Men­tors launch kids into mu­sic

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

New Zealand Mu­sic Month has kicked off, with bud­ding song­writ­ers and mu­si­cians gain­ing in­spi­ra­tion straight from the ex­perts thanks to a suc­cess­ful mu­sic men­tor­ing pro­gramme.

Now in its eighth year, Mu­sic Men­tor­ing in Schools is de­liv­ered by the New Zealand Mu­sic Com­mis­sion through fund­ing from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Songstress Anna Cod­ding­ton is one of the tal­ented men­tors the com­mis­sion has re­cruited to share in­dus­try knowl­edge.

She’s us­ing her com­pos­ing and per­form­ing skills to in­spire pupils at schools like St Therese Pri­mary School in Three Kings.

The singer, who re­leased her de­but al­bum The Lake in June last year, is also a trained black­belt karate teacher.

She says al­though the teach­ing ma­te­rial may dif­fer, the fun­da­men­tals of how stu­dents learn re­mains the same.

“Teach­ing karate has helped me fig­ure out ways to en­cour­age peo­ple to go out of their com­fort zones and try new things.

“I just had to get them over their ini­tial shy­ness, which wasn’t too hard.

“They were very keen. It was the best thing hear­ing those young peo­ple com­ing up with their own mu­sic.”

“It just keeps grow­ing fan­tas­ti­cally.

“Thou­sands of men­tor vis­its have been made since 2001 by mu­si­cians and will con­tinue to do so un­til our min­istry con­tract is re­viewed in 2011,” she says.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Mak­ing mu­sic: Singer and song­writer Anna Cod­ding­ton knows how to strike a chord with St Therese Pri­mary School pupils.

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