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"MUSIC IS ONE OF THE ONLY ACTIVITIES THAT ACTIVATES, STIMULATES AND USES THE ENTIRE BRAIN".
At Boonderu Music Academy we firmly believe in the power of music, and its place at the heart of any education strategy. We believe that education and culture are the ways to make significant, sustainable and generational change for Aboriginal people.
Aboriginal culture is a 45,000 year old culture based on song and story telling. The elders of Roebourne say,
"A good education is like a song. You sing the song over and over until the song is part of you. Sharing your song keeps your mind and body strong".
We are committed to ensuring all children are consistently attending school and engaged in learning. Boonderu uses music to encourage and support school attendance and education. We focus on getting kids educated, raising self esteem, playing music, singing, dancing and celebrating culture. We provide meaningful outcomes and establish individual relationships to help the children attend school and engage in their learning. Our aim is to ensure that the children are educated, healthy and that they are positively contributing to the school, their community and society. We want to make sure that they have the tools to empower themselves, make positive life choices and inspire future generations.
By working together with the staff of all the Schools we run our programme in we aim to improve the educational and social outcomes for all children. We teach them that to live in this society they must "walk in 2 worlds". Mainstream education is the key but so is learning, practising and respecting their culture. Students engage in cultural understandings, history and language while also learning literacy and numeracy during their music lessons.
Our Academy staff mentor and guide the students in music, culture and education by using music as a reward. The children engage in Instrumental lessons, Sound Engineering and Music Production. In order to participate in our classes, the students must adhere to the Academy's requirement of regular school attendance and meet the behaviour requirements and expectations of Boonderu Music Academy.
Boonderu now has over 80 students, boys and girls from Years 3 -12 and has helped increase school attendance by up to 75%. We also teach class music from Kindy - Year 2. Our staff include 5 teachers and mentors (3 local employees) and our patron Mr Alec Tucker (Banjyma Elder) who was responsible for the academy name and logo.
We have found that the discussion and study of music and live performance encourages self esteem and gives any education campus a heart and soul.