Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath are now in a position to offer contracts to musicians to roll out the first phase of the programme, which will begin in about 25 primary schools across both counties during the next academic year.
Music Generation Offaly/ Westmeath is led in partnership by Offaly and Westmeath County Councils, and is part of Music Generation, a national programme for music education initiated by Music Network with seed funding from U2 and the Ireland Funds.
Music Generation Offaly/ Westmeath’s Early Years Kodály Programme will be the first step towards widening access to music education across the two counties for all children, when tutors begin visiting phase 1 primary schools in September.
Initially working with classes from Junior Infants to 3 rd class, tutors will develop singing programmes because singing is the most natural, participative and an enjoyable approach to music-making for early year’s primary children. Over time, school participation into area and county choirs will evolve. Involvement in this project will not only provide new work opportunities for talented musicians, but also allow them to develop new skills through our partnership with DIT, The Kodály Society of Ireland and Athlone Education Centre.
The process of contacting phase 1 schools has already begun, and Music Generation Offaly/ Westmeath have been overwhelmed by the positive response from principals.
One participating school principal said, “We are very excited to get the opportunity to participate in this project and are looking forward to ‘making music education happen’.... The Early Years Kodály Programme sounds like a fantastic programme and I have no doubt that it (will) complement our Music Programme. The other important feature of the programme is the opportunity for teachers to get involved and learn new methods and skills which will enhance the teaching of music in the years ahead”.
Now that the schools are on board, the search for the right music teachers is on! Individuals or groups interested in tendering to become the first tutors on The Early Years Kodály Music Programme will find information relating to the tender process on www.offaly.ie/jobs or can contact Margaret Broome at 057 9346898 or firstname.lastname@example.org The project also has a Facebook page which anyone interest can follow for regular updates.