September 2018: This school year we are fortunate once again to have MUSIC GENERATION in the school. Joan Dempsey teachers a Foundation Course to 1st and 2nd class. In 3rd Class, Joan teaches choir.
June 2018: We here in St. Brigid’s were very sad to say goodbye to Eimear Saunders, who taught music to us here in Music Generation. Eimear is a truly wonderful teacher and musician. We will miss her and wish her all the best in her future career.
MUSIC WEEK was held in the school 17th-21st June. It has been a busy week. Mobile Music Machine visited fourth and sixth class. The students were mesmerized. Renowned violinist Alan Smale (and musician friends) visited first to third class. Once again it was as if the children were under a spell while the music played. That did not stop them asking some very direct questions, like how much they got paid (not a great deal but they LOVE their work) and how much the instruments cost (a huge amount!)
Eimear Saunders from MUSIC GENERATION prepared all classes for ‘The Big Sing’. The whole school was there and sang rounds in harmony. It sounded very melodious.
Later in the week Eimear worked with 5th and 6th where they sang pop songs and play their instruments.
Joan Dempsey (also from Music Generation) worked with 2nd and 3rd class as they sang, played recorder and percussion. Again it sounded wonderful and the children really enjoyed being involved. We find music gives the children a sense of belonging and of community.
We were also very lucky to have students from the Artane School of Music Band visit us on Friday. The students from St. Brigid’s really enjoyed this performance and were very taken with the fact that students their own age and younger played their instruments so well.
Thanks to Music Generation for all their support in this endeavour and our wonderful tutors, who have taught us so much and made learning so much fun.
It looks like Music Week will be another highlight in a great school year.
Music Generation continues this year in First, Second & Third classes. It is going very well and the children really enjoy it.
The children have performed in wonderful end of year concerts. We would like to thank our Music Generation tutors Eimear Saunders and Joan Dempsey for all their hard work. We are so lucky to have such talented teachers.
Room 20 had a fantastic musical experience earlier this year when the ‘Mobile Music Machine’ came to visit. We were entertained for an hour by four classical musicians. They talked to the children about their instruments and the music, and played some familiar favourites that the children recognized and thoroughly enjoyed.
The children also got to perform with the musicians and even conduct. They were absolutely enthralled!
Thanks to Music Generation who funded the visit of ‘The Music Machine’ for St. Brigid’s.
Students from St. Brigid’s sang in the Mermaid Theatre, Bray on June 8th, 2014 as part of a choir comprised of local schools. It was the first public perfomance of composer Elaine Agnew’s piece for percussion and voice ‘Mostly Me’. Tutors from Music Generation Wicklow accompanied these students on stage. ‘Mostly Me’ was commissioned by Wicklow County Council under the Per Cent for Art Scheme on behalf of Music Generation Wicklow. You can see more great photos on Music Generation Wicklow’s Facebook page.