Donegal Summer School of Music July

Programme Of Classes for 2018

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 Mc Garrigle

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. Music will be sent to you.
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 Mc Garrigle

Wind2 years tuition & able to read music
Tutor: Conor Shiel
1 years tuition & able to read music
Derek McGillion

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: Tine Verbeke, Sara Laughlin

Gospel ChoirA great chance to sing in harmony in a large group. No Level Required
Tutor: Lorna Mc Laughlin
Contemporary ChoirRaise the roof with a modern rock/pop classic!
Tutors: Tine Verbeke


1 year's tuition or over 12 years old
Tutor: Mark Ponsonby
Electric Bass1 year's tuition or over 12 years old (Timo Cape)
Drums1 year's tuition or over 12 years old
Tutor: Seamus Devenny
Orchestral PercussionTry out a range of instruments
Tutor: Ronan McKee
Learn to play this beautiful instrument. Piano Grade 2 up
Tutor: Ronan McKee

SambaExplore Brazilian sounds
Tutor: Tom Duffy

Feel the joy of performing in a real orchestra.
Grade 4 in a wind, string or brass instrument.
Tutor: Niamh Crowley
Junior Orchestra
Grade 1 to 3
Jazz Ensemble

Play in a live jazz ensemble. Grade 3 in a wind or brass instrument.
Tutor: TBC

Teenage Kicks
14 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: Terry McGinty

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

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

Art, Craft and DesignCreate beautiful things!!
Tutors: Anna West and Muireann Duffy

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 
Tutor: Louise Kelly




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