Music Generation: 200 young children take part in online performance

By Aideen O'Flaherty

N early 200 children and young people in Rathcoole, Clondalkin and Tallaght have been taking part in online music performance lessons through Music Generation South Dublin in recent weeks.

Music Generation South Dublin provides children and young people with access to vocal and instrumental tuition, and opportunities to explore music-making.

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As students are now being homeschooled as a result of the pandemic, tutors from Music Generation South Dublin have been teaching students via Zoom across a number of projects.

These projects include the community music hubs programme, which has been running in Rathcoole and Clondalkin for the past number of years, and a third ‘mini’ hub for students in Kingswood Community College was recently launched.

One of their other projects is the SubSounds programme, which is a songwriting and recording programme for teens, centered around band development and managed by Alternative Entertainments and Contact Studio, also continues to be facilitated online.

Speaking about the continuation of music sessions in spite of the current lockdown, Aideen McLaughlin, Music Development Officer with Music Generation South Dublin, said: “Giving access to high quality performance music education continues to be the priority for Music Generation South Dublin.

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“We are reaching close to 200 children through our hubs programme in Rathcoole, Clondalkin and Kingswood, and the musician team have really stepped up to the mark when it comes to developing their technology skills in order to continue teaching online.

“The feedback from children and their parents has been really positive, and they have welcomed the sense of routine they get by logging into their weekly lesson over Zoom.

“Although it is very different from attending a physical lesson in the local community centre, there are new opportunities starting to emerge, such as virtual collaborations and access to new online resources, that wouldn’t have taken place before.”

Music Generation South Dublin also continues to develop and prioritise musical partnerships with community organisations such as Foroige, Cheeverstown Special Needs School, CARP in Killinarden, and Tallaght Traveller Youth Services.

Music Generation South Dublin is funded locally by South Dublin County Council, Dublin/Dun Laoghaire ETB, Dublin West Education Centre and South Dublin Libraries. It is supported nationally by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills.

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