Alistair Davey will return to his roots to teach Cobram Primary children the joy of music.TONI BRIENT December 13, 2013 4:30am
The multipurpose room is alive with the sound of Cobram Primary School’s new music program.
Former Cobram Secondary College music teacher Alistair Davey will join Cobram Primary School from next year to direct the program.
Mr Davey, who is also a former Cobram Primary School student, said he was excited to offer a different educational experience.
‘‘I want them to be able to realise their potential musically,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s such a creative outlet for them and I think not only can it be a lot of fun but it can enhance their ability to be able to be creative and add another dimension to their education.’’
Mr Davey said the program would encompass all year levels, with a one-hour lesson each week.
Cobram Primary School’s last music program was cancelled two years ago, so many of its younger students have never been taught music.
‘‘Because they haven’t had exposure to music before, it should be even more exciting for them,’’ Mr Davey said. ‘‘I think it’s a whole new adventure.’’
School principal Trudie Nagle said Mr Davey would be a welcome addition to the school community.
‘‘We have always valued music and the fantastic skills it brings to children but for the past two years we have struggled to find a provider and we are very pleased to have Alistair come on board,’’ she said.
After growing up on a farm near Cobram, Mr Davey moved to Melbourne to study music and teaching at Monash University.
He then moved to London where he was head of music at Packham Academy.
His past seven years were spent teaching music at Cobram Secondary College, Goulburn Valley Grammar School in Shepparton, and other schools in the region.
He hopes his passion for music will rub off on his Cobram Primary School students.
‘‘I’d like them to look towards playing real instruments like guitar or piano or even some brass and woodwind instruments,’’ he said.
‘‘That’s the long-term plan. The short-term plan is to get them to sing, and that will get them exposure to listening and things.’’
He said his classes would focus on a variety of music concepts and techniques.
‘‘In an average class lesson of 20 kids, there would probably be some singing as well as some theoretical tasks, some written activities and perhaps ensemble with the guitars or percussion instruments.
‘‘It wouldn’t be an hour of just the one thing — it would probably be three different sections.’’
A man has been arrested and charged following an incident in Toolamba on Saturday morning where a firearm was allegedly discharged.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Police will fine a driver who caused an accident while trying to avoid traffic congestion on the Cobb Hwy, on Moama’s northern outskirts today.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Eighty residents at a forum determined the Heathcote Community Plan was on track but need some fine tuning.
Cobram-based students host educational forum on crystal methamphetamine.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.