Music Generation

Music Generation: transforming the lives of children and young people through access to music tuition

Thursday, May 9, 2019
dlr County
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Music Generation is Ireland’s national music education programme which transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high-quality, affordable performance music education. Established in 2010 by Music Network, the programme is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and the Local Music Education Partnerships.

Currently Music Generation is established in 20 areas of Ireland, including Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (dlr). Locally, Music Generation dlr is managed by dlr Local Music Education Partnership, led by dlr County Council in partnership with Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, TUSLA, Southside Partnership dlr, Blackrock Education Centre, IADT, UCD and Crosscare and the music development officer is Jenny O’Connor-Madsen.

The Lead Partner, dlr County Council, have provided a new space for Music Generation, to encourage and further develop the programme. It was officially launched today and featured performances from Ballyogan Childcare Centre, 3rd classes from Monkstown Educate Together N.S and 3rd and 4th Class from St Jospeh’s N.S in Dun Laoghaire. They were supported by their musician tutors who work with Music Generation dlr from Kilternan School of Music, Rockjam and The Cassidy School of Music.

Speaking at the launch of the new space An Cathaoirleach Cllr Ossian Smyth said:

As Cathaoirleach of Dún Loaghaire-Rathdown I am very proud of the fact that we have a Music Generation programme in our County. So far over 4,000 children in our County have accessed the programme through our MusicGeneration dlr co-ordinator Dr. Jenny O'Connor-Madsen and the schools programme. It is inspiring to see so many young people being able to access music instrumentals and lessons, providing them with a love for music and a skill set that will benefit them through their whole lives".

The goal of Music Generation dlr is to develop a range of affordable and accessible performance music education programmes for children and young people age 0 to 18. This includes coordination of music tuition services within the area, working in partnership with schools, libraries, community music groups and ensembles in the formation of choirs, orchestras, composition and songwriting projects, rock and pop initiatives and much more.


Music Generation dlr was initiated in 2017 as a result of philanthropic donations by U2 and The Ireland Funds, which will seed fund 50% of the costs of developing the programme during its set-up phase. This matched funding will be sustained on a long-term basis by the Department of Education and Skills, who will continue to co-fund the programme together with local partners once the philanthropic donations cease.

Nationally, Music Generation currently creates more than 48,500 opportunities annually for children and young people age 0 to 18 to engage in music tuition with some 400 professional musician educators across more than 150 different programmes in all musical genres and styles – from trad to jazz, rock, pop and hip-hop, samba drumming, brass band, choral and orchestral initiatives, composers clubs and much more.

In December 2017, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D. announced the commitment by Government to support expansion of the programme nationwide by 2022 as part of Creative Youth – Creative Ireland Programme plan to enable the creativity of every child and young person. The process for roll-out will commence in 2019 with five further areas of Ireland. Subject to Exchequer funding it is intended that all remaining areas of the country will have access to Music Generation by 2022.

Music Generation believes in every child and young person’s musical potential and their innate artistry, that it is every child and young person’s right to have the choice of access and the chance to participate as a musical citizen and that music doesn’t just change lives, it transforms lives. For further information visit the website