Musical workshop for talented kids
By BREE PRICE
DALI SRHOJ effortlessly flicks from strumming one song to another on his acoustic guitar.
He has no sheet music in front of him, but the 16-yearold Mullumbimby High School student then confidently adds his voice to a rendition of the song Mustang Sally.
Dali is one of 30 North Coast high school students who attended the first Talent Development Project (TDP) workshop to be held on the North Coast, that wrapped up yesterday at Albert Park Public School.
Run by the Department of Education and TDP, a Sydneybased performance training centre, the three-day workshop was designed to develop and nurture the talents of the region's best young singers and song writers.
The workshops had only ever been held in Sydney.
"I like jamming with people and I write songs as well. I've finished two but written the music and lyrics to about eight," Dali said.
The workshop coaches students on everything from vocals, microphone technique and movement, to songwriting skills and sound engineering.
Department of Education regional arts co-ordinator Peter Piaud said the workshop would return to the North Coast in two or three years after visiting other regions.
Other Northern Rivers students who attended the free workshop included Alstonville High's Jessica O'Brien and Ellen Bevan, Careena Roberts and Jesse Mount of Ballina High, Byron Bay High's Cody Butler, Emily Baldwin and Taya Smith of Kadina High, Mullumbimby High's Mia Forrest and Sara Taylor, and Anna Zagel-Geiss from Nimbin Central School.