Music Skills Workshop Day

On Friday 25 May a Music Skills Workshop Day was held at Coonabarabran High School. For this event, various musicians visited the school and ran workshops in small groups aimed at teaching students new musical skills. Just over 110 students participated in these workshops.

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David Henry, a professional trombone player from Sydney, ran two workshops – one aimed at students playing brass instruments, and a band workshop. All students who play woodwind or brass instruments, as well as two pianists, a bass player and a student on double bass participated in this band workshop and rehearsed a Jazz ensemble piece entitled Bob Cat. Ex-CHS student and professional singer, Jack Ayoub, worked with the cast of We Will Rock You and taught them some singing techniques. Jack also worked with a smaller group of singers later in the day. Paul Armstrong ran two workshops – one aimed at bass guitar players, and a second one aimed at guitarists. Staff member James Moffatt worked with a group of 21 students on drumming techniques in a very dynamic and engaging workshop. The Year 11/12 Music students as well as Felicity Maher and Amy Habbits participated in an online Skype workshop with the well-known Australian singer/songwriter Sara Storer. Sara spoke to the students about song writing, performing and the music industry in general. Lastly, ex-CHS student Nathan Cox and a fellow student from Sydney Conservatorium, Thea Turnbull, presented a workshop on Baroque Music for the Year 11/12 students after school. Nathan brought his harpsichord along for this demonstration, and Thea brought along her Baroque viola. Ms Di Suthons also demonstrated her viola da gamba to the students.

All Year 7 and 8 students gathered in the hall in the last lesson of the day and participated in a demonstration of a wide range of instruments by David Henry, Nathan Cox and Thea Turnbull, Ms Suthons, and Paul Armstrong.

A very big thank you goes to all of these presenters for taking time out of very busy schedules to work with the students of Coonabarabran High School. We hope to see them back again soon!

Mrs Aimee Rossler