LOCAL music students are learning from the best in the business, thanks to a new program.
The Smith Family and the University of Melbourne have combined with central Victorian schools to create SmArts regional music program.
It offers students from Eaglehawk Secondary College and Bendigo Senior Secondary College eight weeks of workshops run by staff from the university.
The program started in July and will finish with a performance by participants at the Melba Hall
in Melbourne on September 13.
Eaglehawk performing arts co-ordinator Judy Chalmers said the teaching by one of the university’s woodwind specialists, Jarrod Butler, was a highlight of her
15 years at the college.
“The idea of going and performing in a decent, quality venue is great for the students,” he said.
“They’re also getting a range of different styles, contemporary, experimental, and learning to work together as a team, learning leadership within an ensemble as well.”
The Smith Family’s Bendigo learning for life worker John Krakowiak said students were getting the best music education in the state.
“It is perfect timing before exams,” he said.
“They’re encouraged to learn about the artist they’re performing to understand what they are communicating.”