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Time to take music programme higher


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Time to take music programme higher

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WITH THE MUSIC PROGRAMME at the Barbados Community College (BCC) seeing its highest number of students since its 1998 inception, the head of department is calling for change to take it further.

Head of the performing arts department, Roger Gittens, told WEEKEND BUZZ that the music programme currently has over 60 students.

He said it was difficult to get the programme at an international level since it operates in a school setting, but he said: “We do need to change some of the ways we do business and we need to move more as a business model.”

At the Music On The Mound presentation, where the students are graded for their work and while performing before their peers and supporters, Gittens said he also wanted to take the showcase further.

“Maybe we can have a schools festival that we can invite maybe students from Africa, from the US as well in another ten years to partner with us. We are at this level now but we are looking down the road in another five or ten years.”

In BCC’s performance hall, he praised the quality of the students’ work.

“I find that quality of the performances is high. The problem is that I don’t think people are aware that we are here and we are doing a good job.”

But he did say that since many secondary schoolchildren were invited to the event, it served as an invitation and many of the students who viewed the work eventually enrol in the programme.

The students were divided into 18 ensembles, which all included steelpan performances, vocal ensembles and gospel performance among others. (TG)

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