AN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM OFFERING STUDENTS IN REMOTE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES AS ALL QUEENSLAND SCHOOL CHILDREN
Access to quality music education experiences in remote Queensland has always been a challenge. For the past five years, QMF, the Cape York Academy and Education Queensland have been trying to close this gap with the Cape York Instrumental Program (CYIP).
CYIP offers students in the remote Indigenous communities of Aurukun, Coen and Hope Vale the opportunity to gain instrumental music experiences on par with metropolitan schools.
The program provides year-round artists-in-residence, exclusive teacher mentoring, an annual intensive band camp program that brings together the three Cape York schools, and the chance to show off their skills with
CAPE YORK INSTRUMENTAL PROGRAM BAND CAMP
Music makers of the future get together to jam.
Every year, school bands from the remote Indigenous communities of Aurukun, Coen and Hope Vale come together for a huge band camp and performance.
As part of the ongoing CYIP, students work with regular resident facilitators, multi-instrumental specialist Jane Hopkinson, Yothu Yindi drummer and much-loved Cairns-based musician Ben Hakalitz, and Tablelands-based educator Hannah Trotter. They are joined by talented music students from the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts and The University of Queensland for a week-long band camp.
Throughout the camp, students hone their skills and come together to make beautiful music as they prepare to take to the stage to perform at the closing ceremony of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF).
Cape York Instrumental Program is presented by Queensland Music Festival in association with Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy and Queensland Government.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This program has received additional support from Queensland Government through Department of the Premier and Cabinet as part of its commitment to maintaining and building safe, connected and cohesive communities. ACPA student mentoring at Band Camp has been supported by the Pavetta Foundation.