Students delight at the sounds of String Ensemble

Murray Farm Public School Dolce String Ensemble visited RIDBC Alice Betteridge SchoolMurray Farm Public School Dolce String Ensemble visited RIDBC Alice Betteridge School

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 have vision loss, as well as a level of intellectual impairment, receive a tailored education program to optimise their participation and learning.

"Many of our students demonstrate keen talents and interests in music," said RIDBC Alice Betteridge School Curriculum Coordinator, Ivy Carruth. "It allows them another mode of communication and socialisation."

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

"The hands-on component of this incursion is rich in experiential learning,” explained Ivy.

“By being able to interact directly with instruments they may never have been aware of, students realise the source of the sound, and the talent involved in making it."

“Murray Farm Public School Dolce String Ensemble were thrilled with the opportunity to perform for the students and community at RIDBC,” said Jo Wilcher, Principal of Murray Farm Public School.

“This was a wonderful way to empower and connect our students with an authentic audience beyond the school. It was also a chance for our students to support the engagement of students from RIDBC to the gift of music. Our students came away feeling that they had contributed to others and they are keen to find other ways to build on this experience.”

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 a charity and Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with vision or hearing 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 people's lives.