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Instrumental Music Lessons are a natural progression from our Music Kindergarten and Pre-Instrumental Programme. Our instrumental books are colourful and child friendly and include many of the Singing Rascal songs which are already familiar to your children from Kindergarten. This makes learning the technical demands of the instrument much easier for young children. ​

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The violin is the smallest member of the string family and can produce the highest sounds. It has four strings and is played with a bow and produces a beautiful warm rich tone.  It features as both a solo instrument and in small ensembles. When played as a solo instrument the player stands up with the violin resting on the collar bone. The violin is the most important instrument in the orchestra.

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The piano is a keyboard instrument with 52 white keys and 36 black keys. Pressing each key creates a vibration inside as a felt hammer strikes the string to create a sound. There are two types, concert grand pianos used in concert halls and upright common for home use. It has a wide range of pitch and many notes can be played together to produce a very full, rich sound. It can be played as a solo instrument, or as an instrument for accompaniment and in concerto performances with orchestra.

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The classical guitar has six nylon strings that are plucked using the fingers. It is played in a sitting position using a footrest to raise one leg to rest the guitar. The guitar has quite a large range of notes and gives a soft and beautiful sound attracting many students to it. It can work well in small ensembles but is mainly known as a solo instrument.

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The flute is a member of the woodwind family, commonly made today of silver or gold. Sound is produced by directing air into the embouchure hole - imagine blowing over the top of a bottle - and moving the fingers up and down the keys. Its sound is uniquely varied, ranging from pure shimmering bird-like qualities to dark rich sonorities. It is the instrument of many great leaders, thinkers, and deities, such as Frederick the Great of Prussia.

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The cello is the second largest member of the string family and produces low deep sounds. It has four strings and is played with a bow and produces a warm, rich deep sound. The cello is played while seated with the instrument supported on the floor. The cello features as a solo instrument, in small ensembles, chamber music such as string quartets and in the symphony orchestra often playing the bass part. 

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Performance and Ensemble

Fundamental to the Colourstrings approach is providing the children with lots of opportunities to perform and share their music-making with others. We have regular concerts in which everyone, even in the earliest stages of learning an instrument, is invited to perform in a warm, supportive atmosphere to friends and family, both individually and as part of a group. The school ensembles; strings, guitar, flute and choir provide additional performance opportunities through regular workshops and concerts.

“An octet, very, very, very tight harmony, a most unusual sound, a very beautiful attractive sound, very enjoyable indeed. They played Ravel.” 

- The late Gay Byrne on RTÉ lyric FM 


LPSM’s Senior Flute Ensemble following their debut performance at the main auditorium of the NCH Dublin.

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