Waterford Academy of Music & Arts (WAMA)

Waterford Academy of Music & Arts (WAMA)


Hello to all my string students.I hope you are all doing well. I have made some youtube videos specially for you to help you learn some new tunes at home. Here is the first one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUif8ssLKrE. If you have any requests or need help with tuning, drop me a line at [email protected]
Looking forward to starting a new term at Waterford Academy of Music & Arts (WAMA) Two slots remaining on Tuesday evenings for string tuition😀
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LC Maths revision courses running every Saturday morning leading up to Pre Exams! Booking is advised. 5th Year Topics Revision Courses also running Saturday afternoons! Contact Peter for more information.
Only a week left to get your entries in. Great prizes, Judges from the music industry. Junior and Senior section. E mail. [email protected] to receive your application. Don't wait, get it in now. We will have a great day of entertainment on Saturday 24th June .
Waterford Academy of Music & Arts (WAMA) and City of Waterford Brass are pleased to announce a new collaboration between the two organisations. The collaboration will bring together Waterford’s oldest brass band with WAMA’s freshest new talent in a bid to benefit percussion students in both organisations. WAMA currently have a thriving drumming department and are always open to expanding the experiences of their students including the performance outlets available to them. City of Waterford Brass are constantly developing their own players’ abilities and would love to give the opportunity to new percussion students the experience of playing with a brass band in full flight. With this in mind both organisations are joining forces to offer a package to anyone who would like to learn and perform percussion. At WAMA, theory and practical classes will be offered in percussion that will include preparation and training for the City of Waterford Brass repertoire. At City of Waterford Brass, this preparation will be put in to action through attendance at their rehearsals and at live performances. On Friday May 25th @ 6:30pm, you are invited to a special performance and workshop with the band at the Live Room Theatre in WAMA, located at on the Dunmore Road. The band will perform a cross section of their repertoire followed by a Q & A session for anyone interested in joining this new programme. This is a completely free event and we encourage anyone interested to come along. For further information please call WAMA on 051-821014

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, Bodhrán, 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.

Tonight would have been opening night in the Theatre Royal for the WAMA Dance & Drama dept. It was to be a jam-packed four night run, a treat that the students were really looking forward to. Today we're thinking of all the students, and all the technicians and crew that would have been working with us! We miss you all terribly. Here's a little look back at last year's show. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Trevor, Denise, Dee, Robyn, Pat

A highlight for us every year is WAMA's Waterford Talent Show. Tonight would have been the big finale in the Theatre Royal where the finalists would have strutted their stuff and been giants for a night. It wasn't to be this year, but we'll appreciate it all the more when it comes back in May 2021. Here's a few memories from last years show: (photography by DigiCol Photography and Media Productions)

Remembering fondly back to when Jack Lukeman opened our Live Room Theatre for us in 2014, and the whopper of a gig he did there that night. Might be a while before we get to put on gigs again, but when we do we'll make it special, and who knows, we might even ask Jack to come back for our relaunch! 🤘

Thinking of our secondary school aged students at the moment who are studying at home and are busy completing projects and assessments before the end of year. Almost there guys, just a couple of weeks to go until you're done for the summer! 🌞.

🎭 Looking forward to this tonight, not to be missed folks! 🎭

So - after an absolutely epic night we're halfway through our livestreams season. Next week - back to where we started with a new evening of songs from the shows all from the stages of the Theatre Royal and Garter Lane... it's our Virtual Theatre Show - Part 2 (because I couldn't think of a better name for it!)... and it's completely different to the first one - there's some rare ones (and 'quare wans') in there... streaming this Sunday 8pm on YouTube and we're back on Facebook Live this week... one showing and then it's gone - see you Sunday.

Thinking back with fond memories on 2015 when I directed Bugsy Malone. ❤️ The cast had a ball doing that show! They particularly enjoyed destroying me with splurge after the final performance! 😂 Trevor

Patrick O'Connor Composer

Hi Everyone!

Here's a composition by one of our very talented piano teachers, Pat O'Connor. He wrote this originally for his partner, and then was kind enough to record it and write out the sheet music for our students.

The link below leads to a Google drive folder where you can download the sheet music in two different keys and a seperate link to the audio. It would be great if some of our piano students took a shot at learning the piece and posting their own video!

🎹 Sheet music: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1PCB7llOxP1Aa2mfMhz4IHaXQ76Hb4ChM

🎹 Audio: https://soundcloud.com/patrick-oconnor/lullaby

It's my better half's birthday today so I'm posting a little piece I wrote for her. This is hopefully the first of many score videos as I continue to slowly learn basic editing 😋. Any likes, shares, comments etc are very welcome and I hope it brightens your Saturday afternoon a little!

Remembering the cast and crew of Blood Brothers who performed in our Live Room Theatre back in November 2015. The standing ovation they got was well deserved!

They put on an amazing show. Laughter and tears filled the theatre throughout an outstanding performance. A big well done to the senior WAMA drama students under the direction of Pat Grant.

Pictured: Pat Grant, Geoffrey Healy, Tom Lehane, Ciara Lehane, Lauren Kearns, Eimear O'Neil, Kayleigh Grant, Dylan O'Brien, Jay Traynor, Mike Darmody, Faye Murphy, Emma Murphy, Aoibhinn Kelly, Samantha Darmody


John Ryan’s Polka

Part 2 here:

Cathy Desmond takes violin students through the second part of John Ryan’ Polka breaking down the elements of rhythm. Notes and bowing . the tune is on the c...


