The Hon Minister of Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo and the Hon Dr Justine Caruana, Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of People with Disability and Active Ageing visited our Resource Centre today, together with members of HSBC and Achieve Program to commemorate the work carried out by the team of elderly and our students, for the Supporting Others in the Community Achieve objective. Students from Maria Regina College Middle School Naxxar also joined us on this occasion in planting herbs and also got involved in a penalty shoot out with players from Xewkija Tigers
Founded in 2016, Sounds Out Loud is a project initiated by the Johann Strauss School of Music in conjunction with the Valletta 2018 Foundation. The project meets young people through the djembe and gathers them together to make one powerful and empowering sound.
Rhythm is fundamental to all human beings with their own individual p
ulse. Listening and responding to that individual pulse is an essential skill when working with young people of mixed abilities. Group work brings together a common pulse which encourages the individual to feel part of a whole.
Sounds Out Loud is a project that meets the core of each student th
rough sensitive musical interaction. Through the use of musical elements such as tempi and dynamics, the leader meets the young participant, incorporating it into a whole sound. Rhythmic work has been found to motivate the person beyond what is possible on a day-to-day basis. It urges the young student to participate, enjoy and sound out.
This year, Sounds Out Loud has been brought to the Dun Manwel Attard Resource Centre, where around 35 students are participating in an 8-week workshop learning about expression through djembe-playing as well as teamwork skills through unity in performance. After this period, Senegalese drummer and djembe player, Moussé Ndiaye will lead a week long course of workshops in April, which will lead to a final performance on Friday 7th April 2017 where the entire group will be joined by other participants as well as percussion students to showcase the skills gained during this project.
Music therapist Rosetta Debattista leads this three-year project working alongside local percussionists with children and young people of different abilities.