Students delight at the sounds of String Ensemble

RIDBC student Annie, exploring the ensemble instruments and the sounds they create

Students from Murray Farm Public School String Ensemble recently supported a unique musical learning experience at Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Alice Betteridge School.

RIDBC Alice Betteridge School provides an environment in which students who are deafblind or who have vision loss, as well as level of intellectual impairment, receive a tailored education program to optimise their participation and learning.

"Many of our students have a deep connection with music," said RIDBC Alice Betteridge School Curriculum Co-ordinator, Jessteene Clifford.  "We often use music as a wonderful way to encourage our students to engage and communicate with others."

Following a live musical performance, members of the Murray Farm String Ensemble helped students from RIDBC explore the different instruments.

"At RIDBC Alice Betteridge School we always look to hands-on experiences as these provide a wonderful way to help our students to learn,” said Jessteene.

“Sensory experiences such as these create an important learning environment. We are so grateful to the Murray Farm String Ensemble for making this memorable experience possible, our students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to explore the various instruments and the sounds that they make."

To find out more about RIDBC's full range of programs for children and adults with vision or hearing loss, go to or call 1300 581 391.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with hearing or vision loss, supporting thousands of adults, children and their families, each year.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.