Launch of New Partnership Project with St. Angela’s College Sligo


Music Generation Sligo and the Centre for Special Education Needs Inclusion & Diversity (CSENID) at St Angela’s College have announced an innovative Research, Training & Programming Partnership with regard to the delivery of music programmes to children and young people with Special Education Needs. Following a period of development, the partnership commenced this month with a training programme for Music Generation Sligo tutors focusing at first on the needs of children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The training programme will also include a review and follow-up planning in order to adapt the current Music Generation Sligo programmes for a Con Tutti Discovering Music Programme at Autism Units from September 2015 – The Plaza at Our Lady of Mercy NS and The Glen at Ransboro NS. In 2016 the programme will focus on wider special educational needs at pre-school, primary school and post-primary school level.

Rhona McGrath, Co-ordinator of Music Generation Sligo, together with Rosaleen Molloy, Director of the National Music Generation Programme explained that this is a strategic response to local demand in an important area of music education which requires investment and resourcing. “We are delighted to be able to access the expertise of the CSENID at St Angela’s College, whose mission is to respond proactively and positively to existing and emerging needs of the educational community regionally and nationally.”

Ailbhe O Halloran & Fiona Jennings, Project Lecturers/Researchers, together with Eugene Toolan, Head of the Education Department at St Angela’s College, were delighted to respond to the approach from Music Generation as an opportunity to explore music in the area of special educational needs. “Academic staff within CSENID are dedicated to conducting and highlighting research which contributes to a greater understanding of some of the key educational challenges that face professionals, parents, young people, children and educational policy-makers particularly in the area of SEN.

The partnership between Music Generation Sligo & the Centre at St Angela’s College 2015-2017 will encompass training, research, programming and resource development in order to effectively develop long-term music education programmes for children and young people with Special Education Needs (SEN) in Sligo.

Pictured at the launch of this partnership are Music Generation Sligo staff and tutors together with the team from the Centre for Special Educational Needs Inclusion & Diversity at St Angela’s College Sligo.

CSENID, St Angela’s:

Eugene Toolan, Head of Education

Mary McDonagh, Director

Fiona Jennings, Lecturer/Trainer

Ailbhe O Halloran, Lecturer/Trainer

Music Generation Sligo:

Rhona McGrath, Co-ordinator

Team of 21 Tutors

The Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity (CSENID) at St. Angela’s College was created in 2011. It builds upon the foundation of the Education Department in St Angela’s College that has served the Irish education community through the provision of quality in-service teacher education and continuing professional development programmes in the area of SEN for teachers and other professionals in a variety of educational settings since 1995.
In keeping with St Angela’s College’s mission, the Department’s dedicated and innovative staff is continually initiating, developing and modifying programmes to respond proactively and positively to existing and emerging needs of the educational community regionally and nationally
The work of CSENID includes Curriculum planning; Programme delivery; Research; Resource Development.

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