We Believe a Great Music Education Should Be...
All work and no play...you know the rest.
From a very young age, children naturally hear and feel music as play. Despite the ups and downs of a career in the music industry, we all as teachers regularly manage to have those wonderful moments on stage or in the classroom when making music becomes playful - many musicians would say it's the whole point of playing music. As a team of busy musicians who perform regularly as well as teach, we find that bringing some of the fun of performing music into the classroom is beneficial to maintaining the discipline needed for the serious study of a musical instrument.
A fun yet professional approach to music education makes sense over time, since it is in the performance of music for an audience that the true meaning of 'playing' music comes into being. When children and adult beginners have the confidence to play with their fellow students for an audience of their family, peers and strangers, great things can happen. Music as a hobby or career is full of surprises and a great pathway into many walks of life in Ireland and the wider world. Whether your goal in music is to be one of the very best peformers on your instrument in your class, your school, Ireland or even the world - or whether you just want to be able to play a few chords for yourself at home, our programs are designed to help you achieve your goals while having a bit of craic along the way!
Professionalism is music can be defined in a number of ways, but for us it means understanding, respecting and valuing yourself and your fellow musicians' role in the music-making process. All of our teachers are well established and professional performers as well as experienced and dedicated teachers. Below are some teaching guidelines for students and parents to be aware of - these will help you understand what to expect from your learning experience at Galway Music Academy:
Students starting out in music need a teacher who is patient, thorough and accessible as well as opportunities to share in the music-making process with fellow students.
Intermediate students need consistency, stimulation and further opportunities to perform as they gradually develop their musical tastes, expression and technique.
Advanced students need teachers who are capable of not only challenging them with more complex and varied pieces of music and public performance skills, but who are also willing to take on the role of mentor to their students as they progress toward potential career pathways in music.
Finally, a professional music education is a two-way street - Students and Parents should be prepared to engage with the practice and excersizes that teachers set out and where possible encourage their kids to participate in group performances and concerts. The skills, ideas and discipline gained in a thorough music education will last a lifetime!