Learning & Participation

Acadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Úi Dhochartaigh (Music Academy) continues to develop opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to learn, create and perform in new and dynamic ways.

With an 
outstanding concert hall at its core, together with
 supporting spaces for informal performance, learning and development, the Academy encourages and enables a transformative offering of musical discovery. It places equal emphasis on formal and non-formal instrumental progression routes,
 and is attune to career opportunities in teaching, performance, management, creative production and enterprise.

The Learning and Participation Programme currently has or will have several strategic programmes.


Instrumental Learning

Top quality training programme for young people aged 5 – 18, offering a range of learning and performance opportunities for young instrumentalists and singers as well as tuition for adult learners. Weekly classes are offered as well as workshops, master classes and week-end and annual summer schools. This tuition takes place in the Academy as well as through outreach programmes in schools.


Sean-nós dance tuition for adults and children.

Community Music

A vibrant and diverse programme of participation for all ages within and outside the Academy. We provide music-making activities to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to do so and create bespoke projects enabling participants to learn music and other skills and explore creativity through music. Working with a wide range of people of all ages, interests and abilities in various communities and centres in the city and around the North West, this programme is developed in cooperation with a wide range of partners, local authority youth services, extended schools and community groups and disability groups. The projects to date include:

- All-access Trad (music-making for children and young adults with learning disabilities)

- Creative Age (arts activities, including music, for older people)

- Community music training workshops

Instrument Bank Loan Scheme

The instrument bank is a means to make learning the instrument of choice more accessible. The bank will contain a range of instruments of varying quality available for hire to students.


Early Years Music-making

A creative programme taking place in the Academy as well as in playgroups, nurseries and family centres involving children (up to 5 yrs), parents and carers in music-making in an enjoyable group situations.

Continuing Professional Development

The provision of training, resources and support for music teachers, community musicians and other music professionals to equip them with continuing professional development, business and networking skills in order to pursue a career in this field.

Foyle Youth Folk Orchestra

A regional youth orchestra for young players of all backgrounds and instruments.

Musician-in-residence scheme

Regularly appointed high profile professional to develop and support opportunities for young people to learn and participate in music-making.

Master and Apprentice

Opportunities for top class young musicians to allow them to deepen their performance skills with guidance and support from masters of their trade.

Music Therapy

Provision of access to a music therapy service for the use of music to improve quality of life and meet the needs of those with disabilities, learning difficulties or illnesses. Delivered to clients in individual or group settings.

Musicians, Health and Wellbeing

Geared towards the health and well-being of musicians, including Alexander Technique, yoga for musicians and mental health and well-being workshops.

Further and Higher Education

We will develop a wide variety of partnerships with Further and Higher Education institutions across the North West, encompassing collaborative course design and delivery, specialist modules, placement opportunities and staff training.


Information and library service for musicians and academics, and also of interest to the general public. The archive will include audio/visual recordings of performances, talks and seminars and will include field recordings, photographs and publications.