Butler and Merriwa primary students team up with Music Active to stage concerts

Making music: Butler Primary School students Ava Witt, Oliver Savoury, Sofia Potts, Zane Wesley, Harry Nicholls and Teihana Browne. Pictures: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d484100
Making music: Butler Primary School students Ava Witt, Oliver Savoury, Sofia Potts, Zane Wesley, Harry Nicholls and Teihana Browne. Pictures: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d484100

MUSIC students from two north coast schools are finetuning their skills for performances in Butler this week.

Butler and Merriwa primary schools have collaborated with Music Active for a series of song writing workshops with year 5 and 6 students.

Butler music teacher Carly Jurgowiak said the students wrote lyrics and practised on instruments during music sessions to put together two concerts at Butler College.

“Students are also taking on behind the scenes jobs such as lighting, advertising and sound technicians,” she said.

Music Active’s Andrew Thompson and Chris Gibbs run the program, which has involved about 200 children from the Butler school, as well as 50 of Merriwa teacher’s Rose Longmuir-Prior’s music students.

Chris Gibbs and Andrew Thompson from Music Active with Year 6 students at Merriwa Primary School. Photo: Martin Kennealey

Mr Thompson said the program, run in partnership with community radio station RTRFM, brought songwriters into schools.

“Music Active is all about teaching school students the joy of music and leaving them excited about their creative potential,” he said.

“We work with students to help them to write and perform their own original songs.

The Year 5 concert is planned for Tuesday and the Year 6 show for Wednesday.