Musicianship training teaches the necessary skills for playing an instrument or singing in a choir in a fun and engaging way. A musicianship class is normally taught in a group environment and uses a series of songs and games to build musical skills.
These include developing a sense of beat and rhythm, listening skills, singing on pitch in a pleasant natural voice, and in due course learning to read and write music.
The benefits of musicianship training go beyond learning to play music. Children improve their coordination, social skills, language, mathemathical ability and memory as part of the activities in the class. Through enjoyable engagement with singing, listening to music and rhythm activities, children develop enduring positive feelings about music. This opens them to lifelong enjoyment of singing, playing an instrument or attending concerts, thus enriching their lives in many meaningful ways.
Musicianship classes are an excellent support for instrumental lessons. Most music schools insist on a year or more of musicianship before a child will be accepted for instrumental study. The basic principles of music are taught in the musicianship class so children learn quicker in the instrumental lesson. As instruments are often taught in a one-to-one environment, the social outlet of the musicianship class is a great balance for the child. It is also common to take a musicianship class without learning an instrument and thus experience all the benefits of music lessons without the additional commitment to an instrument.
The musicianship class will be taught by Anne Ralph, who also teaches musicianship at the Cork School of Music. Anne has experience in setting up and delivering musicianship programmes in primary schools for Music Generation South Dublin and also teaches privately in small groups. She is excited to develop a fun and valuable programme for Scoil Naomh Micheál that will benefit the school and its pupils for many years to come.