Orchestral Percussion and Strings


Performing as part of an orchestra is an excellent way to improve a student’s standard of performance, and is also a fantastic social opportunity for students to play music with other young people and learn from experienced tutors.

LSM Tutor, John Davidson conducts the Laois School of Music Orpheus Orchestra at the Laois School of Music Christmas Concert in Portlaoise. Photo: Michael Scully- no reproduction fee.

Orchestral Percussion

Orchestral Percussion classes are available on Tuesday evenings. The aim of these classes is to sustain an orchestral percussion section for the Laois School of Music Orchestras.

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.

Strings Programme

This programme was developed under the guidance of Dorothy Conaghan who has worked extensively with local tutors, creating classes with large group string tuition.

Large groups of students participate together in order to learn correct technique in a fun-filled, group environment, where they learn to play some of their favourite tunes while at school.

School currently participating in the Music Generation Laois Strings Programme:

  • Scoil Bhríde, Rathdowney
  • Scoil Bhríde, Knockmay, Portlaoise
  • Scoil Mhuire, Abbeyleix