Schoolkids learning musical instruments with tutor Michael Mullins at Scoil na Croise Naofa, Avenue de Rennes, Mahon, Cork city. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

If your children aren’t getting the chance to learn how to play music, they’re really missing out – “aspects of their holistic development are just no(...)

Students at St Cronans Boys’ National School, Bray, Co Wicklow, taking part in a Music Generation class. From left: Tutor Tim Doyle, Casey Earls, Ultan Moran, Ronan Hogan, Luke Shiel, Christopher Jensen and Alex Coogan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The old Lynyrd Skynyrd standard Sweet Home Alabama is a rewarding song for aspiring young guitarists to tackle. Built around a basic three-chord struc(...)

Children taking part in a Music Generation event earlier this year. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Young people don’t have to be the next Mozart to gain benefits from music education. They don’t have to spend all day working on their musical theory (...)