Toitu top to learn new tunes

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum is alive with the sound of music these school holidays as Jayden Jesudhass (9) teaches ukulele to a packed class.

Jayden has been playing the ukulele for four years and with the help of his mother, Lien Trinh, and loves passing on his passion.

''I really enjoy teaching, especially to the little ones, and was really excited to have today's lessons packed out.''

Jayden's father, James Jesudhass, said he was very grateful to the people of Dunedin for the support given to Jayden.

With a combination of his busking and working as a music teacher Jayden has raised $5000 to cover the cost of competing in the Australian country music festival at Tamworth, NSW later this month.

Jayden plays eight different instruments, including guitar, piano and flute.

Mr Jesudhass said he was happy with his son's passion for music.

''I think it's really good for the kids. Instead of getting on the computer, they can pick up the guitar and have a strum.''

Toitu visitor manager Kirsten Glengarry said the museum was pleased the lessons were proving popular and she was already planning to run more.

By Liam MacAndrew.

 

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