Tuesday 28 February 2017, Dublin – Music Generation and South Dublin County Council are delighted to announce the appointment of Aideen McLaughlin as Music Development Officer for Music Generation South Dublin. A native of Carlow, Aideen holds a BMus degree and an MA in Musicology from NUI Maynooth, in addition to a diploma in Journalism and Media Studies from Dublin Business School, where she graduated with Honours and as ‘Student of the Year’ in 2012.
Previously, Aideen held the post of Resource Worker with Music Generation Carlow, where she worked both as member of the operational team and as a musician on the Early Years and Vocal programmes. Her key achievements in the role include directing the Borris Vocational School Music Generation Transition Year (TY) Choir for their 2013 composition project entitled Speranza, which was co-written with the TY students and renowned Irish contemporary composer Linda Buckley. Aideen also led the 2015 Music Generation Carlow collaborative project between Borris Vocational School and Irish composer, Glen Austin.
Commenting on her appointment, Aideen said: ‘I am delighted to take up this new role at Music Generation South Dublin and I look forward to working closely with our partners, funders and participants to enable access to music tuition for children and young people in the region.’
Aideen’s passion lies in choral music, and in recent years she has been a member of several award-winning choral groups including Carlow Young Artists’ Choir, the NUI Maynooth Chamber Choir, Schola Gregoriana Maynooth, The Academy Chamber Choir in Tullamore (awarded ‘Choir of the Year’ at the Navan Choral Festival 2012) and the Newbridge Gospel Choir.
Aideen acted as music facilitator with The Academy of Music in County Offaly from 2010-2013 where she taught piano, voice and pre-instrumental classes to children and young people. She coordinated weekly music classes for toddlers around the county and worked extensively with special needs groups during her time, as well as acting as Musical Director for various projects involving people with disabilities.
Music Generation South Dublin is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships. Locally, Music Generation South Dublin is managed by South Dublin Music Education Partnership, led by South Dublin County Council in partnership with Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, South Dublin County Libraries and Dublin West Education Centre.
For further information about Music Generation South Dublin contact:
South Dublin Arts Service
South Dublin County Library, Unit 1, The Square Industrial Complex, Tallaght, Dublin 24
T: +353 1 4149000 (ext. 6682)