 29 weeks in NPC.

All instrumental tuition is running ON-SITE.  But I hasten to add that our students/parents must agree to a default of online delivery should lockdown conditions return.

New Musical Theatre course

We have an exciting new Musical Theatre course this year.  The course will build confidence in stage acting and vocal expression.  Activities and exercises are designed to draw out the individual in a safe, nurturing, and happy environment.  The course provides an opportunity for participants to learn techniques that preserve the voice and develop natural resonance across all of the individual vocal range.  It will provide practical training to prepare for the Leaving Certificate Practical Voice and for 3rd level courses in the Performing Arts.  This course is more suited to students aged 12 years and older.  For more information log onto our website.  

New tutors

Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Maura as she has taken on a full-time assignment in Bray this year.  We were so blessed to have her and wish her the best in her new venture. However, we are delighted to announce our two new tutors.  

Darragh Hennessy will be taking the Wednesday schedule. Darragh is a mild-mannered and very warm person who has trained in classical technique and completed a degree in Jazz performance at the Newpark School. 

Eoin Fallon will be taking the Saturday schedule.  Eoin comes from Westmeath and is a keen and passionate musician.   He has been a music teacher for the past six years and has experience in both piano and flute tuition.  Eoin was the recipient of many scholarships from both the RIAM and UCD Symphony Orchestra.  Eoin offers tuition in Piano, Musicianship, Ensemble and Composition.

Competition

We are launching a competition soon for enrolled students with the winner receiving a massive €200 discount from Term 2 fees.

School Community and Workshops

As a member of our community, you have access to workshops, concerts, end-of-term assessments, access to a library of books, access to the school software which allows you to check your scheduled lessons, payments made to the school, check attendance, use of the Practice log, the opportunity to interact with your tutor through notes, to name just a few benefits. 

We have two FREE (for enrolled students only) online events planned for Term 1 so far. 

·           Parenting and Music Practice – a discussion with parenting mentor Anne Brannick (this event ties in with our fabulous new competition, more details to follow) and 

·           Musical Expression with RIAM examiner and WSMD tutor Rachel Factor. 

More details will follow on these two events.

Registration

Don’t forget to logon to our website, review our Registration conditions and sign the Registration form – we need an up-to-date form for each student before lessons can commence.

Best wishes everyone!

Kerry & staff

 

Special offers for new school year

Monday, July 19, 2021 by Therese Porter | Uncategorized

With the summer season under way, it is now time to pre-enrol for September.  We take your decision to enrol yourself or your child very seriously.  You are not just a name or number – you are a valued member of our music community. 

As a member of our community, you have access to workshops, concerts, end-of-term assessments, access to a library of books, access to the school software which allows you to check your scheduled lessons, payments made to the school, check attendance, use of the Practice log, the opportunity to interact with your tutor through notes, to name just a few benefits. 

We have two FREE (for enrolled students only) online events planned for Term 1 so far. 

·           Parenting and Music Practice – a discussion with parenting mentor Anne Brannick (this event ties in with our fabulous new competition, more details to follow) and 

·           Musical Expression with RIAM examiner and WSMD tutor Rachel Factor. 

Our tutors have many years of teaching experience and are all seasoned performers.  They tailor lessons to each student; whether the student is learning for their own enjoyment, or they wish to pursue exams with RIAM, ABRSM or Trinity College London.  We have excellent results from all exam boards.  

Fees for 2021/22

A 30-minute individual lesson costs only €25.  If you have reached grade 6 standard you are required to take 45-minute lessons at a cost of €37.50.  Longer lessons can also be arranged.

Our Annual Registration fee is €40 which is reduced to only €5 for second or subsequent family members. Note: when you prepay a full year’s fees, the administration work is reduced and as a result you are not charged for it – see Special Offers below. 

We offer a 5% discount on music fees for third and subsequent family members.

Our Concert (subject to COVID restrictions) fees remain at €10 per family per term (max. two terms).  The concert fees cover all family members – parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.

We offer a monthly Standing Order payment option which spreads the cost of tuition throughout the academic year.  A 5% charge applies to Standing Orders to cover the associated bank fees.  If you wish to avail of this payment option, please contact the office as soon as possible.

New Musical Theatre course

We have an exciting new Musical Theatre course this year.  The course will build confidence in stage acting and vocal expression.  Activities and exercises are designed to draw out the individual in a safe, nurturing, and happy environment.  The course provides an opportunity for participants to learn techniques that preserve the voice and develop natural resonance across all of the individual vocal range.  It will provide practical training to prepare for the Leaving Certificate Practical Voice and for 3rd level courses in the Performing Arts.  This course is more suited to students aged 12 years and older.  For more information log onto our website.  

Competition

We are launching a new competition over the next few days for enrolled students with the winner receiving a massive €200 discount from Term 2 fees.

 

Special offers

·          Pay for the year in full by 1st August and avail of NO Registration Fee, NO Concert fees, NO Exam administration fees and protection against any fee increase during the year.
  Availing of this offer will also give you first refusal on your existing time/day/tutor, subject to tutor availability.

·          Pay for Term 1 in full by 1st August and avail of a 50% reduction in the Annual registration fee.  You will also get first refusal on your existing time/day/tutor, subject to tutor availability.

·          Pay €100 deposit to secure your place in September.

Any times not already secured by payment in full for the year or Term 1 by 1st August will be open to all other students.

New school year start dates

The new academic year will start on Wednesday, 1st September in East Glendalough School, Wicklow town and on Monday, 6th September in Newcastle Parish Centre. There are 32 weeks of lessons in EGS and 34 weeks of lessons in NPC.  The Musical Theatre course begins on 1st October and runs over 29 weeks in NPC.

Registration form 

Don’t forget to logon to our website, review our Registration conditions and sign the Registration form – we need an up-to-date form for each student before lessons can commence.

NB: COMING SOON - STRIPE for online portal payments!!