Murray Farm Public School string ensemble performs at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children

Music to their ears: Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children pupils enjoyed a music lesson from the Murray Farm Public School string ensemble last week.
Music to their ears: Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children pupils enjoyed a music lesson from the Murray Farm Public School string ensemble last week.

Youngsters hit high notes at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children recently.

Murray Farm Public School’s string ensemble visited the  institute’s Alice Betteridge School in North Rocks to provide an unique musical learning experience to pupils who are deafblind or have vision loss.

"Many of our students demonstrate keen talents and interests in music," Alice Betteridge School curriculum coordinator Ivy Carruth said. “It allows them another mode of communication and socialisation.”

The string ensemble performed several songs before members helped their new friends explore the different instruments and experience the source of the sound.

"The hands-on component of this incursion is rich in experiential learning,” Ms Carruth said. “By being able to interact directly with instruments they may never have been aware of, students realise the source of the sound, and the talent involved in making it."

Murray Farm Public School principal Jo Wilcher said the string ensemble was thrilled to get the opportunity to visit RIDBC.

“This was a wonderful way to empower and connect our students with an authentic audience beyond the school,” she said.

“It was also a chance for our students to support the engagement of students from RIDBC to the gift of music. Our students came away feeling that they had contributed to others and they are keen to find other ways to build on this experience.”