CBOI at RDS Simmonscourt Dublin by Anamaria Meiu © Anamaria Meiu www.amphotostar.com / AM Photo Star


The ‘Dynamics’ violin project is based on a system of music education which was developed in Venezuela 40 years ago is proven throughout the world to deliver music excellence among children. The learning in Dynamics is based on ensemble experience, group learning and practice, and performance. This is much more than a music project as it aims to build children’s self-esteem and develop their confidence. The programme aims to teach children the importance of being a team player as well as providing them with professions, interest and hobbies for the future.



  1. Every human being has the right to a life of dignity and contribution, filled with beauty.
  2. Every child can learn to experience and express music and art deeply, can receive its many benefits, and can make different critical life choices as a result of this learning.
  3. Effective education is based on love, approval, joy, and consistently successful experiences within a high-functioning, aspiring, nurturing community. 
  4. Every child has limitless possibilities and the ability to strive for excellence. “Trust the young,” informs every aspect of the work.
  5. Learning organizations never arrive but are always becoming—striving to include: more students, deeper impact, greater musical excellence, better teaching, improved tools, more joy. Thus, flexibility, experimentation, risk-taking, and collegial exchange are inherent aspects of every program.


This programme is specifically for Primary School children in County Louth and is supported by Louth Leader Partnership. It focuses on schools in isolated rural areas and those is areas of socioeconomic disadvantage. Children are provided with a free violin on loan and a free daily group lesson. Violin tuition is given to children in three Primary schools:

  1. St. Joseph’s NS, Muirhevamor, Dundalk 
  2. Cooley community

There are 120 children participating in the programme i.e.14 – 20 students in each group. Children are aged 6 – 9 years. Children receive a 1-hour group lesson in violin, every day, during term time. To date the Dynamics children have learned all of the mechanics and technique associated with holding their instruments along with melodic and rhythmic notation. The Children learn through song and dance, and play rhythmic and musical games. The Children have learned many pieces of music and all performed in concert to their families. 

The programme is led by a qualified, experienced professional tutor, Marieclaire Brodie, who focuses on providing each child with essential skills needed to accelerate their personal development. They will have the opportunity of continued development by joining CBOI at the end of their programme. Dynamics also provides enormous personal benefits to each child, improving self-management, confidence and organisational skills which will serve them through a life time.


The Dynamics Children rehearsed with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland

The Dynamics Children performed with the Cross-Border Orchestra of Ireland 

The Dynamics Children competed in Newry Music Festival Junior Ensemble section

We were so proud of our Dynamics Strings who swept the boards in the Junior Ensemble competition at Newry Feis in February. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize 🎉Massive congratulations to all 60 Children from Mullaghbuoy NS, St Joseph’s NS and Monksland NS, their parents, school teachers and Principals, and especially their amazing violin teacher Marieclaire Brodie. Huge thanks to Louth Leader for supporting this incredible project