2nd Annual Laois School of Music/Music Generation Festival

2nd Annual Laois School of Music/Music Generation Festival

Following the success of last year’s Festival, we are delighted to announce that Festival 2015 will take place on Sunday 8th March.   


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The aims of the Festival are:

  1. to improve performance skills and encourage high standards
  2. to develop repertoire i.e. not just learning exam pieces all year
  3. to give a sense of achievement and develop self confidence.

Categories are open to all instruments according to age and there’s even an Adult category for all our wonderful adult pupils! The Festival is non-competitive but an External Adjudicator, Martin Barrett from Co. Cork School of Music, will give feedback to all performers at the end of each category and medals will be awarded to all. It will be a relaxed and enjoyable experience for all and we would encourage as many of you as possible to enter.


Entrants must be receiving tuition at Laois School of Music/Music Generation Laois Centre in Railway Street. Your tutor has entry forms with Fees and Guidelines or download Festival Entry Form & Guidelines 2015.

Closing date for entries is Saturday 14th February

Spring/Summer Calendar Dates


Mid-Term Break – Music Generation Laois will be closed for Mid-term from Monday 16th to Saturday 21st Feb inclusive


St. Patrick’s Day – There are no lessons on Tuesday 17th March—St. Patrick’s Day. There are lessons on Monday 16th March as usual.


Easter Holidays – The school will close for Easter Holidays on Saturday 28th March and will re-open on Monday 13th April.


Music Generation Laois launch pilot orchestral percussion programme

The aim of this pilot project is to create an orchestral percussion section for the Laois School of Music Junior and Senior Orchestras. We welcome current students of drums (African drums or acoustic drum kit), and piano and keyboard students. This initiative is funded by Laois Partnership Company.

Performing as part of an orchestra is an excellent way to improve a student’s standard of playing, as well as a fantastic social opportunity for students to play music with other young people. These Orchestral Percussion lessons are heavily subsidised, to encourage inclusion and accessibility. The first session is free of charge, therefore we welcome any interested students to come along on Friday 14 of November, to see what’s involved.

Orchestral percussion instruments include tuned and unturned percussion such as the glockenspiel, the xylophone, timpani, bass drum, snare drum, cymbals and handheld percussion. Piano and keyboard students should be able to adapt to both the glockenspiel and xylophone.

Free Orchestral Percussion Class, Portlaoise Youth Education Building, Railway St, Portlaoise

Friday 14 November: 6:30pm-7:30pm               Interested students aged between 9 and 12

Friday 14 November: 7:30pm-8:30pm                 Interested students aged between 12 and 18

Email rflannery@laoiscoco.ie to book into this free class, or call 057 8664078

Classes will then run on Friday evenings until Christmas 2014, exact times will be allocated after the initial free session. Dates of classes are as follows:

  • Friday 21 November
  • Friday 28 November
  • Friday 5 December
  • Friday 12 December

For 4 classes, the total cost is €10. If there is sufficient interest in the classes, we will continue lessons in 2015, at the same price.


Music Generation Laois: Brass Tutor Opportunity

Music Generation Laois is a new music education service for children and young people in Co Laois. It is part of Music Generation – Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network and funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds. Locally, Music Generation Laois is managed by Laois Music Education Partnership and funded by Laois County Council, Laois Offaly ETB and Laois Partnership Company.

Music Generation Laois, on behalf of Laois Music Education Partnership, is currently seeking a Brass Tutor, to lead the brass programme Music Generation Laois have established in the County.

Click on this link for Further information:Further Information Music Generation Laois Brass Tutor Opportunity

Completed submission forms must be received by 5pm, Thursday 12 June 2014. Submission Forms can be submitted electronically by email to rflannery@laoiscoco.ie or by post to: Rosa Flannery, Music Generation Laois, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co Laois

Submission Form is available here: Music Generation Laois Music Brass Tutor Submission Form


Young Musicians to attend Kodo Performance in NCH


Kodo Performance

Drummers from the Music Generation Laois Stampede Drumming Programme and from the Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop will travel to Dublin on Sunday 23 February to attend a performance by Kodo – the world-renowned Japanese Drumming Group, in the National Concert Hall. Huge excitement about this event! (both students and Tutors!).


Professional Development of Tutors

Laois School of Music, in association with DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, are delivering a series of CPD sessions to our Tutors. On Monday the 17 of February, Laoise O Brien of DIT gave a workshop on Approaches to Group Teaching, and on the 19 February David O Doherty of DIT will give a workshop in String Teaching. This initiative has been funded by Laois Partnership Company.