The Central Library’s Music Library delivers a range of unique resources in Dublin city including tuition material, music CDs and DVDs, scores and online music services to users.
In 2016 the Music Library has developed and implemented an innovative 8 week violin tuition course for transition year students, which aims to improve access to music education through libraries, increase the use of the Music Library by a younger age group and improve links with the local schools in the area. This pilot programme also provides a useful experience in the context of the City Library at Parnell Square Cultural Quarter.
The Music Library team approached secondary schools in the area to assess interest in a violin loan and tuition programme. Mount Carmel Secondary School, Kings Inn Street, identified eight transition year students interested in taking part and the pilot project began on the 5th April. Dublin City Public Libraries funded the tuition and provided the instruments and resource materials on loan to the students for the duration of the course. The Music Library team managed the programme and Ms Naomi Dunleavy, an experienced music teacher, delivered the tuition course.
During the course students learned about posture, about holding the violin and bow, as well as basic techniques and some essentials of reading and performing music on the violin. The eight week course culminated in a performance by the students and their tutor at the Central Library. After the performance, Margaret Hayes, City Librarian presented each student with a Dublin City Public Libraries Course Completion Certificate and commended all involved and noted the initiative’s value to the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter development. The programme has continued into Autumn/Winter.