MUSIC students from Butler College will start monthly performances in Clarkson this weekend.
Seven ensembles that include 20 year 8 to 12 students will perform at Ocean Keys Shopping Centre on the last Sunday of each month, starting May 27.
Head of music Paul Johnson said the students participating were passionate about music and would showcase their skills in several genres, including contemporary, jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock.
“The ensembles are all very different and demonstrate the varied strengths of each group,” he said.
“Performing outside of school while still within the local community is a fantastic way to build confidence, as the audience is made up of friends and relatives as well as strangers.”
For the six students in the Year 8 guitar ensemble, it will be the first time performing outside school grounds.
“They’re nervous, but they’re ready for it,” Mr Johnson said.
“We’ve slowly introduced them to performing – first in front of a small group in the library and then to larger groups at school events, so they’re really looking forward to it.
“Performing in the community gives the students an idea of gigging – how to be prepared and how to promote themselves, as well as the experience of performing to different people.”
Mr Johnson said the school offered training via the government-funded Instrumental Musical School Services program and the curriculum prepared them for upper school via the vocational education and training certificates.
He said they also learnt practical skills, such as setting up a public announcement system, mixing music and understanding audio sound engineering.
The student ensembles will perform the monthly Sunday Sounds events between noon and 3pm.