Sunday Music is a new youth program being run at the Mount Evelyn Community House on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month during school terms (excluding long weekends) from 12noon to 2pm.
The aim of the program is to help high school music students feel less anxious at the end of the year during their performance exams. Music students can come along for a few hours each session and practice their instrument in a supportive environment with other students, family and friends, allowing them to gain confidence playing in front of a group of people they may not know.
Anna Griffith from the Mount Evelyn Community House helped set up the program. “The anxiety of performing in front of an unknown panel is difficult, especially when all your practice throughout the year is at home to family members. The Sunday Music sessions will allow students to get confident playing in front of people they don’t know so they are more ready for that experience” she said.
To begin with there’s no pressure to play anything formal, students can set up their instruments and play a song, part of, or even just practice scales.
“They don’t have to perform a full music piece if they’re not up to it yet. We’re just offering a friendly environment where they can perform in front of a small group of people to get ready for the end of the year” said Anna Griffith.
The next Sunday Music will be held on March 26.
If you have any questions about Sunday Music please contact the Mount Evelyn Community House on 9736 1177 or message their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/mtevelyncommunityhouse
Photos by Joy Phillips.