The Music4Children programme was devised in 2011 by Dr. Eva McMullan-Glossop and her colleague Mr. Padraig Wallace. Initially inspired by her two little boys Joe and Sam, Eva saw the need for a quality music programme that was accessible to both children and parents in her locality. Music4Children celebrates music learning through fun and creativity by taking inspiration from contrasting cultures, musical genres and most importantly, the children themselves. This course encourages confidence building, independent thinking and playful interaction making learning music a positive experience. Since 2011 the programme which commenced in Crosshaven with 23 children has gone from strength to strength with a second location opening in the Music Building at UCC. Music4Children not only facilitates music learning to over 300 children in the city and county, it also provides employment to over 15 tutors, many of which are UCC graduates, and work experience to third level students wanting to pursue carriers in teaching. Music4Children has also engaged with a number of research projects including Hands On: Feel the Music in association with Disability Support Service UCC, ChildVision, NCBI and the National Braille Production Unit, to increase the accessibility of music to blind and visually impaired students. They are about to launch a new Creative Therapy Space later this year as they invite, Maeve Browne, a qualified Music Therapist to join the Music4Children team.
Parents and children have responded very positively to the approach taken at music4children
My two children have attended Music4Children since they were aged 4 and love it! Eva and Padraig have a special talent in engaging the younger children in music through fun activities and games, whilst at the same time teaching them the fundamental theories of music. It’s now three years later and my two boys are happy participants in Jason’s ukulele class. (Yvonne Nolan)
Our five year old son Joseph has attended Music4Children for the last few years. Initially he was shy but Eva & Padraig were very patient with him and let him join in in his own time. Now he skips in to ukelele class without looking back. The classes are brilliantly paced with a range of fun learning activities to engage the children and facilitate their learning and love of music. (Eithne Hunt)
‘Hands On’ is an on-going collaborative research project that is currently taking place between the Department of Music and the Disability Support Service in order to increase the accessibility of music to blind and visually impaired students at University College Cork. The aim of this project is to actively promote braille music literacy and also explore new technologies and teaching methodologies that can enhance both the approaches taken by the teacher and learner to create an environment, which is accessible to both visually impaired and sighted students learning side-by-side. This handbook has provided strategic teaching methodologies that have been compiled by experts who have detailed experience of working specifically with students that have sight difficulties. The focus, therefore, is to put in place an existing teaching framework easily accessible to those teaching music to blind and visually impaired students both in the University and in the wider community.
Robert Creed, a current undergraduate student at th e Department of Music Robert Lamb Photography
The ‘Hands On’ project has not only brought national organizations together, but has also assisted in creating an awareness within the music teaching community. With the support of funding from the National Seminar Series and Disability Service at UCC, Hands On: Feel the Music handbook was launched at which teachers, students and parents attended from across the country.
Directed by Dr. Eva McMullan-Glossop and accompanied by Dr. Rhoda Dullea, the UCC choir comprises of staff and students from across the UCC campus, as well as members from the wider Cork Community. Since Eva’s appointment as musical director, she has revitalised the ensemble: numbers have increased dramatically and the profile of the ensemble has been raised significantly through a programme of regular and successful public performances. Eva’s emphasis on the important role the Choir plays in community music making is mirrored in their continued participation in a number of charity-based performances throughout the City and County. Since 2009 the Choir has performed at the annual service for Féilecáin, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association. UCC choir have continued to sing at this deeply moving and at what can be a very affecting ceremony each year. Marie Creegan, the training officer at Féilecáin has “felt that the choir’s presence each year has contributed greatly to the success of the service.” The choir also contributed to the Arts Council funded FUAIM: Lifesounds community project in 2011 and will continue to partake in such projects as they arise.
As recognised by the Internationally acclaimed Cork Soprano Cara O’Sullivan “the emphasis of this choir is inclusivity and it shows…..staff members and students give their time and energy to make beautiful music while raising much needed funds for charity. Eva McMullan their conductor has brought a sense of warmth and welcome to the choir. I look forward to the next adventure with the UCC choir!”