Education

Plenty of pianos at Moama Anglican Grammar School

By Alex Gretgrix

STUDENTS at Moama Anglican Grammar (MAGS) are playing to a different tune with the delivery of two new instruments last week.

Thanks to the generosity of two organisations in the twin towns, the school is now home to a Yamaha U1J upright piano and Samick grand piano - a win for the passionate music students.

“The purchase of the Yamaha has been possible thanks to a generous $2000 grant from the recent Murray River Council’s Community Grants program,” MAGS primary head of performing arts Fiona Gibbs said.

“The piano will be used mostly within our co-curricular music tuition program.”

The pre-loved Samick was also donated by Christ Church Echuca and is now installed in the school's secondary music classroom.

Both pianos will be used for the purposes of tuition, rehearsals, assessments and performances.

“We look forward to more usual times where the wider community can enjoy our student performances,” Ms Gibbs said.

MAGS has a strong music culture with nine music ensembles, more than 150 students learning instruments, all students from K to Year 8 participating in classroom music and electives offered for Years 9 to 12.

“Music is important to our School as it provides a creative outlet, brings people together supporting individual and collective wellbeing, and allows individual students to flourish and share their skills,” Ms Gibbs said.

The school provides opportunities for students to be involved in a variety of ensembles including jazz ensemble, strings ensemble, junior and senior drumlines, primary and secondary vocal ensembles, marching pep band, Step Up Program (beginning/intermediate brass and woodwind ensemble), rock bands and senior music class ensembles.

Additionally the school provides a Year 4 Strings program (violin) and Year 6 brass/woodwind program.