CRESCENDO HITS HIGH NOTE

Weekend Courier - - Street Watch -

YOUNG mu­si­cians at Me­d­ina Pri­mary School are de­lighted to take the next step in a mu­si­cal col­lab­o­ra­tion with the West Aus­tralian Sym­phony Or­ches­tra (WASO).

In its fourth year, the Crescendo mu­sic pro­gram has reached a ma­jor tar­get as stu­dents ready them­selves to pick up their first mu­si­cal in­stru­ment.

Year 4 stu­dents, who have been with the pro­gram since pre-pri­mary, were pre­sented with vi­o­lins for their first les­son on Mon­day.

Pro­gram or­ga­nis- ers aim to pro­vide mu­sic lessons to ev­ery stu­dent in pre-pri­mary to Year 6 across Me­d­ina and North Parmelia pri­mary schools by 2020.

That means 70 chil­dren learn­ing to sing, play an in­stru­ment, read mu­sic and per­form.

WASO vi­o­lin teacher Griffin Wright said see­ing the im­pact of the pro­gram on the stu­dents had been some­thing to be­hold. “Many of the chil­dren par­tic­i­pat­ing in Crescendo have pre­vi­ously had no mu­si­cal experience; some have never even held an in­stru­ment,” he said.

“It has brought so many ben­e­fits; both teach­ers and par­ents have no­ticed im­proved con­cen­tra­tion, self­con­fi­dence and be­hav­iour as a re­sult of the pro­gram.”

WASO teacher Cas­san­dra Lake said that in the pro­gram’s four years, it had reached close to 350 stu­dents.

The pro­gram is a free mu­si­cal-ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram pro­vided by WASO ex­clu­sively to stu­dents at North Parmelia and Me­d­ina pri­mary schools only. More de­tails at https://www.waso.com.au/ed uca­tion/out­reach/crescendo.

Year 4 stu­dents Weast Stan­away and Semira Ja­cobs-Bolton un­der tu­ition from WASO teacher Griffin Wright.

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