PORTLAOISE Comhaltas will be running a summercamp with a difference this summer in Heritage House in Abbeyleix. The aim of the project is to broaden the capacity of musicians of secondary school age through exposure to different styles, music and content, covering the commercial and production side of the business as well as performance.
The summercamps also aim to utilise available tuition by professional performers acknowledged by the industry as innovative and successful, and to deliver the course at FETAC level 5 standard in the areas of Music Theory and Practice, Music Industry Studies, Irish Music Performance.
The summercamps will cater for a group of between 25 and 30 participants who have already demonstrated good proficiency in music and singing performance. The course will be delivered to FETAC level 5 standard over a six week period amounting to 18 days in total. Participants may elect to attend one or all of the modules and will receive appropriate accreditation.
A minimum of two tutors will be in attendance at all times, supplimented by guest speakers, master tutors and field trips. Tuition will take the form of lectures, group discussion and practical work such as composition, rehearsal and preparation of publicity material.
Those interesed in completing the course must either have achieved musical success in either achieving the Leinster finals in Comhaltas, achieving Grade 5 in standard grades or demonstrating a sufficient standard at an audition.
There will be a number of guest speakers including a record label rep, IMRO, IMRA and an agent who will be giving the participants lectures on the industry and how it operates. Through the guidance of the tutors the participants will work on evaluation of their performance and realise the value of structured rehearsal. Participants will also undertake studies on the formal notation system used in the industry, and will critically review two professional shows as well as assessing their own level of development. For more information on this course contact any member of Portlaoise Comhaltas.