Why is Music Important to Children?

We asked pupils at Rutland National School what music means to them - and this is what they had to say!

The students of 1960s Rutland Street National School, Dublin became famous for the legendary Give Up your Aul Sins recordings. Today, the school’s current students and The Ark have chosen to tell their stories in a very different way – through an original rap which they wrote and created with rapper GMCBeats.The children were invited to write their thoughts about music and what it meant to them and their lives. The words are their own, the voices are theirs and the result is this rap.

You can see the children talking about the rap on TRTÉ's News2Day here from 5:12 (not available on mobile):

We are releasing this rap to mark our upcoming Popular Music Week from 24-31 October, where children ages 2+ can explore, experience and create music. Over the mid-term, we will celebrate all things pop with fun gigs, workshops and music jams for all ages. Including Rap workshops with GMC himself where you can create something just like this!!

To see the complete list of events happening over the mid-term, just go to: http://ark.ie/events/season/mi...

The Ark and Music

As Ireland’s only dedicated cultural centre for children, we are at the forefront of commissioning and presenting new artistic work for children and families. Music programming in the next three months includes our third annual Popular Music Week along with two of our music commissions being staged around the country. Tracks in the Snow, a brand new festive music show with acclaimed Irish band The Henry Girls runs at The Ark throughout December. Last year’s smash-hit Christmas show A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing returns with a tour of six venues in the north of Ireland this winter. These are part of The Ark's commitment to commissioning exciting new music experiences for children.