Kerry Music Education Partnership (KMEP) is a performance music education partnership initiative for Co. Kerry. KMEP comprises a number of partners and agencies including Kerry Education and Training Board (lead agency), Kerry County Council, the Institute of Technology, Tralee, Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (KDYS), Ealain na Gaeltachta and a number of local music educators and youth organisations.
KMEP oversees the delivery of the Take Note Music Project, the aim of which is to broaden access to affordable, multi-genre music performance and education programmes for children and young people. It is a self-financing project which is made possible thanks to the continued commitment and support of all the project partners.
Take Note Music Project objectives:
- Provide affordable, multi-genre tuition
• Widen geographical access
• Expand and develop choral music initiatives
• Provide access to instruments
• Provide performance opportunities for children and young people within the community
• Improve employment, training and CPD opportunities for music teachers
‘Take Note’ Programmes
Get Into Music
Get into Music is an introductory access music programme which can be delivered in school environments through ‘whole class’ or small group participation. The programme is suitable for children aged 7+. The aim of the access programme is to engage children in performance, composition and creativity. A non-mainstream music education initiative, the programme supports and adds value to the school music curriculum through engaging a professional musician and tutor to work with students alongside their teacher. During the programme, students try out various instruments (e.g. percussion, keys, stringed instruments), compose and play basic rhythms and melodies and complete a final performance. Programme content and duration can be tailored to suit the needs and requirements of each school
The TrY Music! access programme is designed for young people aged 12-17 and is a partnership youth music initiative which can delivered in various venues around the County. The aim of the introductory access programme is to introduce young people to instrumentation, music technology, song writing, composition, performance and recording. The programme is delivered by professional musicians and youth workers. During the programme, students learn about instrumentation, experience song writing, create electronic music, record and work as part of a group. Projects culminate in a final presentation of recorded material in a youth, community or school setting.
Recent Try Music! projects include an initiative with Kerry ETB and KDYS in Tralee and an Irish language initiative in Dingle in partnership with Kerry ETB, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Ealain na Gaeltachta and KDYS.
Vocal and Instrumental Tuition
In October 2014, KMEP launched its Pilot Take Note Vocal and Instrumental Tuition programme in a small number of primary and post-primary schools across the county. Tuition takes place in small groups where children are facilitated in learning music with their peers. Since its launch, children across the county have been given access to music education through this pilot initiative. We currently have almost 200 children learning instruments such as voice, guitar, drum, tin-whistle, recorder and participating in ensemble playing.
In 2017, BA in Music Technology student and professional DJ Maciek Gajowniczek, delivered workshops to post-primary students on the art of DJ-ing! Students learned the fundamentals of electronic dance music and the mechanics of DJ gear. They were also given the opportunity to sample the decks for themselves.
In September 2014, Laurence Counihan, MA in Creative Media postgraduate student, undertook work with the project on an INC Scholarship. Throughout 2014 and 2015, Laurence worked with music teachers and tutors and provided workshops and tutorials on the use of technology in music education settings. Laurence also facilitated workshops to students throughout the county to enable them to develop skills in the creation of electronic music.
In August 2013, Kerry Education and Training Board with support from the Institute of Technology, Tralee ran a week-long series of Music Technology workshops for senior cycle music students in the North Campus of IT Tralee. The interactive workshops provided an Introduction to Pro Tools where students experimented with sound and learned how to create original electronic music.