New development programme for traditional artists

Cumas, a development programme designed to train and support traditional artists currently providing tuition or workshops in primary schools was recently launched by Roscommon County Arts Service.  The aim of this new project is to provide opportunities for traditional artists wishing to develop the work that they do in schools, through familiarity with the primary school curriculum and an awareness of how best to share their work with different age groups.  A maximum of ten participants will work with Mary Nugent, a musician and teacher, over a two-day training period after which the programme will be piloted in primary schools around the county. This is a great opportunity for all traditional arts practitioners to develop and enhance the valuable work they do in primary schools. Additionally, all those who complete the programme will be placed on a recommended tutors list provided to schools and schools will receive a subsidy from the Arts Office to employ Cumas tutors. The programme’s facilitator, Mary Nugent, comes from a strong traditional background. She plays traditional flute and piano, working regularly as a session musician and has toured extensively in North America and Europe. Mary has also given traditional Irish music workshops in Cambridge, Brittany and Germany. She also studied classical music and holds an MA from Queen’s University Belfast. In 1988, she studied at the International Kodaly Institute, Hungary and has since been actively involved in the area of music education as a classroom teacher, in-service trainer, lecturer and conductor. She is currently the musical director of the schools program "Beo go Deo". For further information on this programme please contact Avril Carr, Arts Education and Development Co-ordinator, Roscommon County Arts Office, Roscommon West Business Park. Tel (090) 66 32541 Email: acarr@roscommoncoco.ie