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Royal Irish Academy Of Music

Royal Irish Academy Of Music …

The Royal Irish Academy of Music is a home of musical excellence and dynamism, a place of teaching and learning which consistently achieves its objective of transmitting and maintaining the highest standards of performance and appreciation in all musical disciplines. Founded in 1848 the Academy is Ireland’s oldest musical institution.

Events at Royal Irish Academy Of Music …

Thursday 29th, Friday 30th June ... RIAM Teaching and Learning Network Conference ~ Conference

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The 4th Annual RIAM Teaching Network Conference will take place on the 29 and 30 June 2017 in the royal Irish Academy of Music. This year, the conference is focusing on teaching music in the 21st Century.  The closing address will be given, once again, by our Director, Deborah Kelleher, where she will reflect on what in means to be a music teacher in the 21 Century. 

  • Conference Programme
  • Conference Programme:

    Thursday, 29 June 2017

    10.00am - Colma Brioscú - Choosing Reperotire for Recital Certificates and Competitions

    11.00am - Coffee Break

    11.30am - Brendan Breslin - Working with a School Orchestra / Band

    1.00pm - Lunch Break

    2.00pm - Lorna Horan - The Creation of the RIAM Piano Albums 2017

    2.30pm - Majella Boland - The Importance of Musicianship in Music Teaching

    3.00pm - Coffee Break

    3.30pm - Thérèse Fahy - Pour Le Piano : Playing and Teaching the Music of Claude Debussy


    Friday, 30 June 2017

    10.00am - Conor Linehan - Teaching Contemporary Piano Repertoire

    11.00am - Coffee Break

    11.30am - Imelda Drumm: Classical Singing - Scales, Vaccaj and Working with the Student's Abilities

    1.00pm - Lunch Break

    2.00pm - Amy Ryan - Teaching Pre-Instrumental Music

    3.30pm - Coffee Break

    4.00pm - Jennifer O'Connor-Madsen - Online Resources for Music Teachers and the Launch of M Theory - Music Theory Videos from the RIAM

    4.30pm - Closing Address: Deborah Kelleher

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Monday 3rd July ... Orchestral Manoeuvres ~ Conference

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ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES [3rd - 7th July 2017]A week-long orchestral academy at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, July 2017
This non-residential five-day event is led by conductor Ciaran Crilly and features expert training by members of the RIAM’s distinguished teaching staff, as well as a number of rehearsal sessions with visiting conductors.

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  • In addition to exploring exciting repertoire, developing as an orchestral musician and having fun, students of this summer orchestral academy with a difference will:

    • Help select repertoire to be rehearsed and performed during the week
    • Participate in sight-reading sessions
    • Study the anatomy of the orchestra in a series of entertaining, interactive workshops
    • Study alongside student conductors from the IAYO Programme
    • Perform in a closing celebratory concert in St Andrew’s Church

    Workshop times: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm
    Age Group: 12 to 18
    Ability Range: Recommended from Grade IV upwards
    No audition required
    Closing date Friday 30th June 2017

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Sunday 27th August ... Child Protection Training for Music Teachers ~ The Organ Room, RIAM

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This aim of this training is to equip participants with the skills and knowledge that are necessary to deal with child protection issues in line with Children First 2011 guidelines, Children First Act 2015 and the Child Care Act 1991. All Participants will receive a copy of  Barnardos Protecting Children, A Child Protection Guide for Early Years and School Age Childcare Services (2nd Ed) and a Certificate of Attendance

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  • After taking part in the training, participants will be able to:

    • Recognise their legal responsibilities in relation to Child Protection
    • Explain the definitions of abuse
    • Identify the signs and indicators of abuse and neglect
    • Describe how to respond to a disclosure
    • Prepare a Standard Report Form

    The course will involve presentation, case studies and group exercises.

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Saturday 2nd - Sunday 24th September ... Key Skills 2017 ~ Workshop - 5 Locations

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Réamonn Keary and Lorna Horan will combine forces to present teachers with a guided approach to preparing students for piano exams using the RIAM 2018 piano albums and discussing the potential technical and musical challenges in each piece and addressing ways to tackle these problems. Each participant will receive a copy of the Key Skills Handbook, which includes copies of the annotated scores for all the pieces from Elementary to Grade V and Teaching Notes for each grade.

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  • The main focus of these sessions will include:

    • Elementary – Grade VIII: preparing the pieces for exam performance
    • Selecting the right pieces for each student
    • Discussing the potential challenges in each piece and addressing ways to tackle these problems
    • Identifiying the style and character of each piece
    • The art of scale and arpeggio playing from the early stages
    • The importance of the supporting material: Theory, Aural Tests and Sight-Reading
    • How to approach exam day


    • Saturday, 2nd September 2017: Ursuline Covent, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
    • Sunday, 3rd September 2017: Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth
    • Sunday 3rd September 2017: Castalia Hall, Callan, Co. Kilkenny
    • Sunday, 17 September 2017: The Connacht Hotel, Galway City
    • Sunday, 24 September 2017: RIAM

    Workshops will be held from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

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