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.


Participants of Music Generations Laois' Summer School Of Rock a
School of Rock & Pop

24-28 June, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

Develop confidence and technique in this weeklong camp open to Singers and Musicians age 12 -18 culminating with a concert on the Theatre Stage on Friday 28 June. A Team of 3 Tutors from the Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop will work with musicians and singers – all instruments welcome!

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

Fee €60

Age: 12-18 yr olds


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 the 19 of July. Try something new and fun!

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

Fee €60

Age: All Ages

 Participants of Music Generations Laois' Summer School Of Rock a

To Apply, print off and complete the form: Summer Camps 2013 Application Form


Music Generation Laois Glee Club in the Portlaoise Youth Café

Glee Club Image 2 - Portlaoise Youth Café

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 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

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Tracks created as part of the Music Technology Easter Camp


Tracks created as part of the Music Technology Easter Camp