Musica Viva Australia announce Casio as a new In Schools partner

The leading Japanese electronic musical instruments brand has joined forces with Musica Viva to support music education programs in schools nationally. Casio is providing keyboards as prizes for competitions organised by Musica Viva In Schools (MVIS) which will go to winning schools across the country, encouraging students and teachers to explore more musical activities in the classroom.

Musica Viva Australia announce Casio as a new In Schools partner

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So far this year Casio have distributed six keyboards to schools participating in the MVIS program in Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. One of these winners is Cairns State Special School, a school providing highly specialised and individualised programs for students with disabilities, and the music teacher, Stacey Farquharson, was thrilled to win an instrument for her students.

“The Casio keyboard has been a valuable tool in our music classroom,” says Stacey. “Students have explored the melodic demonstrations: one student has enjoyed following the melodic teaching function, another has found his favourite rhythms and a young girl has particularly enjoyed the variety of sounds available at the touch of button. The light weight and portability of the keyboard has been an asset because many of our students need to take the keyboard to quiet areas, and others can use it sitting on the floor or with their standing frames. We truly appreciate Casio’s contribution to our music program, many thanks.”

“The many benefits of music education are well documented, and Casio

hopes to help facilitate students developing a passion for playing

music for years, and even decades, ahead"

- Damon McMahon, Casio National Sales and Marketing Manager.

In addition to providing musical instruments, Musica Viva has also developed a free online music lesson plan specifically designed for Casio keyboards and made accessible to all teachers on the Musica Viva website.

“We are proud of the school resource we have produced for this partnership,” says Colette Vella, Musica Viva Director of Education. “It will really help teachers make the most of keyboards in their classroom.”

As part of this partnership, Casio will also be a key supporter of Musica Viva’s newly announced National Chamber Music Championship, to be held in Melbourne in 2020, by providing a major prize to the most deserving ensemble. The Casio Achievement Prize will encourage entries from a broad range of instruments and stages of development to this competition and be awarded to an under-resourced school or institution.  

 “As a leader in the electronic musical instrument industry, Casio is proud to support music education and be directly involved in the development of young musicians. The many benefits of music education are well documented, and Casio hopes to help facilitate students developing a passion for playing music for years, and even decades, ahead,” says Damon McMahon, Casio National Sales and Marketing Manager.

“The Musica Viva In Schools program helps students experience the fun and sense of achievement that playing music together offers. Casio’s touch-sensitive portable keyboards are an ideal instrument on which to start one’s music-making journey, and we’re happy to be partnering with Musica Viva In Schools.”

We look forward to sharing more musical stories made possible by our partnership with Casio.

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