Students' music bid is off the scéal
SCHOOLCHILDREN across the country have the opportunity to take part in an innovative project where they will get to put their own stories to music .
The Play Us a Scéal project, launched yesterday, is the latest element of the National Concert Hall's (NCH) Learn and Explore programme and encourages all 4th, 5th and 6th classes to create and perform their own musical compositions.
Classes that enter will be sent a storybook in which they will write a story using words, drawing or photos that means something to their community.
The classes that write the winning stories will get to work with musicians and perform for their school.
The composition can take any form; it can be a rock musical, a rap song, or an instrumental opera. The final four winning classes will get to perform in the NCH in June 2011.
The project was launched by Mary Hanafin, the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport.
"The National Concert Hall has once again shown us their commitment to educating the new generation of cultural audiences in this country," she said.
The project will continue over five years and Learn and Explore musicians will visit 100 schools.
The workshops will relate to the three strands of primary music curriculum, listening and responding, composing and performing.
All students and teachers can take part whether they have experience or not.
"We welcome the opportunity to bring high quality musical experiences into classrooms," said Judith Woodworth, director of the NCH.