Marymount School Choir
Marymount School Choir plays a central part in many of our school celebrations. The choir is made up of children from senior classes in the school. Rehearsals take place regularly and the girls show great dedication in attending these to get ready for various performances throughout the year. The choir have been involved in The Cross Border Orchestra’s Peace Proms Concert on numerous occasions. They also sing in Holy Family church for school celebrations and other parish occasions and give performances elsewhere in the community from time to time. The choir recently performed at a mass which was broadcast on LMFM Radio. Every year our choir are involved in singing at our Confirmation and First Holy Communion ceremonies and they take great pride in providing the music for such special days in the school calendar. A school should be a place of laughter and song, and in Marymount School Choir we most certainly have plenty of both.
Peace Proms is a choral education program for primary schools, which impacts 20,000 children from different social, economic, cultural, religious and political backgrounds from all over Ireland – North and South. Together with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, one of Ireland’s foremost youth orchestras, inspirational choral and musical concerts are held each year in venues such as the RDS. Marymount GNS has had the pleasure of participating in the Peace Proms in the past, and hopes to continue to spread the message of universal peace through the medium of music again in the future.
Music Generation Louth is a music education service for children and young people that provides a range of opportunities throughout the county for children and young people to learn music. It is part of Music Generation – Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.
Music Generation's Music Matters
Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st Classes take part in Music Generation's "Music Matters" programme. Music Matters is grounded in the approaches of Kodaly and Dalcroze Eurhythmics in which young children’s natural ability is developed through singing and games. It is delivered by a team of specialist early years musicians and aims to build confidence and expertise in the children and also in their teachers.
Music Generation’s “Let’s Sing” programme
"Let’s Sing" is a 16-week primary school programme for 3rd to 5th year classes. It helps to build an interest in choral singing and hopes in time to build a community youth choir locally. It is delivered in a fun and accessible way, enabling children to become more confident at singing and reading music. Sessions include singing of a varied choral programme of world songs with musical games and activities so that the children are developing all their musical skills.
At the end of the programme, the children come together for a special evening performance with other participating schools in their area and the Music Generation Louth ensemble. This is a fantastic experience for children to join together in their local community for a musical celebration attended by family and friends.
Music in the classroom
Every year the children from 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes attend Music in the Classroom. The Concert Series brings all the excitement, beauty and sheer fun of live Orchestral Music to generations of primary school children.
Music in the Classroom provides an entertaining and imaginative introduction to the experience of seeing a live Orchestra perform on stage for students who may never otherwise get this chance. The aim is to instil a love of listening to and learning about music.
The children from Marymount have the opportunity to learn the music, songs and actions in class before walking down to our local Theatre. Along with many other local schools, our girls take an active part in the concert and are only too delighted to join in all activities; singing, whistling, clapping and stamping their feet. The Concert is rounded off with a rousing singalong of all the favourite songs.
Then a very excited group sing and chatter their way back to school already looking forward to next year’s performance.