International Outreach Week

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International Outreach Week 2017 (June 19 – 23rd 2017)

 

In the Australian Capital Territory, and across the globe, over one thousand individuals shared the joy of outreach music making as a part of the Music Engagement Program’s (MEP) International Outreach Week.   In Canberra, Australia, students from 25 schools and adults from 5 community and educational organisations visited 19 different care facilities across the city.  Outreach events also occurred in the South Island of New Zealand, and in New York.  MEP staff, led by Assoc. Prof. Susan West and Convenor Georgia Pike, and supported and coordinated by MEP staff members Tiffany Fletcher and Katrina Rivera, facilitate the Hand-in-Hand outreach program throughout the year to provide students with opportunities to use music to positively influence the lives of others in the community, particularly the elderly and those living with disabilities.  Supported by artsACT (the ACT Government’s arts portfolio), International Outreach Week celebrates the continuous provision of the music outreach program since 1998, and acknowledges the teachers, schools and community members who regularly engage with outreach, as well as introducing new participants to the concept. The children, who voluntarily participate at no cost to the child or the care facility, do not perform for the residents but make music with them in a purposeful way and with a clear intent.  Their aim is to make personal connections, through the music, with individual residents. The students sang well-known songs with the residents and use a number of strategies to promote individual music-making capabilities.  The children witness the impact music-making can have on the lives of others and gain a sense of their ability to influence others in highly beneficial and therapeutic ways.  Examples of the outreach events occurring across Canberra and Internationally: adult students of the Navitas Adult Migrant English Program visited both Kangara Waters Nursing Home, and Yarrlaumla pre-school, which included students from all over the world, including Tibet, Iran, Ghana and Thailand; students from Cranleigh Special School visited Kalparrin Aged Care Facility; students from Mount Stromlo High School visited Baptist Care Griffith along with the Mixed Bag Singers from Southside Community Services; and 40 students from ANU College visited Mirinjani Nursing Home.

 

Full list of outreach events for International Outreach Week 2017

 

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory:

Outreaches in Canberra were facilitated by Music Engagement Program staff Assoc. Professor Susan West, Convenor Georgia Pike, teachers Tiffany Fletcher and Katrina Rivera, and Occupational Therapist Harley MEP Staff, as well as teachers from participating schools and organisations.

Palmerston District Primary School visited Bill Mackenzie Gardens Aged Care Facility

Kingsford Smith School visited Kalparrin Aged Care Facility

North Ainslie Primary School visited Goodwin Ainslie Aged Care and Narrabundah Early Childhood School

Burgmann Anglican School (Valley Campus) visited Kangara Waters Aged Care Facility

Malkara School (for children living with significant disabilities) visited Southern Cross Garran Aged Care Facility

O’Connor Cooperative School visited Sir Leslie Morshead Manor at RSL LifeCare El Alamein

St Jude’s Primary School visited Mirinjani Nursing Home

St Clare of Assisi Primary School visited David Harper House at Goodwin Monash

Mount Stromlo High School visited BaptistCare Griffith

Chapman Primary School visited Mirinjani Nursing Home

Charles Weston Primary School visited Warrigal Care

Theodore Primary School visited Bupa Aged Care Calwell and the Ralph Cartwright Centre at Goodwin Monash

Lanyon High  w Malkara at Southern Cross

Cranleigh School (for children living with significant disabilities) visited Kalparrin Aged Care Facility

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School visited Southern Cross Campbell Aged Care and Jindalee Aged Care

University Preschool and Childcare Centre visited Goodwin Ainslie Aged Care

St Michael’s Primary School visited Villagio San’ Antonio Aged Care

Duffy Primary School visited Goodwin Farrer Aged Care

Hughes Primary School visited St Andrews Village Aged Care

Belconnen Community Services ‘Castaways’ (a group for adults living with disabilities) visited Weetangera Primary School

St Bede’s Primary School visited Amala Aged Care Gordon

St John the Baptist Primary School visited Bupa Aged Care Stirling

International Students from ANU College visited Mirinjani Nursing Home

Navitas Adult Migrant English Program (Gunghalin Campus) visited Kangara Waters Aged Care

Navitas Adult Migrant English Program (Reid Campus) visited Yarralumla pre-school

‘Mixed Bag’ Singing Group from Community Services #1 visited Narrabundah Early Childhood School and BaptistCare Griffith

The MEP Community Singing Group visited Burrangiri Aged Care Plus Respite Centre

 

New Zealand:

Outreaches in New Zealand were facilitated by Sarah Lovell of Southland Music Education and Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen the Southern Institute of Technology)

St Patrick’s School visited Calvary Hospital Southland Rest Home, Invercargill

Rimu Full Primary School, Kennington skype outreach to O’Connor Cooperative School in Canberra

Otatara School, Otatara, visited Vickery Court Home and Hospital, Waikiwi

James Hargest College visited Windsor Day Care Centre, Invercargill

Staff of Southern Institute of Technology visited Windsor North School and the special needs Park Unit at Waihopi School

 

New York:

Outreaches in New York were facilitated by teaching artists of Reach Out Arts NY, including Dr Susan Carpenter of the City University of New York, Dr Peter Muir of the Institute for Music and Health NY, and Melissa Knowles)

 

Music and visual art outreach at Laurel Ridge Health Care Center, Ridgefield, Connecticut

Outreach Lanza Center for All Ages, White Plains, New York,

‘Songs on Wheels’ outreach program for retired elderly musicians and individuals in South Salem New York, through Lewisboro seniors co-ordinator

Outreach with seniors and adults living with disabilities at Inn at the Fountains, Millbrook New York

Outreach with Singing Songbirds, and Inclusive Community Chorus at Auditorium at the Fountains, Millbrook New York

Outreach for residents in the Allen Lounge at the Fountains, Millbrook New York

 

 

Comments from some International participants:

 

“I never thought music could be such powerful. This day is really meaningful to me” – International Student from ANU College Student

 

“Today is a nice day, I practice my English and make other people feel happy” – International Student from ANU College Student

 

“It was a good experience to visit the nursing home.  I was so emotional because it touched my heart when I can share my love with someone who is in need.  When I saw the lady try to move her lips or nod her head to show me that she appreciated my presence.  I kissed her hand and she did the same.  I couldn’t stop my tears of happiness.” – Student of Navitas Adult Migrant English Program

 

“Although I cried to see the old people in the nursing home because I remember my mum who died a few years ago.  But I am very happy to be able to entertain and chit chat to keep them happy.  Thank you for taking us there.  This is the best experience I have ever experienced.  I hope we can go there again.” – Student of Navitas Adult Migrant English Program

 

“Today I visited Kanagara Waters and sing songs with everybody there.  I was very happy and remember forever the trip.  Thank you.” – Student of Navitas Adult Migrant English Program