• Traditional Music Programme

    Traditional Music Programme

    Lessons available in uilleann pipes, harp, concertina, tin whistle and traditional flute

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    Orchestral Programme

    Become part of the orchestra through our strings, brass, oboe, double bass and orchestral percussion lessons

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    School of Rock and Pop

    Perform as part of our Rock and Pop Jam Sessions
    Meet other musicians and create new bands

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  • Singing Programme

    Singing Programme

    Everyone loves to Sing – join the choral revolution!

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    The Music Box

    An innovative music programme for children with specials needs

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    Stampede Drumming

    Djembes, African Bass Drums, Shakers, Bells! Drum with drummer Eddie O’Neill

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Music Generation Laois at the National Ploughing Championships 2013

national-ploughing-championshipsCome visit us at our stand at the National Ploughing Championships 2013, Tuesday 24 September to Thursday 26 September, Ratheniska, Co Laois! We will have an interactive stall in the Laois County Council Tent (V361) with instruments, and video footage from our programmes.

On Wednesday 25 September @ 12:30pm, our Stampede Drumming Group from The Rock NS, Mountmellick, Co Laois. will perform at The Ploughing Championships 2013. These wonderful young drummers will perform using djembes, bass drums and congas under the direction of their Tutor, Eddie O Neill.


Culture Night 2013 – Friday 20 September

Culture NightSchool of Rock and Pop Roadshow, 3-5pm Laois Shopping Centre, Portlaoise, Friday 20 September 2013

Music Generation Laois will bring their School of Rock and Pop Roadshow to Laois Shopping Centre for Culture Night 2013 from 3pm-5pm. Children and young people will have the opportunity to try out bass, acoustic and electric guitar, drums and keyboard. The School of Rock and Pop Tutors will be on-hand to give advice on the wonderful programme planned for Rock and Pop in Laois. On Saturday 21 September, The School of Rock and Pop will be launched in the Portlaoise Youth Café, with affordable group lessons, band time and performance opportunities.

 Music Generation Laois Grupa Cheoil performance as part of James Fintan Lalor Inaugural School 2013, 7pm Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Friday 20 September 2013

Music Generation Laois Grupa Cheoil will perform in the Dunamaise Theatre on Friday 20 September, as part of the launch of The James Fintan Lalor Inagural School 2013 marking Culture Night 2013 in Laois. A new Play by Mike Finn ‘From the Sod to the Sky’ starring Paul Meade and Myles Dungan will be premiered as part of this event, based on the writings of James Fintan Lalor a Significant Laois-born writer, and political activist.


School of Rock & Pop

Launching! Saturday 21 September in the Portlaoise Youth Caféedits-0114-2

  • Affordable Group Lessons
  • Beginners, intermediate, advanced
  • Guitar, Keyboard, Drums
  • Mentoring
  • Meet other musicians and create bands
  • Performance Opportunities

45 minute group lessons, 15 lessons €112.50 (includes Rock School Membership)



Summer Camps 2013: Drum Camp and Let’s Make Music


8-12 July, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

Junior Camp (Age 7-11) and Senior Camp (Age 12-16) in World Drumming, all instruments provided, no experience necessary – using Djembes. Bass Drums, Congas and Bells.

Times: Junior Camp 11am-12:30pm daily, Senior Camp 1pm-3pm daily

Fee €30

Age: Junior Camp 7-11yr olds and Senior Camp 12-16 yr olds


Lets Make Music!

15-19 July, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise  

A week of music-making with Tutors from the renowned Newpark College of Music in Dublin – This camp caters for musicians and singers of all ages and musical backgrounds. Participants will learn new musical styles, from jazz and Indian rhythms to improvisation, and put together a show to be performed on the Theatre Stage on Friday 19 July.

Age: All Ages

Times: Mon-Thurs 11am-1pm and 1:30pm-3pm daily, Friday 1pm-3pm and 4pm-7pm

Fee €60

            Summer Camps 2013 Application Form                                       

Love:Live Music Day Friday 21 June 2013

On Friday 21 June, venues across Ireland will celebrate live music-making by hosting a range of music events in public spaces, from concerts, open rehearsals to random pop-up events and work place concerts for national Love: Live Music Day.

The Music Box Showcase Concert, Dunamaise Theatre 12:30pm, Friday 21 June

Music Generation Laois, in association with The Dunamaise Arts Centre, will present a concert in the Dunamaise Theatre, Portlaoise at 12:30pm on Friday 21 June, featuring participants of The Music Box programme – Music Generation Laois’ performance music education programme for children and young people with special needs.

The Music Box showcase concert will include vocal group ‘The Sparkles’ from St Francis School, Portlaoise, and a range of solo and ensemble groups from all participating schools including Rath NS, Ballybrittas, Kolbe School, Portlaoise and St Patrick’s Boys NS, Portarlington. These young musicians receive tuition on a range of instruments including harp, guitar, piano, tin whistle, drums, voice and even ipads. The concert programme will include the contemporary and the classical, with songs by Lady Gaga, U2, Johnny Cash and a very special performance of ‘Ireland’s Call.’

Try The Pipes Pop-Up event, Laois Shopping Centre 3:30-5:30pm, Friday 21 June

Music Generation Laois in association with Na Piobairi Uilleann will also host a ‘Try the Pipes’ event in Laois Shopping Centre, from 3:30-5:30pm on Friday 21 June, in association with Na Piobairi Uilleann. Uilleann Pipe lessons are available in Portlaoise, and adults and children are invited to come along, and try the pipes – and talk to the Music Generation Laois student pipers about the instrument. Uilleann Pipes are available to hire from the Music Generation Laois instrument bank, and affordable group lesson will be recommencing in September.

llm_pink_square-275x275                   Music Generation laois Uilleann Pipe Tutor Gay McKeon with Bronnagh Conroy