Tal­ented stu­dents show­cased at recital

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SI­MON GINNS

The semi-an­nual con­cert was or­gan­ised by Corowa mu­sic teacher Ber­nadette Wood­ward.

“Mum tries to do this ev­ery year, to show­case the stu­dents, to show how well they have gone,” Eric Wood­ward, who shares teach­ing du­ties with his mother, ex­plained.

“I teach drums, mum does key­board, gui­tar and singing,” he said.

Mr Wood­ward has been play­ing drums for twenty years and has been teach­ing for nine. His youngest stu­dent is five-years old and the old­est is in his for­ties.

Ir­re­spec­tive of a stu­dent’s age or ex­pe­ri­ence level, Mr Wood­ward be­lieves that get­ting

A shared love of mu­sic and an ea­ger­ness to learn more about the art of live per­for­mance re­cently brought 20 lo­cal mu­si­cians to­gether for a recital at the Wah­gun­yah School of Arts.

to grips with the chal­lenges of pub­lic per­for­mance is an im­por­tant step in their ed­u­ca­tion.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing in front of a crowd is learn­ing as well,” he said.

For many of the stu­dents, be­ing able to play an in­stru­ment and sing at the same time is an im­por­tant per­sonal goal.

While singing is not the fo­cus of her tu­ition, Ms Wood­ward can in­clude ba­sic vo­cal tu­ition into her lessons.

“I do the ba­sics of singing, get them in key and get them go­ing. That is why I give them the ex­pe­ri­ence with the band. If they want to singing pro­fes­sion­ally then they go to a singing teacher,” Ms Wood­ward said.

As the 70-seat hall filled to ca­pac­ity, the ner­vous ex­cite­ment of the singers and mu­si­cians back stage be­came pal­pa­ble. For many, this was their first pub­lic per­for­mance.

Ch­eryl Doyle is one of a hand­ful of adult stu­dents at the Wood­ward’s mu­sic school.

“I have done a few (per­for­mances) but I still get re­ally ner­vous, know­ing your chords and mu­sic and try­ing to put it all to­gether. There is so much go­ing on all at once,” Ms Doyle said.

Look­ing out from the stage she sees that many of the faces in the crowd are par­ents of her fel­low stu­dents.

“I know they are here for the kids, that is their main fo­cus, but it gives me a bit of con­fi­dence too,” she said.

Ash­lee Davey gave sev­eral gui­tar and vo­cal per­for­mances dur­ing the recital.

Tay­lor Par­ish demon­strated his ver­sa­til­ity on gui­tar dur­ing the “Guess That Riff” com­pe­ti­tion.

Min Smith showed great poise and con­fi­dence dur­ing her pi­ano solo.

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