Hopes For New Music Education Initiatives For Young People Across Kerry

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Students at Coláiste Gleann Lí preparing for a music performance as part of Kerry Music Education Partnership’s pilot Take Note Vocal and Instrumental Tuition Initiative.

KERRY Education and Training Board in partnership with Kerry County Council, the Institute of Technology, Tralee, Kerry Diocesan Youth Service, Ealain na Gaeltachta and local music educators and schools have announced their intention to apply to Music Generation for up to €600,000 in seed funding to develop new music education initiatives for children and young people across Kerry.

Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high quality performance music education in their locality.

Tuition programmes which encompass all musical genres and all types of instruments and vocal styles, are delivered locally by skilled professional musicians. Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and local Music Education Partnerships.

Music Generation is already in operation in Louth, Mayo, Sligo, Cork City, Laois, Wicklow, Carlow, Limerick City, Offaly, Westmeath, Clare, South Dublin and Donegal. During its current development phase, Music Generation hopes to include up to 9 additional regions in its programme over the period 2017-2021.

Young musicians at KDYS are recording new songs as part of Kerry Music Education Partnership’s pilot Take Note Band Initiative.

For the past number of years, Kerry Music Education Partnership, led by Kerry Education and Training Board, has been working with local providers to pilot a number of new music education initiatives as part of its Take Note Music Project.

Ann O’Dwyer, Director of Schools at Kerry ETB and Chairperson of Kerry Music Education Partnership said “this is an excellent opportunity for Kerry. If we are successful in becoming a Music Generation Project we will have the resources to provide music education across the county, particularly in areas that currently have little or no access to music tuition. This project is good for young aspiring musicians as well as music teachers and educators interested in pursuing a career in music in Kerry.”

Young musicians at KDYS, recording new songs as part of Kerry Music Education Partnership’s pilot Take Note Band Initiative.

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