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Music department partners with Epsom Music School

ACG Parnell College’s music department has announced a partnership with Epsom Music School.

Starting this year, the partnership, known as Epsom Music School – Parnell Academy, will give music students at ACG Parnell College access to industry-leading instrumental and vocal tuition outside of classroom hours, and provide Epsom Music School a central location and greater space and resources for its growing roll.

The union complements and extends ACG Parnell College’s unique Practice Based Music Programme (PBMP) which sees every student in Years 5-8 spend one hour per week learning an instrument of their choice.

PBMP was started around six years ago by the school’s Performing Arts Curriculum Coordinator, Dr Julie Garner, and already attracts top tutors, including saxophone teacher Pete France who has played at jazz festivals and concerts throughout New Zealand with the Rodger Fox Big Band, One Million Dollars, Natalie Cole and Randy Crawford.

“We are very excited to enter 2018 in partnership with Epsom Music School, Dr Garner said. “Bringing EMS-Parnell Academy on board essentially broadens students’ choice of teacher and times, and allows us to offer additional instrumental, aural and theory support for students taking external examinations, such as those offered by Royal Schools or Trinity Guildhall.”

Epsom Music Schools’ Tatiana Lanchtchikova said the academy would foster artistry in young musicians.

“EMS-Parnell Academy provides the opportunity for students to learn a wide selection of instruments as well as excelling in other key areas, such as chamber ensembles and music theory.”

Learning to play a musical instrument is of great benefit in the development of an adolescent brain, said ACG Parnell College Principal Russell Brooke – himself a gifted musician and former music teacher. Mr Brooke said the initiative would enhance musical education for both students and the community.