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Run by Greystonians Marion Smith and Andy Smith along with Jose Roberto Munhoz, Music Together Ireland was founded in 2006. And it has been doing incredible work ever since.
Everyone knows the healing power of music. It helps you see the world in a new light. And a few new colours, to boot.
The main goal of Music Together Ireland is to provide opportunities for people with special needs, physical disabilities to perform music alongside non-disabled participants, helping them to develop skills and ambitions not only in music but other performing arts. Hosting a variety of workshops (which are explained and listed below), Music Together Ireland is all about bringing people together so they can help one another. And themselves.
We’ll let Marion explain…
Founded on the belief that it is a human right to have artistic tools at one’s disposal, and inspired by principles of access and inclusivity, Music Together provides opportunities for people with physical disabilities, alongside non-disabled participants, to develop skills and ambitions in music and related performing arts. Furthermore, by continually striving for artistic excellence and showcasing best practice, Music Together aims to challenge public perception and improve public access to the work of disabled artists, thus paving the way for further integration into the arts community.
MUSIC TOGETHER aims to:
Enhance and develop performers’ skills in music, voice, composition, percussion and music technology with a view to performing concerts at Arts events in the area.
Build new audiences for arts and disability events and demonstrate Music Together’s integrated approach to the performing arts.
Here’s a full list of Music Together Ireland’s workshops.
Music Together regularly facilitates workshops. These are designed to be accessible for people with a disability, and to bring out the performer in everyone.. The workshops usually take place over several days or a number of weekly sessions and always end in a performance. The students play their own newly composed tunes embracing a rich variety of personal influences.
The workshops are led by qualified professional tutors with a wide experience of public performance plus experience of working with people with physical disabilities. The performances are designed to attain the highest possible standard with the support of the tutors.
The Workshops Cover
Percussion on instruments
If you want to find out more about Music Together, you can visit their Facebook page here.