THE MMA HAVE EXTREMELY TALENTED AND DEDICATED TEACHERS. THEY CREATE A WONDERFUL ATMOSPHERE FOR STUDENTS OF MUSIC TO GROW IN CONFIDENCE THROUGH BRILLIANT LESSONS, TERM CONCERTS, AND SUPPORT FOR EXAMS 

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Munster Music Academy currently offers weekly individual instrumental classes in piano, violin, cello, guitar, singing, musical theatre, tin whistle, recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, cornet, and trombone. 

Have you heard about the world's first carbon neutral plastic brass instruments?  pInstruments are truly authentic plastic musical instruments that have sparked a revolution in the way the music industry thinks about brass instruments. They are lightweight, durable and fun! pTrumpet and pBone have been designed especially for 'young little' people. They are much lighter (less than half the weight) than traditional brass instruments are made from recyclable ABS plastic. The combination of the ergonomic design and light weight aids your child’s ability to develop good technique and posture.

Did you know you we have an instrument bank whereby you can have one of these instruments for free? Pop over to our Instrument Bank page here to apply for a free instrument. 

Exciting new additions to our instrument bank are the Nuvo instrument range of phenomenal plastic flutes, clarinets, saxophones and french horns. 
These instruments are ergonomically suitable for all ages. They are lightweight and easy to handle. They are designed to make note production easy for beginners but the quality of the tone is not compromised.

We hold popular weekly online theory and Kodály group classes suitable for all ages and ability. We offer individual grinds for Junior and Leaving certificate music syllabus. Our children’s choir is unfortunately not taking place this year due to COVID restrictions. 

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Can i learn? 

Munster Music Academy hosts Christmas, Easter and Summer concerts. This past year they took place online with grannies and grandads, cousins and friends tuning in from USA, Australia, and across Europe virtually cheering on our students. We warmly encourage our students to perform in our concerts which simultaneously builds and boosts their confidence, connects them with their peers whilst supporting each others musical milestone.
We host regular adult performance platforms online. All adult students are invited to play in a non-judgemental and supportive environment amongst fellow adult students.
Munster Music Academy is a public examination centre for Trinity College London international examination board. We are currently developing an holistic assessment syllabus to further integrate our teaching methods, performance practises, ethos and todays reflective learning processes.

concerts performances & exams

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child protection policy

Munster Music Academy is fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of all the children and young people with whom we work. We are committed to promoting the rights of the child including the participation of children and young people in matters that affect them. Our policy on child protection is in accordance with “Children First” which also helps to provide safeguards and support for staff when they are working with children and young people. Staff at Munster Music Academy have received child protection training with reference to the policy of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. 

We recognise the highly valuable role which parents play in the success of your child’s positive musical journey, particularly by supporting and organising daily practice schedules at home. We encourage regular contact between parents and our teachers. We look forward to discussing your child's musical education, challenges, and progress at our Parent/Teacher meetings, held at the end of every term.
We believe when students sign up for lessons at the Munster Music Academy a three-way contract between all parties is agreed upon. 1. Parent agrees to pay. 2. Teacher agrees to teach. 3. Student agrees to practise. In order for the contract to work all parties need to play their part in particular party number 3! 
We require all students to bring their homework notebook every week into which their teacher writes what was covered in the lesson, what areas to focus on for the coming week, and notes for parents. 

parents & practising

the important stuff


TERM 1 
10 WEEKS   -  6th September

TERM 2
10 WEEKS   -   22nd November

TERM 3
13 Weeks  -  28th February 2022

ACADEMIC TERMs


40 minutes @ 8 euros

 60 minutes @ 10 euros

based on 3 students minimum

ALL THEORY CLASSES WILL REMAIN ONLINE WITH JUDIT

THEORY GROUP LESSONS


30 minutes @ 25 euros

45 mins @ 37.50 euros

 60 minutes @ 50 euros

*FAMILY DISCOUNT
10% PER LESSON


instrumental lessons

fees & investment

check the faq section below for our terms & conditions 

Are you a beginner clarinettist or a mature piano student with no prior musical experience?

You don't need to know a treble clef from a crotchet. You don't have to be able to sing or read music. You don't have to do exams. You don't have to play in public. It doesn't matter if you have arthritis.

Trust us when we say IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO START! All you need is a long-lasting desire to learn an instrument and let us do the rest. 

