Music Generation host Easter camp

MUSIC Generation Laois next week will be offering a one day camp for teenagers which will equip them with skills in music technology, that will enable creative music-making, regardless of whether or not they currently play an instrument.

MUSIC Generation Laois next week will be offering a one day camp for teenagers which will equip them with skills in music technology, that will enable creative music-making, regardless of whether or not they currently play an instrument.

The Music Generation Laois Digital Technology Easter Camp will take place on Thursday April 4 in the Portlaoise Youth Cafe from 10am to 3pm.

The camp is being run in conjunction with Songschool and will enable participants to discover tips and techniques that will help them to record, edit, mix and produce music. They will also learn how to use technology creatively to develop their own original music in the fun and informative Easter workshop.

Songschool has been committed to delivering quality music education services and experiences throughout Ireland since 2001. A team of dedicated and professional tutors have delivered almost 300 workshops in 28 counties around Ireland, UK, Spain and Germany.

The fee for this workshop is €12 and it is open to anyone aged from 12 to 17 years of age. No experience is necessary and all equipment will be supplied on the day. However spaces are limited so people are advised to book their place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

As well as this workshop, there is also a Glee Club in the youth cafe on Friday evenings, for 12-17 year olds. Tutors Denise Brennan and Paula Byrne do singing and dancing with participants, there has been a great response to the Club to date, but new members are still welcome. Music Generation Laois will also be starting a School of Rock there in April, with group lessons in drums, keyboard and guitar.

Music Generation co-ordinator Rosa Flannery told the Leinster Express that she is delighted to have the youth cafe on board for the workshops, stating that “it is a brilliant space for us to work in, so vibrant, so many young people, and so well fitted out”.

Rosa added that it is very important to Music Generation Laois to have a wide range of genres covered in their musical tutition.

“Diversity is key, Music Generation Laois aims provide opportunities to become involved in music in a variety of ways, and the creation of digital music means that if a young person has access to a computer they can create music, they don’t need to play an instrument or sing. Also, I think we need to ensure we are up to date with what young people are interested in – digital music is now a huge part of music making”, she said.

For those who can’t make this workshop, there will be plenty of opportunities this summer, with plans already in place for a week long School of Rock and Pop and a week long Jazz Summer Camp in the Dunamaise Theatre, as well as a Stampede Drumming Summer Camp with Eddie O’Neill. There will also be a Glee Club concert in the Dunamaise Theatre on Saturday June 8, showcasing the work happening in Mountrath, Mountmellick and Portlaoise.

To find out more or to book a place, people can contact Music Generation Laois at musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or by contacting 057 86 64078.