• Traditional Music Programme

    Traditional Music Programme

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

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  • Orchestral Programme

    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

    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

    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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An Audience with the Edge

The Edge and Kgomotso Ngwenya (Mountrath) 2

On Monday 21 January, the Music Generation Laois Stampede Drummers travelled to the Department of Education and Skills in Dublin, where the young group of musicians met with and performed for The Edge of legendary Irish rock band, U2.
Under the Direction of well-known Drummer Eddie O’Neill, the 6 young Stampede Drummers performed for an audience that included Minster for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD and Paul McGuinness, U2’s well-known Manager. Siofra and Tiernan Marum (Portlaoise), Adam McEvoy (Portlaoise), Chris Farrell (Stradbally) Aisling Page (Mountrath) and Kgomotso Ngwenya (Mountrath) were the lucky young performers who gained an audience with The Edge. The group enjoyed significant national publicity on the RTE News, RTE Radio and in the national press including

The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, and The Irish Examiner.The performance took place at the inaugural Seminar for Music Education Partnerships, presented by the Department of Education and Skills in partnership with Music Generation.
Laois is among 12 Counties/Cities who have set up a Music Education Partnership and Laois Music Education Partnership is led by Laois County Council and supported by Laois VEC and Laois Partnership Company. Laois Music Education Partnership manages Music Generation Laois, a new music education service for children and young people in Co Laois, and the service that is responsible for developing the Stampede Drumming Group of young musicians. Nationally, Music Generation is supported by U2 and the Ireland Funds.

At Monday’s Seminar, the Department of Education and Skills, gave announced their commitment to fund the Music Generation imitative on a phased basis from July 2014.In response to the announcement by Ruairi Quinn TD, The Edge stated, “We are absolutely delighted that the Department of Education and Skills has committed to the long-term funding of this brilliant Music Generation scheme. The response has been incredible with over 5,000 children and young people getting music lessons. It is a source of great pride for U2 that along with The Ireland Funds we were able to step in and keep it going after government cut backs put it in jeopardy in 2009”.

Music Generation Laois continues to expand across Laois, and places are available for both schools and independent students to join the Stampede Drumming programme, a fantastic music tuition programme using a variety of world percussion, drum sticks and handheld percussion.

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Music Tutors Needed

Music Generation Laois, on behalf of Laois Music Education Partnership, is now seeking to establish a panel of Music Tutors for the Music Generation Laois School of Rock. We are seeking applications from experienced:

Acoustic and/or Electric Guitar Tutors School of Rock Acoustic and Electric Guitar Tutor – Further Information
Bass Guitar Tutors School of Rock Music Tutor Bass Guitar – Further Information
Keyboard TutorsSchool of Rock Music Tutor Keyboard – Further Information
Drum Tutors (Drum Kit) School of Rock Music Tutor Drum Kit Further Information

for vacancies and/or opportunities to tender that may arise during the 2012-2013 academic year, including an exciting initiative in association with Youth Work Ireland Laois in the newly launched Portlaoise Youth Café as well as other initiatives in locations across Laois.

Download our submission form: School of Rock Music Tutor Submission Form (MS word)

For further details contact Rosa Flannery on rflannery@laoiscoco.ie / Rosa Flannery, Music Generation Laois, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co Laois / 057 8674370

Closing date for completed submissions is: 12 noon, Wednesday 23 January, 2013.

The Music Box

The Music Box is a music programme aimed at children and young people with special needs. Established in 2010 by Laois School of Music and Musician and Music Educator Alison Sweeney, the programme has since gone from strength to strength. M Classes are both creative and fun, developing student’s musicality (including rhythm and melody), improvisation and performance.

School of Rock and Pop

The School of Rock and Pop was an intensive week-long course for aspiring young performers, with award-winning, multiplatinum singer-songwriter and The Voice of Ireland contestant Brendan Keeley. This course will develop key creative and practical music skills for young musicians and singers including song-writing technique, composition, and will enhance musicianship and develop stage presence and performance skills.