Music Initiative Enables Presentation Pupils To Develop Their Talent

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Second class Presentation Primary School pupils who performed at the school yesterday.

PUPILS from Presentation Primary School showcased their musical talents thanks to programme from Kerry Music Education Partnership.

The second class pupils put on an impressive musical display on Tuesday when they performed new pieces composed with the help of musician and tutor, Donal Moroney.

Second class pupils completed the introductory Get Into Music initiative currently being piloted by Kerry Music Education Partnership.

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The music pathway programme, which complements the school music curriculum, gives pupils the opportunity to try out instruments, compose new music and participate in a musical performance.

Teacher Helena Hennessy said; “we were delighted to have Donal Moroney come to our school for a few weeks to nurture our pupils’ musical abilities. Most of the children had never played an instrument before and it was a wonderful opportunity for them to compose and perform with their classmates.

“They had great fun in the process and came to school every day full of enthusiasm and excitement. Our classroom became a musical haven and they waited with great anticipation each Thursday to perform what they had practised for Donal.

The project provided them with a forum to bring any instrument of their choosing to school and to play a range of instruments, whether pitched or percussion. It also gave them a platform to perform for each other and for others. They have really loved it.”

Miranda Cournane, Music Project Coordinator with Kerry Music Education Partnership said; “this initiative shows what great creative opportunities can be provided for children when schools, agencies and musicians partner together.”

Kerry Music Education Partnership is led by 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 musicians and tutors.

The Partnership aims to broaden access to music for children and young people across the County.

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