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Kylemore Summer Course

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Music is a central component to life at Kylemore Abbey. This Music course offering is about exploring new and fresh way to teach music in the classroom demonstrated through song, dance and games. Learn to enjoy teaching music as much as children will enjoy learning music. 


  • New and exciting tools taught for literacy and foundation setting using the Kodály method.
  • Demonstration classes with local Connemara children who have been learning this programme for the past year.
  • Beautiful and contemplative setting Kylemore Abbey.
  • The course runs from 10am to 3pm each day.

The University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Ireland have partnered with the Benedictine Community of Kylemore to bring a range of complimentary activities during this weekend. 


Sunday 2nd July

  • 4pm  For those staying at Kylemore check-in is from 4pm onwards

  • 7pm  Opening Mass

  • 7:30pm  Welcome Reception

  • 8:00pm   Dinner

Monday 3rd July

  • 9:30am  Registration

  • 10am  Class

  •  3pm Class ends

  • 5:30pm  Hike Diamond Hill

  • 7:30pm  Dinner

Tuesday 4th July

  • 10am  Class

  • 7:30pm   Dinner – 4th of July BBQ

Wednesday 5th July

  • 10am  Class

  • 5:30pm  Evening Retreat

  • 7:00pm Guest Lecture on Music Education. 

    • Dr. Megan Walsh received her Doctorate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Miami where she is currently the Director of the Preparatory Program at the University of Miami-Frost School of Music. Dr. Walsh maintains an active career as a concert pianist, teacher, adjudicator and workshop presenter.

  • Thursday 6th July

  • 10am  Class  

  • 4:30 pm

  • Dr. Albert Bradshaw will be present on Thursday. He holds teaching diplomas as a pianist and organist in the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Royal Schools of Music, London. He gained a degree in music and a Higher Diploma in Education at Dublin University, Trinity College. He has lectured widely in Australia, at the Franz Listz Academy in Budapest, Great Britain, Belgium, France and North America. He was awarded the first Doctorate in Music Education in the history of the Irish State. Dr. Bradshaw was the first person to introduce the Kodály method in Ireland and is also a former music teacher to the band members of U2!

  • 6:30pm   Dinner

  • 7pm  Concert preformed by St. Karol’s Children’s Choir

  • 8pm  Depart for Trad Session in Clifden

Friday 7th July

  • 10am  Class

  • 3:30pm  Closing Mass followed by departure.