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First Global Bank celebrates Music Day in 12 schools

Published:Tuesday | December 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Vennica Nicholson, music teacher at Duhaney Park Primary School, shows Peter Lindo, assistant vice-president of marketing at First Global Bank, how to play the drums, while Miss Jamaica Universe Kaci Fennell (centre) looks on in amusement.
Maureen Hayden-Cater (right), president of First Global Bank (FGB), admires the mural which FGB unveiled at the Duhaney Park Primary School on Music Day. Looking on are (from left) Lydia Richards, principal of Duhaney Park Primary School; Miss Jamaica Universe Kaci Fennell; Courtney Campbell, chief executive officer of GraceKennedy Financial Group; Reverend Christopher Hutchinson, chairman of the school's board, and Alaine, singer and spokesperson for the programme.-Contributed PHOTOS
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Executives at First Global Bank (FGB) took time from work to embark on a musical blitz across sections of the island to participate in Music Day with thousands of children at their schools.

Music Day, which is a spin-off of the First Global Bank/Ministry of Education (FGB/MOE) Music, Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education initiative, was being held for the second consecutive year, with the main event at the Duhaney Park Primary School in St Andrew two Thursdays ago.

Students from 12 primary and all-age schools across St James, Manchester and St Andrew participated in the activities, all held on the same day, with school administrators and ministry officials also in attendance.

Maureen Hayden-Cater, FGB's president, said: "We want to broaden the children's appreciation for music, especially in the Jamaican context, given that we are a musical people and our music has contributed so much to the way we live. On Music Day, we are able to highlight the benefits of music on education and we get to interact with the students on a day where they can relax, have fun and pay tribute to Jamaica's rich musical history."

Subjects fused with music

Music Day explores the lighter side of learning, as well as giving students the opportunity to demonstrate to their teachers, peers, First Global Bank and the ministry decision makers that they have been capitalising on their educational pursuits through the infusion of music.

Subjects including mathematics, verbs, nouns, adjectives and letter writing among other areas were synchronised with the children's melodious voices and the chimes from musical instruments to render well-received themed numeracy and literacy musical pieces. The exhibition mounted by students and teachers included songs showing the link between music, literacy and numeracy, and a special mural was unveiled.