Laois School of Music: Laois County Council
The Arts Office of Laois County Council identified a significant deficit in the provision of musical education in the Midlands region. The development of music was one of the principal objectives under the Arts in Laois Development Plan 2001-2003. In order to bring this concept to fruition, Laois County Council recognized the need for a partnership approach with Laois V.E.C and the Arts Council, who then prioritised this artform in establishing the Laois School of Music in September 2001.
The School’s Mission Statement states : Laois School of Music will maximise participation in and access to the widest range of musical experiences for the people of Laois, in accordance with the highest standards of excellence.
The establishment of a structured school of music has developed from a zero base to its present position of 300 students, 16 part-time specialized Music teachers and a full-time Co-ordinator. In providing quality tuition in Piano, Guitar, Strings, Woodwind, Voice, Percussion, Kindermusic, Junior and Leaving Cert. music, the LSM has become a recognised centre of excellence for Laois and the surrounding counties. The LSM has also developed an Orchestral Programme with up to 40 members age 8 to 18, under the guidance of experienced and respected conductors. It also hosts annual exams from Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
In 2010 a significant development was the establishment of Laois School of Music as a Limited Company by Guarantee, thus giving some autonomy to the School as an entity moving forward. The Limited Company remains under the auspices of Laois County Council and Laois Offaly ETB, with Board representation from both parties.
Laois County Council took a unique step in leading the project on a partnership basis and the School of Music has enabled over 3000 students thus far, to engage in quality music tuition within their own county. It has proven to be a successful, viable and invaluable service to County Laois.
For further information contact Co-ordinator Nuala Kelly 057 8664127 or email email@example.com