Challis PS student and Adam Hall
Performer Adam Hall teaches Challis Primary School kids how to ‘scat’ as part of a special music education event at Government House

Music fills the halls of Government House

What a terrific afternoon event at Government House with the Governor and Ms Annus treated to the sound of music as Adam Hall and the Velvet Players held an interactive concert for the students of Challis Primary School.

The concert is part of an ongoing partnership Government House has with primary schools to ensure children from all backgrounds have the opportunity to access music.

Accessible music education was also the topic of conversation over lunch, hosted by the Governor and Ms Annus.

The lunch saw school curriculum and music heavyweights, including Dr Anita Collins, Lisa Rodgers, Director-General of the Education Department, Musica Viva WA State Manager Fiona Campbell and IMSS Principal Bruce Herriman discussing what can be done to give more Western Australian primary school students access to music education. Also in attendance were Lee Musumeci, Principal of Challis Primary School, Professor David Shirley from WAAPA, Adam Hall, Iain Grandage, Jessica Evans on behalf of Minister for Education Sue Ellery, Allan Blagaich Executive Director of the School Curriculum and Standards and Ian Anderson, President of the Western Australian Primary Principal’s Association.

Dr Anita Collins was guest speaker at the lunch. Since 2016, Anita has travelled around the world interviewing over 100 neuroscientists and psychologists about music learning and brain development, known as neuromusical research. Anita now uses the research to present, consult and advocate for an updated understanding of how music learning can benefit every child’s development.

Students enjoy an interactive concert compliments of Adam Hall and the Velvet Players


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