As part of our portfolio of initiatives for primary schools we have developed a very successful introduction to orchestral strings programme, aimed at 2nd and/or 3rd class children.
The Introducing Strings programme provides grounding in musicianship through singing activities and musical games; it also gives children an exciting opportunity to play a range of orchestral stringed instruments – violin, viola, cello and double bass in a whole-class environment. The sessions are delivered by a team of two tutors (with expertise in both upper and lower stringed instruments). A set of stringed instruments is provided on loan to each participating school for the duration of the programme so that every child has his/her own instrument to play during the sessions.
The aim is vey much to have fun playing the instruments and to spark an interest in musical learning through an ensemble approach. There is no pressure to practice or drill outside the session; the instruments remain in the school for the duration of the programme and are not taken home by the children. Introducing Strings is ideal for schools that may be interested in setting up an orchestra and offering a progression route within the school for further instrumental learning after the programme has finished.
It also works equally well for schools that would like simply like to engage with a service that can enhance the delivery of the music curriculum and offer their students a new positive musical learning experience.
Schools currently participating in Introducing Strings:
• Redeemer Girls’ National School, Dundalk
•Realt na Mara National School, Dundalk
•St Malachy’s Girls’ National School, Dundalk
•Scoil Naomh Lorcan, Omeath
•St John’s National School, Drogheda
•St Paul’s National School, Drogheda
•St Brigid’s National School, Drogheda
•St Finian’s National School, Dillonstown
•Collon National School, Collon
•Ardee Community School, Ardee