SMEI stands for the Society of Music Education in Ireland just held an excellent conference this weekend in Cork, which brought together a whole raft of people involved in lots of different form of music education from all over.
As always, these events throw us a lot of really interesting topics and ideas, and the quality of the presentations was outstanding. It was one of those ‘lightbulb over the head’ moments from beginning to end.
Also, the event was interspersed with a series of performances by local community music groups including The Crescendos Choir, Cillian McSweeney & the Knocknaheeney Youth Music Project, the Adult Grúpa Cheoil, Craobh na Dúglaise CCÉ, and the Bodhrán Bookills. Each of these performances demonstrated what makes community-based music groups so special, and so representative of all the things that are still right about Irish society, despite the best efforts of the elites in the banks, government and the property ‘game’ to dismantle our way of life!
It was also heartening to meet so many of the Music Education community who hold MaSamba in such high esteem, and who were delighted to see that we are still working away, fighting the good fight’! Hopefully, we can organize a showcase for the band, and a workshop or two at a future SMEI conference!