Marimbas make music fun Page Image Image CaptionNorth Arm state school students playing marimba Page ContentThe music is toe-tappingly upbeat, played with an infectious enthusiasm that more than meets their music teacher's instructions to 'play loud'!The North Arm State School community are understandably proud of their marimba program – an extra-curricular opportunity allowing children to learn all the elements of music quickly and with a great sense of fun.Led by music teacher Steve Pead, students of all ages play in the marimba program. "The music is very motivating, and the instrument is easy to play. I have 5-year-old children playing them, they can learn at their own pace and get as good as they want to get," Mr Pead said.Such is the dedication, the students rehearse and play in their own time, and perform at events throughout the community.Principal Kelly Edgar believes the positive peer and community connections made by this and other programs is what makes the school special."The ethos of North Arm State School is heart, mind and earth for lifelong learning," Ms Edgar said. "This program allows participation across grade and ability levels, Year 1 students get to play with their Year 6 peers, developing a shared appreciation of the music they make together."