No bar­ri­ers to singing

Kwinana Courier - - News - Na­dia Budi­hardjo

A COM­MU­NITY singing pro­gram is giv­ing chil­dren as young as three a chance to join a choir.

Choirs4kids di­rec­tor Sue Ross said she wanted chil­dren and teenagers to have an op­por­tu­nity to join a choir with­out tra­di­tional bar­ri­ers of time or age.

“I saw a need for chil­dren of a young age to have an op­por­tu­nity to sing when most chil­dren aren’t guided to­wards singing un­til pri­mary school,” she said.

“We don’t hold au­di­tions, we don’t dis­crim­i­nate and we start from age three.”

Ms Ross said while the ses­sions were held in groups, she was able to tend to the chil­dren’s in­di­vid­ual needs.

“We de­velop singing skills and learn cur­rent songs but mostly it’s just to have fun,” she said.

“We cater a lot in boost­ing the chil­dren’s con­fi­dence and self-es­teem.”

That of­fer­ing has led to Choir4Kids be­ing named as a fi­nal­ist in the na­tional What’s On 4 Kids awards in the cat­e­gories of Best Lo­cal School-Aged Kids Ac­tiv­ity and Best New Ac­tiv­ity for Kids, with win­ners to be an­nounced in Au­gust.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited to be part of the award fi­nals, we have our fin­gers crossed,” Ms Ross said.

Cur­rently of­fered only in Bal­divis, Melville and South Perth, Ms Ross wants Choirs4Kids to ex­pand.

“The next step is def­i­nitely open­ing up a cou­ple more groups in Perth, maybe north of the river,” she said.

Visit www.choirs4kids.com.au for de­tails.

Sue Ross with the Bal­divis and Melville Singing Joeys.

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