Canning teacher nominated for ARIA
STUDENTS of a Canning Vale primary school can now sing in different languages, thanks to their music teacher.
Caladenia Primary School music teacher Deb Skelton is a contender for the 2018 ARIA Music Teacher of the Year award.
She began teaching songs in Noongar this year and has taught melodies in Australian Sign Language for a couple of years.
Mrs Skelton said 650 children from Year 1 to 6 sang I am Australian in three languages for Naidoc week in July.
“We sang the chorus of I Am Australian, translated into Noongar, and signed that in Auslan as well,” she said.
“Signing acts as a bridge between the Noongar language and the English language.”
Mrs Skelton said she worked with students to interpret songs and started with translating key words.
“This year, in the Harmony Day assembly, a particular song had greetings in 10 different languages,” she said.
“We’ve added each of the students’ greetings and ended up with over 20 languages.”
Mrs Skelton is one of four teachers in the running for the national music teacher of the year award.
She said she was surrounded by music all her life and had been teaching music in the classroom for 18 years.
“Music was my favourite subject in school and I too was inspired by my music teachers,” Mrs Skelton said.
“It never occurred to me that music wouldn’t be in my path.”
Public voting is open until this Wednesday at www.ariamusicteacheraward.com.au/.
The award will be presented at the ARIA award ceremony in Sydney on November 28.
Music teacher Deb Skelton with primary school students.