Increased access to music for Limerick city schools

Fintan Walsh

Reporter:

Fintan Walsh

MIC PhD scholarship winner  Andrew Jordan with Dr Ailbhe Kenny, lecturer in Music Education, MIC
PRIMARY and secondary school students from all over the city will benefit from an initiative funded by Irish music icons U2 and several local stakeholders from around Limerick.

PRIMARY and secondary school students from all over the city will benefit from an initiative funded by Irish music icons U2 and several local stakeholders from around Limerick.

Music Generation Limerick City is part of a nationally-funded scheme to increase music access to young people, and has received more than €1 million to aid several inner-city school initiatives.

“We will reach 12,000 children in the first three years. In 2013 we will set up projects in seven national schools, a musician working with every class, every week; five secondary hubs, some schools, some community centres and three pre-schools,” Limerick School of Music’s Boris Hunka said, who is also coordinator of the city scheme.

“We will also reach 3000 children through the live music programme, which takes the form of a band cherrypicked from Limerick’s finest pro players available, who will tour schools and venues performing a mix of soul, rock, blues, jazz, hip-hop, classical, trad etc,” he added.

Representing the first doctoral research-study into any Music Generation programme in the country, music tutor Andrew Jordan was awarded a PhD scholarship in Mary Immaculate College, in association with the city scheme.