Bushfire Recovery – MCM
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music partnered with secondary schools in areas of Victoria affected by bushfire to provide the opportunity for music students to work with some of Melbourne’s renowned music educators. Six recent MCM graduates worked with woodwind and brass ensembles at schools in Alexandra, Healesville and Whittlesea, to support and enhance existing music teaching. At the end of the term, the students from these schools performed alongside the University of Melbourne’s Wind Symphony and the Royal Australian Navy Band for a concert at the University’s Melba Hall in September 2012.
The project assisted both students and teaching staff at the three schools involved. It gave students exposure to different stimuli and influence, and gave the teaching staff assistance with their busy teaching loads. Gaining access to the arts is a challenge for many schools in regional areas, and this project helped to break down some of those barriers by bringing tutors to the schools, and also transporting the school ensembles to Melba Hall for a gala concert at the conclusion of the project.
Communities Engaged: Whittlesea, Alexandra, Healesville
Alumni Artist/s: Jana Mollison, Nicholas Yates, Tamara Kohler, Timothy Duncan, Rachel Byrnes, Talisha Ohanessian
Dates: August – September 2012
A version of this article originally appeared on Channel, the Faculty’s previous publishing platform.