VOICE – music programme with children and young people

Our Music for Me programme wrapped up at the end of 2012 with the launch of the Music for Me publication – a celebration and evaluation of a partnership music programme in Dublin’s canal communities.

With the experience and learning gained from this programme, Common Ground initiated VOICE, a new music programme.

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Tiny Voices

Common Ground, in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland and The Base in Ballyfermot, initiated an Early Years Music Pilot Tiny Voices from March to July 2012 in the Dublin 8 and 10 areas.

Over a 16 week period, two professional musicians, Eamon Sweeney and Thomas Johnston, facilitated weekly music sessions with child care practitioners and groups of children aged from three to five. They took place in The Base in Ballyfermot and Goldenbridge crèche in St. Michael’s Estate, Inchicore.

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Music For Me

Music for Me was one of Common Ground’s core programmes of arts development from 2005 to 2012. It was open to children who access the services of Homework Clubs in Dublin 8.

Music for Me facilitated children to play, listen to, participate in and experience the type of music that appeals to them. Since 2005 the programme has been facilitated by professional musicians, in collaboration with homework club staff, and includes weekly and seasonal music sessions.

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Moving On Up

Moving On Up, a five day educational and theme-based arts programme for young people, ran for six years, from 2006 until 2011.

It came about in January 2006 when Common Ground was asked by the Fatima Homework Club in Rialto to work with a group of young people who were attending their service. It was designed for young people who were making the transition from sixth class in primary school to first year in secondary school and for people who were at risk of leaving school early.

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About Me

About Me was an after-school project of the Family Resource Centre (FRC) in St. Michael’s Estate which focused on photography.

This programme, run by photographer Darragh Shanahan, began in the summer of 2005. Since then, children aged between five and twelve years of age have explored and responded directly to their local area through the medium of photography.

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