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Young musicians in the making

Published:Friday | October 31, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Senior education officer at the Ministry of Education Marlon Williams strikes a musical note, amusing Laelia Nicholson (left) and Sheraine Campbell of GraceKennedy Financial Group.
Communications officer at GraceKennedy Financial Group (GKFG), Sheraine Campbell (centre), assists Shahida Folkes to find the keys on her flute, while her classmates Kaia Smith (left) and Nicole Matthews (third left) look on along with Laelia Nicholson, assistant manager, corporate communications, GKFG. The instruments, with a value of over $250,000, were donated to the Southborough Primary School by GKFG's subsidiary, First Global Bank (FGB), as part of its Music, Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education programme, a joint initiative between FGB and the Ministry of Education. Contributed PhotoS
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The Ministry of Education (MOE) has revealed that several students at the primary-school level are becoming music composers, songwriters and players of musical instruments.

These students are all products of the Music, Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education programme - an initiative jointly being undertaken by GraceKennedy's subsidiary First Global Bank (FGB) and the MOE.

The revelation was made by Marlon Williams, senior education officer at the MOE, who is also the project coordinator for the music programme.

Assistant manager of corporate communications at GraceKennedy Financial Group, Laelia Nicholson, said FGB was committed to the continuation of the music project. "We are very pleased with the results and are thankful to the schools for embracing the programme," she said.

"We are seeing students becoming composers and songwriters. That was not the intention initially," Williams said, adding that the ministry and First Global Bank are now in discussion to examine what other levels they can take the project to, among the 12 schools already on board. "We owe it to First Global Bank for the contribution they are making to education in Jamaica."

Now in its third year, the music project is aimed at enhancing the numeracy and literacy skills of students at the grade three level through the inclusion of music.

Nicholson said students are to participate in the First Global Bank's Music Day activities at the Duhaney Park Primary School scheduled for late November.