Launched at the beginning of 2018, the three-year program is designed to support music education in disadvantaged schools and foster the next generation of musicians and music lovers. Six schools across New South Wales and Victoria, including Soldiers’ Settlement Public School, Mascot Public School, Parramatta Public School, La Perouse Public School, Pendle Hill Public School and Dandenong West Primary School, were selected for the program.
Teachers from the schools participated in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s annual immersive teacher training courses, TunED-Up!™ and ToppED-Up!. Through these programs, the teachers were equipped with the skills to teach music in the classroom, and gifted percussion kits by Credit Suisse to use as part of their lessons.
Through the partnership with Credit Suisse, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has supported over 400 Year 3 students in attending orchestral performances in 2018 alone, and they will be given the rare opportunity to look behind-the-scenes at the Sydney Opera House and the offices of Credit Suisse. The excursions to the locations will provide young students with the chance to view two different worlds, and gain insight into the contrasting worlds of the arts and finance.
To ensure the continued music education and support of students, each new year of third grade students will join the program, while previous students will continue their musical journey.