Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (195)

Tom Neville

Question:

195. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 292 of 26 March 2019, if the scheme applies to primary schools that teach music; if they can avail of funds for the provision of a range of equipment in the same way as post-primary schools; if County Limerick is included in a catchment area (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16119/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to clarify the role of Music Generation for the Deputy. Music Generation provides instrumental and vocal music tuition in a wide range of genres for children and young people in 20 areas of the country. This is done through Music Education Partnerships (MEPs) which are either led by an Education and Training Board or Local Authority.  

MEPs do not fund capital purchases of musical instruments for schools but provide accessible music tuition for children and young people.  

On 7 December 2017, at the launch of the Creative Youth programme, An Taoiseach announced that Phase 3 of Music Generation would proceed in the coming years. This final phase will see Music Generation reach all areas of the country.