Mega mu­sic chal­lenge suc­cess

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Stu­dents from Hor­sham, Stawell, Nhill and Bal­larat Phoenix col­leges have pooled their tal­ents for a day of mu­sic mak­ing.

Hor­sham Col­lege mu­sic teacher Nick Shirrefs said the schools’ year seven and eight stu­dents had com­bined forces for a Mega Mu­sic Day for sev­eral years.

“The year-seven stu­dents are very much in the early stages of learning their cho­sen in­stru­ment and for some it can be quite daunt­ing, faced with mu­sic far more dif­fi­cult than they have at­tempted pre­vi­ously,” he said. “By the time they re­turn in year eight they are much more ca­pa­ble of play­ing all the mu­sic, and fre­quently as­sist the year sev­ens.

“It’s al­ways an eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the year-eight stu­dents, who can re­flect on how far they have ad­vanced in a year.”

Mr Shirrefs said see­ing stu­dents learn typ­i­cal or­ches­tral in­stru­ments such as the flute, clar­inet and trum­pet was grat­i­fy­ing for an in­stru­men­tal teacher.

“Through­out the past decade or so they have be­come less pop­u­lar than typ­i­cal rock in­stru­ments such as drums and gui­tar,” he said.

“It does give us a faint glim­mer of hope that they aren’t going to to­tally die out!”

The Mega Mu­sic Day cul­mi­nated in a brief con­cert at Hor­sham Col­lege.

“The stu­dents per­formed mu­sic they worked through dur­ing the day, pos­si­bly for the first time,” Mr Shirrefs said.

“Ev­ery year is a re­sound­ing suc­cess and this year has been no dif­fer­ent.”

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