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)