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Music Generation Cork City

Cork City Council Arts Office was proud to be part of the Cork Music Education Partnership which was funded by U2, the Ireland Funds and a number of local partners to support Music Generation Cork City. The project provided an extensive three year programme of accessible instrumental and vocal tuition of 0 to 18 years in Cork.

Cork City Music Education Partnership believes in the right of every child to have the opportunity to learn music. Music Generation Cork has worked, and will continue to work with it's many partners to deliver music learning opportunities in Cork City where gaps exist and where little or no instrumental or vocal tuition is available for young people.

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Composers in the Classroom

“The Composers in the Classroom (CIC) scheme is an initiative which brings professional composers and musicians into the classroom as part of a special curriculum devised for transition year music students and their teachers.

Initiated in 1998 by Cork International Choral Festival and the Arts Officers of Cork City and Cork County Councils the scheme offers music students and their teachers the opportunity to work with professional composers throughout the school year.

The scheme has been highly successful in encouraging and assisting students, many with little or no musical training, in their musical creativity and experimentation. Students are required to listen to a wide range of music, analysing and discussing various elements. For the teacher, the residency provides an opportunity to work alongside a professional composer, discussing and developing approaches to creative composition in the classroom.

The residency culminates in a seminar held as part of the Cork International Choral Festival,where student get the chance to perform their compositions and listen to the composition of other schools in the scheme.”

2015 Participating Schools 

Pobalscoil na Trionoide, Youghal

Music teacher: Anne Fitzgerald - Composer: Sam Barker

North Presentation Secondary School, Cork City

Music teacher: Fiona Moylan – Composer: Paul Linehan

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig

Music teacher: Catherine Frost - Composer: Irene Buckley

St. Aloysius School, Cork City

Music teacher: Frances O’Callaghan – Composer: Emily Magner

The Unfinished Book

“Since 2005 the Arts Office of Cork City Council have been involved in a creative writing project with Cork City Libraries. During Cork2005 the European Capital of Culture the library staff conceived the idea to have a book by young people that continued on beyond the City of Culture Year. The project became ‘the Unfinished Book’ and involves creative writing workshops in local libraries with students of Cork schools each year working with professional writers and poets from Cork. The students work is published in a book which is then launched. These workshops foster creative, personal and educational development and support participants in gaining new insights into the creative art of poetry writing.

Through attending workshops with contemporary Cork poets the students get an insight into poetry and begin to break down the invisible barriers to writing their own poems. The Unfinished Book project has always been to enable young people to find their voice through creative writing. This year’s Unfinished book of poetry celebrates the voices of over 50 students from Cork City Schools.”


“BEAG was a nine month pilot project which involved three artists exploring early years arts development in twelve early childhood settings in Cork city and county. Funded by the local authorities of Cork city and county and the Cork Arts and Health Programme – HSE South, the BEAG pilot project took place from October 2010 to June 2011 focusing on the birth to three years age group.”