Bass lessons at The Academy (grades 1-6) are divided into 2 50 minutes classes: one bass class and one theory/ensemble class theory/ensemble class. New students are initially assessed, then assigned an appropriate drum class and a theory class. Classes are designed to match age, ability and musical interest. The academic year consists of Semester 1 (September to January) and Semester 2 (January to May). Students may apply to enrol at the start of either semester, with priority given to those on waiting lists.
Students receive certification after completing both semesters and passing all exams (theory sem 1&2, instrumental exam (sem 2) and continuous assessment). All students receive numerous performance opportunities. This is to ensure that learning is cemented in practical application and that the learning process is rewarded with positive outcomes. Fees are €410 per semester.
Fionn O' Neill is a bassist, guitarist, singer and song-writer from Dingle, Co.Kerry. Since moving to Cork he has studied at CSN (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa) and The Cork School of Music from which he has a 1st class honours degree in Popular Music. He gigs regularly around the country and Europe with numerous function and original bands including his own (Strange Attractor) which he writes and arranges all material for. Previous music projects include Groove Collective.