Shepparton News

MUSICAL MONDAYS

PROGRAM AT BOURCHIER STREET MUSIC TO EARS OF JUNIOR STUDENTS

- By Laura Briggs

Every Monday Bourchier St Primary School students learn to sing, dance, play ukelele and beat out a rhythm in a music mentoring program designed to build musical confidence in students and teachers.

Music is making its mark on students at Bourchier Street Primary School.

The Shepparton school is one of few across Victoria’s rural regions to have welcomed the National Music Teachers Mentor Program as part of their school agenda for Prep to Year 2 students.

The program aims to make music popular among primary-aged students and encourage them to make and enjoy music anywhere, anytime.

Program mentor Gabrielle Ryan said she was delighted to have the chance to take music into the school.

‘‘We do lots of singing, dancing and playing instrument­s and the students are responding really well,’’ she said.

Ms Ryan said while she believed the students had enjoyed their time in the program, she hoped the interest would continue to rise.

‘‘The idea is that when I walk away, it doesn’t walk away with me,’’ she said.

She said she had been thrilled to work alongside Prep teachers Jane Shattock, Amy McCurdy and Sam Bentley, who had joined in on the 20-week program.

Ms Ryan said she hoped to see the government-funded program expand further into more Shepparton primary schools so more students could be enjoying the gift of music.

 ?? Picture: RODNEY BRAITHWAIT­E ?? Uke jam - Tyler Morley, 7, from Shepparton strums out a ukelele tune during Bourchier St Primary’s Monday music session.
Picture: RODNEY BRAITHWAIT­E Uke jam - Tyler Morley, 7, from Shepparton strums out a ukelele tune during Bourchier St Primary’s Monday music session.
 ??  ?? Striking a chord: Bourchier Street student Levi Pilot is all smiles at the music program.
Striking a chord: Bourchier Street student Levi Pilot is all smiles at the music program.
 ?? Pictures: Rodney Braithwait­e ?? Sharing a gift: National Music Teachers Mentor Program mentor Gabrielle Ryan takes music into the Shepparton primary school.
Pictures: Rodney Braithwait­e Sharing a gift: National Music Teachers Mentor Program mentor Gabrielle Ryan takes music into the Shepparton primary school.
 ??  ?? In rhythm: Mahnaz Hosseini joins in with some clapping sticks.
In rhythm: Mahnaz Hosseini joins in with some clapping sticks.
 ??  ?? Busting a move: Ethan Lancaster gets in the groove at the music program.
Busting a move: Ethan Lancaster gets in the groove at the music program.
 ??  ?? Playing a tune: Max Senior plays a tune on a glockenspi­el.
Playing a tune: Max Senior plays a tune on a glockenspi­el.

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