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The Song Room and Guitars Gathering Dust Bring Christmas to CELS Craigieburn Students

This week, The Song Room and Guitars Gathering Dust visited students at Collingwood English Language School (CELS) – Craigieburn Campus, bringing 20 refurbished guitars for students to use in the new year.

Students at CELS Craigieburn have been learning how to play the ukulele and sing in their Song Room program this year. Many of the classes took place remotely because of COVID-19 disruptions, but The Song Room’s program kept students connected to their learning throughout the upheaval.

The Song Room worked closely with CELS Craigieburn in recent months to ensure that students at the school would be able to benefit from the guitars, and build upon the skills learnt on the ukuleles by learning how to play guitar.

Now that students are back in the classroom, they have the opportunity to extend their learning in 2021 with their guitars.

Next year they’ll be rocking out thanks to Guitars Gathering Dust and everyone at Hobsons Bay Men’s Shed, who worked together to refurbish these guitars for the students.

Since 2018, Guitars Gathering Dust have been working with TSR to provide refurbished guitars to students across Melbourne. GGD works with local luthiers and repairers at Hobsons Bay Men’s Shed to restore old guitars to their former glory, ensuring they can be re-used in TSR’s music programs to support students who cannot afford new instruments.

TSR has been working with students across the primary year levels at CELS Craigieburn since 2018, providing in-school music programs for students who would otherwise miss out on music education opportunities.

Many of the students at CELS Craigieburn are migrants and refugees attending CELS Craigieburn to complete intensive English language courses before being enrolled in a mainstream school.

The Song Room’s Arts learning programs give these students an opportunity to connect despite language barriers by participating in music classes where students build confidence, self-esteem and a sense of belonging.

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