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NYCI Youth Arts Summer School 2022

May 18, 2022 @ 11:00 am - September 15, 2022 @ 1:00 pm IST

€100.00 – €120.00


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Digital Music, Song Writing & Recording

NYCI’s Youth Arts Summer School for 2022 will focus on digital music, song writing & recording. Combining some online sessions with a 2-day residential in Maynooth University, this training programme aims to support youth workers and youth arts practitioners to gain the knowledge as well as the practical and creative skills to set up recording hubs in their own youth space and lead young people through their own engagement with song writing and production.  

This practical and in-depth training aims to provide participants with the skills, tools and software to set up remote writing, production and recording studios for innovative, creative practice with young people. The STEAM element of the programme will further equip participants with an innovative and highly creative tool kit when designing music programmes with young people.  

Through the Youth Arts Summer School mentoring process, participants will be supported to create a six-week programme ready for implementation over the summer months and an online follow-up session will be provided to help embed learning, support peer support and sharing of practice. 


Join Garry McCarthy (Director of GMCBeats, Producer, Lyricist and Creative Media Designer), Mark the Science Guy (STEAM Educator and Celebrity Scientist) and the National Youth Arts Programme team for an exciting summer school to develop your digital music production skill-set and re-energise your creative work with young people! 


NYCI Youth Arts Summer School 2022 is funded by The Arts Council, The Department for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth with additional funding from Science Foundation Ireland’


20 participants


€100 for member organisations or participants of regional networking hubs,  €120 for non-members. Contact nora@nyci.ie


2 Full residential days May 26th (10am – 6pm) & Friday 27th (9am – 5pm)
2 Online Workshops May 18th (11am – 1pm) & Sept 15th (11am – 1pm)


  • Develop creative new approaches that enhance your work with young people.
  • Gain practical in-depth workshop experiences which will develop your skills in digital music production and technology
  • Gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to lead young people through their own engagement with song writing and production.
  • Benefit from a supportive space to explore your own creativity, reflect on your practice and share experiences with your peers
  • Explore the STEAM connections within digital music production and sound, and advance your abilities to co-create, deliver and evaluate projects that promote STEAM learning
  • Learn how to communicate the science of sound in ways that inspire young people’s curiosity
  • Receive resources and mentoring so that you leave ready to set up a remote digital recording hub and implement a 6-8 week summer programme in digital music, song writing and recording


Youth workers, volunteers and youth arts & STEAM practitioners looking for new skills to deliver creative activities incorporating MUSIC TECHNOLOGY & STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) – and the confidence to use them.
Through this project, NYCI aims to support participants to develop skills and knowledge within the area of digital music production and technology. It incorporates the idea of learning how to communicate the science of sound in ways that inspire young people’s curiosity, creativity and active participation in youth work projects.


  • 100% agreed that they had increased confidence
  • 100% agreed that they had new skills and knowledge
  • 100% agreed they had acquired a reasonable knowledge of best youth arts practice
  • 100% agreed they had the opportunity to network and share ideas

“The most important thing for me to learn as a youth arts worker is how important it is to continue training and learning and to be a participant. This was somewhat unexpected, I knew this on one level but to have such a high-quality experience really brought home the importance of such training. I came into work feeling invigorated, like my batteries have been re-charged.


“I couldn’t rate this course high enough. Every day was filled with fun, informative, relevant activities, far more than any of us expected.


 Garry McCarthy

Garry McCarthy (GMC) is an educator, songwriter, rapper & music producer who identifies rap as “an important and accessible channel of expression for youth”. In 2008 he began developing song writing workshops that have since been delivered throughout Ireland. In recent years he has been working on international youth music projects with young people from Canada, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria. The GMCBeats Workshops and Song-in-a-Day projects have achieved great success in school and youth group environments. The engaging, inclusive and high-energy workshops inspire and empower young people to express themselves lyrically and create music based around their own experiences, while introducing them to the latest in recording and production technology. Since 2009, Garry has delivered over 2500 workshops through which over 1000 songs have been created.

Garry also collaborates with partner organisations including Music Generation Cork City, The HSE, JCSP Libraries secondary schools’ program, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, Youthreach, EPIC as well as hundreds of primary and secondary schools. He is also the director of a not-for-profit community music space, The Kabin Studio in Knocknaheeny, Cork where he mentors young rappers and songwriters in Cork city, records and produces music for emerging artists and delivers workshops to youth groups with the help of other musicians, performers and visual artists.


Mark, The Science Guy
Mark is a Theoretical Physicist, former professional footballer, TV presenter and Head of Science & Sport at Explorium – Ireland’s National Science Centre.

Mark is an experienced broadcaster and educational content creator, who works with top international organisations and brands to create unique and engaging STEM content. Mark performs across the world, on stage and TV, collaborating with scientists, engineers, celebrities, and sports stars to inspire the next generation.

Mark creates educational experiences, digital media, live exhibitions and shows, driven by a passion to ignite curiosity in people of all ages, and to provide everyone with opportunities to discover and develop their talents and pursue their dreams



During the two-day residential, participants will be staying at Maynooth Campus Accommodation, in single private bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities. Accommodation is available on Wednesday 25th ( for those travelling from around the country) and for all participants on Thursday 26th May


Food costs are included in the overall summer School fee. Lunch and dinner will be provided on day 1 and breakfast and lunch will be provided on day 2. Special dietary requirements will be catered for but please be sure to include this information on your booking form.


May 18, 2022 @ 11:00 am IST
September 15, 2022 @ 1:00 pm IST
€100.00 – €120.00
Event Category:


Online (Zoom)


National Youth Council of Ireland
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