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Music Generation Offaly / Westmeath.. a new rhythm

Published: 18th June 2013

Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Development Officer Margaret Broome, which will see the project really kick into action over the summer and new academic year.

Margaret Broome joins Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath having previously held posts as a Principal Teacher of music in Fife, Scotland and as a performance tutor (voice and piano) at NUI Maynooth. Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Margaret is a graduate of The Royal Scottish Academy of Music, Glasgow (B.Ed (music), piano and education), and from the University of York, England (M.A (music), performance and education). Margaret brings substantial and varied experience of music education in a number of contexts to Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, a project which will widen access to music education for children across the two counties over the next 3 years.

Initially, a programme of school based music, founded on the principles of Kodaly, will be established in a number of primary schools across both counties. This aims to provide whole class tuition to 5,800 children aged from 4 to 9 years over the first three years of the project. In addition, instrumental tuition on a variety of musical instruments, and in various genres will be extended out across the two counties from four central locations (still to be decided). Steps are being taken to ensure that access is all-inclusive through the provision of group tuition and the availability of instruments at affordable rates.

This will provide employment for many musicians and it is envisaged that 960 children aged 9 and above will benefit over the three years. The first phase of the project is to recruit and train musicians to deliver the programme strands starting in the new academic year.

As the project takes shape, a third strand will begin allowing expansion of opportunities involving existing music providers and projects across the counties, who engage with young people. There will also be the chance to work with a composer in residence who will compose original music with and for Music Generation participants.

Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath hopes that increased access to high quality music education in our schools, through the tuition hubs and community music activity will provide support to and reinforce the great work that already exists locally, giving strength to our motto “Midlands – Music in our Lives”.
For more information on the project, Margaret Broome can be contacted on 057 9346898 or mbroome@offalycoco.ie or follow Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath on Facebook for regular updates.


Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath is a local multi agency Music Education Partnership involving the Local Authorities, Athlone Education Centre, VEC’s, local development companies and Community Fora. The lead local agency is Offaly County Council.

Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network and funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds, together with a range of local partners. Music Generation helps children and young people access music education in their local area.

Music Network established Music Generation on receipt of a €7 million donation in 2009 from U2 and The Ireland Funds, following a ten year campaign for the development of a national system of music education in Ireland. There are Music Generation projects in Carlow, Limerick City, Cork City, Laois, Louth, Mayo, Sligo and Wicklow where the programme is now operational. Music Generation works closely with the Department of Education and Skills who have committed to continuing to develop and sustain the Music Education Partnerships with Exchequer funding in future years when the donations cease. Visit www.musicgeneration.ie for further information.

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