Music Generation Waterford (MG Waterford) is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s National Performance Music Education (PME) programme. The programme is co-funded by Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board and Waterford City and County Council. Nationally, initiated by Music Network, it is co-funded by U2, the Ireland Funds and the Department of Education.
Vision & Mission
MG Waterford aims to create access to performance music education for every child in Waterford City and County. It is our mission to create opportunities for children and young people to engage with and progress through an excellent performance music education programme.
It is our mission to create ways for the children and young people in Waterford City and County to make great music and experience the positive impact creative musical engagement can bring to their lives.
Performance Music Education
2018 – 2021 will see MGW establish child-centred music-making programmes that will be delivered and facilitated by a team of professional musicians.
MGW will create access to subsidised PME for children and young people in a range of settings throughout Waterford City and County to ensure and enable access for every child and young person, regardless of their socio-economic background.
MGW will develop a high quality sustainable PME programme based on access and partnership, underpinned by continuous professional development of the professional musician team, clear open communications and mutual respect for those we work in partnership with.
Primary School Programmes
MGW plans to work in partnership with primary schools across Waterford City and County to facilitate non-mainstream PME. These programmes will be delivered by a team of professional musicians in local primary schools managed by MGW.
MGW will subsidise the cost of the tuition to deliver these programmes within the partner primary school environment.
Programmes available for Primary Schools
MGW is delighted to present two PME programmes available to primary school partners for 2018 – 2021 phase. These programmes are designed to create access to performance music education for every child in your school. Each programme can be tailored to meet the needs of the partner school, the children and the vision of MGW. Our PME programmes are designed to give MGW musicians the opportunity to work with the pupils over successive years.
MG Waterford singing programme includes a whole-class Kodály based programme designed to develop young participants’ musical skill and ability. Over the course of the programme, children will develop knowledge and understanding of a range of musical concepts through singing and musical games. Kodály is a widely researched method of quality performance music education that develops a deep understanding of musicianship over successive years of participation. It is an excellent foundation programme for children before moving onto more complex music experiences such as instrumental music or further vocal/choral development.
Our instrumental programmes are available in large group tuition and small group tuition. Where available, MG Waterford provides instruments to children participating in PME in primary school environments. Instrumental tuition is delivered during the school day by MG Waterford’s team of highly skilled professional musicians.
Large group tuition is reserved for recorder, ukulele, guitar, and introductory strings.
Small group tuition is reserved for:
- Wind instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone
- Brass instruments: trumpet, tenor horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba
- String instruments: violin, cello
- Traditional instruments: flute, concertina, button accordion
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