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South Auckland orchestra making a difference

31 May 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

A South Auckland orchestral music programme for primary and secondary students is improving students' skills not only in music, but reading and maths as well.  

The Sistema Aotearoa programme has a close relationship with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and offers free music lessons after school and during the holidays.

Sistema Aoteaoroa. Photo/ Supplied by Sistema Aotearoa. Photo Credit: Adrian Malloch.

Programme Manager for Sistema Aotearoa, Ros Giffney, says their latest evaluations show kids' learning benefits aren't limited to music.

"These children achieve more highly in their educational achievements, their focus, their concentration and all those other factors associated around their musical excellence," says Giffney.  

The programme is run in seven South Auckland schools and has impact the lives of 2500 children since it began in 2011.

Prime Minister Bill English made a visit to the students in Otara last week.

Prime Minister Bill English's visit to Sistema Aotearoa. Photo/ Supplied by Sistema Aotearoa. Photo credit: Adrian Malloch. 

He joined in a game of ‘rhythm bingo’, enjoyed a concert performance and even took part in a cello lesson. 

Eight-year-old Sistema student, Henry Kiria, helped the Prime Minister with his bow-hold and the children were very impressed at his playing skills.

Henry Kiria giving the Prime Minister some tips. Photo/ Supplied by Sistema Aotearoa. Photo credit: Adrian Malloch.

Giffney says she's proud of what the students have achieved.

"It's inspiring for us to see the positive change that the programme is generating, is being recognised at the highest of levels now," she says. 

Sistema Aotearoa in South Auckland with the Prime Minister. Photo/ Supplied by Sistema Aotearoa. Photo credit: Adrian Malloch. 

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