Marnoo mae­stros

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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