A group of Year 7 students were given the opportunity to try their hand at playing instruments from the brass, string and woodwind families under the guidance of leading musicians.
Students took part in three different workshops where they learnt about instruments including the french horn, the clarinet and the violin. Students were taught about techniques and styles before taking it in turns to play the many instruments on offer. The workshops were organised by music teacher Mr Brown and were designed to inspire students to consider learning a musical instrument.
Mr Brown said: “The Year 7 students really engaged with the instrumental workshops and many showed an instant, natural ability for an instrument despite having never picked up that instrument before. I would encourage any students who had an interest in one or more of the instruments during the workshops to think about taking lessons. Learning a musical instrument is beneficial in so many ways-it builds your sense of responsibility, self-discipline, confidence and resilience and helps develop organisational, presentation, listening and concentration skills. It’s also a great way to meet people, make new friends and can offer many opportunities to travel and experience different cultures.”