Eleven Aurora College pupils have had their horizons expanded this week by a visit from Auckland-based hip-hop artist and mentor Matt Salapu.
Hand-picked to attend The New Zealand Music Commission Musicians Mentoring in Schools Programme by teacher Sarah McCosh, the students were put through their paces, learning about songwriting, performance and career options in the music industry.
The experience had been invaluable for both the students and herself, McCosh said.
"Their eyes just lit up. They're buzzing. They've written their own song and they're recording it."
Sa'hayla Harden, 16, was impressed with Salapu's use of ambient sound to create music.
"He records birds chirping or the sound of somebody dribbling a ball and that becomes his instrument."
The students played their own instruments and had already laid backing vocals on a song they'd written themselves.
Salapu was impressed by the young musicians.
"They're naturals, they're so gifted. They do it all themselves."
The Musicians Mentoring in Schools Programme is funded by the Ministry of Education and supports students and teachers with achievement in NCEA music.
- The Southland Times
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