Children's Classes (for children aged 7 - 12 years)
Children take part in a wide range of individual and group activities, including voice and speech exercises, mime, movement, dance-drama, choral speaking, improvisation, and characterisation. They also learn to creatively interpret and perform poetry, prose and dramatic texts, which often leads to a lifelong love of literature and the arts.
Class discussions are an important part of developing confidence and self-awareness. We also use relaxation exercises to help children deal with the stresses and emotional demands of everyday life, as well as using relaxation as a tool to stimulate imagination.
Our speech training gives helps children to develop good diction and delivery - skills that will stay with them for life.
Introductory Communication Skills
To prepare children for the transition to secondary school, introductory Communication Skills training is added as part of the programme for older children. Students learn to formally express their thoughts and develop skills of persuasion, assertiveness and sensitive listening through the foundation skills of public speaking.
Children have an opportunity to take Trinity Guildhall examinations in Speech & Drama and progress through the grades as they develop new skills.
We provide formal feedback at our annual parent/teacher meetings, as well as informal feedback throughout the year.
Structure of Courses
Classes run from early September to May or June, depending on the course. Classes are held once weekly. Students preparing for exams attend twice-weekly classes in the lead-up up to exams. Tuition fees are payable half-yearly in advance.
We award three scholarships to our top scoring Trinity Guildhall students each year; one for each category - Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. These represent exemption from one half-yearly fee.
If you would like to find out more about any of our children's courses, please call Máire on 087 2317850 or click here to request a call back.