DJ’s in CDL

Rang Lir have been getting to grips with the GarageBand app on the iPad over the past few weeks. This app is a creative tool that allows the students access to instruments that they may never learn to play. The then use these instruments, sounds and samples to blend a piece of music together.

Here are some pieces that are works in progress:

Nikita’s Song

Shauna’s Song

Lauren’s Song

Eryn’s Song

Emma’s Song

Ellie’s Drum Song

Maria and Nikita’s Song

Ava’s Song

Amelia’s Song

Emma’s Song



  • Record themselves reading a passage – great FLUENCY check.
  • Record themselves reading a paper or poem they have written – great way to check for errors
  • Record themselves reflecting on an assignment – great way to hear their thinking process
  • Re-tell events of a story
  • Create a song or a jingle for a commercial
  • Create a podcast and post it to the class webpage
  • Tell a story using music and sound effects
  • Make a radio advertisement
  • Make a public service announcement and play it for the school
  • Record what academic goals they would like to achieve before the end of the year
  • Practice their public speaking skills (especially great for students who are shy and don’t like to speak in front of the class.

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Music falls into place in CDL.



On October the 18th 2016 the 2nd Year Music students hosted an end of term lunch time concert for the students and staff of Coláiste De Lacy. The concert took place at lunch time in seomra 9. A packed audience gathered together to support the 7 amazing performances throughout the concert.


Our first act of the day was Matthew from 1st year who played beautifully on the piano. Followed by Ryan in 2nd year who performed ‘A Stormy Night’ on guitar. This piece was composed by Ryan’s uncle especially for guitar.


Next up was our resident rock star Leon from 3rd year who performed his rendition of ‘Wonderwall’ on electric guitar. This performance was followed by Victoria in 2 year who performed ‘The Old French Song’ on piano.


Next up we had a group performance from 1st and 2nd year girls. They performed the Cup Song accompanied by Eva in 2nd year on guitar.


Our final two performances were by Iníon Cunningham on piano and Aoife in 3rd year on classical guitar. Iníon performed ‘A Well Tempered Clavier’ on piano and Aoife performed a beautiful traditional spanish guitar piece.




The concert lasted for almost 30 mins and the audience seemed to really enjoy the concert we put together. Preparing for this concert was a lot of hard work and at one stage we didn’t think that we would have everything ready on time. However, we worked hard and put our heads together and overcame the many challenges that came our way.

We would like to thank all the students and staff for attending this event as the crowd really helped to make the atmosphere for our performers. We would also like to thank Iníon Corrigan and Maistír McCormack for trusting us with organising this event and helping us with some of the planning.


We cannot wait for our next concert in the Lunch Time Series. This will be before the Christmas holidays and will be epic!





Blog post by Leah (2nd Year Music)

Photography by Cathal and Sadhbh (2nd Year Music)


Zumba takes over CDL


High energy is common in Coláiste De Lacy but last week as part of ‘Wellbeing Week’ students participated in a series of activities to promote our overall health and wellness.


Zumba is a workout featuring movements inspired by the multifaceted styles of Latin American Dance. During our Zumba class, we engaged a ton of muscles, often (blissfully) unaware that we were incorporating traditional fitness moves like squats and lunges into the choreography. Zumba definitely put us into an endorphin-release zone with all the students agreeing that It really did improve our mood! The music really was so infectious and it was just so much fun.



Powerful message at this Tuesdays Tional!

Today in CDL; Tional was led by Iníon O’Flanagan and Maistír Brennan and they had a very powerful message for everyone. We all know that humans are naturally self-critical but in today’s world it seems to be amplified and even more so for today’s teenagers and young adults.
This morning’s Tional made us stop and think about how many times we check our phones or a social media accounts. Check out the following video and think about its message:


Rang Fionn brighten up CDL through colour meditation.

Coláiste De Lacy are about the embark on a week of ‘mindfulness’ and to prepare for that Rang Fionn decided to participate in some Mandala colouring.

Would you be surprised to learn that mandalas have existed since the beginning of time and that you probably witness and experience their beauty every day? Simply stated, a mandala is a sacred circle.
The word mandala comes from the ancient Sanskrit language and loosely means “circle” or “center.” It’s a simple geometric shape that has no beginning or end.

Amazing as it sounds, by simply coloring mandalas, you can accomplish the following:

• Relax & enhance your meditation
• Balance your body, your mind, and your spirit
• Make a spiritual connection
• Expand your creativity
• Increase your self-awareness
• Encourage your self-expression
• Just have fun, alone or with your friends

Rang Lir get a taste of Music.


The students in Rang Lir are about half way through their Option Taster in Music and here is what they have to say about it.

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Here in Coláiste De Lacy we believe that music is an essential part of the human experience. We believe everyone is musical, has a need for musical expression, and that music develops humans in a unique way.

Participating in musical activities can help develop the following:


Music allows us to unleash our creativity in re-creation (interpretation) and in music creation (composition).

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Musicians seek to find unique ways to bring beauty into the world through sound.


Music is unique in that ideas and emotions are communicated in sound—not necessarily with words. Attentiveness to sound increases our ability to understand others and clarify our own communications.


Studying music allows us to understand other cultures and places in an intimate way. We learn about the complex relationships between composers, society, music, and ideas.


Music lessons teach us the value of consistency and persistence.


Students develop an ability to learn on their own.


Musicians learn the value of teamwork when working in groups (ensembles).

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Music study encourages us to pursue the highest standards for ourselves not bench mark ourselves against another.


In studying music we learn how to learn. This can be highly individualistic.


Performing in front of others takes a tremendous amount of courage. Each time we perform in front of others we are taking calculated risks.


Musicians learn to become highly aware of their physical bodies as they develop efficient practice and performance strategies.


Yes, scientific concepts are part of learning music! Some of the things we learn about include acoustics in the various ways that produce sound; anatomy and physics in how to use our bodies most efficiently; biology and chemistry in how our bodies respond to various stimuli; and psychology in learning about performance and learning strategies.


Appreciation” is a general word to indicate a non-judgmental contextual understanding of something. In studying music, we learn that all music has purpose and value.


Critical analysis occurs as we practice each piece of music. We seek to understand what unifies the piece, what elements are expected, and what is unique or extraordinary.



Our critical analysis continues as we uncover our strengths and weaknesses as learners and performers. We learn to become honest with ourselves.


The honesty we encounter as we become critical of ourselves carries through to working with our peers. In understanding the joyful complexity of making music, we learn to treat others with respect and kindness.


Is it any wonder that so many lawyers, doctors, scientists, and other great thinkers and leaders were also great musicians? Consider that the following people have studied music.

  • Neil Armstrong
  • Robert Pattinson
  • Charles Dickens
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Albert Einstein
  • Mahatma Ghandi
  • Benjamin Franklin


Rang Lir practice some Mindfulness.

MindfulnessIt is difficult to describe what mindfulness is and here at Coláiste De Lacy we are trying to help our students discover what mindfulness means to them.

People in every culture around the world have recognized the wisdom of openhearted, present-moment awareness, whether or not they called it “mindfulness,” for thousands of years. Mindfulness can happen at anytime and we have probably all experienced it at some point in our lives with or without knowing. Maybe this happens for you when you play sports. Or maybe you experience this kind of awareness when you play a musical instrument, when you pet your dog or cat gently, or when you listen to your favorite song. Whether you realised it or not in those moments, you already know how to be mindful!

Living life more mindfully can help you to handle stress when it arises, and also experience life more fully, with more joy and gratitude.

This week Rang Lir practiced some mindfulness through colouring in their scrapbooks.

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