Published by Cobram Courier online on December 13, 2013.
This article also appeared in print on December 11.
The multipurpose room is alive with the sound of Cobram Primary School’s new music program.
Former Cobram Secondary College music teacher Alistair Davey will join Cobram Primary School from next year to direct the program.
Mr Davey, who is also a former Cobram Primary School student, said he was excited to offer a different educational experience.
‘‘I want them to be able to realise their potential musically,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s such a creative outlet for them and I think not only can it be a lot of fun but it can enhance their ability to be able to be creative and add another dimension to their education.’’
Mr Davey said the program would encompass all year levels, with a one-hour lesson each week.
Cobram Primary School’s last music program was cancelled two years ago, so many of its younger students have never been taught music.
‘‘Because they haven’t had exposure to music before, it should be even more exciting for them,’’ Mr Davey said. ‘‘I think it’s a whole new adventure.’’
School principal Trudie Nagle said Mr Davey would be a welcome addition to the school community.
‘‘We have always valued music and the fantastic skills it brings to children but for the past two years we have struggled to find a provider and we are very pleased to have Alistair come on board,’’ she said.
After growing up on a farm near Cobram, Mr Davey moved to Melbourne to study music and teaching at Monash University.
He then moved to London where he was head of music at Packham Academy.
His past seven years were spent teaching music at Cobram Secondary College, Goulburn Valley Grammar School in Shepparton, and other schools in the region.
He hopes his passion for music will rub off on his Cobram Primary School students.
‘‘I’d like them to look towards playing real instruments like guitar or piano or even some brass and woodwind instruments,’’ he said.
‘‘That’s the long-term plan. The short-term plan is to get them to sing, and that will get them exposure to listening and things.’’
He said his classes would focus on a variety of music concepts and techniques.
‘‘In an average class lesson of 20 kids, there would probably be some singing as well as some theoretical tasks, some written activities and perhaps ensemble with the guitars or percussion instruments.
‘‘It wouldn’t be an hour of just the one thing — it would probably be three different sections.’’