MGCOne of MGC’S Early Years Primary music classes were delighted to welcome the minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan last week during the turning of the sod on the new school building.
MGC’s Early Years music practitioner Alison Behan was on hand to demonstrate the new Orff instruments to the minister in St. Mary’s NS Carlow, along with the help of the young students in her Early Years Primary music class.
The minister tried her hand at playing the bass xylophone- just one of the newly received instruments as part of the MGC Early Years Primary music programme which is currently being facilitated in the school by Alison for the students of junior and senior infants.
The Early Years primary programme focuses on developing beat, timbre, melody and early music literacy through the art of song and instrumentation. The Orff instruments are an integral part of the class, which takes place for 30 minutes once a week. The children are given the opportunity to develop their musicality on these instruments, which also includes soprano xylophones, alto xylophones, alto metallophones, soprano glockenspiel and alto glockenspiel.
Photo credit: Michael O’Rourke (The Carlow Nationalist)