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Ditties for Dotes

A six-week early-years music class for 0–2-year olds & their parents, grandparents or minders


Inspired by the Kodály Method and Orff Approach, these early-years music classes introduce your little one to the fundamentals of music through singing, listening, movement, and play.

Research has demonstrated the wide-ranging benefits that music-making can have for babies and parents alike, from learning and developmental benefits to enhancing social skills and improving well-being.

This course is delivered in Person at the RIAM, with fun-filled music classes in the heart of Dublin City!

No class on the 4th of April!  (applicable to course starting on the 7th of March)


Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a sense of pitch and pulse
  • Introduce musical concepts including dynamics, tempo, character, rhythm and melody
  • Instill a love of music
  • Teach parents songs and games that they can use with their babies outside of class 


Dr Sophie Lee teaches Musicianship and Early-Years Music at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is an accomplished pianist and chamber musician, and is the musician in residence at Tallaght University Hospital. Sophie holds a PhD in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick; a MSc in Performance Science from the Royal College of Music, London; a BA(Mod) in Music from Trinity College Dublin; and a LRIAM in Piano Teaching.


"My son absolutely loves Sofie’s music classes. He’s at his happiest listening to her lovely music & upbeat class. It’s lovely to watch the magical effect she has on the children!" (Aime F.)

"Sophie was full of enthusiasm with a smile on her face each week! There was a great selection of songs - all suitable for babies- fun and interactive to perform. My son and I enjoyed the course thoroughly!" (Áine B.)

"Phoebe really enjoyed the course. Sophie was well-prepared and enthusiastic every week. 30 mins is perfect for this age group." (Nessa S.)

"Many thanks for your lovely course. I found it very suitable for my son. He began to recognise Sophie's voice and the singing. The presentation of the course was appropriate and easy to follow. Singing was soft and relaxing and Sophie's voice was very clear and soothing. Best wishes with your new course." (Josephine B.-C.)

"Special thanks to Sophie. She is a wonderful, kind, gifted, and special person. Thank you for sharing your gifts. (Marc O.)

"Sophie was so lovely, accommodating and caring. It was a joy to come to her class every week. We will miss it! (S. R.) 


Age: 0-2 years

Other: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the classes.

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