Music Generation Laois is a performance music education programme for children and young people in County Laois, based in the Arts Office of Laois County Council. Since it was established in 2012, Music Generation Laois has developed an instrument bank and created access for young people to weekly tuition and instruments at subsidised costs. This is augmented by once-off workshops, masterclasses, concert attendance and performances.
Music Generation Laois delivers engaging music programmes in schools and centres across 8 programme strands: Choral, Uilleann Pipes, Orchestral, Harp, Brass, Stampede (World) Drumming, a School of Rock and Pop and The Music Box – a Music Programme for children and young people with special needs. Participation across almost all programme strands occurs both within and outside of schools contexts. Further details about all programme strands are available online (www.musicgenerationlaois.ie/programmes/).
Music Generation Laois is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Laois Music Education Partnership, led by Laois County Council in partnership with Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board and Laois Partnership Company.