Programme Of Classes for 2017

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.

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.

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: Frances Kelleher, Kieran Quinn, Evan Mc Garrigle, David Howard

Piano Master Class

Classical & Jazz

Grade 4 up - Two pupils per class

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

Tutors: Patrick MacBeth (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: David Howard
Piano Circus

An exciting new 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
Tutor: Patrick MacBeth

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 and Elaine Agnew


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

Afro-CeltExhilarating ethnic rhythms
Tutor: Peter Crann

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: Elaine Agnew
Junior Orchestra
Grade 1 to 3
Tutor: Elaine Agnew

Big Jazz Band

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

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 a classic!
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
instrument. Guitar and drums players should have
2 years tuition. Tutor: Timo Cape

Music Technology
Explore computers and music
Tutor: Jeremy Howard

Musical Minors
No minimum requirement. ( See Featured Classes ) 7 - 10 Years old
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