Dáil debates

Thursday, 28 January 2010

2:00 pm

Photo of Seán HaugheySeán Haughey (Minister of State, Department of Education and Science; Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Dublin North Central, Fianna Fail)

The Deputy has asked many questions. Music is a core part of the arts curriculum in all classes in all primary schools and comprises listening, responding, performing and composing activities. Music is a core part of the arts programme of the primary school curriculum and its benefits are widely known. On the Music Network initiative, the administrative arrangements are being put in place for it, it will be rolled out in 2010 to 2013 and it will involve the recruitment of music teachers. That initiative is under way. The funding is being provided and, in due course, it is intended that the Department will take over the funding to ensure this initiative continues in the long term. It is open to schools in DEIS and the schools completion programme to use the extensive resources and facilities available under those programmes in whatever way they wish. Music activities would be a key element of activity to be promoted under those programmes.

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