Waterford Academy of Music & Arts (WAMA)

The Waterford Academy of Music & Arts (WAMA) is a music school, a stage school, an art school and a theatre, all under the one roof!

The Waterford Academy of Music & Art (WAMA) is a stage school, music school, art school and theatre all under one roof! Located just behind the garage at Passage Cross on the Dunmore Road our 8,000 sq ft state-of-the-art presmises houses what is now the premiere music and arts school in the South-East. We provide tuition for students (both adults and children) with a range of goals and skill levels, form beginner right through to NFQ Level 5, preparing them for college or university. Stage School: Drama, Contemporary Dance, Tap, Introduction To Ballet, Lyrical Dance, Voice lessons, Choir, LAMDA Exams, Dance Finess for Adults Music School: Ukelele, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, Voice Training, Violin/Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin, Banjo, Flute, BodhrΓ‘n, Rock Band, Drumming Band, Ukelele Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble, Choir Art School: General Art, Oils, Watercolours, Drawing, Craft Live Room Theatre: The Live Room Theatre, located in WAMA, serves as a theatrical space and a live music venue suitable for families. Under 18s are welcome, and no alcohol is served on the premises. The Live Room Theatre provides the students of WAMA with fantastic opportunities to see professional artists, both national and local, including access to live music acts that would otherwise typically perform in pubs and clubs. Not only is it a space for the pros to perform in, it's also a forum for our own students who can participate at open mics, teenage kicks, battle of the bands, recitals, plays, musicals and even play support to the professional acts. We make a student's stay with us be as comfortable, inclusive, productive, and enjoyable as possible. To achieve this we have professional premises, professionally developed syllabi's, and professional staff who have degrees, gigging experience, and teaching experience. In fact, every teacher here has a minimum of 5 years teaching experience, some with over 10 years experience. We also provide a range of performance opportunities for our students from concerts to open mics, from plays to full scale musicals, and from street theatre to outreach programmes.

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We had a memorable summer camp this week. Thanks to all the lovely students we had the privilege of teaching. Thanks also to the staff of WAMA for making their experience so fun.

We had a memorable summer camp this week. Thanks to all the lovely students we had the privilege of teaching. Thanks also to the staff of WAMA for making their experience so fun.

Both camps in WAMA are now sold out folks. Apologies for all of those we've had to turn away, particularly for the August camp. Our sister school TheatreBox still has places however. They have great camps going on this summer. They're on 051-584441

We would highly recommend tonight's gig in the Theatre Royal. A local powerhouse, blending funk, jazz and psychedelic rock!

If like us you leave your ticketing buying responsibilities to the last minute we have good news for you! We still have plenty of tickets left up stairs in the Theatre Royal Waterford for tomorrow night. Looking forward to see all our friends and family at our first hometown gig of 2019!!!

A big well done to all the drumming students who took part in tonight's drumming recitals! Many thanks also to their teachers Eddy Blake and Conor Walsh! 🎢🀟🀟πŸ₯


WLR Waterford Viking Marathon 2019

Well done to the gang at WLR for another great Viking Marathon!

Bounce Disco @ WAMA was rockin' tonight! πŸŽ§πŸ’ƒπŸŽΆπŸ€Ÿ

Schools Out! The party has begun!!

We getting revved up for The Viking Clap on The Mall in Waterford City tomorrow morning at 8:50am!! 🀘

Trevor from Waterford Academy of Music & Arts (WAMA) getting psyched up for the warm up tomorrow morning. See you all, bright and early! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

Schools Out For Summer DISCO, this Friday at WAMA!

Mini Beats (ages 3 to 7) 6-7pm €5

Bounce (ages 8 to 12) 7:30-9pm €7.50

Expect a real disco atmosphere, along with DJ Denise Darmody who will encourage everyone to dance!

Supervised Fun!
Parents are welcome to stay.

Tickets available from reception at WAMA and TheatreBox and from the links above.

We're in the Waterford Today this week!

🎨 πŸ–ΌοΈGreat turn out today for the opening of the WAMA art exhibition. The student artists did a fine job and were so proud to have their work exhibited. πŸ‘ They weren't the only ones though, their teacher Luke Carparelli was just as proud, as were their mamies and daddies. ❀️

It runs until June 27th in Studio 2 in WAMA if anyone wants to pop in to see what we're about.

