Murray Farm Public School pupils became the teachers at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children recently.
Murray Farm’s string ensemble visited the institute’s Alice Betteridge School in North Rocks to provide a unique musical learning experience to pupils who are deaf, blind 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 principal Jo Wilcher said the string ensemble was thrilled to visit the institute.
“This was a wonderful way to 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 the institute to the gift of music. Our students came away feeling they had contributed to others and are keen to find other ways to build on this experience.”