Students forge partnership through music

A GROUP of final year students from Coventry University has teamed up with two primary school choirs, hopeful that the hands-on experience will help them realise their ambition to become teachers beyond completion of their degree in June.

With the help of St. Osburg’s Primary School in Spon End, and St. Mary and St. Benedict’s school in Hillfield, Coventry, the four students have arranged to visit each once a week to help pupils with the learning and singing of musical pieces.

The initiative has been devised as part of Zoe Morris’, Ana Walter’s, Loretta Lyons’ and Sarah McGlade’s final year project, with the group more commonly known by their Pata-cake Productions name, a small-scale company they decided to set-up.

With their continuing efforts, the students have succeeded in forming two choirs, and at the end of May, pupils from both schools will amalgamate to perform a special concert in front of parents, relatives, and figures from the local community.

Ana Walter, who is studying composition, will be writing a one-off piece to be performed especially at the concert, with Zoe Morris, in her final year of a BA in Music and Professional Practice degree, saying: “We are having a great time teaching the children to sing.

“It is hard work and as they are quite young, their attention span is not great, but they all seem to be enjoying themselves and I am sure they will surprise their parents with how much they have learned in a relatively short time.”

The hope is that money can be raised from the sale of concert tickets and DVDs and other fund-raising initiatives at each school – such as a non-uniform day – so that this can then be given to a charity of the schools’ choosing.

  • The concert takes place on Tuesday 19 May at St. Osburg’s Primary School, Upper Hill Street at 4pm. Tickets go on sale after the Easter break and will be available from both schools.
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