ASME – Don’t Stop the Music – Television Documentary – The day music came to the Challis School in WA!
Watch the trailer here.
A great article about the impact of music on student learning and reading here from the Guardian.
ASME’s Immediate Past-President, Dr Brad Merrick is honoured to have had the opportunity to support Artemis Productions and their inspiring Producer, Celia Tait with the ongoing development of this powerful three-episode series. The series tells the story of the development of a music program at Challis Primary, a disadvantaged school in Western Australia. This story highlights the power of music in the learning process for the community, staff, students, and parents involved. It is a wonderful journey for all involved. You can see the overview information here.
Please visit the homepage at the ABC Don’t Stop the Music website. We are excited to be supporting this venture and hope you will contribute to the collection of instruments that will be part of the follow-up and advocacy associated with this story. The Salvo Stores Australia and MusicaViva will assist in the collection of these instruments and their distribution to schools that need assistance with their music programs when the series commences later in the year.
ASME looks forward to sharing the resources and experiences that are part of this engaging and enlightening series that features Guy Sebastian working with the students and esteemed researcher and music educator, Dr. Anita Collins who is also involved with the series. Micheál McCarthy, Senior Lecturer in Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts worked as a mentor to the Challis generalist music teacher throughout the show, playing a significant role as the Classroom Music and Choir Mentor as the music came to Challis.
It is a wonderful story of that reinforces the Power of Music for all involved, including the students, teachers, conductors, mentors, and the broader community. We hope that this series inspires everyone to find that old instrument and donate, or to get their instrument out and play again!