John Ryan’s Polka Part A Violin Tutorial

Two new tutorials from Cathy Desmond for John Ryan's Polka. The first video is embedded in her resource blog cathysmusicstudents with additional resources. Vid here

Cathy Desmond Violin Teacher works through part A of an Irish dance tune John Ryan’s Polka is on the Grade 1 syllabus of ABRSM

[04/11/20]   Happy Easter to all the students and families of WAMA.
Hope everyone is safe & well & looking forward to the Easter Bunny. We're missing you all & looking forward to seeing you soon when we reopen. Keep the chin up. 🤘


Cathy Desmond Slow Air Tutorial Lesson 2


🎻 Violin Tutorial no 2 🎻

Many thanks to Cathy Desmond 👍

Cathy Desmond Slow Air Lesson 2 Violin 24th March 2020


Slow Air Tutorial for violin Cathy Desmond

Hi guys, hope this finds you well. Our violin teacher Cathy Desmond has been busy preparing some materials for her violin students at WAMA and so we will posting those lessons here over the next few days. If you have any feedback for Cathy, including any videos you would like her to assess of your playing, you can pm us here or you can email [email protected]


Cathy Desmond violin tuition. Slow Air tutorial. March 21st 2020 Tutorial 1

A year ago today!😁

Happy St. Patrick's Day folks

🎉 Celebration time! 🎉

** Best Community Entry - WAMA / Theatrebox **

Many thanks to everyone involved who made today special and fun:

To the TheatreBox dancers and their coach Robyn Walsh. To the WAMA drummers and their coach Conor Walsh.
To the French Exchange students from College Ernest Renan, St. Herblain, France
To the Killer Crew, who pushed floats, held banners, and wrestles signs in blustery winds.
To Little Red Kettle & Ben Hennessy
To Spraoi & Mike Leahy
To our tech wizard Craig Cunningham.
To Colin Shanahan of DigiCol Photography & Media Productions.
To all the colourful children and mammies & daddy's who walked with us.

Thank You!!!

Until next year, hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day!!

[03/12/20]   To families of WAMA, as you’ve all probably just heard, the Taoiseach has said the country’s schools, colleges, and childcare facilities are to close today until March 29th in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. So we are postponing all lessons as of now and for the next two weeks. Be good to each other and stay healthy. See you soon.

P.S. We have attempted to send a text to you all but we believe the mobile phone networks are currently down.

We want to give a huge congratulations to one of our excellent piano tutors Patrick O' Connor on the premiere of his most recent work in film scoring. Well done sir!

Follow this link for more.

The WAMA Ensemble recently met for the second time in 2020. We had double bass, piano and 4 violins. Storm Jorge whipped up and understandably we had some apologies. The next session is 28th March when we hope for more clement weather.

For the first time, the session incorporated an element of theory. We learned some basic facts about chords and arpeggios. A great time had by all! Well done to the groups tutor Cathy Desmond!

Our final group for Battle Of The Bands is.....Outbreak! Come check out this awesome group on Friday 13th of March.

Tickets available here:

Group number 4 for Battle of The Bands is....Contraband! Contraband are a young group from Waterford ranging from age 14 to 17. The band had a very successful run in last years Waterford Talent Show, come and check them out on Friday 13th of March!

Tickets available here, just €5:

Easter camp spaces are filling up! Get in touch to book your place and avoid disappointment! We had so much fun last time here are just some pictures of what we got up to.
Contact reception on 051821014

A huge well done to the piano students who sat their exams today. You were all great! A Big thank you and well done to our 3 teachers Killian, Pat and Elle on getting everybody ready!

Wama Ukulele Ensemble

Group number 3 for the Battle of the Bands is....The Wama Ukulele Ensemble. This group has given us some very memorable performances over the years. Come along and check them out Friday March 13th.

Follow the link for Tickets, just €5:

Group 2 for the Battle of the Bands is...The After 8s. Come check these guys out March 13th to hear some awesome music!

Follow this link for tickets!

This is Eddy, one of our excellent drum tutors. Eddy is a well established musician and teacher and has played all over the country with various different bands and projects. If you would like to book a lesson with Eddy please contact reception on 051821014 or PM us here. Follow this link to see Eddy in action.


And the first group for Battle of the Bands is.....The WAMA Drumming Band!! These guys have some serious groove. Come check them out on the Friday the 13th of March!

Tickets available here, just €5:

We cant wait for Battle of the Bands next Friday the 13th of March! We are delighted to have Rob O Connor from Beat radio judging the competition. We will be announcing the bands through this week, watch this space!! 😎

We want to give a huge congratulations to our drum students who did so well in there recent exams! All of your hard work and dedication has paid off!! Eddy and Conor are very proud of you all. You guys rock!! 🥁🥁🤟🤟

Save this date!! Friday 13th of March. Battle of the Bands is back! More information to come. Watch this space! 😎

Some spaces are still available for singing lessons with the excellent Amanda Bible. Contact us here or call 051821014 to book your lesson time.

[02/25/20]   Guitar Lesson times available. Here we have one of our outstanding guitar teachers Brendan. Brendan has an Honours Music Degree from WIT and has been playing professionally for over 12 years. If you would like to book a lesson with Brendan contact us here or call reception on 051821014

We have some slots available for violin lessons with our excellent teachers Cathy Desmond and Kaya Keating. Get in touch here via pm or contact reception on 051821014

We have a few spaces remaining in our Dance and Drama class on Tuesdays at 3.15-4.45 suitable for 7 and 8 year olds. PM us here or contact reception on 051-821014 to book your place!

Some spaces are still available for singing lessons. Contact reception on 051821014 or pm us here to book you slot!

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Our adult dance fitness class is back again tomorrow night at 8:15pm! No experience necessary. Expect a fun social experience on a dance floor with disco lighting!

Tickets available here:

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Wama Ukulele Ensemble
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