Learning Violin

Thanks to the support of Support of the PSG and the Board of Management we will be setting up a  Violin Project for classes from 2nd to 5th class. 

The project will be led by Maria Mason. Maria has considerable experience in teaching violin to children, working with schools in counties Kildare and Meath. She studied at Trinity College Dublin where she was awarded a B.A. Mod. Maria performs regularly on tv and radio has toured extensively throughout Ireland , Europe and U.S.A. with groups as diverse as The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Riverdance, Wexford Opera, Andrea Bochelli,  Boyzone, Declan O Rourke and Westlife. Maria was chosen as band leader for Michael Buble’s recent sell-out shows at the 3 Arena as part of his world tour.

WE welcome Maria to St Anne’s

There are many reasons why we are embarking on this project:

  • Playing instruments is a key part of the primary school Music Curriculum. As well as learning to play the instrument, children will gain skills in music literacy and composition and will have the opportunity to listen and respond to music of different genres. To date children have taken on recorder, tin-whistle, ukulele in St Anne’s and we hope that violin will give another dimension to learning music
  • We want to offer all children further opportunity to learn to read music and hope that they will use the universal language of music to make friends and open them to many new opportunities throughout their lives
  • We see this as an avenue to build children’s confidence through learning a new skill and performing for audiences
  • Above all music supports artistic awareness, self-expression and children’s creativity
  • Some children may go on to take music exams and hopefully will be the musicians of the future!


There is much research to support the benefits of instrument playing for children. Some articles on this are located below. 


We look forward to many musical adventures over the coming years. Thanks to you for your support of this project, which we believe will be a worthwhile and exciting journey for all



‘We can improve children’s school results with music, not maths’

http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/opinion-we-can-improve-childrens-school-results-with-music-not-maths-3781471-Jan2018/Countless research papers would confirm this impact that music can have on improving memory retention and language processing, writes Chris Rooney.

Playing Instruments rewires your brain?



Brain development through Learning Music




Derelict school becomes national leader by making a surprising subject compulsory

ps://ideapod.com/derelict-school-become s-national-leader-making-making-surprising-subject-compulsory/