Be sure to check out this weeks issue of The Munster Express before they're gone from the shops. There's a nice review in there of the recent WAMA Dance & Drama end-of-year variety show, written by Liam Murphy 🎭

This might be of interest to some families

We can't wait for our Summer Camps!! πŸŽΆπŸŽ™οΈπŸ’ƒπŸŒžπŸŽΈπŸ₯πŸŽ¨πŸŽΉπŸŽ§πŸŽ»πŸŽšοΈπŸŽ›οΈ

Wishing the very best of luck to our guitar students sitting their graded exams over the next two days in WAMA. You're all well prepared and will do brilliantly like you always do! 🎢🎸

Well done to the Tuesday violin students, and their teacher Cathy Desmond, along with some of our vocal students and their teacher Amanda Bible, on their end of season concert tonight in the Live Room Theatre in WAMA. It was a lovely evening and it had a real sense of occasion to it. It was great to see the improvement in the students and to see their hard work over the year pay off. Thanks also to our wonderful accompanist for the night, Killian Brown!

🎢 We enjoyed a great day out in Curraghmore today for the Waterford Country Fair. The few showers certainly didn't put a dampener on the wonderful performances by Anna Leahy, Christopher and Oliver Harris, Sean Reynolds, Conor Doyle, the WAMA Drumming Band, and our friends The Ukranian Emeralds. Thanks to the organisers for inviting us, and a special thanks to Sabina Higgins for taking the time to meet the students. 🎢

A big well done to the WAMA Dance & Drama super stars that took to the Theatre Royal stage last week for their end-of-year showcase! They danced, acted, and sang their hearts out. It was a great week and thanks so much to all that came and supported them. A big thanks also to their teachers (Dee Dempsey, Robyn Walsh, and Pat Grant) for putting the show together, and to the operators (Craig Cunningham - Lighting, Sean O'Sullivan - Sound, Pa Kerwick - Music), who kept things looking and sounding great. Well done also to the crew backstage (Gavin Nolan, Ben Nolan, Cain Byrne, Dylan Lawrence, Dean Power, Dean Hayes, Amber Searson, Ellen O'Callahan, Rose Walsh), who kept every show running smoothly. And of course to the parents and families that supported us at the shows and throughout the year. Thank you! πŸŽ­πŸŽΆπŸŽ€πŸ’ƒπŸ•Ί

Photos by Colin Shanahan

With a show at the end of the week for students to look forward to, we too are really looking forward to these summer camps! πŸ’ƒπŸŽΆπŸŽ€πŸŽ­

We can't wait for our Summer Camps!! πŸŽΆπŸŽ™οΈπŸ’ƒπŸŒžπŸŽΈπŸ₯πŸŽ¨πŸŽΉπŸŽ§πŸŽ»πŸŽšοΈπŸŽ›οΈ

Well done to our Dance & Drama students who performed in the Theatre Royal last night. We were so proud of you up there on the BIG stage! :-)

The show is running until Thursday if any of you would like to come check out what we're about.

We had a fabulous night in the Theatre Royal at the final of the Waterford Talent Show yesterday. From the beginning every act wowed the audience, and by the end the theatre was bursting with excitement and roars!

Thanks to the wonderful Roddie Cleere for his slick MC skills. Thanks to our judges Killian Brown, Conor Lyons and Trevor Darmody. A massive well done to Contraband, The Shed, The WAMA Drumming Band, The WAMA Ukulele Orchestra, Eve O'Reilly, The Mount Sion Choir, Cian Forristal, Razzy & Ross for their brilliant performances. And a huge congratulations to Synergy Dance Club for winning the competition.πŸ₯‡πŸ‘

Overall the whole process of auditions, heats, and of course the final has been a very enjoyable and positive experience for both the production team and the contestants. We will definitely be back next year for another installment! Registrations for next year will open in January!

So until then, the WTS team are signing off. (But more pics of last night coming soon!) 😁

There's some great variety and serious talent on show in this years final of the Waterford Talent Show this coming Saturday night in the Theatre Royal, hosted by Roddie Cleere. You can expect dancers, singers, bands, a ukulele orchestra, a drumming band, a poi artist, a choir, and more. Tickets are flying out the door for this so grab them while you still can!


🎹 🎢 Best of luck to all our students taking graded piano exams today and tomorrow in WAMA. 🎢 🎹

Another top notch Heat last night for the Waterford Talent Show. The standard was so high the judges were splitting hairs to pick 5 to go through to next week's final! A big well done to all the acts that participated, it was a great show from start to finish.

Congratulations to the 5 acts that made it through to the final in the Theatre Royal next Saturday May 25th.

Finalists from Heat 2:
Eve O'Reilly
Mount Sion Choir
The Shed
WAMA Drumming Band
WAMA Ukulele

Sean Reynolds and Anna Leahy, two talented singer songwriters from Waterford, will compete in Heat 2 of the Waterford Talent Show tonight in WAMA's Live Room Theatre. It's going to a great show with lots of variety, suitable for all the family. Doors open at 7:15pm.

