MGOW creating NEW opportunities to learn an instrument

Loughegar NS

Since the creation of an Instrument Bank in September 2014, work in getting the instruments out into the hands of young people has been underway.

The initial purchase of 550 instruments, a mix of guitars, keyboards, drum kits, string, woodwind and brass instruments now available to young people taking part in MGOW programmes have made it possible to launch whole class tuition programmes and after school activities in Moate CS; St. Aloysuis College; St.Columba's, Killucan; Clonmellon NS; Scoil Bhride GNS, Clara; Ballymore NS; Taghmon NS; Moyvore NS.

Membership of the Athlone Schools Orchestra has also been supported through the provision of instruments to new recruits and as the membership of the Mullingar Music Jam continues to grow, MGOW has been able to expand the number of instruments available for weekly rehearsals.

A new adventure for MGOW began with the introduction of a Whole Class String Programme. Now established in Loughegar and Milltownpass National Schools, MGOW tutors visit the schools and deliver weekly violin lessons to 72 pupils.

Awareness in the existence of the Instrument Bank among schools, community groups, parents and young people has led to a steady increase in those joining MGOW's 'Play an Instrument' Outreach programme. As of February 2015, 450 young people across Offaly & Westmeath are benefitting from the instrument bank.

MGOW's Instrument Bank is funded by Offaly Westmeath Music Education Partnership in collaboration with Mullingar Employment Action Group, and supported by Westmeath Community Development under the Rural Development (LEADER) Programme 2007 - 2013.