Energising Music Generation Galway City from Sept-Dec 2021

In November, a Local Music Education Partnership (LMEP) committee was formed with key representatives from the programme’s lead partner, the Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board, the Galway City Council, Galway TUSLA Family Services, Galway City Partnership, Foróige Galway, Youth Work Ireland Galway and the Galway Childcare Committee. This committee will be a key voice to inform the ongoing success and needs of the next five-year phase for the programme.  

The Leanaigí programme is currently operating across six primary schools, with whole class strings programmes, bodhrán and rhythm programmes, song writing and keyboards, and ukulele strings programmes.  

The Reitigí programme has talented musician educators facilitating workshops across five of the city’s secondary schools through whole class and transition year programmes in music technology, ukulele, rhythm, music videos and samba drumming. Facilitated Jam sessions are starting to form afterschool for young people to develop small bands and ensembles in Merlin College and Galway Community College.  

Through Bailigí Musician Educators from Music Generation are supporting youth workers in Involve, Galway City Youth Services Foróige and Youth Work Ireland are facilitating Guitar groups, Jam groups and Music Production groups for young people across youth services in Westside, Ballinfoyle, Doughiska, Ballybane, Salthill and Knocknacarra.  

In 2022 the programme will be seeking new Musician Educators to expand our growing team and respond to the growing needs for programmes in primary schools, secondary schools, and youth services across the city. There is a particular need for Musician Educators with Youth Work Experience, from Traditional Music Background and for educators that can facilitate through the Irish Language.

Establishing a recording studio and rehearsal space for young people to develop their musicianship in partnership with our local LMEP Members, was seen as a priority for 2022, building on the educational programmes we have available to young people in the city.  

The development of Music Generation in Nature – A series of concerts and facilitating performances for young people in outdoor settings across Galway City. Such as the recent Hearth of Winter event that provided a space for Members of the merlin College Music Generation Afterschool and the Foróige Music Generation group in Doughiska perform at a local Community event in Merlin Woods.  

The expansion of our Spreagaigí – Small Group Music Lessons with over 200 young people enrolled for next year, we are introducing new clubs especially in areas such as ukulele, guitar, piano and brass. Spaces are still available – visit our Spreagaigí page for more info and how to enrol.

Draíocht is a new youth consultation programme for young people. Music Generation in association with the new Local creative Youth Partnership are interested in capturing youth voice and hearing from young people taking part in creative youth programmes across the ETB Youth Services and partner programmes for young people. 

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