Local students have had a remarkable musical experience thanks to world-class music venue, the Melbourne Recital Centre.
During Term Three, Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC) has run an outreach program at Benalla P-12 College involving their Year 7 ‘Hands On Learning’ students and a group of Year 4’s
The MRC program gave students the experience of creating, listening to and performing music. Research shows that children (and adults) benefit emotionally, intellectually, socially and even physically from the shared experience of live music.
Led by a dedicated group of musicians, the Ad Lib Collective, the children built instruments using everyday materials found in their homes and sheds. Among their fabulous creations was a percussion instrument known as the ‘Frankenstein table’, a wind instrument that would be at home in a science laboratory and a shovel guitar.
The students were introduced to composing a piece of music and learning about the different sections of the orchestra. They were encouraged to be curious about the sounds you can make from the world around you.
As well as developing musically, teachers commented that many of the students have increased in confidence and improved their problem-solving and leadership skills.
In a wonderful local finale to the program, that clearly demonstrated their musical growth, the participating students spoke about their instruments and performed a range of compositions for an audience of parents, students, teachers and funding partners.
And the grand finale is still to come, with a concert by the students being planned at the Melbourne Recital Centre next term!
In addition to the work with students, the Ad Lib Collective ran workshops for local educational professionals including primary school teachers, kinder teachers and Tomorrow Today early years staff.
Benalla was selected for this two-year pilot project thanks to a partnership with Tomorrow Today Foundation and with funding support from the William Buckland Foundation. The MRC is likely to extend the program to other disadvantaged communities in future years.