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Can Arts Education Help Fight Climate Change?

The recently released IPCC report on climate change and the forthcoming COP26 summit are both stark reminders of what we’ve already known for years...

The Name Song

This is a perfect musical activity for the first day back at school and great for the younger classes. As well as helping the children learn each...

10 Years of DabbledooMusic!

This year we are celebrating 10 years of DabbledooMusic! In 2011 myself and DabbledooMusic co-founder Killian Redmond, launched the first version of...

New from DabbledooMusic in 2021/22

At DabbledooMusic we are putting the final touches on our planning content and lessons for the new school year. After a difficult 18 months for...

DabbledooMusic SchoolFest 2021

A music festival is the perfect way to end the school year on a high. We have created a free course with all the content you need to make it happen....

Teachers' Survey Results 2021

Each year we conduct a survey to ask primary school teachers across Ireland how music is working in their classroom. In April 2020, we asked teachers...

Teachers' Survey 2021

Help make DabbledooMusic even better for teachers and children across Ireland! Each year we reach out to teachers to get their feedback about our...

Getting Back to Music in the Classroom

With the schools back, we wanted to address the area of music in schools based on the guidance from the Department of Education and Skills. We have...

Three Songs for Seachtain na Gaeilge

We have three great songs for Seachtain na Gaeilge to suit all ages. Ireland has a rich and beautiful tradition of songs and many of them are in the...

I Hear With My Little Ear...

Our twist on the classic 'eye spy' game, will bring a bit of musical fun to your family walk. Now that the spring weather is picking up, we can start...

St Patrick's Day 2021 - Sofa Sessions

Throughout the school closures, we have been sending out our suggestions for musical activities to thousands of families across the country and have...

All About the Piano

The piano is a very popular instruments all over the world. A piano is full of strings that are struck when we press the keys. A series of small...

Lil Liza Jane - Song and Clapping Game

Lil' Liza Jane is an American folk song that became popular form the 1910's. Since then it has become a standard of the American jazz and folk...

Music at Home - Let's Dance!

Dancing is one of the best ways of listening to, enjoy and understanding music. When we dance to music we listen to and experience, the pulse, tempo...

Parents' Content - Music at Home

The schools will remain closed until the end of January at least, so we have relaunched our online parents' content to keep the music going at home....

Three Christmas Presents from DabbledooMusic

It has been a difficult year for primary school staff, parents and children and we have been amazed at the commitment and hard work from teachers to...

Quest for The Jingle - Online Christmas Show

This Christmas we have a very special treat for everyone! We have teamed up with Draíocht Blanchardstown to create a special online theatre piece...

Online Harp Concerts for Schools

If you are looking to introduce a musician to your school or classroom, a Zoom concert may be the perfect way to do it. The harp is the national...

The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 16: Brass

In this episode we're exploring the world of brass instruments. Trumpets, trombones, tubas, french horns and more (yes, we are including saxophones!).

Mid-Term Music Activities - Parents' Content

In March 2020 we launch a new parents' section of DabbledooMusic to help families enjoy music together while the schools were closed. The content was...

Zoom Webinar Workshops During September

Throughout this month, we'll be running 2 webinars per week to give a full run through of our DabbledooMusic program. Each webinar will be 1 hour and...

Guidance for Music Making in Primary Schools

With preparations underway to reopen primary schools, we wanted to address the area of music in schools based on the new roadmap from the Department...

The DabbledooMusic 2020/21 Curriculum

There will be a lot asked of teachers in the lead up to the schools reopening so we are launching our full planning content to help with the...

7 Amazing Brass Cover Versions Of Pop Songs

Back in September last year, as part of our monthly radio slot on Dublin Digital Radio, we featured the music of New Orleans. A big part of this show...

End of Year Dance Party!

If you are having an end of year graduation or even an online meetup for the end of the year, then why not add some music to get everyone celebrating...

DabbledooMusic Program Updates for 2020/21

It has been an unexpected year for all of us and a time when we have had to change the way we work, live and teach. Since the school closures, we...

Create a Sound Treasure Hunt at Home

A great activity for exploring sounds in the home and the surrounding environment! This simple activity is perfect for all children and parents to...

Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

After the success of last year's Cruinniú na nÓg, we're back to help coordinate it for the Cavan Monaghan area. Cruinniú na nÓg is an initiative...

Download Our Free Musical Colouring Book!

From record covers to stage backdrops, music videos to hand-painted instruments, it's safe to say music and art go hand in hand. As you know, we're...

​7 Dances to Teach your Kids at Home

It's safe to say that dancing and music are closely related cousins in the overall family of art forms. For many styles of music, dancing can be as...

The Sounds in Your Home

Our Clock resource is one of the easiest ways to get a group performance going at home with any sounds around the house. You can use whatever sounds...

Parents - We're Here to Help!

It's fair to say, parents have lot on their plates at the moment. Whether it's managing new ways of working at home or trying to keep your children...

John Cage - Home Composition Challenge

Now that we are all spending more time in the home we are looking at musical activities that can be explored without leaving the house and using...