All ages and abilities are encouraged to apply. We can help you in choosing a suitable instrument to learn and advise you in sourcing and purchasing your instrument. We host regular online Adult Performance Platform evenings where all adults are invited to play and cheer each other on. Think of it more like musical group therapy.

are you an adult & always wanted to learn?

Munster Music Academy currently hosts our popular Christmas, Easter and Summer concerts online. Every student is warmly encouraged to perform for their peers, parents and teachers. We host regular adult performance platforms online where all adult students are invited to perform in a non-judgemental and supportive environment amongst fellow adult students. Munster Music Academy is a public examination centre for Trinity College London international examination board. We hold our instrumental exams in June every year. 

concerts performances & exams

please

bow

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take

let's play

it's showtime

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Frequently asked questions

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40 minutes @ 8 euros
 60 minutes @ 10 euros


ALL THEORY CLASSES ARE ONLINE WITH JUDIT

THEORY GROUP LESSONS


30 minutes @ 25 euros
45 mins @ 37.50 euros
 60 minutes @ 50 euros

*FAMILY DISCOUNT
10% PER LESSON

instrumental lessons

fees & investment

don't wait any longer - make your musical dreams come true at MMA

Share your musical aspirations and we will match you with the best teacher to inspire and support your musical journey. Click the button to submit your enquiry. We promise to reply within two working days. 

My daughter has been with Munster Music Academy for over 7 years. She has been supported throughout the experience immensely by her Piano teacher Sarah. She has grown into a wonderful pianist and loves her weekly piano classes. She has also completed Theory to grade 5 which is really important in supporting her sight reading and aural training. She looks forward to the group concerts and play for fun sessions and her confidence has grown enormously

Denise sheridan 

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Students receive weekly individual instrumental tuition for 30/45/60 minutes. Our holistic progressive syllabus is designed to gradually develop a student's musical skills from the very first stages of starting to learn an instrument onwards. We deliver this through a mixture of individual and ensemble lessons incorporating Kodály ear-training, aural games, singing, improvisation, chamber music playing, creative musicianship, performance platforms, reflective learning, music theory,  "Scales Bingo" classes, and the very popular "No Parents/Teachers Allowed Play for Fun" classes.

At MMA, we place a strong emphasis on the importance of ear training from the very first lesson. Regular aural training cultivates a disciplined and musical ear, and helps to develop the ability both to listen and to hear perceptively. As a result, students can play with greater musical freedom, perform with more presence and confidence, play and sing with a deeper awareness of intonation, memorise music with greater ease, and sight-read more fluently.


how we teach

lessons

i don't want to do exams, can I still take lessons?

WHERE CAN I BUY MY music BOOKS?

do i have to practise everyday?

do you offer online lessons?

will classes be in-person in september?

can music lessons be adapted for students with learning challenges?

We gently encourage all our students to perform in the concerts both for themselves, their peers, families, and teachers. Our concerts are a non-competitive, non-judgemental supportive environment where we applaud each students performance albeit it a scale or a sonata. Ask any of our current students. There is nothing to fear except fear itself. We encourage every student to play their first concert as soon as possible. FACT. The longer a new student leaves it to perform in their first concert, the harder it becomes for them. A mini musical molehill gradually becomes Mont Blanc. Fear not we are the musical sherpas. 

We support buying local and happily recommend Savins Music shop in Limerick city. You can either order online or over the phone and they will post out your order.
If they do not have the books in stock they will order them for you. They stock all Trinity College London examination books. Ask for the sheet music department on 061- 414 095 or visit www.savins.ie 

Music is 99% practise and 1% theory. I may have taken a little liberty marrying a yoga aphorism with music but the essence in its meaning is comparable to both music, yoga and many areas of our lives. 
Music is not a hobby whereby one goes training once a week like with a team sport. Music is an incredibly specialised field of learning on a one-to-one basis. It involves and deeply engages all our faculties from the very first lesson. For each student adult or child to fully benefit from their personalised music programme and more importantly to enjoy their lessons and musical experience, regular practising is 100% advised and encouraged. 
Your teacher will discuss and advise both the student and/or parent the recommended practising time relevant to your age/ability/grade/pieces and musical intentions.

Since March 2020 all our classes have been online, both 1-2-1 instrument and group theory classes. We didn't miss one single class when the first lockdown was announced in Ireland. Overnight we seamlessly migrated to a digital music learning platform for all our students, parents, and teachers. We have successfully taught  3600 zoom music lessons, a staggering statistic of which we are very proud. 

