The program will provide access to world-class music education for primary school students from low socio-economic areas over three-years.
The six schools selected to participate in the Credit Suisse Sydney Symphony Orchestra Schools Music Education Program are: Soldiers’ Settlement Public School (pictured), Darlington Public School, Parramatta Public School, La Perouse Public School, Pendle Hill Public School and Dandenong West Primary School (Vic).
Credit Suisse Australia CEO John Knox said: “We are delighted to be able to partner with the SSO and the State Government on this extraordinary initiative that could establish a firm link between music education and academic performance. During the three-year pilot, the program is expected to directly impact more than 1,000 students, approximately 36 teachers and involve many of our 400 staff. Future generations will also benefit from the experience gained by these teachers and students.”
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Director of Learning and Engagement, Linda Lorenza said: “Together with Credit Suisse, we’re striving to build a culture of music education in schools to enhance teachers’ knowledge and skills and ensure that every child has access to music education. Numerous local and international studies show that music develops students’ ability to listen, and regular music education has positive impacts on children’s academic achievement and motivation. The students in our program will not only have a lot of fun, but also enjoy the benefits of music in other areas of their lives. We commend the vision of Credit Suisse for partnering with us on this longitudinal program and are grateful for the continued support of the NSW government through the Department of Education.”