At it’s 2017 recital the management and students of the Harrigan’s Music School celebrated their beloved teacher Mrs. Flossetta Harrigan who retired.
Popularly known as Teacher Harrigan or Teacher Flossie, the beloved teacher took a bow as she retired from the music school where she taught for 25 years. The management in its message to Mrs. Harrigan announced that many in the community can attest to the dedicated service Teacher Flossie gave.
Mrs. Harrigan was regaled as well by her past at the recital that was held at the Eilene L Parsons Auditorium on June 11th.
Each year the school hosts its annual recital where the talented students display their vocal skills, and instrumental abilities. As part of the recital students are expected to display skills on instruments such as the piano, guitar, drums, and bass.
In March 1990, the school began with piano lessons in the Long Look/East End communities with a roll of six students. As word spread about the school the roll more than doubled in the first year. By January 1993 the roll had grown to more than twenty eight.
The first recital was held in the Long Look Methodist Church in October 1993, and this was also the first year students were registered for the Royal Schools of Music practical piano examinations.
The Harrigan Music School has since registered students in Grades 1 through 8 in the practical piano examinations, grades 1 and 2 guitar and flute, grade 5 violin, and grades 1 through 5 in theory. The success rate remains well over 90% with many Distinctions and Merits. By the year 2001, the roll increased to 120 students from all communities in Tortola and also from Virgin Gorda.
In 2015 the school celebrated its 25th anniversary and marked that year’s recital as a thanksgiving ceremony. Over its 25 years of existence well over 800 students have passed through the school, some of whom are now teachers at the school.
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