Singer, songwriter, guitarist, music producer and ACMF music teacher, Cheyne Halloran, started the new secondary program at Hillston Central School this week.
The ACMF music education program has been running very successfully for 5 years at the Hillston Primary School, but there was growing concern that when the students graduated to high school they couldn’t continue their music training. Unfortunately, there were no funds available to extend the program to the secondary school at that stage.
Then in an unexpected turn of events, a community minded couple heard ACMF music teacher Rachel Scott speaking at a function about the power of music to change young peoples lives and made a handsome donation to specifically fund a program in rural NSW.
And so the ACMF music education program for secondary strudents at the Hillston Central School was born – and enter Cheyne Halloran, talented working muso! He has been running the ACMF music program at the Riverina JJC in Wagga Wagga for the last 2 years, and is a popular and dedicated teacher.
Cheyne will now travel to Hillston for one week at least once a term to teach guitar, drums, singing, songwriting and production to the high school students (who are already talking about forming a band!). He will leave follow up lessons with a staff teacher at the school and will maintain online contact through SKYPE encouraging the children to keep learning and practising.
This brings the total number of children the ACMF is teaching in Hillston to 130 and we can’t wait to hear the results!