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Body Percussion in the Classroom


Music Generation Laois are hosting ‘Body Percussion in the Classroom’ workshop with Ollie Tunmer from Beat Goes On in the Laois Educational Centre, Portlaoise on Tuesday 10 May from 7pm – 8:30pm.


RSVP to musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or 057-8664176

New Tuition Programmes 2015-2016

Oboe tuition is an exciting initiative that is part of a new pilot programme through the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Laois School of Music and Music Generation Laois. A specialist tutor will travel to Portlaoise to provide oboe tuition, and the Enrolment 2015 Poster 1 copyapproach will include both one-to-one music lessons along with the introduction of periodical Skype lesson. Lessons will be subsidised and an oboe will be provided. The aim of these lessons is to develop oboe players in County Laois, and further develop the woodwind section of the Laois School of Music Youth Orchestra.

A new branch to the Music Generation Laois tree introduces Traditional Flute, Tin Whistle and Concertina as the latest instruments in our Irish Traditional Music programme which already includes Uilleann Pipes and Harp. The classes will be taught by the talented Musician Áine McQuaid.

Pop, Rock, Classicial, Traditional or African Drumming? Music Generation Laois are delighted to announce that bookings are still open for our evening music lessons in Portlaoise for 2015-2016. Our experienced tutors will work with students to unleash their creative side through classes, workshops, performances and masterclasses.

For more information, please contact the Music Generation Laois Office on 057-8664176 or musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in Portlaoise

John Lennon Bus Photoboard

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus completed a circuit around Ireland stopping off at Music Generation programmes across the country organised by the Music Generation National Development Office.

This state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production tour bus offers young people the opportunity to write and record a song and make an accompanying music video all within an intense, action packed 8-hour workshop. The Bus, which was made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon, is dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios and participation in free songwriting and multimedia production workshops.

Laois were extremely lucky to have the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in situ for two days and both junior and senior members of the School of Rock & Pop attended. Two fantastic songs were written.

Here are the two songs:

‘Rain rain, go away…’ Written and recorded by our Junior group on the first day


‘Jibber Jabber’ – Written and recorded by our Senior group on Day 2


There was a great reaction to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus from around the country and some brilliant songs were produced. Here’s a snapshot of some of the 2015 Ireland Tour:


This is the second time that the bus has visited Laois. Have a look at the link below to listen to ‘A Chance to Begin’, recorded by Music Generation Laois’s Angelic Explosions in  2013:


3rd Birthday Gala Concert Pictures

Music Generation Laois staged two fantastic concerts on Sunday the 7 of June in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise to celebrate 3 years of the pioneering performance music education programme in the County. These concerts featured the newly formed Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble, and Stampede Drumming Groups, young musicians and singers from the School of Rock and Pop, and an amazing choir made up of singers from Errill NS, Killadooley NS, Killenard NS, Rath NS, Gael Scoil an tSlí Dala in Ballaghmore and Presentation Primary School Portarlington.

Music Generation Laois was recently awarded national Music Generation funding from the Department of Education and Skills for 2015-2020. Through local funding from Laois County Council, Laois Offaly ETB and Laois Partnership Company, along with fundraising and tuition fees, the music programme will continue to provide over 1500 children in Laois with music tuition in the next 5 years, as well as expanding and developing into new areas of the County.

Speaking at the concert, Co-ordinator of Music Generation Laois, Rosa Flannery commented, ‘We have had an amazing three years, establishing and growing the Music Generation Laois programme, the fruits of this work is evident at today’s concerts, as the children and young people have all performed to such a high standard, with great musical skill and feeling – as well as clearly enjoying themselves on stage. The work of their tutors, staff in participating schools, and the support of their parents are all key factors in the success of these concerts. For 2015-2020, we want to continue this success story, and in particular I appeal to schools and families not currently involved in our programme to make contact with us, and find out how they can get involved.




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