- History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Early people and ancient societies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography)
- Counties catered for:
- Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Simons subject is Music and Instrument Development Through the Ages. He brings a collection of musical instruments to the school and his lively sessions take the children on a journey through the ages, starting with when the first people came to Ireland through the Stone Age, Bronze Age (first farmers), Iron Age and ends in Early Medieval times with St. Patrick and the beginning of modernity.
The progression of music and instruments and the people who played them is showcased through reproduction bone flutes, bronze horns and trumpets, animal horns, bodhr, shells and stone percussion.
The presentation includes stories from legend and by the end of the session the children have a good understanding of the timeline discussed. There is lots of interaction between the group as Simon puts questions to the class and the children are encouraged to ask questions and participate in a discussion as Simon demonstrates the very special sound that these instruments make. The presentation is suitable for all ages and is both entertaining and highly educational. Simon is Irelands only specialist in the musical instruments of prehistory. He has a wealth of knowledge about Stone Age flutes and whistles, percussion, Bronze Age horns, bells and the great sheet bronze trumpets of the Middle Iron Age.
"Very interactive, the pupils loved it. I was amazed. Well done Simon!"
"Simon was excellent. He was interesting and lively and interacted with the children throughout. They were entranced from the moment he started until he finished. We couldn't believe the time."
"Younger children in particular enjoyed the visit and learning about Irelands first musical instruments."
"The workshop was very educational and interesting and the children were fully engaged for the entire session. I would highly recommend Simon to any school and we would definitely organise another visit in a few years."
"We thoroughly enjoyed the visit. It was engaging and informative from beginning to end. Very worthwhile."
"Simon had a very interactive presentation and both the children and teachers gained so much from it."
"This was an excellent presentation by Simon and it was thoroughly enjoyed by the children."
"Very enjoyable visit and the children enjoyed it. Great mix of humor and history. Happy to recommend a visit to others."
"A very interesting and well delivered lesson on the history of musical instruments down through the ages."
"Very interactive, engaging, interesting and fun visit. Simon kept all children completely involved for the whole 90 minutes."
"The talk was absolutely fascinating! Simon was a pleasure to have at our school. We learnt so much about ancient Ireland and the history of music and its importance. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed today's visit!"
"Very enjoyable and interesting."
"Excellent presentation. Kept everyone interested." - Newtown NS, Roscommon
"Enjoyed by both children and staff." - St. Colman's NS, Mayo