Here's a note from Sienna, who will be performing this Friday night in Heat 2 of the Waterford Talent Show in WAMA's Live Room Theatre:

"My name is Sienna Reynolds, I'm 19 years old and I come from Carrick-On-Suir Co. Tipperary. I've loved singing for as long as I can remember, I'm in the process of learning acoustic guitar but for now I sing with backing tracks. When I was in primary school, people found out I could sing and was asking me to sing all the time, whether that be in the yard or in the school drama's. Last year was my biggest year for performances. I represented Waterford in the IYMAs National Day 2018, attended a public audition for 'Britain's Got Talent' and even got a main role in my local panto!. I feel like I've come a long way in terms of experience and stage presence since then, and I hope to wow the judges and the audience as best I can!"

The WAMA Ukulele Orchestra are a group of all-singing, all-strumming ukulele players that like to reinterpretate all genres of music in their own fun unique style! Don't miss them this Friday as they throw their hat in the ring at Heat 2 of the Waterford Talent Show in WAMA's Live Room Theatre.

Poi artist Eve Roberts will compete this coming Friday in Heat 2 of the Waterford Talent Show in WAMA's Live Room Theatre. (Poi involves swinging tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns. Poi artists may also sing or dance while swinging their poi). If you would like to show your support for Eve and this art form, come along this Friday at 7:30pm to cheer her on and help her make the final in the Theatre Royal!

The WAMA drumming band will thunder on to the Live Room stage this coming Friday to compete in Heat 2 of the Waterford Talent Show. Friday is shaping up to be yet another awesome heat!! 😁

The Shed is a band consisting of Scott Murphy on Drums, Eoin Coughlan on bass, Jason Corcoran on Guitar and Luke Kelly on Guitar and vocals. The Shed, who believe it or not practice in a living room, take inspiration from bands such as the killers, Oasis, Catfish and the Bottlemen and u2 to create a familiar yet unique sound. Show your support for them at this Fridays Heat in WAMA's Live Room Theatre as they battle it out to earn a place in the final!

Mount Sion Choir was set up seven years ago as a place for students to express themselves musically. This choir believes in diversity and inclusion through music and they love to bring joy and hope to people. The young and the old (and everyone in between) enjoy the energy and enthusiasm this choir have for music. Enjoy them this Friday in WAMA's Live Room Theatre as they compete in Heat 2 of the Waterford Talent Show.

Tonight at 8:15! :-)

A big thank you to all the contestants that took part in last Fridays Heat 1 of the Waterford Talent Show. The standard was so high, and the atmosphere was electric. What a night!!

Congratulations to the finalists:
Cian Forristal
Jack McGrath
Razy & Ross
Synergy Dance Club

Roll on This Friday for Heat 2! If its anything like Heat 1, we're in for a real treat. :-)

What an atmosphere and great vibe we had last night with the audience at Heat 1 of the Waterford Talent Show! What a night!! We'll post some pics shortly, along with the results.

Angel Agharia is 17, and is a self thought ,urban hip hop dancer, doing his leaving cert next month. He likes to play basketball for Waterford Vikings. Angel will be performing two dances tonight at Heat 1 of the Waterford Talent Show in WAMA's Live Room Theatre.

Cian Forristal is 11 years old and started dance when he was 9. He has been training with VIBE Dance Club and his inspirations are Dane Bates and Michael Dameski. Show your support for Cian this Friday at Heat 1 of The Waterford Talent Show in WAMA's Live Room Theatre.

Leslie Chege from Waterford will be singing and playing piano in Heat 1 of the Waterford Talent Show this Friday night. She describes herself as very talkative, fun and likes to sing in her spare time. Come show her your support at what promises to be a great nights entertainment, suitable for all the family.

Razy & Ross are a local indie vaporwave esque group providing stripped back acoustic goodness, of the bop your head and space out variety. They're performing this Friday night at the Waterford Talent Show in WAMA's Live Room Theatre!

'Contraband' are a young group from Waterford ranging from age 14 to 17. Formed only a few months ago, although they have been friends for quiet some time including two brothers. They realised they each had a talent that could be put together to form a band and so Contraband was born. Contraband needed a platform to increase their profile and The Waterfords Talent Show is the perfect opportunity to showcase what they can do. See them strut their stuff for the first time this Friday night, May 10th, at WAMA's Live Room Theatre!

Adult dance exercise class is back tonight at 8:15pm in WAMA. Work off the Bank Holiday weekend blowout! :-)


Conor Doyle is a 19 year old singer songwriter from Waterford, with influences from Hozier, John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Billy Joel. The day after he competes in Heat 1 of the Waterford Talent Show, he's then off to the Irish Youth Music Awards in Dublin on May 11th to represent Waterford. To show your support for Conor, come cheer him on this coming Friday in WAMA's Live Room Theatre.

Metro Blue are a 4 piece indie rock band influenced by the likes of The Beatles and The Arctic Monkeys. They've just finished recording their first demo, and they can't wait to share their music with The Waterford Talent Show audience this coming Friday!

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