Some of the comments from schools who have registered to receive instruments through Gift of Music:
Malanda State High School
We currently have virtually no school instruments (six in total which I believe are in poor condition due to wear & tear over the years).Our music programme is very strong given the lack of instruments, and earlier this year the MSHS Band was awarded a silver level award in the local edition of "Fanfare" which is credit to the music teacher's passion and the students' dedication. With a range of school-owned instruments, we could take this to the next level.
Good Shepherd Catholic College
The College commenced a String Ensemble in 2017. Currently the school owns 1 Violin & 1 Violia. We would love to be able to increase this to 2 Violins and two Viola's. The College also commenced a Brass/Woodwind/Percussion Program in 2015. We have small range of instruments on hand, however would benefit from access to a flue, clarinet, saxophone & tuba.
Roma State College
Roma State College has a growing instrumental program, and these instruments would mean that more students have access to a quality musical experience in their hometown.
We are a small indigenous school on Croker Island in West Arnhem Land. We have just started a secondary program for students aged 11-18 and are working on reengaging them into school and improving their attendance. One area they have all shown interest in is music. We believe that a music program would be a wonderful way to have students engage with education after many years away from school. Providing instruments they are interested in is key to getting students back into school and providing the opportunity for them to teach their full potential.
Magnetic Island State School
Magnetic Island School is a beautiful little school on a wonderful Island off the coast of Townsville. While our surrounds are breathtaking we are considered remote. This creates normal everyday things a little harder for the children. Commuting to town for extra-curricular interests are a huge burden and cost to parents therefore becoming impossible for most. Our school is treated to a Music teacher coming from town once a week to involve children in music, but as we can imagine our stock of instruments is not very abundant.
Longreach School of Distance Education
We have just started an instrumental music program. Due to the drought many families are struggling to pay for the cost of instruments. It would be a huge benefit to be able to offer a student a loan of an instrument so that they can still be part of the program.
Laura State School
We would be able to provide a musical program for our 100% indigenous cohort at our small remote school on Cape York 🙂
Kilkivan State School
We have never had access to instruments yet we now have access to an instrumental teacher. The students and the school community are incredibly excited. We have 32 students out of 100 students applying to be a part of this program. This would make a massive difference to our students and community.
Beerwah State School
At the moment we have been told by our service people that our woodwind instruments are no longer serviceable. There is no budget in the school to replace these instruments. Weekly I have students whose instruments will not play, often just after being serviced. Our school needs new school instruments or the program will only be able to be offered to those families who can buy their own instrument.
Beaconsfield State School
Our music programme would be open to more participants who share instruments.