Some of our students prefer the online learning experience as it suits their location/schedule/lifestyle/
commuting/family commitments better. We are delighted to offer our students the choice to continue with online music lessons in September rather than attend our premises in Killaloe, Co Clare. Kindly contact Tara-Lee if you wish to avail of this option. 

In September 2021 we launch our new Munster Music Digital Academy. You can live in Killaloe, Kilkenny, Korea, or Kuwait and learn online with our international team of dedicated, sensitive, highly-experienced teachers from the comfort of your own home. Be the first to know when we open enrolment for our digital academy in late August by clicking here 

You may be laughing but we really do get asked this question. You absolutely do need an instrument on which you can practise between your lessons. Music is 99% practise and 1% theory. We can guide you where to source your instrument most suited to your budget and level. Just ask Tara-Lee when submitting your enquiry form. 

Did you know how to drive before starting driving lessons? Did you know how to speak French before starting French classes? Did you know how to do a headstand before going to yoga? You don't need to know how to read music in order to start music lessons. We are here to guide and support you literally from the very beginning. If you have played by ear before and are nervous about not being able to read those tiny black dots, fear not. There are only 7 notes to learn ABCDEFG plus a few funny signs like sharp - flat - natural. Or as one student renamed the sharp # hashtag  

The majority of our teachers have experience and/or professional qualifications facilitating them to teach students with learning challenges. on our enquiry and enrolment forms we kindly ask parents/students to complete this section knowing that this information is treated with utmost privacy. It is very important our teachers are made aware of any challenges your child/student may have in their education journey and learning experience. No matter what challenges these may be we sensitively ask you to share these with us, so that we may in turn be able to assist your child/student to the best of our ability ensuring their musical journey is one that is enjoyable and fulfilling for them. We will contact you directly in relation to any information you share with us before speaking with any of our teachers.

In accordance with governmental guidelines we are planning and prepared to reopen for in-person teaching on Monday 6th September. We are greatly hopeful September will see a return to in-person teaching. Our premises are fully-equipped with all necessary protective equipment to equally safeguard our students, teachers, families, and community.
Each room has a portable 6 foot screen, a full sanitising station, official floor markings, HSE-approved posters, a second piano/keyboard for the teacher to use, and extra music stands. As part of our COVID-19 response plan parents/siblings/visitors are not allowed on the premises. Only MMA teachers and students attending their lesson are permitted on the premises until further notice.  There is no waiting room for students and lesson starting times have been staggered between all teachers. We truly cannot wait to welcome back all our committed students to our lovely premises and for the music to pour out onto the streets of Killaloe once again. 

YES! YES! The answer is absolutely yes you still can take lessons at the Munster Music Academy. Our teachers are ready to encourage, guide, and inspire you no matter what your musical aspirations are. Beyonce, Bach, Burt Bacharach or the Beatles, we can teach everything.

Our teachers are unanimous in that exams are not the learning path for everyone. Whilst exams are wonderful markers and goals for some students to work towards, we believe in tailoring a programme of learning most suited to each student strengths and learning methods.

To quote the famous tennis player Arthur Ashe "Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome".

do i have to play in the concerts?

do i need an instrument at home?

do i have to be able to read music?

Should you wish to discontinue lessons at MMA, two weeks notice without exception is required in writing to the Director at  info@munstermusicacademy.com otherwise lessons will be charged for without exception.

 

what if i want to stop taking lessons?

Munster Music Academy implements a strict policy to protect our teachers livelihoods and time whereby lessons are NON-TRANSFERABLE. Your teacher needs to be paid even if you cancel. It is each students responsibility to attend their allocated lesson time. If a student is unable to attend this lesson will NOT be made up by their teacher. Kindly do not request this directly of your teacher. If a teacher is unable to teach due to illness and/or concert/professional engagement this lesson will be made up before the end of the respective term.

WHAT happens if I cannot make a lesson?

We do not accept payment for lessons on a weekly basis. Each term of lessons is due for payment in full in advance without exception. All students are issued invoices via email two weeks before the beginning of term. All lessons must be paid for within 14 days from date of invoice. If payment is overdue by two weeks Munster Music Academy‘s Director reserves the right to cancel future lessons until payment has been received in full. Check out the fees section above for more details.

How do I pay for lessons?

what others have wondered

Frequently asked questions

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