Best Practice Session – Working with Children and Young People in Performance Music Education

Music Generation and the Contemporary Music Centre are working together to develop a mutual understanding of best practice in relation to composers engaging with children and young people in a performance music education context.
Best Practice Session - Working with Children and Young People in Performance Music Education (1)Composers, Music Generation musicians and those interested in working with composers in the context of performance music education across Ireland are invited to attend a ‘Best Practice Session’ on Tuesday, 2 February from 10am – 12.30pm.

The aim of the session is to learn more about the residency-type composition projects that Music Education Partnerships around the country are developing and to gain understanding about the work opportunities these projects present for composers.

A discussion will also take place with a view to drafting guidelines to clarify best practice in relation to Performance Music Education projects, as distinct from the more familiar commissioning process for adult and professional musicians.

The event will be held at the Contemporary Music Centre Library, 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8 on Tuesday, 2 Feb from 10am – 12:30pm. Places are limited so booking is recommended. To book your place at the Best Practice Session, please email Leanne Fitzgerald on

The schedule for the morning is detailed below:

10.00am: Arrival and coffee

10.30am: Welcome – Karen Hennessy, Promotion and Development Manager,
The Contemporary Music Centre and Rosaleen Molloy, National Director, Music Generation

10.35am: Eve O’Kelly – Programme Manager, Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership
Overview – Engaging with children and young people in Performance Music Education contexts.

10.50am: Case Study One – Rhona McGrath (Coordinator, Music Generation Sligo) – Music Generation Sligo’s work with composer Brian Irvine

11.05am: Case Study Two – Elaine Agnew (Composer) – Music Generation Wicklow / Foundation Level Programme

11.20am: Chaired panel to discuss: Best Practice – The Way Forward: Pit falls / Experiences with Q & A

Contributors to include – Eve O’Kelly, Elaine Agnew, Rhona McGrath, Karen Hennessy

12.20pm: The Next Step – Drafting guidelines

12.30pm: Ends

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