Schools: Instrument and Music Making Workshop
7 Jun - 14 Jun 2017
Schools: Instrument and Music Making Workshop

In this hands-on and creative workshop with musician Shane Mc Kenna, your class will create their own instruments.Then mixing these and other classroom instruments, you will be introduced to Dabbledoo’s free online tools that use shapes, colours and animation to get everyone playing together.

Working with musician Shane Mc Kenna, this is live music making at its most fun and a great way to enjoy music-making together as a class that you can continue back at school or children can develop at home!

Starting with an instrument-making session using kits specially designed by instrument maker Ed Devane, the children will get a brief introduction to these DIY instruments to inspire them. They will then be guided in making their own instrument, which is theirs to keep.

Using the instruments they have made and mixing it with a typical classroom instrument box the group will enjoy a full music workshop where everyone gets to join in. Shane will introduce you to Dabbledoo's range of free and engaging tools, which use shapes, colours, appealing musical characters and animated music activities to support easy group music-making and will have any class making music in minutes.

By the end of the workshop, your class will be playing their new instruments together as a temporary band.

There will also be a chance for classes to enjoy our Interactive Installations: Music, Movement & Light.

Suitable for any level of musical experience.

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Benefits for teachers... Back to Top

The workshop will demonstrate how to get the best out of your schools’ instruments and classroom technology using the Dabbledoo resources which have been specially developed to connect to the Irish primary school curriculum and support teachers in delivering music in the classroom. This is music education made more accessible, creative and fun for all ages and will be of interest to teachers of all levels of music experience. The online tools are then available to teachers all year round to use as an ongoing resource for classroom music and the instruments are yours to take away. An instrument-making resource sheet will also be provided to enable further instrument-making in the classroom.

Curricular Links... Back to Top

This workshop is designed to align with the music curriculum strands: listening and responding, performing and composing. By the end of the workshop children will have explored how sounds are made and created a range of sounds with their new instruments. This is combined with music creation and performance development with key musical concepts embedded such as pulse, tempo, and dynamics. Children are enabled to discover, create and perform music together with ease. The instruments and the free resources on the Dabbledoo website which are built around the music curriculum, will enable teachers to continue to use these tools in the classroom. The visit to the music installation will offer a further exploration of sounds which will enhance the music learning in the workshop.

About Shane McKenna & Dabbledoo Music... Back to Top

Shane Mc Kenna is a musician and music teacher based in Dublin, Ireland. He studied Music Education and Music Technology in Trinity College Dublin where he became a leading researcher and developer in the area of new musical notation and collaborative music. He has guest lectured in Ireland and abroad based on his work developing new systems of teaching and learning about music, inside and outside the classroom.

Shane has been teaching music for 12 years, to all ages, in both individual lessons and group workshops. With Dabbledoo Music he has hosted family music workshops and school workshops with thousands of parents, teachers and children, including St Patrick's College and Froebel College. All of this experience is now shared through online courses and resources at

About Ed Devane... Back to Top

Ed Devane is an Irish multidisciplinary artist working primarily with sound. His work encompasses electronic music production, musical instrument design and manufacture, educational workshop facilitation and interactive sound installation. Ed is a member of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and has been funded by the Irish Arts Council, Culture Ireland and Limerick City of Culture Visual Arts Legacy Program.

Ed has completed a number of bespoke instrument commissions for a growing list of clients around the world. Through designing and making these custom instruments Ed has explored a variety of traditional and modern building techniques including wood turning and carving, CNC milling, casting and 3D printing. These commissions have led to larger installation commissions that have been interacted with in IMMA, SARC, RCC Letterkenny and MusicTown Dublin.