Laois School of Music was established in September 2001. The Arts Office of Laois County Council identified a significant deficit in the provision of musical education in the Midlands region. In order to bring this concept to fruition, Laois County Council recognized the need for a partnership approach with Laois V.E.C (now Laois Offaly ETB) and the Arts Council. The development of music was one of the principal objectives under the Arts in Laois Development Plan 2001-2003. Laois County Council, with assistance from Laois V.E.C. and the Arts Council, prioritised this artform in establishing the Laois School of Music.
The School of Music has developed from a zero base to its present position of 320 students, 14 part-time specialized Music teachers and a full-time Co-ordinator. In providing quality tuition in Piano, Guitar, Strings, Woodwind, Voice, Percussion, Kindermusic, Junior and Leaving Cert Music, Laois School of Music has become a recognised Centre of Excellence for Laois and the surrounding counties. There is a thriving Orchestral programme in place, with up to 60 members age 8 to 18, who play as a Junior Orchestra (Orpheus), a Senior Ensemble and as a combined Youth Orchestra for larger events.
Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, Railway Street, Portlaoise (beside Kavanagh’s Bicycle Shop)
Monday – Thursday : 4pm – 9pm Sat : 10am – 3pm
Tuition available in Piano, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Recorder, Clarinet, Saxophone, Drums, Singing, Kindermusic, Junior & Leaving Cert Music.