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NEW INSTRUMENTS TO HELP STUDENTS FIND THEIR SOUND

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LOCAL students will soon be able to break out new beats or peel off a cool riff thanks to funding for schools to purchase musical equipment.

Geoff Howard and Sharon Knight visited Phoenix P-12 College last week to announce funding from Round One of the Andrews Labor Government’s Musical Instrument Grants program. Grants of up to $5,000 have been awarded to 3 Ballarat schools under the first funding round. Mr Howard said the grant for Phoenix P-12 College would enhance the school’s primary music program.

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the school to purchase electronic drums, guitars and recording equipment,” Mr Howard said. “Primary students are being encouraged to engage in the contemporary music genres that interest them. “By working together to form bands and to collaborate, this will help young students to develop their confidence and creativity, which will in turn, deliver improved results in other areas of their schooling.” Ms Knight said that music has an intrinsic value that was crucial to harness in a modern curriculum that will help students achieve their best. “Children from an early age respond to music and then it stays with them for life,” Ms Knight said. “We’re making sure that students are given an opportunity to reach their full potential by establishing high quality music programs in our schools. “I want kids to have fun making music with these new instruments and that one day the skills they learn might lead to a creative career.”

The second round of grants will be available in 2017.

Local schools to receive funding include: Phoenix P-12 Community College $5,000; Canadian Lead Primary School $4,984; and Wendouree Primary School $5,000.