Year 2 students at Girton Grammar School today commenced violin lessons, ably assisted by Year 12 students Haydn Musgrove, Dale Baker and Sita Jhaveri, who had the very same introduction to the violin 10 years ago.
Headmaster of Girton Grammar School, Mr Matthew Maruff, said that every child in the Junior School learns a string instrument and will be part of a choir.
“At Girton we encourage friendships to be shared through a common love for music – friendships that flourish are the foundation for having fun and trying new things.
“Musical training also helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning, especially early in life,” he said.
Girton Grammar Junior School has around 100 string students from Year 2 through to Year 6 with special groups called ‘Poco Strings’ in Year 3 and 4 and ‘Super Strings’ in Year 5 and 6. Every week around 178 music lessons are conducted in the Junior School and around 300 in the Senior School, with Year 2 violin lessons conducted in groups of around 8 students.
Year 12 music students assist Year 2 music students with the very same lesson they had 10 years ago: