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Easter Music Workshop (1)As one reporter puts it the sounds of various musical instruments filled the room at the old Salem primary school on Thursday as children in the Easter Music workshop showcased their new found abilities. Nearly twice last year’s number, 38 children took part in the musical workshop organized by the division of culture in conjunction with the Small Beginnings music programs with funding provided by the Montserrat Tourist Board.

Some of the children had attended previous workshops while others from long before and now form part of the Small Beginnings band assisted in conducting the workshop. Among them Lorrian, Delbert, Ethylene, Clarabell, along with Rebecca Chalmers the MSS music teacher, who supports the music programs throughout the primary schools as well. The children spent two weeks learning to play a variety of musical instruments to include the flute, saxophone, guitar, piano, violin, trumpet and trombone.Easter Music Workshop (4)

Parliamentary Secretary with responsibilities for youth and culture, the Hon. Jermaine Wade speaking at a closing ceremony said he is heartened by the tremendous work that was put in by all concerned, He said that if the development process were to continue by 2016 Montserrat we would then have one of the best bands in the region. “I am delighted that we are now at a stage that when we look at events such as the junior calypso competition – we have our very own youngsters who started within the Small Beginnings program.”

Coordinator of culture and local musician, director of the program, Herman ‘Cupid’ Francis giving a brief overview, says he pleased with the accomplishments of the students explaining that the workshop was conducted in such a way to facilitate the students learning more than just playing an instrument.

“There are two things we wanted to accomplish in this workshop,” he said. “First of all learning to read the score, which I think that most of them can read simple score, the music sheet, and the other thing is each of them had to learn to play an instrument and I think it’s just a beginning…”

He spoke to the parents and guardians pointing out that they try to teach everybody general basic stuff about music and then go into different groups where, “…we teach them about the instrument, the key of the instrument.” He noted the children learn the importance of practice, teamwork and playing together; and the importance of responsibility, time management and appreciation for others privacy and tolerance, because they can be very disturbing when practicing. “…disturbing when you’re practicing and distracting somebody else; so all that we try to inculcate apart from teaching them the instrument itself,” he said.

Mr. Herman Francis

Mr. Herman Francis

Francis said that they started in some workshop or some activity and now they are playing in churches, playing in bans and so on. “I’m very proud of them,” he said, adding expression of thanks and much appreciation to all the assistants Mr. Silas Carty, Rebecca who was away and came back during the last week, as well as earlier students some mentioned above.

The students gave brief renditions on each the instruments, after which  received certificates of attendance and appreciation. At the end together, they performed the tune, which Cupid said was one of his favourite pieces, Amazing Grace. This, to the applause and call of encore from parents and well-wishers who packed the old school hall.

Some of the children expressed their delight in the workshop.

“It was awesome meeting other instruments all of us played well…

“I played the trombone the trombone have a …and a bell…

“I learn to play the keyboard, it was amazing, and I would like to come back next year…Easter Music Workshop (8)

“It was exciting because I was learning some basic rules on the piano but then I learnt more about the piano, I could play more cords, I know most of the notes and so on, the sharps, the flats…

“I played the trumpet it was fun learning how to play instruments and seeing the different kind of instruments.

A repeat student who was noted for her recent sporting feats at the age of 12, “The experience was very good, I enjoyed the workshop because I was playing a new instrument. The first time I was playing clarinet and now I’m playing the trumpet.”

“It was really enjoyable playing the flute and teaching others how to play it.

“I learned flute but now I’m playing the violin, when you’re playing the violin you have to use the bow to cross the strings, you have to use your finders also to press on the strings…

“It was amazing, it was fantastic and fun, and I enjoyed it very well.”

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Easter Music Workshop (1)As one reporter puts it the sounds of various musical instruments filled the room at the old Salem primary school on Thursday as children in the Easter Music workshop showcased their new found abilities. Nearly twice last year’s number, 38 children took part in the musical workshop organized by the division of culture in conjunction with the Small Beginnings music programs with funding provided by the Montserrat Tourist Board.

Some of the children had attended previous workshops while others from long before and now form part of the Small Beginnings band assisted in conducting the workshop. Among them Lorrian, Delbert, Ethylene, Clarabell, along with Rebecca Chalmers the MSS music teacher, who supports the music programs throughout the primary schools as well. The children spent two weeks learning to play a variety of musical instruments to include the flute, saxophone, guitar, piano, violin, trumpet and trombone.Easter Music Workshop (4)

Parliamentary Secretary with responsibilities for youth and culture, the Hon. Jermaine Wade speaking at a closing ceremony said he is heartened by the tremendous work that was put in by all concerned, He said that if the development process were to continue by 2016 Montserrat we would then have one of the best bands in the region. “I am delighted that we are now at a stage that when we look at events such as the junior calypso competition – we have our very own youngsters who started within the Small Beginnings program.”

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Coordinator of culture and local musician, director of the program, Herman ‘Cupid’ Francis giving a brief overview, says he pleased with the accomplishments of the students explaining that the workshop was conducted in such a way to facilitate the students learning more than just playing an instrument.

“There are two things we wanted to accomplish in this workshop,” he said. “First of all learning to read the score, which I think that most of them can read simple score, the music sheet, and the other thing is each of them had to learn to play an instrument and I think it’s just a beginning…”

He spoke to the parents and guardians pointing out that they try to teach everybody general basic stuff about music and then go into different groups where, “…we teach them about the instrument, the key of the instrument.” He noted the children learn the importance of practice, teamwork and playing together; and the importance of responsibility, time management and appreciation for others privacy and tolerance, because they can be very disturbing when practicing. “…disturbing when you’re practicing and distracting somebody else; so all that we try to inculcate apart from teaching them the instrument itself,” he said.

Mr. Herman Francis

Mr. Herman Francis

Francis said that they started in some workshop or some activity and now they are playing in churches, playing in bans and so on. “I’m very proud of them,” he said, adding expression of thanks and much appreciation to all the assistants Mr. Silas Carty, Rebecca who was away and came back during the last week, as well as earlier students some mentioned above.

The students gave brief renditions on each the instruments, after which  received certificates of attendance and appreciation. At the end together, they performed the tune, which Cupid said was one of his favourite pieces, Amazing Grace. This, to the applause and call of encore from parents and well-wishers who packed the old school hall.

Some of the children expressed their delight in the workshop.

“It was awesome meeting other instruments all of us played well…

“I played the trombone the trombone have a …and a bell…

“I learn to play the keyboard, it was amazing, and I would like to come back next year…Easter Music Workshop (8)

“It was exciting because I was learning some basic rules on the piano but then I learnt more about the piano, I could play more cords, I know most of the notes and so on, the sharps, the flats…

“I played the trumpet it was fun learning how to play instruments and seeing the different kind of instruments.

A repeat student who was noted for her recent sporting feats at the age of 12, “The experience was very good, I enjoyed the workshop because I was playing a new instrument. The first time I was playing clarinet and now I’m playing the trumpet.”

“It was really enjoyable playing the flute and teaching others how to play it.

“I learned flute but now I’m playing the violin, when you’re playing the violin you have to use the bow to cross the strings, you have to use your finders also to press on the strings…

“It was amazing, it was fantastic and fun, and I enjoyed it very well.”