New England Conservatory of Music trio teach students chamber music

Travelling trio: Musicians from the New England Conservatorium, Eliza Scott, Meg Burstow and Charlotte Low set up to perform for students.

Travelling trio: Musicians from the New England Conservatorium, Eliza Scott, Meg Burstow and Charlotte Low set up to perform for students.

A travelling music trio from the New England Conservatorium of Music have been visiting schools across the region this month.

On Tuesday the women visited Kellys Plains Public School, near Armidale, to teach the students about music, rhythm and their instruments while encouraging students to engage in music as a hobby and a potential avenue for further study.

Violinist, Eliza Scott said it was part of a program called the Chamber of Music in Schools Program that aims to bring music into the classroom.

“Charlotte and I have been doing it together since about 2013,” Ms Scott said.

“It is basically bringing some of the most well known music into a classroom in a chamber group and teaching the children about chamber music.

“In this particular performance we are talking about rhythm and time … so that's one concept of music.

“We also talk about program music … where music creates an image in your mind. 

“We talk about a whole bunch of things and we get to talk about our instruments.”

Piano player, Meg Burstow has been playing since she was only three years old and has been performing and teaching with the trio since February this year.

“We go to uni together,” Ms Burstow said.

“I guess this is a chance for the kids out here to get exposed to some music they might not necessarily otherwise have the opportunity to see.

“As well as have the chance to get exposed to instruments they might not have the opportunity to [see] either.

“Hopefully it will inspire them to want to pursue music in a way that they might not have otherwise thought about.”

The travelling music trio also visited Glen Innes State School last Friday as part of their massive tour around the region.

Cello player, Charlotte Low said it was encouraging to see the students in Glen Innes, who may not have had much exposure to music, enjoying their performance and hoped it would encourage them to consider music in the future either professionally or just for fun.

“It was received really well [by the students],” Ms Low said.

“They are one of the more informed schools when it comes to music.

“They had some really great answers and we really enjoyed playing there because of the equipment and their facilities.”

The group have also been to Armidale’s New England Girls’ School and have travelled as far as Ashford to perform for students.

The group will head to Woolbrook and Nowendoc on Wednesday and then travel to Moree later in the week.

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop