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Planning for Music Generation Waterford Gets Underway as Accomplished Musician and Educator, Shauna McCullough, is Appointed as Music Generation Development Officer

Music Generation, together with Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB), is delighted to announce the appointment of accomplished musician, music educator and programme developer, Shauna McCullough, as Music Generation Development Officer for Waterford.

Music Generation Waterford is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills, and managed locally by Waterford Music Education Partnership (MEP), led by WWETB in partnership with Waterford City and County Council.

In her new post, Shauna will have responsibility for developing an affordable and accessible performance music education programme for children and young people ages 0 to 18. This will include the coordination of music tuition services within Waterford City and County, working in partnership with schools, community music groups and centres in the formation of choirs, ensembles, instrumental tuition access programmes, multi-genre performance initiatives, and more.

On the announcement of her appointment, Shauna spoke of her vision for the programme: 'I’m thrilled to take up the role of Music Generation Development Officer in Waterford, following five hugely fulfilling years as a Lead Musician with the programme in Cork City. During my time in Cork I’ve seen first-hand the enormous impact that Music Generation can have on the children, young people, schools and communities that take part. Waterford has a deep musical tradition, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Waterford MEP – WWETB, Waterford City and County Council, and all our local partners – to grow and enrich this tradition for our next generation of young musicians.’

Shauna is a BMus graduate of CIT Cork School of Music and holds an MA in Music Education from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. She brings a wealth of experience to Waterford having spent many years working with children and young people throughout Cork City and County in schools and community settings, including five years’ work as lead brass tutor with Music Generation Cork City. Shauna previously held a position in the Irish Defence Forces as a trumpet player and continues to perform as a member of various orchestras and ensembles, including the Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra.

Waterford was among nine new areas of the country selected for participation in 'Phase 2’ of Music Generation in September 2017, following an open national call for applications from new MEPs. The application for Waterford was led by WWETB, which also headed the successful bid for Wexford MEP. Further details on the establishment of Music Generation Wexford, including the appointment of a Music Generation Development Officer for the county, will be announced over the coming weeks.

Chief Executive of WWETB, Kevin Lewis, said: 'We are delighted to announce Shauna’s appointment to this pivotal role at Music Generation Waterford, which will enable programme set-up and implementation to get underway with energy and efficiency. Shauna brings a wealth of expertise to the role, including in the areas of programme development and planning, community music education, and leadership. Shauna is a passionate advocate for creating access to inspiring musical encounters for children and young people, and we very much look forward to working with her over the coming years to bring these new opportunities to communities across Waterford City and County.

Expansion of the Music Generation initiative into Waterford was made possible as a result of philanthropic donations Waterford MEP will also generate a further 50% in funding locally. This matched funding will then be sustained on a long-term basis by the Department of Education and Skills once the philanthropic donations cease.

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