A group of indigenous students from Hermannsburg (Ntaria) and Apolera communities recently visited Charles Darwin University’s Alice Springs Campus as part of their Cert I in Music Industry / Foundation course.
It was the first time most students had visited the university and had access to a professional recording studio.
Music VET Lecturer Cain Gilmour organised the trip to expose students to further pathways of music education.
‘Only one student owned a musical instrument and yet all the students were proficient drummers, base players and singers,’ he said.
The students were at CDU for a day as part of a ten week remote delivery course.
Cain said the greatest pleasure was producing a CD of the student’s music.
‘They worked hard during the course to improve their playing skills and the CD was a measure of their achievement. Naturally talented students are great to work with,’ he said.
All the students intend to enrol next year in Cert II Music Music Industry / Foundation and have created a band called the A-boys.
‘I look forward to teaching the students industry skills and preparing them for a bright future as musicians’ he said.