Marnoo Primary School students picked up some tips from professional guitar and ukulele player Matthew Fagan during a workshop at the school.
Principal Grant Fiedler said this was the second year Mr Fagan had presented a ukulele workshop at the school.
“We have a strong music program that includes learning to play the ukulele and piano,” he said.
Students Alejandra Plasencia Camargo, year one, and her sister Valeria, foundation, kicked off the workshop by performing a welcoming song for Mr Fagan, which they had written for the occasion.
“Next the students took turns performing songs of their choice, before participating in a 90-minute ukulele workshop,” Mr Fiedler said.
“The workshop was videoed so the students can practise what they learnt over the coming weeks.”
Mr Fiedler said the students often took advantage of opportunities to showcase their skills.
“They have busked in Horsham’s main street and performed at Wimmera Eisteddfod, Rupanyup’s Dirt Music Festival, Donald Music Festival and Dunmunkle Lodge at Minyip,” he said.
Mr Fiedler said learning music was an important part of the school’s curriculum.
He said it helped establish life-lasting skills, understanding and appreciation of music.
“Playing music uses both sides of the brain, which has been proven to benefit learning in other areas, particularly in literacy and numeracy,” he said.