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Music Generation Laois Glee Club in the Portlaoise Youth Café

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A Music Generation Laois/Laois Partnership Glee Club meets weekly on a Friday evening in the Portlaoise Youth Café. Young people aged between 12 and 18 have formed a Glee Club, and rehearse weekly with a dance and singing tutor. The Club’s current performance pieces include Jesse J’s ‘Pricetag’, Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love’ and the Glee/Hairspray hit ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat.’

Glee Club members work with renowned Soprano and Voice Tutor Denise Brennan from Arklow, to perfect their singing techniques, and Paula Byrne, a Dancer from Mountrath, who recently was awarded an MA in dance from the University of Limerick. The Portlaoise Club is currently open to new members.

Music Generation Laois/Laois Partnership also run Glee Clubs in Mountrath and Mountemellick – both the Mountrath and Mountmellick Glee Clubs have been a fantastic success with local young people, and the Mountrath Club will be open to new members from September. All 3 Glee Clubs – Portloaise, Mountrath and Mountmellick, are working towards a performance in the Dunamaise Theatre on Saturday the 8th of June. This concert will be hosted by the Glee Clubs, and will also feature performers from a variety of the Music Generation Laois programmes.

Glee Membership is €2 weekly. Contact Music Generation Laois on 057 8664078 or email info@musicgenerationlaois.ie for further information.

Music Generation Laois Music Technology Easter Workshop

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Teenagers from across Laois attended Music Generation Laois’ Music Technology Camp, held in the Portlaoise Youth Café over the Easter Holidays. The course was open to young people interested in music, and no previous instrumental or vocal experience was required.

Music Generation Laois delivered the camp in association with Songschool, and Tutors from Songschool shared their extensive expertise in producing digital music with participants, and over the course of the day, two original tracks of music were created.  The workshop was one of many activities now available to young people in Laois through Music Generation. The range of programmes available include Glee Clubs, harp tuition, uilleann pipe tuition, choirs, brass, African drumming and The Music Box  – a programme for children with special needs. These programmes are now available in schools and centres across the county, with further expansion planned for the coming months.

Rosaleen Molloy, National Director of Music Generation visited the Music Technology Workshop, and was extremely impressed with developments in Laois to-date since the launch of Music Generation Laois in April 2012. “It’s great to see the ambitious plans for music education in County Laois developing through the Music Generation Laois programme. The positive participation by so many children and young people in the range of activity now established is indeed a measure of its success. Music Generation – the U2 and Ireland Funds’ supported National Music Education Programme initiated by Music Network, is delighted to be working with Laois Music Education Partnership in making music education happen.”  Locally, Music Generation Laois is supported by Laois Music Education Partnership, made up of Laois County Council, Laois VEC and Laois Partnership Company.

Music Generation Laois School of Rock is due to be launched in the Portlaoise Youth Café in the coming weeks, with guitar and drum classes, and band opportunities available to 10-17 year olds. Music Generation Laois will also run a School of Rock Summer Camp, Jazz Summer Camp and Drum Camp in The Dunamaise Theatre in late June and early July.

For further information, contact Music Generation Laois on 057 8664078 or musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie

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Tracks created as part of the Music Technology Easter Camp


Tracks created as part of the Music Technology Easter Camp


Digital Technology Easter Camp with Songschool

Discover tips and techniques that will help you to record, edit, mix and produce music. Learn how to use technology creatively to develop your own original music in this fun and informative Easter workshop.
Fee: €12
Time: 10am-3pm
Date: Thursday 4th April 2013
Location: Portloaise Youth Café, JFL Avenue, Portloaise
Age: 12-17yr olds
No previous experience necessary, all equipment will be supplied. Spaces are limited.

To Book your Space contact:
Music Generation Laois 057 8664078 info@musicgenerationlaois.ie
About Songschool:
Songschool has been committed to delivering quality music education services and experiences throughout Ireland since 2001. A team of dedicated and professional tutors have delivered almost 300 workshops in 28 counties around Ireland, UK, Spain and Germany.

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Portlaoise Glee Club

A Laois Partnership Co/Youth Work Ireland Laois/Music Generation Laois Glee Club will commence in Portlaoise Youth Cafe on Fri 22 Feb, 12-17 yr olds. Contact The Youth Cafe directly via facebook, or call 057 86 65010. €2 weekly

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