Training Notes



Training Notes is a training programme within Kids’ Classics that offers training courses and mentoring opportunities to Musicians and Healthcare Professionals.

All courses are delivered by highly experience hospital musicians and Music in Healthcare Trainers who have extensive experience in Ireland and Europe as professional hospital musicians. Our Trainers qualified as Trainers of musicians working in healthcare settings under the European Commission’s Leonardo da Vinci programme, led by Musique et Santé (France) in association with Music Network (Ireland), The Royal Northern College of Music (U.K.) and Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland).




Music & Healthcare Introductory Course


  • To enable musicians to understand the place of music, and of the musician, in the highly sensitive settings of hospital and healing environments.
  • To raise awareness within the local community and healthcare sector about the value and place of “Music and Health” as a way of enhancing the well-being of individuals.

Content includes:

  • Exploration & discussion of methods and approaches to music making in hospital
  • Exercises and role playing
  • Finding and using appropriate repertoire
  • Video analysis
  • Supervised musical visit to Healthcare Setting

Length: 3-5 Days


Kids Classics Apprenticeships

The objective of our apprenticeship programme is:

  • To build a team of peer mentored Music & Health practitioners operating under the title of Kids Classics Associate Musician
  • To support professional musicians further explore the practice of Music in Healthcare Settings and gain experience undersupervision.

Minimum requirements to be considered for an Apprenticeship:

  • Have previously taken part in a Kids’ Classics, Opus Music CIC or Musique et Santé delivered Music in Healthcare Introductory Course.
  • Be able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge, understanding and experience as gained through the above.
  • Have all appropriate Garda Clearances, Child Protection Training and Insurance.

Kids Classics Music in Healthcare Apprenticeship 2015/2016

We are delighted to announce that through the support of Create Louth, the arts service of Louth County Council, Uilleann Piper Brendan McCreanor has been awarded a Music in Healthcare apprenticeship in 2015/2016. Brendan will be mentored by our experienced trainers and work as part of a team of musicians in healthcare settings across Louth and Meath. (read more…)

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Brendan McCreanor