Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland & Louth Leader – Leaders in Music Education

Count Us In  is a FREE instrumental tuition programme for young people between 11 and 16 years. Free music lessons will be given in Violin, Cello, Double Bass, Clarinet, Trumpet, and Trombone. The programme is suitable for beginners but may also be of interest to young people who have a foundation in piano. Thanks to generous funding from Louth Leader, the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland is delighted to launch this new and innovative music education programme for Louth.

Participants will be provided with an instrument on loan and Free weekly group lessons. Lessons will take place in Colláiste Chú Chualinn, Marshes, Dundalk.

Count Us In is a pioneering project modelled on the Venezuelan system of music education which is regarded as the best in the world. It is based on group tuition as research shows that young people are more receptive to learning and more motivated in a group situation especially when they are part of a committed team who strive together to achieve excellence. All children and teens should have the opportunity to take music lessons and experience the social, emotional, and academic benefits that come from learning an instrument, particularly in a group setting.

The CBOI has been involved in music education for almost 25 years, and is in a unique position in that musicians trained under ‘Count Us In’ can go on to become members of the Orchestra. CBOI provides incredible opportunities for members including the opportunity to perform in our annual Peace Proms Arena Tour. This involves up to 15 large-scale performances to audiences in excess of 50,000 people in iconic arenas including the SSE Arena, Belfast; the Simmonscourt Arena, RDS, Dublin and the Echo Arena, Liverpool. The CBOI also undertakes regular international concert tours and in the past has performed in top venues including Carnegie Hall, New York and the Royal Albert Hall, London. CBOI has also performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Hillsborough Castle and for USA President Barak Obama at the White House, Washington D.C.

By being part of this amazing organisation, members develop a great sense of achievement, self-confidence and ambition; and experience the enormous pride that comes with being a valued part of a successful, dedicated team.


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