Make Music Australia 21 June 2021   

As part of the Make Music Australia Day event, just over 50 of our school students provided some live music at Lunch on Monday 21 June 2021. The idea behind this day is to have as many free music-making events happening on one day as possible and to build a community of music makers. The concept of a “musical holiday” originated in France in 1982. The original idea was to have a day where music would be performed free of charge all around cities and towns. Last year, over 800 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations on 21 June . The Make Music festival is celebrated in more than 800 cities in 120 different countries. The event was run in Australia in 2018 for the first time and saw over 100 events in 80 locations on  21 June. This year, Coonabarabran High School participated in Make Music Australia Day by presenting a Live Music at Lunch event which was registered on the Make Music Australia Day web site. We managed to get a very large group of students performing as the various class music groups took to the stage to play a piece they had been working on. The 7A and 7D class bands combined to play I’m Yours and were followed by the 8A class band who played My Girl. The Year 8D band performed Back in Black. The two Year 9/10 Music classes combined for a performance of Ocean Eyes and Year 11 and 12 combined to play Just the Two of Us with Miss Lewis performing as soloist. Two students performed a solo piece each – they were Vance McDonald and Emily Staniforth. The students did a fabulous job in providing 40 minutes of music and were supported by their peers and staff. A big thank you also goes to Miss Lewis for all her fantastic work with our students, Mr Armstrong for setting up the sound for us, and Mr Moffat who accompanied some groups on drums.

Mrs Aimee Rossler

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HSC Music Study Day

Blake Murnane, Declan Eshman, Tashani Clarke and Lawrance Little

On Friday 4 June, the four HSC Music students – Blake Murnane, Lachlan Eshman, Tashani Clarke and Lawrance Little – attended the HSC Music Study Day at Oxley High School in Tamworth. The students participated in workshops focusing on Aural skills, Performance preparation, Improvisation and Viva Voce. Included in this workshop was a vocal session during which students harmonised chords to help develop pitch skills. During the last session, all four students had the opportunity to perform one of their HSC performance pieces and they received useful feedback from the presenters to guide their further preparation. It was an absolute pleasure to take these students to the Study Day and they represented Coonabarabran High School with pride. All in all, it was a very constructive day!

Aimee Rossler

Narrabri Music Eisteddfod 2021


Clover Hippisley, Monique Bragg, Megan Hain, Riley Fleming, Sam Bowman

On Monday 24 May 2021, ten students from Coonabarabran High School participated in the Music section of the Narrabri Eisteddfod. Two HSC students – Tashani Clarke and Lawrance Little – participated in the non-competitive HSC section. In this section, HSC students have the opportunity to perform two of their performance pieces to the adjudicator for feedback. Both Tashani and Lawrance played well and they received some encouraging feedback.

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