STUDENTS from Gladstone's seven independent schools increased their musical skills when they attended a workshop at Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre this week

The 18th annual music school organised by the Gladstone Independent Schools Music Association (GISMA) attracted young people from Chanel College, Faith Baptist, St Francis, St John's, St Stephen's, Star of the Sea Schools and Trinity College.

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Split into three skill levels, advanced, intermediate and beginners, all groups received tuition from tutors who are all studying music at universities around Queensland.

The workshops are under the control of guest conductor Mark Delaine, arts coordinator for a large independent school in Adelaide. Mr Delaine is also conductor for one of Adelaide's orchestras.

He said he was highly impressed with the enthusiasm shown by the students.

THEY'RE MAKING MUSIC: School Kids from around Gladstone banged drums and played flutes as part of a weeklong workshop held at the GECC. Pictured is Annaliese Weinholz, 10. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
THEY'RE MAKING MUSIC: School Kids from around Gladstone banged drums and played flutes as part of a weeklong workshop held at the GECC. Pictured is Annaliese Weinholz, 10. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

"They are doing fantastic work," he said.

"The advanced group successfully completed five new pieces during their one day workshop, and the intermediate kids have done really well with their sight reading, coming together as a full band within a short time."

GISMA president Rachael Needle said the students became inspired to see where their musical ability could take them.

"They can see what Mark has achieved in his life and they are keen to do the same things," she said.

"Their music teachers are impressed with the workshops and find that the kids learn as much in one of two days as they would in a whole school term; just because they are concentrating on the music the whole day."

The week culminates with a concert, entitled 'A Night at the Movies' which will feature the three groups playing tunes from the movies.