By Olivia Bunter
Throughout June, The Centre for Liturgy (CFL) will be providing courses to parishioners who wish to expand on their musical skills in workshops.
The workshops, Psalmist Training Course and Reading Music Course will run separately across four weeks and are open to parishioners of all ages, costing $40 per person.
CFL Music Field Officer, Alessio Loiacono and Music Consultant, Chris deSilva, will run the workshops, the first commencing on Wednesday 5 June.
Mr Loiacono spoke with The Record, to talk about the upcoming courses and how they will benefit parishioners throughout the Archdiocese.
“What we do is meant to be a service to those who serve,” Mr Loiacono said. “We want to help people in parishes to develop their understanding and skills, and broaden their repertoire.”
Both The Psalmist Training Course and the Reading Music Course will be held at the Centre for Liturgy in Nollamara.
The Psalmist Training course is designed to teach the principles and practices that apply to the ministry of the Psalmist with an aim to prepare students to sing the Responsorial Psalm during Liturgies of the Word.
Mr Loiacono said that students would learn how to project their voice as well as learn a repertoire of psalms that they would be able to use when they become Psalmists in their parish communities.
The Reading Music Course is will be run for the first time this year. It is an introduction course in which students will be shown the basics of music theory that will assist in reading music.
“We found that many people who come to our music workshops don’t read music, so we want to help them to follow the basics of a score,” Mr Loiacono said.
“We do try to make it enjoyable, and while it’s a serious course, we hope it will help people improve their skills.”
The Psalmist Training Course was run earlier this year in the Armadale parish and Mr Loiacono expressed his hope that holding the course at Nollamara might make it accessible for more people.
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