Musical Memories Louth with Gráinne Hope of Kids Classics

Gráinne Hope of Music and Health Ireland, Musical Memories, Louth.

Kids’ Classics, Ireland’s leading music in healthcare organisation, is spearheading a new initiative to connect young musicians who have completed third-level education to Music in Healthcare as a field of practice. This unique project, a first for Ireland, will support and offer introductory training and mentorship to young graduates. 

Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, the Music in Healthcare Young Graduates Project will include paid opportunities for early-career musicians to maximise their capacity by building additional skills. The project will bring together like-minded musicians and introduce them to the expanding network of arts and health practice in Ireland.

The Music in Healthcare Young Graduates Project is led by Kids’ Classics in partnership with the National Concert Hall and is supported by Tallaght University Hospital, Waterford Healing Arts Trust and local healthcare settings in Dublin, Meath, Louth, Waterford, Limerick and Cork.

Programme Details
This project is available for young graduates across Ireland up to 24 years old. It will involve five paid classroom-based training days at the National Concert Hall, Dublin:

  • Three Introductory Days: 26 / 27 / 28 May
  • One Mid-Project Review: 29 July
  • One Evaluation Day (September Date TBC )

The training days will be followed by a series of six paid practical performance/workshop opportunities delivered throughout the summer with leading Arts and Health organisations nationally. These practical placement days will involve performance opportunities, workshops, discussions, repertoire curation, observation and participation in established programmes. In addition, young artists will meet working arts managers, dance and movement artists, music therapists, creative arts facilitators, activity coordinators, healthcare staff and those in their care.

The selected musicians will:

  • receive payment for practical training days
  • be introduced to the concept of working as part of a music team
  • undertake appropriate training required for healthcare setting visits including health and safety workshops
  • commit to project evaluation, written reflective practice and monthly debriefing sessions
  • undertake Garda Clearance
  • be subject to local health and safety COVID protocols which in certain circumstances may limit an individual’s participation in healthcare settings.

Application Process
Closing date for applications: Friday 29 April.
Interviews will be held virtually after 4 May.

Applicants will need to complete an online application form. The brief and information on the application process can be found here.

About Kids’ Classics 
Kids’ Classics manages and delivers the largest programme of training and CPD opportunities for professional musicians interested in working in Healthcare and Community Settings across Ireland. The organisation carries out projects with professional musicians specifically trained to work in healthcare settings. Their work is based on interaction and communication in a person-centred approach and includes families and care staff. Between the delivery of many diverse projects and professional training with European leaders Musique et Santé, Kids’ Classics brings a wide range of experience and skills to this learning opportunity. Their approach to this dynamic field of arts practice is consciously grounded in cultural interaction rather than clinical goals.


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