If anyone doubts the effectiveness of a school music program, then they should watch this video to see the difference it can make in the lives of young people living in isolated communities at Cape York.
Well known Australian jazz drummer John Morrison talks about his visit to the Aurukun campus of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy (CYAAA) for a week of intense music tuition and training.
“We build in discipline to the way they hold their instruments and the way they breathe, and then of course eventually that turns into self-discipline”
The three campuses of CYAAA (Hopevale, Coen and Aurukun) will be performing at the Queensland Music Festival concert during the Yarrabah Band Festival on July 22 at Yarrabah.
If you haven’t seen him before, do take a look at the most amazing contemporary harmonica player in the world – Howard Levy and the Hohner Akkordeonorchester 1927, playing his “Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica and Orchestra”.
“Last month, I took a huge step in my life to do something that I have not done in 20 years…I am going back to school! As of January, I am a candidate for a Master of Music in Violin Performance and a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.”