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UWI CCFA helps CXC Music students

For Release Upon Receipt - March 1, 2007

St. Augustine

Over seventy-five secondary school students converged on the Music Department of The University of the West Indies Centre for Creative and Festival Arts (CCFA) in St. Augustine last Sunday to take part in Musicanova.

“It means ‘new music’,” volunteered Paul Massy, the UWI Music major whose undergraduate final year project seeded the two-pronged event, comprising music composition workshops and a free concert, intended to create a space for original compositions to be showcased. Both the concert and the workshops took place at the Gordon Street facility.

The Musicanova workshops, which were facilitated by CCFA Head and Composition Lecturer, Satanand Sharma, catered especially to young composers and CXC music students in Forms 4 and 5, and sought to provide a forum for interaction between University students and students preparing for the CXC Music exams. The “main goal” of the workshops was precisely to establish that link between the tertiary and secondary level students.

“Because music is a relatively new subject being tested at the CXC level, one of the major problems that teachers are experiencing is in Composition,”

explained Massy. “Students at that level lack composition skills. By having the workshops, we tried to share our knowledge about composition with the younger students.”

To this end, the two-part event, which was made possible through the kind sponsorship and support of the Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago, the Music Literacy Trust and Republic Bank Limited, was part of the ongoing CCFA 20th Anniversary celebrations.


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