Donegal Summer School of Music July

Programme Of Classes for 2019

Pupils choose 5 classes and attend each of the five for one hour each day. A sixth choice must also be given in case other classes are full.

  • All classes will run subject to sufficient numbers
  • Class times are 10.00am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday, with concert performances on Friday and on Saturday morning
  • Lunchtime is 1.15 - 2.15 and pupils must remain in the supervised area unless they have a signed permission slip
  • There is a tuck shop open twice a day

The following lists provide details of class groupings and minimum requirements for all classes. See also Featured Classes

CLASS Groups      DETAILS AND LEVEL REQUIRED                      
Piano SoloPreliminary to Grade 8
Tutors: Hannah Gallagher, Kieran Quinn, Evan McGarrigle

Piano Master Class

Classical & Jazz

Grade 4 up - Two pupils per class

Half hour personal tuition each day - extra charge of €70

Tutors: Hannah Gallagher (Classical)  Kieran Quinn (Jazz)

Piano DuetsA fun activity for pianists. You will be paired based on level.
Grades: Prelim-Grade 8
Tutor: Hannah Gallagher
Piano Circus

An exciting piano ensemble that gives pupils the chance to play music,

specially arranged for a group of keyboards. From Grade 2

Tutor: Evan McGarrigle

Wind2 years tuition & able to read music
Tutor: Jim McDermott
1 years tuition & able to read music
Timo Cape

Classical Strings2 years tuition & able to read music
Tutor: Niamh Crowley

Solo Voice

No minimum requirement Ė Good entry level class
if you donít yet take music lessons

Tutors: Theodora Byrne, Sara Laughlin

Gospel ChoirA great chance to sing in harmony in a large group. No Level Required
Tutor: Margaret McAteer
Contemporary ChoirRaise the roof with a modern rock/pop classic!
Theodora Byrne


1 year's tuition or over 12 years old
Tutor: Mark Ponsonby
Electric Bass1 year's tuition or over 12 years old
Tutor: Timo Cape
Beginner or some experience, please indicate on the booking form
Tutor: Maggie McAteer
Drums1 year's tuition or over 12 years old
Tutor: Seamus Devenny
Orchestral PercussionTry out a range of instruments
Tutor: Gerry Strawbridge
Learn to play this beautiful instrument. Piano Grade 2 up
Gerry Strawbridge
SambaExplore Brazilian sounds
Tutor: Tom Duffy

Donegal Pops
Why not try our new and exciting Donegal Pops Orchestra class. Play popular songs as well as themes from stage and screen from Pharrell Williams to Katy Perry and James Bond to Grease. Hear the well known songs come to life with the thrilling sound of a full orchestra. Grade 3 in Wind, String, Brass or Drums.Tutor: Niamh Crowley
Junior Orchestra
For younger musicians looking for an opportunity to play in a classical ensemble
Prelim and up. Please indicate grade on booking form.
Tutor: Niamh Crowley
Teenage Kicks14 up and already accomplished musician
Approx grade 2 or equivalent experience)
Tutor: Kieran Quinn
CompositionTry your hand at writing and performing your own music!
You do not need an instrument for this class.
Tutor: Timo Cape

Song WritingWrite and perform an original hit!
Tutors: Seamus Deveney and Finbar Doherty  


A fantastic way to develop your listening skills and to perform free-style in groups. Suitable for classical, jazz grade improvisation and rock musicians grade 4 in any instrument. Guitar and drums players should have 2 years tuition.
Tutor: Timo Cape

Music Tech & Rec
An introduction to modern sound recording.
Tutor: TBC

Musical Minors
No minimum requirement, graduate from Semibreves. Have more fun with music!
Tutor: Eleanor Lamb

DanceMove to Jazz, Modern and Afro rhythms!
Tutor: Linda Bennett

Art, Craft and DesignCreate beautiful things!!
Tutors: TBC

Morning class each day (10 am - 1 pm) for children aged 6+.
Children will love to make melodies and rhythms in a fun environment.
Classes end at 1pm each day 
Eleanor Lamb




Each pupil must take at least one Instrumental / Vocal Class or Musical Minors.

Pupils must also meet the minimum requirements for each class and have completed any exam requirements.


>  The school will endeavour to accommodate everybody in the classes of their choice.  However, classes will be grouped by age and ability and filled on a first come first served basis.  Some classes are only offered on a limited basis.  If your first choice is not available, an alternative class will be offered.

>  The Semi-Breves workshop is a half-day workshop and children must be collected at 1.00pm.

>  Students must stay on the school premises at all times, except where they have the written permission of their parent / guardian to leave.  Students who leave the premises are not covered by the school insurance policy and Donegal Summer School of Music accepts no liability for them.

>  We are very grateful to the County Donegal ETB and the Donegal Music Education Partnership for the use of their musical instruments