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The cheers and applause have only just
died down as they get back to their seats --
smiles still in place.
Now the children can relax and watch
some professional performers strut their
stuff. First Mazzella fills the room with her
honey- coated voice. A high-energy perform-
ance from illusionist Cosentino completes
As the first copy is being written about
Cate Blanchett's crocheted dress, the stu-
dents from three of Melbou rne's most dis-
advantaged com munities file out of BMW
Edge full of quiet energy and smiles, thank-
ing the performers and The Song Room
staff as they go.
As Sacred Heart School's Mary Lawrey
explains, 'This gift of music speaks all lan-
guages and transcends formal literacy and
learning. The Song Roomhas given our stu-
dents the opportunity to develop that gift
and lay the foundations for so many pos-
Next month: Closing the gap: Arts educa-
tion in the Top End
Ralph Sauber n is the learning and devel-
opment man ager for The Song Room . He
is currently on leave from the Australian
Council for Educational Research where
he was General Manager of ACER Press
from 2006 to 2009.
Pictured, students from the Western Eng-
lish Langu age Ser vice perform at BMW
Edge. Picture courtesy The Song Room.
Lyrics of the song 'Lacrime D'Amore' are
copyright © Kavisha Mazzella.
To find out more about The Song Room,
visit www.songroom.org. au
To find out more about Kavisha Mazzella ,
Pascoe, R., Leong, S., MacCallum, J.,
Mackinlay, E., Marsh, K., Smith, B.,
Church, T. & Winterton , A. (2005).
National Review of School Music
Education. Canbe rra: Department of
Education, Science & Training.
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