Workshop for Donegal music teachers – ‘ideas from the masters’

Attention Donegal music teachers! Get out of that room! See the world! (well, at least the Radisson Hotel in Letterkenny . . .)

One of Ireland’s leading specialists in music education, Dr Lorraine O’Connell, happens to be a Ballybofey woman. She lectures in the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin.

Lorraine has kindly agreed to host a workshop for Donegal music teachers (including the 30-odd with the DMEP). It’s in the Radisson on Saturday 11th March 2017, 10am – 4pm. Fee is €30 incl light lunch, tea/coffee (chatting, sorry, networking and information sharing, will also be important on the day).

Places are limited. Email us if you’d like to go –   

Here’s Dr O’Connell –




















And here’s what the poster will look like –


Teaching music –

ideas from the masters


with Dr Lorraine O’Connell

Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny

Saturday 11th March, 10am – 4pm

Fee – €30 (including light lunch, tea/coffee)

Dr Lorraine O’Connell will lead an inter-active workshop which will focus on practical tips, techniques and approaches on the teaching of music. She will look at how to bring a range of musical skills and knowledge into the instrumental lesson, and how to encourage students to engage in ‘discovery learning’.

Many of the ideas are inspired by the work of two of the masters in music education, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze and Zoltán Kodály.

An important part of the day will be creating the opportunity for music teachers to get together – it can be a lonely profession at times!

From Ballybofey, Dr Lorraine O’Connell (PhD BRelSc ALCM LGSM) is a lecturer in music education at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin. She works closely with students preparing for careers as instrumental and vocal teachers and second-level classroom music teachers. In addition, she is the co-ordinator of the Junior Musicianship programme at DIT. In June 2000 she was awarded an Advanced Diploma from the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute, Hungary, after two years of study there. Lorraine completed her PhD in the area of Junior Certificate Music in 2012.