Friday 20 September 2019

Balbriggan students get into the Groove


Ken Phelan

Students from three Balbriggan Schools showcased their musical talent in the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan recently, after taking part in Berklee Music School's 'Groove School' programme.

Loreto Secondary School, Ardgillan Community College and Bremore Educate Together Secondary School all took part in the programme, which ran from July 31 to August 2 and culminated in the performance.

As part of the commitment to the Our Balbriggan Plan, Fingal County Council and Dublin City University partnered to bring the Boston-based 'Groove School' programme to Ireland.

The Groove School programme offered Irish Secondary school students access to the Berklee method of music education, encompassing theory, ear training, improvisation, ensemble performance, and instrumental instruction.

The programme featured faculty from both Berklee College of Music in Boston and DCU's BA in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance.

Thirty one of the eighty places on the programme were given to students from the three Balbriggan schools.

Speaking of the opportunity given to the schools, Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O'Brien said: 'I would like to compliment the talented musicians who took part in this concert and congratulate everyone involved in bringing the Groove School to Ireland.

'It is clear that the opportunity to take part in the Groove School has been of great educational benefit to the participants.'

Fingal County Council Interim Chief Executive AnnMarie Farrelly said: 'The partnership approach adopted in developing the Our Balbriggan Plan is exemplified in this very successful joint initiative with DCU.

'The programme, now in its second year, continues to be of great benefit to the students in developing their musical abilities and this initiative is an example of what is being achieved in Balbriggan.'

During the programme, participants also had the opportunity to audition to attend lessons given by the Berklee College of Music from Boston.

Scholarships were awarded to a number of students following the performance for Berklee online courses; summer projects in Boston Groove School; full tuition scholarship for guitar programme and vocal scholarship.

Fingal Independent