Warragul & District Gazette, September 8, 2015
Jindivick Primary School hosted a musical cluster day for the Tarago Cluster of schools recently.
Students from Jindivick, Noojee, Labertouche and Neerim District Rural primary schools took part in the music education program.
The students of the cluster schools took part in a variety of musical workshops.
Music education is important in the development of children, and the small schools in the cluster have limited resources to run an engaging and comprehensive music program.
At Jindivick Primary School, an engaging music curriculum is being developed and implemented to give the students the opportunity to explore music-making in an engaging way.
The whole group of 126 students started the day with a vocal workshop,exploring body percussion and encouraging students to ‘find their voice’.
Students were immersed in world music through the performance company Musica Viva, who came down from Sydney.
The performance was an Indonesian Musical group called “Makukuhan.” The students danced, sang and took part in making traditional Indonesian music.
The children enjoyed learning about the unique instruments from Indonesia and the rhythmic sound of the music.
The students also took part in school lead workshops, playing kitchen percussion using everyday kitchen items, instrument making using recycled materials and Chinese singing.