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 songwriter from Dingle, Co. Kerry. He gigs regularly around Cork, Dublin and Kerry with various function bands including his own original band, Strange Attractor, for which he writes and arranges all material. They have gone on to play such festivals as Electric Picnic, Other Voices and the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival as well as a German tour and their music is played regularly on Red FM and various other Irish stations. Since moving to Cork he has studied at CSN (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa) and has recently completed his BA of Popular Music in the School of Music.