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October 2015


Creating, Making and Enjoying... Learning

The Annual College Music Evening last week was an occasion of remarkable 'music making'.  Each ensemble taking the stage throughout the night performed items to delight the audience at a packed Costa Hall, Deakin University.

The evening was hosted by Head of Strings and Senior Classroom Music Teacher Mr. Ben Castle who captivated the audience with a balance of informative introductions together with anecdotal stories and humour between each item. This certainly added to the overall enjoyment on the night.

The performances are the culmination of a year dedicated to achieving excellence by our student musicians, the instrumental music staff and the ensemble directors. Each contribute to the fine reputation that our College Music program has earned. It is now amongst the most respected and regarded in schools across Victoria, and indeed nationally.

Research studies continue to determine the strong correlation between students learning a musical instrument and increased academic performance. It is also well known that playing music alongside others as part of an ensemble develops self discipline and brings a strong sense of belonging, well-being and enjoyment.

The outstanding contribution that the Music faculty makes to the educational program and the value adding that occurs for individual students, as well as members of the choirs, stage bands, concert bands, string ensembles, symphony's and orchestras across each of the campuses is to be applauded.

What we also need to recognise is the enjoyment and entertainment these ensembles provide at the number of assemblies, special occasions and community events each year. Christian College is truly blessed to have such a broad ranging and talented music faculty of this quality.

I am most grateful to the 450 performers, each of the Ensemble Directors and their support staff, as well as the families who support them throughout the year.

I also acknowledge the Directors of Music, Mrs. Fiona Gardner and Mr. Andrew Dunlop for the outstanding leadership of this program.

Glen McKeeman

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