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Shane McKenna and Killian Redmond


Awardee 2016

Francis Cleary
Noelle Daly and Stephen Cluskey

DabbledooMusic aims to make music education more accessible, engaging, and fun for teachers and students.

The Challenge

In a country with a rich musical heritage and highly educated teachers, we are struggling to teach music to children in Irish primary schools. Teachers without a background in music who are unfamiliar with music notation are given responsibility to teach music, but often lack the confidence to do so. This means that many children in Ireland are missing out on the chance to experience music education and develop their creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration skills through music.

The Idea

As a music teacher himself, Shane quickly realised that many primary school teachers were struggling to teach music. He partnered with illustrator Killian to come up with a creative solution. DabbledooMusic is an online resource based on a new colour-coded, animated system of notation. Through characters, sounds, and symbols, the world of music is opened up to children in the classroom in a fun and interactive way. Completely accessible for teachers and parents with no musical background, and covering every area of the curriculum, children of all learning levels can learn to compose and play music.

The Impact

Today, primary school teachers in over 30 schools around Ireland are using DabbledooMusic, with over 100 teachers and 2,000 students having been introduced to the programme. Over the coming months, Shane and Killian will be running workshops and professional development courses for teachers across Ireland, developing new ‘on demand’ courses in partnership with key players in this space, and conducting an evaluation study to assess DabbledooMusic’s impact. With SEI support this animated and user-friendly system of musical notation is making music education more accessible to children all over Ireland, equipping teachers with the necessary tools to teach music with confidence, so that no child misses out on the joy of music.

Shane McKenna and Killian Redmond, Award Winner 2017 Award, 2016

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