11 May 2018
Our Rock Stars…Ready for Rock The Houses! – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall
The anticipation and excitement is building at our campuses and the plaque is being polished in the lead up to our Rock the Houses event on Tuesday 15th May! After the incredibly successful performances last September, everyone is eagerly waiting to perform on stage as they battle it out to be crowned the winners of this event! Each campus will perform three songs consisting of two covers and an original. Rock The Houses showcases the talents of every participant and the enjoyment that they get from engaging with the music program.
There is a wide range of research that validates how important music is to everyone’s life. At Interchange Australia we strongly believe in the inclusive nature of music and how important it is to provide our clients every opportunity to play, perform and appreciate music. The lead support workers in our music program have over 20 years of musical experience and have each performed in various bands.
By participating in our music program, clients have the opportunity to:
• Learn to play various instruments, develop ‘roadie skills’ and enhance singing and stagecraft skills through our Day Options Program and music classes
• Perform at live gigs. Our band, The Hidden Wonders, performs at the annual RockCan concert and have also performed at other community events in Nowra and Campbelltown, at numerous Friday night dinner groups and at the Fri-Yay Street Feast event at The Mill in Bowral, just to name a few. They are also appearing as special guests at the upcoming Rock The Houses concert.
• Participate in a radio show. The RockCan Hour airs on Monday evenings between 5pm and 6pm on 92.5FM Youth Radio. Members of The Hidden Wonders come into the studio and are interviewed about their passion for music by one of our staff members who is also a host at the station. The band members also select their own playlist and announce the songs.
• Attend live performances at a wide variety of venues including local clubs, theatres and stadiums. Last Saturday a group had a fantastic night dancing and singing at an ABBA-Solutely concert!
• Interchange Australia also provides music and singing classes that include clients with dementia. Music is a recognised positive therapy for those with dementia in both a group setting and an individual basis. Studies show it lessens a person’s anxiety and aphasia.
• During our ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub we provide an opportunity for kids diagnosed with an ASD to experiment with music and have fun with peers.
If you are interested in joining our music program, please contact our friendly consultants on 1300 112 334, visit one of our music classes to ask our staff any questions you may have, or attend one of our special music events such as Rock The Houses or RockCan.