Music in Motion -An exciting and practical programme to enhance musical skills and develop confidence in teaching music.

Course description

Register for Music in Motion, a fun, music-making summer course, with Aisling Beecher.

Music in Motion: An exciting and practical programme to enhance musical skills and develop confidence in teaching music.

Course description:

Music has a positive impact on learning and on the social, emotional and psychological development of children. This practical and music-making course will ensure that all teachers, particularly those who don’t have a musical background, are equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to deliver music lessons with confidence to all primary level students.

Participants will become familiar with key concepts, such as musical elements and musical theory, will develop a bank of resources which they can draw from as they plan, and discover engaging approaches to teaching music in their classroom. The course will focus on all three strands of the music curriculum and will involve active participation in singing, conducting, playing percussion instruments, improvising and composing. Participants will also discover how to integrate literacy and numeracy development into music lessons, particularly in the context of the Primary Language Curriculum, while also becoming familiar with strategies to incorporate music into the daily routine of school and developing thematic lessons with a musical aspect. Finally, teachers will be invited to self-reflect on their own teaching of the music curriculum in relation to the SSE teaching and learning framework.


On completion of this course, participants will be enabled to:

  • Appraise and evaluate the importance of Music as a subject within the primary school curriculum as a result of the positive social, emotional, cognitive, physical, therapeutic and psychological effects of music.
  • Engage their students in practical music making and create exceptional musical experiences in their school, having developed the teacher’s own confidence, expertise and enjoyment of music through performance, composition and listening activities.
  • Identify and apply a range of music skills and plan activities to develop them.
  • Understand the musical elements and develop appropriate ways to experience them with an integrated approach to the three strands.
  • Confidently deliver a range of exciting and meaningful music lessons which address the three strands of the music curriculum and are relevant in our technologically advanced society.
  • Develop an awareness of how music can be integrated across the curriculum to enhance literacy and numeracy skills and supplement other subject areas.


About the course tutor:

Aisling Beecher currently works as a primary school teacher in Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann, Midleton, Co. Cork.  As an accomplished pianist, she conducts, directs and accompanies choirs at her school, and around Cork. Aisling holds a Diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College London, and also achieved her Grade 8 in Piano and Flute at the Cork School of Music. She enjoys playing traditional music on the fiddle also. Aisling believes that music has a positive effect on learning and that every child loves to be actively involved in music making. For this reason, she delights in bringing her love for music to the pupils in her school.


Aisling was awarded the College Medal and the Medal for Music at her graduation from Mary Immaculate College in 2011, as a result of receiving first place in both the B.Ed. class and the Music Arts Class. Since then, she graduated from her Masters in Education at Frostburg State University, Maryland, U.S.A in 2013, and is currently researching if songs can be used as a medium to facilitate language learning as part of her Ph.D. at Mary Immaculate College.


Aisling has presented at Frostburg Children’s Literature Conference on the power and possibilities of wordless books in the classroom. She was also involved in organising children’s literature events and conferences in Frostburg and at Mary Immaculate College, such as the Buzzing with Books Conference in 2014. Aisling has also created professional development videos and support material for the NCCA Primary Language Curriculum.



Before you finalise payment for your course, please note the following:


All our summer courses are booked on the condition that the course fee is non-refundable. Course Fees are not transferrable to another teacher. Unfortunately, if you wish to cancel your place on one of our courses or you are unable to attend the course, we are not in a position to refund fees.


In the event that the minimum number of participants required do not apply then the Centre will be obliged to cancel the course and all monies will be refunded in full.

Category Summer Courses
Date Monday 02 July 2018 - Friday 06 July 2018
Time 9.30 - 2.00pm
Presenters Aisling Beecher
Code 18-365 lc sc
Fee €50.00
Venue Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann, Midleton, Co Cork
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