An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD has launched the Music Generation Mayo Library Resource and County Community Forum Instrument Bank that will allow children up to the age of 18 to hire musical instruments and access tuition from their local libraries.
The Music Generation Mayo resource, in partnership with Mayo County Council Library Service, holds a wide range of sheet music, books, CDs, DVDs and access to online resources which will be available to library users in Mayo.
The resource will be housed in Castlebar and Ballina libraries, but will be accessible through the inter-library loan service in local branches countywide. There will also be enhanced music resources in all 15 Mayo library branches.
This resource is hugely important in that it provides “how-to-play” instructional courses on all the popular musical instruments allowing self-learners to progress at their own pace as well as supplementing those who are undertaking formal courses.
So as well as borrowing a musical instrument in your local library you can borrow the tutorial to learn to play it.
Schubert to Snoop Dog
The library also contains material covering every aspect of music history from choral and classical, through folk and to pop, punk and rap – from Schubert to Snoop Dog.
It also contains a number of life-stories of musicians which can be a huge source of inspiration for those who are struggling to get on the first leg of the music ladder.
Finally, Music Generation Mayo provides information on the music business, how it works, how technology is changing the industry and most importantly how to avoid being exploited.
As well as book and music scores, the large DVD and CD library provides music for every taste – from how to do sean-nos dancing to how to make a guitar and from Bach to Bowie there is something for everyone at The Music Generation Mayo resource at Castlebar and Ballina libraries.
Pictured in Castlebar Library with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD who launched the Music Generation Mayo Library Resource were L-R: Niamh Mulhern from Ballina, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Marianna Tiernan from Castlebar and Alan Judge from Ballina. Photos: Ken Wright Photography