Now in its fifth year, Queensland Music Festival’s (QMF) Cape York Instrumental Program (CYIP) is a partnership with the Cape York Academy (CYA) to deliver an instrumental music program on par with schools across the state.
The program, delivered to the three CYA school campuses in the remote Indigenous communities of Aurukun, Coen and Hope Vale, provides year-round artists-in-residencies, teacher mentoring, a seven-day band camp program and an opportunity for students to perform in public.
At the heart of the program is the aim to give students education experiences equivalent to their counterparts elsewhere in Queensland. The program also improves the transitioning capacity of students who will need to travel to larger centers for higher education.
“Our music program sits alongside our instructional program as being the two greatest achievements and having the greatest impact on our children. It is helping them thrive”. Dr Noel Pearson, CYA Chairman
The CYA School Band have previously performed at the Yarrabah Band Festival, Jazz on the Green and Tropical Jam as part of the G20 Cultural Celebrations.