Music Bug Club

Music Bug Club

The Music Bug Club class is ideal for senior infant and first class students. Our aim is to introduce your child to music, probably one of the most rewarding experiences of his/her life, in a fun way. The children are encouraged to enjoy and appreciate music making in a non-competitive, non-pressurised way.

The objective is to develop the child's aural ability through pitch and rhythmic activities, including movement to music, singing, and active listening in order to prepare them for instrumental tuition.

The child will be introduced to music making and notation through the use of voice, recorder, and percussion instruments with the support of four helpful bugs, Bernie Bee, Clive Caterpillar, Colin Cricket, and Lucy Ladybird!

Classes are held once a week for a half hour and take place immediately after school in our Outreach centres in Ballygarvan, Beaumont, Carrigaline, Douglas, Glasheen, Glounthaune, Innishannon, Midleton, Rochestown, and Saleen. We also run several classes throughout the week in our main centre in Coláiste Éamann Rís from approx. 4pm. The cost of the class is €208 per semester, and there are 2 semesters a year.

In some Outreach centres, with sufficient enrolment and classroom availability, we can offer separate senior infant and first class Music Bug club classes at their respective school finish times.

We strongly encourage participation in performances and concerts in the centres, and Music Bug Club students also have the opportunity to take part in our annual Ensembles concert where all our Music Bug Club classes, across Cork city and county, come together to form one large performing group.

These are the following locations and times for Music Bug Club 1 classes for September 2023. Please note, class availability is subject to sufficient enrolment and there may also be some slight changes due to alterations in class scheduling in centres.

Scheduling of Music Bug Club classes takes place during the summer months. Class times for September 2024 have not been confirmed yet but we hope to adhere as closely as possible to the 2023 academic year.


Ballygarvan Community Centre: Tuesdays at 3.10-3.40pm

Scoil Barra Naofa Cailíní, Beaumont: Wednesdays at 1.35-2.05pm and 2.30-3pm

Holy Well NS, Carrigaline: Mondays at 2.25-2.55pm

Coláiste Éamann Rís: Mondays at 3.50-4.20pm and Thursdays at 3.50-4.20pm

Gaelscoil na Dúglaise, Douglas: Tuesdays at 1.35-2.05pm

Glasheen Boys NS: Mondays at 2.35-3.05pm

Scoil Náisiúnta an Chroí Naofa, Glounthaune: Tuesdays at 1.45-2.15pm and 2.45-3.15pm

Scoil Eoin, Innishannon: Mondays at 2.45-3.15pm

St. John the Baptist NS, Midleton: Tuesdays at 1.15-1.45pm

Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Rochestown: Mondays at 2.15-2.45pm

Scartleigh NS, Saleen: Mondays at 1.45- 2.15pm and 2.45-3.15pm

St. Luke's NS: Mondays at 1.15- 1.45pm and 2.15-2.45pm


Course Material

Recorder Playing


Basic music notation

Movement to music

Active listening

Rhythmic activities

Aural Development

Musical Games

Numerous Concert Performances



Why do they like the Music Bug Club?

"We learn lots of songs and clap along too", Isabella

"I like MBC because we learn to play One Direction songs on recorder", Alison

"I like being with my friends and playing the recorder", Aoife

"We use our sticker book to put notes in to help us learn music notes", Aisling, Isabella, Ellie