THE Laois School of Music has teamed up with Tallaght Community Arts to appy for EU funding for their Leonardo programme for adult tutition.
The tutition will include online and face to face contact with partners from Ireland (Tallaght and Laois), Austria, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Slovenia and the UK. The group in Tallaght and the contact in Austria were the lead partners in it, with Laois School of Music recommended as another partner.
The main purpose is to design a self coaching toolbox for semi-professional musicians which will enable them to develop and enhance both their music and the non-music skill sets. These are the skill sets which are necessary to sustain a career in music in today’s competitive environment.
It is hoped to use the insights gained during the partnership process as a basis for developing Teaching Modules for use in VET organisations. The group will also create a website which will host the self coaching toolbox and the teaching modules.
The partnership intends to establish the core musical skills necessary for a sustainable career, what special additional skills are important and relevant, and a template that will enable musicians to find out where they have a deficit in important skills and competencies. The self coaching toolbox will enable musicians to quickly determine where they are in relation to what is required and how any deficiencies might rectified.
The group also intends to develop teaching modules for use in VET institutions based on their findings during the course of the partnership. The partners involved in the project include musicians, music teacher’s principles of learning organisations and staff working with musicians. The group will know this July whether they have been successful or not.