Men­tors share their mu­sic

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Teach­ers have be­come stu­dents once more at Co­bram Pri­mary School as part of the Na­tional Mu­sic Men­tor Pro­gram.

The pi­lot pro­gram pairs a mu­sic men­tor with a gen­eral teacher to build their skills and con­fi­dence in teach­ing mu­sic.

Mu­sic men­tor Gabrielle Ryan said she hoped to spread her love of mu­sic to both teach­ers and stu­dents.

‘‘Mu­sic is es­sen­tial to life and de­vel­op­ment,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘It teaches ev­ery­thing: read­ing, writ­ing, lit­er­acy and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.’’

The lessons bring mu­sic into the class­room with singing, danc­ing and a colour­ful va­ri­ety of in­stru­ments.

Co­bram Pri­mary Prep teacher Ann Carmichael has been learn­ing from Ms Ryan for the past 16 weeks and said she had learned along­side her stu­dents.

‘‘We’ve learnt a lot and the chil­dren en­joy the rhythm and rhyme and it helps them ex­pand their lan­guage and un­der­stand­ing of syl­la­bles and words,’’ Ms Carmichael said.

‘‘In Prep ev­ery­thing is a lot of fun. Ev­ery new learn­ing step is a good one.’’

The pro­gram is be­ing held in five towns in Vic­to­ria and will be rolled out to other towns if the pi­lot is con­sid­ered suc­cess­ful.

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