A tour of as­sess­ment

The Invercargill Eye - - WHAT’S ON - JOANNA GRIF­FITHS

Have you ever dreaded an up­com­ing school as­sess­ment? Well, imag­ine hav­ing to take that as­sess­ment in front of a room full of strangers.

For South­ern In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy bach­e­lor of mu­sic stu­dent Deb Wat­tes, be­ing stared at by mem­bers of the pub­lic dur­ing a school as­sess­ment is com­mon place.

It was some­thing that went handin-hand with learn­ing mu­sic, she said. Now in her third year, the singer said stage fright was al­most a thing of the past.

‘‘In my first year, I re­mem­ber per­form­ing and be­ing as­sessed in pub­lic was nerve-rack­ing but to be hon­est, I don’t even no­tice any­more.’’

Wat­tes and 10 other fel­low stu­dents have been touring around South­land this week as the mu­si­cal act The Ital­ics.

It was a busy week with the band be­ing as­sessed while on the tour, which took them from Fiord­land to Alexan­dra, Queen­stown and In­ver­cargill. ‘‘It’s great be­cause it dou­bles as in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

The most valu­able el­e­ment of her de­gree was com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and be­ing able to en­gage with the pub­lic, she said.

‘‘We need peo­ple to come along as part of our study.’’

You can catch the The Ital­ics at the Vinyl Bar on Fri­day night from 9.30pm.


SIT third year mu­sic stu­dents held a lunchtime con­cert at Fiord­land Col­lege on Mon­day.

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