Music is an indispensable part of the child-centred curriculum as one of the range of intelligences and as a special way of knowing and learning. Musical activity challenges the child to act in unique ways to listen discerningly to his/her own music and the music of others, to sing, play or read sensitively and accurately, and to evaluate critically. In posing these challenges, music contributes to the development of artistic awareness, self-expression, self-growth, self-esteem and multicultural sensitivity and, therefore, to the development of the whole child.

Cloneen N.S. has a strong tradition of music and musical performances. Music has always been an integral part of our child-centred curriculum, not just because it enhances other areas of learning but because it deepens the children’s sense of humanity, teaching them to recognise beauty and to appreciate more fully the world in which they live.

Every second year there is a Christmas Show in the local Sports Hall and on the alternate year, a Christmas Carol Service is performed.

We have the added expertise of a magnificent music teacher – Gillian Coulter from ‘The Magic of Music’ company, who has helped the school put together outstanding performances not just locally, but also in ‘The Helix’ and ‘The National Concert Hall’. These have provided fond memories to the many of our past pupils.

The children are exposed to the many and varied aspects of music in our school.

Listening and Responding

As well as listening to a range of sounds from a variety of sources, children are encouraged to respond to music in several ways. These include


  1. moving and dancing to music
  2. talking about the music, for example describing how it makes them feel or the images it creates
  3. listening for specific musical features
  4. listening for specific instruments
  5. illustrating aspects of the music through drawing or painting
  6. following a pictorial score of the music
  7. writing in response to the music
  8. composing new music using, for example, a similar theme, instrumentation or structure
  9. singing or playing along with the music

Song Singing


  1. Teaching a song by ear:
    using the voice
    using a recording
    using a melodic instrument
  2. Simple vocal exercise
  3. Developing part singing
  4. Teaching rounds




  1. Graphic Notation
  2. Standard Notation
  3. Notating Rhythm
  4. Learning rhythm notation through games
  5. Notating Pitch
  6. Tonic Solfa


Playing Instruments


  1. Children will be trained in the use of percussion instruments.
  2. The teaching of tin whistle will be reintroduced in the next academic year
  3. Opportunities will also be provided for the children to play their own instruments
  1. To accompany a song or story (soundscaping)
  2. to explore musical elements
  3. to experiment with sound
  4. to portray a character, mood or setting
  5. to illustrate events
  6. to convey an abstract concept
Tin Whistle

All Children from 3rd to 6th Class learn the Tin Whistle in school. It is wonderful to see them learn this traditional Irish instrument and it helps greatly with their understanding of notation, scales and musical concepts.