Mini Music is an educational music curriculum consisting of instrumental music workshops for junior and senior infants aged between four and seven years. Two of Dublin’s inner city schools participate in this programme, which provides early exposure to the development of life skills such as self-expression, coordination and memory.
The programme is run by the Churchtown School of Music, Dublin who were the first to bring Monkey Music to Ireland, a similar concept and franchise developed in London in 1993. The RDS first sponsored the Monkey Music programme in 2008 for two years. The same two schools initially selected to be involved in this music education programme will continue with Mini Music.
The selected schools are St Enda’s National School in Whitefriar Street and City Quay National School, Dublin. Both participating schools are recognised under Band 1 of the Department of Education and Science’s D.E.I.S programme (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools), which signifies that they are among the country’s most disadvantaged schools.
To date, the RDS is the sole partner and sponsor of Mini Music in Ireland. To enable both schools to partake in Mini Music, the RDS purchased instrumental music kits that contain a multitude of percussion instruments that are used during each of the 30 minute classes. Each RDS Mini Music class is led by a qualified tutor and is intended to promote the experience and learning of instrumental music at an early age.
Images from the 2012 Mini Music Performance by both schools at the RDS.
For further information, please contact:
Ms Dara O'Leary
RDS Foundation Department
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7255
Fax: +353 (0) 1 660 4014