Stu­dents learn performance skills for Caribbean con­cert

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

WAN­GARATTA Pri­mary School stu­dents brought the mu­sic of the Caribbean to life last week.

Chil­dren put to­gether and per­formed a Caribbean themed con­cert at Wan­garatta High School last Fri­day.

The an­nual con­cert is part of the cur­ricu­lum to help stu­dents learn and strengthen skills re­lat­ing to performance an­gles, mem­o­ri­sa­tion, team­work and pub­lic speak­ing.

Scar­lett Schaik played a brightly coloured bird in the grade one and two performance of a song about a yel­low bird.

The per­former said she was ex­cited and happy to be singing and danc­ing with her class, and was sur­prised at how beau­ti­ful her cos­tume was.

“We had been pre­par­ing for a week,” she said.

“I re­ally liked the song we per­formed for this project.”

Mu­si­cian Stella Savy taught the stu­dents from each year level songs from var­i­ous places through­out the Caribbean, in­clud­ing Haiti, Ja­maica and Brazil.

“The kids have been learning the sto­ries be­hind each of the songs and us­ing that to put to­gether a performance piece,” she said.

“They had a ball – lots of good times and lots of laughs – it’s great fun and it’s awe­some for kids to be ex­posed to dif­fer­ent mu­sic from around the world.

“I think the stu­dents were a lit­tle bit ner­vous and ex­cited but they were full of en­ergy.”

PHOTO: Mel Guy

SONG AND DANCE: Mu­si­cian Stella Savy (back) helped stu­dents in­clud­ing (from left) Scar­lett Schaik, Ma­son Sk­er­mer and Wy­att Grimshaw learn songs for their con­cert.

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