From January 2015 to June 2015, Scoil Bhríde Harpur’s Lane, Knockmay in Portlaoise participated in a Music Generation Laois pilot whole class string programme whereby groups from 3rd and 4th classes were given the chance to learn violin.
This string programme is a joint initiative between Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music and was pioneered by Dorothy Conaghan (National Concert Hall) and John Davidson (Laois School of Music).
Since September 2015, over 200 students in Scoil Bhríde now participate in weekly string tuition and the school has invested in their own instrument bank of violins.
The growth of the programme has seen more local tutors becoming involved in teaching, and learning from this unique experience.
Music Generation Laois are delighted the school has invested in their instruments, and we look forward to many pupils in the school getting the opportunity to learn violin in the years ahead.