Yarloop students receive new musical instruments

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Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
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Yarloop Primary School principal Mark Gledhill, music teacher Elizabeth Zappia and their students Isabella Halling, 9, Luchee Smedley, 11, Zayden Schmidt, 8, Brodi Beamsley, 11, Emma Burdenkin, 11, and Matthew Shawcross, 10, with their new instruments.
Camera IconYarloop Primary School principal Mark Gledhill, music teacher Elizabeth Zappia and their students Isabella Halling, 9, Luchee Smedley, 11, Zayden Schmidt, 8, Brodi Beamsley, 11, Emma Burdenkin, 11, and Matthew Shawcross, 10, with their new instruments. Credit: Picture: Briana Fiore

There could be a Mozart or two amid Yarloop Primary School’s budding group of young musicians.

The school has just opened a dedicated music space in its Art Centre and has received a grant from Alcoa to go towards purchasing new instruments.

Music teacher Elizabeth Zappia said she was able to get xylophones for her music students with a $3000 donation from Alcoa.

“The students are loving the new instruments and the new music room,” Mrs Zappia said.

Mrs Zappia said she was delighted to be able to establish a music program at the school, as there had not been one for more than a decade. She said the resilient school, which has 50 students, was severely affected by the devastating 2016 Yarloop bushfires, but was excited to be providing innovative and rewarding programs for its students.

The music teacher, who teaches ukulele, piano, percussion and the xylophone, said there were many benefits in learning music.

“Not only is learning an instrument engaging, but it also helps develop fine motor skills, listening skills and language skills in young children,” she said.

One of the piano students, Luchee Smedley, said she was grateful for the music program.

“I feel like we are really lucky to have so many instruments, considering we are an extremely small school,” she said.

“Mrs Zappia has been really good and she puts a lot of effort in.”

Principal Mark Gledhill said music brought a sense of “normality” after the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it had on schools.

“Music is a great way to bring everyone back together,” he said.

Mr Gledhill said a majority of the students had returned to school following the pandemic.

The students said they were looking forward to their end-of-year Christmas concert, where they would be able to showcase their musical talent to the Yarloop community.

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