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Volunteering to spread the sound of music

The Adult and Community Education Service in County Clare are continuing their community music project this autumn.
Following a highly successful first year in 2013, it is hoped to spread the word and get as many people as possible involved in this volunteer project.

An information evening will take place on this Wednesday from 7.30-8.30pm at the organisation’s centre on Clonroad Business Park, Ennis for people interested in both music teaching and music learning.

The project aims to provide introductory music lessons for adults who have had little or no interaction with music and to share the satisfaction that participation in music can bring.

The project enables and fosters new relationships between tutors and learners over a period of 12 weeks or so and gives learners the confidence to pursue further potential involvement in music.

“We are interested in all types and aspects of music, song and dance from traditional Irish fiddle playing to a basic introduction to reading music to demonstrations in Nepalese instrument making,” said Laura Ugar.

“Whatever your experience, we would like to work with musicians, music teachers and music organisations in Clare to help encourage the wide range of musical diversity in the county, share skills and culture and create new connections. Apart from the benefit of making new contacts, volunteer tutors will receive a certificate of participation as well as the reward of working with learners who actively want to increase their knowledge,” she added.

Would you be willing to volunteer as a tutor? You can support this project by:

* Volunteering to tutor 1-1 or in a small group for ½ hr./2hr. per week or a number of weeks
* Delivering a one-off workshop to a group of learners
* Loaning or donating resources including instruments, music books, work sheets, song books
* Providing sponsorship for instruments, music books, work sheets, song books
* Contacting us and offering advice

An initial training course will be provided, where tutors will have the opportunity to informally discuss ideas, teaching and learning experiences.

This project is part funded by the Adult Literacy and Community Education Service and Clare County Council. Email: communitymusic2014@gmail.com Tel: 086 198 1624.



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