Titjikala Music is an initiative by Titjikala Community in partnership with Soundstream New Music (Artistic Director and Pianist, Gabriella Smart). Established in 2015, it creates improved health and education outcomes and economic opportunities by establishing music programs within Titjikala community (NT).
Titjikala Music focuses on the Women’s Choir, aged between 20 and 70+, the Titjikala Band, and will establish Youth Saxophone and Keyboard Ensembles, drawn from school age children and post school teenagers. In February 2017 Immanuel College in Adelaide made a long-term commitment to partner with Titjikala Community, donating 15 instruments.
Smart has organised for community musicians to perform nationally. The Womens’ Choir are performing alongside an exhibition of their stunning silk batik fabrics at Ayers House (Adelaide) on August 8 at 7pm (see www.soundstream.org.au for details). 5 workshops have taken place in the community to date that have been funded by private, tax deductible donations.
This project will:
•Strengthen the connections Titjikala Community have with society, community, language, and stories of culture and history through participatory music making;
•Develop confidence and self determination;
•Improve school retention rates as weekly tuition will occur during school hours (with the rule of “No School Day, No Instrument Play”);
•Music education and on going performance opportunities give children and youth a broader experience of life and community and increases students’ awareness of future pathways, thus facilitating the effective transition of students between primary and secondary schools;
•Improve mental health through positive participation and physical health through improved diet;
•Strengthen and develop leadership roles.
$12,000 is the target to be spent in the following way:
$5000 to prepare (workshop), transport and accommodate the Women’s Choir for the Ayers House Concert in Adelaide on 8 August 2018 including an art exhibition of Titjikala crafts.
$3000 to prepare band (workshop) for the Big Band Bash and ongoing saxophone and keyboard lessons for the youth ensemble.
$4000 to employ workshop manager and producer, Mark Smerdon, to oversee the project.
Workshops are run by professional musicians Gabriella Smart (piano), Mark Smerdon (guitar/band management), Derek Pascoe (saxophone) and Robyn Manley (choir conductor)