Music strikes a chord when it comes to the holistic learning of children at Ramsgate Arts Primary School.
In addition to the opportunity to play in the school rock band, learn professional Kent Music School demonstrations, sing in the choir, perform in musicals and during classroom activities, the girls and the boys are enjoying the return of another special feature.
For the first time since before the Covid19 pandemic hit, the school’s Live At RAPS broadcasts are back.
The idea is for local musicians to bring their show to school and give a special concert for their young audience.
Their latest guest was international singer-songwriter Luke Burgess, specializing in covers of top artists in a variety of styles ranging from Elton John, Luther Vandross and Michael Jackson to Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Oasis, Bruno Mars. and Ed Sheeran. He also performs his own numbers.
The concerts are organized by Artistic Director Hannah Dannell who explained: âIt was fantastic to find the performances live at RAPS after almost two years of absence.
âOur debut in the new Live At RAPS series was a huge success and the kids were so excited to hear Luke sing and play guitar.
âHe also explained and demonstrated how to use a loop pedal to create many different sounds and effects as the background to his music.
âWe’re always on the lookout for artists who are willing to give some of their time to inspire the next generation.
âLive at RAPS is a quarterly editing event and our kids can’t wait for the next gig to be announced. “
School principal Nick Budge believes live performances are beneficial for children’s creative development.
He said: âA live broadcast is so different from watching someone play on TV or on a DVD for example. Up close, they can see the art and work happening on stage a few feet away from them.
âThey can feel the excitement and the reaction generated in the crowd, and there was a real buzz before, during and after.
âAs a specialty art school, this kind of experience is exactly what our children need to inspire them as a significant addition to their already creative curriculum.
“I’m sure shows like this will encourage our students with a genuine desire to write, sing and play music – it will be fascinating to wait to listen and watch the results.”