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