Instrumental Music Opportunities at Auburn South – Stress on Strings

Post shared by ASPS assistant principal and passionate musician, Ms Suzanne Kinnersly.

Earlier in my teaching career I was a classroom music and performing arts teacher.  It was a career highlight and gave me a wonderful opportunity to combine my love of playing music and singing with teaching. One of my gurus is Richard Gill, conductor and educator, with whom I studied briefly in Brisbane in 2000. “He is one of Australia’s best known and best loved musical figures. He has a passion and enthusiasm for spreading not just the joy of music, but its myriad benefits. He is our greatest musical educator, and his life’s work – alongside his other roles – has been advocating music in our education system, and furthering the development of those who’ve gone on to choose music as a vocation.”

I’ve attached an article by Richard and a link to one of his lectures (The value of music education) on TEDX:

The Value of Music Education – Richard Gill

I believe the students at Auburn South are incredibly fortunate to have so many opportunities to learn music, not only through our vibrant Performing Arts Specialist program coordinated by Mr Michael but also the Instrumental program with sessional teachers offering string, voice, guitar, piano and woodwind.

One of the sessional programs available is Strings, run by Yeung Ng. Yeung has trained a number of students at Auburn South through her program and some years ago initiated the Auburn South String Ensembles who have delighted us with their performances at assemblies and public events. Unfortunately, at the end of this year the ensemble is losing some key players, particularly cellos, when the members from Year 6 leave.

When I heard the news, I asked Yeung if I might take up the cello to help boost the numbers.  String instruments are challenging and require perseverance and practice. What I love about learning this instrument is the lovely, rich sound that it produces, even with a casual pluck of one of its strings.  The benefits to my brain through neuroplasticity – focusing to tune in new neural pathways – are less obvious but also very important. When I see the age range between some of Yeung’s students (one little boy is playing a 1/8 size violin and they do come as small as 1/16) and me, I can happily say you’re never too young or too old to take up a string instrument.

It would be terrific to see some younger students taking up the cello, so we can keep the String Ensemble performing with that all-important bass section. Please see the information coming out via Geddup  shortly, on how you can enrol your child in the program.