BEING able to pursue music as a career is sometimes a distant dream for many students.
For 90 students of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Putrajaya Precinct 11 (1), learning Music Education as part of their school syllabus takes them a step closer towards achieving that dream.
Driving them further, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) brought their Education and Outreach Programme to the school.
Having won the Silver Award at the Festival Orkestra Pop Patriotisme Kebangsaan, the students, who are part of a string ensemble called Eleven One Orchestra, kickstarted the event by playing a repertoire of Bohemian Rhapsody and the themes from the moviea Pirates of the Carribean and Skyfall.
The full-day event saw MPO violinists Vira Nyezhentseya and Luisa Theis, violist Mahmoud Hussein and cellist Csaba Koros sharing their skills and teaching the students the correct techniques as well as tone production.
Viola player Nur Al-Aisya Suzanna Ahmad Faiz, 15, who has been playing the instrument for the past three years, said she was very much inspired by Mahmoud.
“I want to be just like him. He is so focused when he plays.
“I hope to play professionally and some day be part of the London Orchestra,” she said.
Nur Fatihah Natasya Aman Syahlan, 15, said she was impressed by what she was able to learn from the MPO violist.
“He taught us how to hold the instrument in the right position and how to play vibrato,” she said, adding that she intends to be a viola player alongside her ambition of becoming a doctor.
Impressed by the outreach programme, the school principal Halimah Abdul Majid said she hopes the students will be more inspired to pursue music alongside their academic ambitions.
“An orchestra like this needs high commitment from the teachers, parents and students.
“As it is we are running this music class based on our own initiative because of the high cost in purchasing instruments and getting the right teachers.
“I hope that every member of this orchestra will learn more about discipline from the MPO musicians and be motivated to raise the school’s name while learning as much as they can,” she said.