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Musical healing for students affected by the 2009 bushfires

23 Mar 2013

Two of NMIT's (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) Bachelor of Music  ensembles are participating in a collaborative program with students from Whittlesea Secondary College and Yea High School to help heal, teach, grow and entertain with music.

NMIT's 'Stevie Wonder Ensemble' and 'Contemporary Jazz Ensemble', will perform with the students from the two secondary schools, at the Elimatta Youth Space in Kinglake, on 18 September. They will also spend time listening to solo performances, jazz ensembles and school bands and give valuable feedback to the students.

According to Aicha Brogan, a counsellor at CatholicCare who is currently working with students from bushfire affected areas, as part of the Bushfire Community Recovery Team, “many of these students are still living with the aftermaths of the trauma associated with the bushfires.”

“It would be a great opportunity for the high school students to be exposed to older musicians. It would be incredibly inspiring and uplifting for them,” she said.

Students currently enrolled in VCE VET in Music, Certificate II and Certificate III courses from both Whittlesea Secondary College and Yea High School, along with younger youth interested in music are taking part in this program.

Adam Starr, lecturer at NMIT's Bachelor of Music program, sees an opportunity to make the collaboration ongoing. “The NMIT students are looking forward to this opportunity and the challenge of performing for a new and large audience. This will also simulate industry circumstances which will be beneficial to them.”

“The school students will see tertiary music students in action and hopefully have a dialogue - both spoken and musical. NMIT students will also provide feedback on school students' performances,” said Dr Starr.

What: An outreach program between two of NMIT's Bachelor of Music ensembles and VCE VET in Music students from Whittlesea Secondary College and Yea High School.

Where: Elimatta Youth Space, 94 Whittlesea Kinglake Road, Kinglake.

When: 18 September 2012 from 10am to 12.30pm


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