​10 Simple Ideas for Music at Home

As we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times of school closures and social isolation, keeping children entertained while they are at...

St. Patrick's Day Challenge

One of our most popular and fun performance pieces at DabbledooMusic is John Ryan's Polka. We've performed it with thousands of children, teachers...

Free Month Access for Parents

It looks like we are all going to be spending more time at home over the next number of weeks so we have collected some of our most fun and...

St Patrick's Day Music

St Patricks Day is coming up and we have a great selection of Irish music for you to listen to, and learn about, in the classroom. Our selection...

​Glossary of Irish Music Terms

As we approach Seachtain Na Gaeilge for this year, we thought we’d put together a comprehensive list of Irish music terms so that you can brush up on...

Seachtain na Gaelige Workshops

After some very successful STEAM workshops last month with Ed Devane, we'll be back in the Mill Theatre Dundrum for Seachtain na Gaelige. Monday 9th...

CPD Spring Course Tour 2020

We're gearing up for a busy spring tour of CPD dates all over the country. These courses will introduce teachers to our new method of teaching music...

Our Top 10 Christmas Songs for Children

The festive season is nearly upon us and so, before the first door on the advent calendar is swung opened, we've put our top 10 Christmas songs for...

DabbledooMusic Brand New Updates For 2019/20!

What's New? We've had a busy summer creating new resources, planning content and a new layout for the 2019/20 school year. The changes are based on...

​How to Record Music in the Classroom

Whether it’s a school concert, instrumental piece or a song in the classroom often teachers find it beneficial to record the musical activities going...

​5 Thoughts on Learning Music by Memory

For the past number of years I have played in a Dublin-based ska band called Interskactic. The band was formed by a bunch of musicians who loved the...

Ireland's Favourite Folk Song Competition

In April this year, RTE launched the search for Ireland's favourite folk song. Folk music has made up such a large proportion of our cultural...

Cruinniú na nÓg 2019

Cruinniú na nÓg is a national celebration of young peoples participation with culture and creativity. Launched last year as part of the Creative...

Pop Music — Fast Food for the Ears

This article was original written and published on Inside Sources available here. "Any time I listen to “Albatross” by Fleetwood Mac all I can...

Spotting The Difference Between Irish Tunes

Irish Dance Tunes As well as songs, which mostly take the form of laments, and ballads, there is a great number of Irish dance tunes. Some would...

Using Graphic Notation to Teach Music

Using graphic notation is a great way to combine musical literacy, composition and performance in a way that is accessible for all teachers and...

Spring 2019 Workshop Tour

Last year I collaborated with a number of theatres and arts centres to provide workshops for young people and their families. The workshops I ran...

​7 Steps to School Singing Success

One of my best musical memories from a few years ago when I briefly taught singing in a musical stage school in Dublin on a Saturday morning....

An Evening of Extraordinary Ideas

Delighted to be asked to give a presentation at the upcoming Evening of Extraordinary Ideas. It features a stellar lineup of artists, comedians,...

The Top 9 Kids Songs for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and we've decided to compile our top-9 list of the best kids halloween songs ever made. Some are from TV themes,...

The Top 10 Kids Songs for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and we've decided to compile our top-10 list of the best kids halloween songs ever made. Some are from TV themes,...

Musical Instruments in The Classroom

The first time you hand out instruments to a room full of eight year olds is a scary moment. The noise levels start to rise. One child is putting...

Music Philosophy Can Foil Fake News Fallacy

This article was originally published in The Globe Post and can be viewed here. In 399 BC, the Greek philosopher Socrates was brought to trial...

Our Music Workshop Summer Tour 2018

Summer is the time for festivals, and we have no shortage of quality events in every corner of Ireland. We'll be running workshops at a number of...

MUSIC QUIZ: Pop Songs Inspired by Classical

Classical music has been inspiring contemporary music for years. While some have tipped their hat to Haydn others have ripped off Rachmanioff. This...

Our 2018 Music Education Impact Infographic

Dear Dabbledoo'ers, The summer is here and, for those of you in teaching, a well earned rest is just around the corner! We wanted to share with you...

Classroom Concert 2 - Eomac

We’re lucky to live in a country with such a rich musical heritage. When one thinks of Irish music, traditional music immediately springs to mind,...

Taking the plunge into Arts Education

When I was 16, our school PE teacher took our class to the local swimming pool to try diving off the high board. There were 3 levels of height and...

Home-made Instruments

Parents can often be concerned about the cost of instruments when they are encouraging a budding young musician at home. What I'd like to share with...

7 Tips to Help Your Music Practice

"Practice, Practice, Practice!" The most common piece of advice for anyone looking to learn a musical instrument is “just practice”. It’s not really...

DabbledooMusic on the Radio

In November we were invited to join Wendy Grace at Spiritradio to discuss all things DabbledooMusic. We cover a range of topic in a short space of...

Irish Music for Children

Lets Play Some Irish Music! One of the best things about Ireland is its rich history of folk music, known as Irish Traditional Music. Irish music is...

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