This year a third music class was started, catering to ORS Vision Only students. The main drive behind this group was to learn the marimba and ukulele repertoire so to participate in the Christchurch Strum Strike Blow 2018 Festival.
After two and a half terms of music classes with RTV Virginia Simmons, they joined with over 1200 primary school students from 42 primary schools from Christchurch in the fifth Strum Strike Blow Festival.
Four students met weekly to learn six marimba pieces ranging from a Japanese song to the theme to Mission Impossible were learned.
On the ukuleles, starting with playing only one chord in Term 1 by the festival date were able to follow their music and play the entire song… all while wearing lai’s. In figure 1 Virginia and the students are playing ukuleles.
They developed into a strong confident team. One student summed it up, rushing to their parent exclaiming, “I learnt to follow the conductor!” In figure 2 Virginia and the students are playing marimbas.