Making Overtures is a professional development course that focuses on two key, non-artistic aspects of a successful career in music: self-promotion and self-management. The course is delivered by Irish and international experienced professionals addressing a range of areas including media, marketing, finance & taxations as well as local, national and international supports.
Since 2000, Music Network has been offering the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Training Programme. The programme provides professional musicians and composers with the opportunity to learn and develop skills in workshop facilitation. Elaine Agnew, composer and leading music faciiltator, is the Artistic Advisor and Lead Facilitator to the programme. The programme focuses on two key areas of musicianship: improvisation and vocal skills and how these key skills can be adapted to deliver a high-quality, interactive, fun musical experiences in a range of community settings including:
• youth groups,
• healthcare settings
• very young children (from 18 months)
The programme also offers insights into best practice approaches and supports and funding available to for this work.
In 2008, Musique et Santé (France); Royal Northern College of Music (UK), the Academy of Music, Krakow (Poland) and Music Network (Ireland) were awarded funding by the Leonardo da Vinci – Lifelong Learning Fund of the European Union to initiate a pilot European Music in Healthcare Setting Training Programme.
Four Irish Musicians were selected to join twelve other musicians from France, the UK and Poland in this Programme. The Programme was delivered in a series of 5 course weeks hosted by each of the partner countries between October 2009 and May 2010.
If you would like more information on Music Network’s work in healthcare settings in Ireland, please see the Publications section of this website.