REGISTRATION FOR SEPTEMBER 2019
Both new and returning members must register for class places for September 2019. We are open for registration each THURSDAY evening throughout March and April at St. Colmcilles SECONDARY School Knocklyon between 6-9.15pm. Drop in and fill out the application forms and see the activities for yourself. We teach classes in button accordion, tin whistle, flute, concertina, harp, banjo and fiddle as well as Sean Nós singing. The cost is €250 PER YEAR for tin whistle and singing, and €300 PER YEAR for the other instruments. This amount is payable in two instalments; one in September and one January. We are able to have a more flexible financial arrangement for those who would like to avail of it. Classes are in small groups and of half hour duration. Suitable for children aged 7+ Instruments are generally purchased at your own expense, click here and scroll down for links to shops in Dublin https://naithi-craobh.squarespace.com/useful-links/
The Benefits of Playing Music
Giving a child the gift of music is a gift for life. Learning to play music develops a child's focus, listening and memorization ability, as well as building self esteem. It is also a very satisfying and absorbing activity, and a great 'go to' for those rainy days! There is also the social aspect. With Irish music, they will have many opportunities wherever they go in the world to play and socialise with others through music throughout their lives. Comhaltas has many branches worldwide.
In Craobh Naithí the children have the opportunity to join a grupacheoil and a ceilí band once they have sufficient playing experience. These groups are coached by very talented and experienced teachers weekly and participate in the annual Dublin Fleadh Cheoil. There is no additional charge for this coaching.
Events such as the childrens Christmas party, Easter weekend away, trips to visit other comhaltas branches both at home and abroad are an important part of our social calendar and help the children to develop friendships.
In order to become proficient at their instrument and get to the stage where they get 'the bite' and really enjoy playing, children must practice regularly. In the beginning 15 minutes a day supervised practice is recommended. Inevitably there will be resistance - practice is work after all! It is important to be firm about your expectations of practice being done - in a similar manner to expectations around routine things such as eating meals brushing teeth etc. Find a time that works and stick to it - morning works well for some, try and find a time when they are not over tired or hungry! It is a courtesy to the other children in the class that your child comes in each week with their tune learned to the best of their ability. Keep the end result in mind! The children will be motivated and encouraged by seeing others play at concerts and sessions. Often this is where they will decide on which instrument they wish to play.
At what age should I start my child?
Craobh Naithí classes are available to children from age 7 onwards. If you are from a musical background yourself, or you feel you child may have an innate musical ability and the desire to play an instrument it may be possible to start them younger depending on class availability. The important thing is that they will conduct themselves properly in the class, not disrupt others and do the practice! Please speak to the branch chairman Derek Johnston about starting younger children. The tin whistle is a good way to start young children - they will learn about the various types of tunes and their structure, as well as building a repertoire of tunes they can play and they will transfer this very well to a new instrument should they decide to take one up.
Classes run from 6-9.15pm on a Thursday. The children are taught in small groups for half an hour. Class size depends on the instrument being taught, demand etc. The particular time of the class will be made known in September. Generally, classes for younger children/beginners are earlier in the evening. Once the children become proficient on their instrument (generally after 2 years or more of playing) and are ready to play in a larger group, their teacher may recommend that, in addition to their regular class, they join the Grúpa Ceol which runs from 6pm-7pm on Thursdays, and for which there is no extra charge.
There is a waiting area for parents with tea/coffee facilities available and tables provided where children can do homework etc. Running around the waiting area is not permitted! Parents are required to supervise their children at all times.
In addition to childrens classes, Craobh Naithí also run a small number of adult classes. We also have a new adult singing group which is a great opportunity for parents to participate in the branch and get to know one another. While still in its early stages we hope in the future to hear Cór Chraobh Naithí performing at branch events and beyond.
Cost of Classes
There is an upfront Comhaltas Membership charge of €6 per child or €20 per family per year. After this charges are as follows:
Tin Whistle and singing: €250 per year
All other instruments: €300 per year
Payments are made in two instalments - September and January. We ask that these are paid promptly. The branch is run on a voluntary basis, and we ask that the fees are paid promptly for efficiency purposes.
Instruments are purchased at your own expense. Many good ones are available second hand - instruments kept in good condition tend to hold their value very well. Your class teacher will be ableto advise on this.