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Music Generation Leitrim is part of Music Generation - Ireland’s national music education programme which aims to transform the lives of children and young people through high quality performance music education. It is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and managed locally by Leitrim Music Education Partnership, led by MSLETB with support from Leitrim County Council.

Music Generation Leitirim develops affordable and accessible music education programmes for children and young people age 0 – 18. This includes the coordination of music performance education services within Leitrim, working in partnership with schools, community music groups and centres in the formation of choirs, ensembles, access programmes, song-writing projects and more.


“What we want to do is really simple, we just want to make sure that everyone, whatever their background, gets access to music tuition” – Bono/U2


Thérèse McCartin

Music Generation Letrim Development Officer

Thérèse McCartin is from County Leitrim and began playing piano at the age of six. She attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music and went on to graduate from Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.


In 2003 Thérèse established the Cavan Academy of Music to provide tuition across a range of instruments and styles of music for students of all ages. Thérèse has many years’ experience teaching in primary schools and Early Years settings. She previously taught at DIT Conservatory of Music and is currently undertaking an MA in Early Years Music Education.


An accomplished harpist, singer and composer, Thérèse was a member of Anuna (the original chorus in Riverdance), The Lassus Scholars, and is currently a member of The RTÉ Philharmonic Choir. In 2009 she completed her piano album which was produced by Frank McNamara from RTÉ’s ‘The Late Late Show’. The title track, ‘Another April Day’, was composed by Thérèse with lyrics composed by her father, Tommy. Thérèse has been signed to Universal Music Publishing (UMP) and AGR Television Records.


Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme which transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education. Established in 2010 by Music Network, Phase 1 of Music Generation was made possible by philanthropic donations from U2 and The Ireland Funds, which were gifted to progress the implementation of Music Network’s Feasibility Study for a National System of Local Music Education Services.  


Music Generation programmes were established in 11 areas of Ireland during Phase 1 – Carlow, Clare, Cork City, Laois, Limerick City, Louth, Mayo, Offaly/Westmeath, Sligo, South Dublin and Wicklow. Each of these programmes is now sustainably co-funded on an ongoing 50/50 basis by the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships, ensuring a long-term and lasting outcome from U2 and The Ireland Funds’ philanthropic giving. 


Phase 2 of Music Generation was enabled through the combined investment of U2 and The Ireland Funds and will see the programme expand into 9 new areas of Ireland on a phased basis by 2021: Cavan/Monaghan, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Galway City, Galway County, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Roscommon, Waterford and Wexford. The Department of Education and Skills has pledged its commitment to sustaining co-funding for Phase 2 into the future, subject to exchequer funding. 

In December 2017, as part of the launch of ‘Creative Youth’ – A Plan to Enable the Creative Potential of Every Child and Young Person, the Irish Government announced its commitment to support the roll-out of Music Generation nationwide by 2022.

Music Generation believes in every child and young person’s musical potential and their innate artistry, that it is every child and young person’s right to have the choice of access and the chance to participate as a musical citizen and that music doesn’t just change lives, it transforms lives. 

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