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National Chamber Music Championship 2020

National Chamber Music Championship 2020

Angelina Grein

To celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2020, Musica Viva Australia is proud to announce the introduction of a National Chamber Music Championship (NCMC) for secondary-school-aged students with support from Creative Victoria and in partnership with Melbourne Recital Centre and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).

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New MVA partnership provides top music training

New MVA partnership provides top music training

Angelina Grein

Musica Viva In Schools is partnering with The CASS Foundation on a new teacher professional development initiative to support music education and teacher capacity in disadvantaged schools throughout Victoria’s south-west in 2019.

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Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's Festival of Learning

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's Festival of Learning

Angelina Grein

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's Festival of Learning held in the last week of July was an immersive week of activity dedicated to educating and encouraging students to be involved in orchestral music. The week included both professional development for teachers, and inclusive concerts that encouraged participation for students of all ages and abilities.

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Musica Viva Australia announce Casio as a new In Schools partner

Musica Viva Australia announce Casio as a new In Schools partner

Angelina Grein

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.

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MTC's 2019 First Peoples young artists program commences

MTC's 2019 First Peoples young artists program commences

Angelina Grein

Melbourne Theatre Company marked the first day of its 2019 First Peoples Young Artists Program with a welcome to country and smoking ceremony at MTC Headquarters in Southbank, performed by Janet Galpin and David Tournier from the Boon Wurrung Foundation.

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WASO returns to the regions

WASO returns to the regions

Angelina Grein

WASO is hitting the road this October and November with a touring party of over 70 musicians to share a complete live symphony orchestra experience in Esperance and Albany.

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Opera Australia launches 2019 Victorian Schools Tour

Opera Australia launches 2019 Victorian Schools Tour

Angelina Grein

Opera Australia launched its 2019 Victorian Schools Tour with a performance of The Barber of Seville at South Melbourne Park Primary. Thousands of Victorian primary school students will attend more than 80 performances between 20 May and 23 August.

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FutureMakers artists take residency at Monash University

FutureMakers artists take residency at Monash University

Angelina Grein

Musica Viva’s current FutureMakers artists Aura Go and Matthias Schack-Arnott are offering Monash music students an open door into their individual artistic practice as part of a two-year education partnership between Musica Viva and Monash University.

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New ABS data reveals Australian arts and cultural participation is growing

New ABS data reveals Australian arts and cultural participation is growing

Australian adult arts and cultural participation grew by 4.4% between 2013/14 and 2017/18 with women's participation a driving force, up 6.1% while men's participation rates were up 2.4% according to new data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2017-18 Australian youth participation rates in creative activities totalled 63.4% and that adult participation rates are highest for people between the ages of 15-34.

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Orange set to be a music hub

Orange set to be a music hub

Angelina Grein

Musica Viva will present a diverse range of music programs and initiatives amking the city of Orange in central-western NSW a music hub thanks to the support of two local music trusts, dedicated to the Orange region.

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Live streaming Opera into schools

Live streaming Opera into schools

Angelina Grein

Victorian Opera’s Access All Areas: Livestream Program is revolutionising arts education using online technology, and has given 1,400 primary school students state-wide their first taste of opera.

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It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

The It Takes a Village — Education is everyone’s business campaign is highlighting the positive role caring communities can play in helping our young people realise optimistic and confident futures. There is no shortage of positive, life-changing stories that have led young people to better futures through their engagement in the arts, and AMPAG as a campaign partner calls for everyone in our sector to get involved in the campaign.

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Bell Shakespeare's John Bell Scholarship

Bell Shakespeare's John Bell Scholarship

Angelina Grein

Three students from regional schools across Australia came together for the John Bell Scholarship. A life-changing opportunity for budding performers, students were selected to spend one incredible week training with Bell Shakespeare.

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Musica Viva visit regional QLD

Musica Viva visit regional QLD

Angelina Grein

Two Queensland schools will immerse themselves in music this month thanks to Arrow Energy. Wallumbilla State School in the Maranoa Region and Dysart State School in the Isaac Region will each spend four days with composer and educator Nicole Murphy in an intensive Musica Viva In Schools residency – a rare opportunity for students and teachers to work closely with a professional musician.

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KINDY MOVES building confidence step by step

KINDY MOVES building confidence step by step

Angelina Grein

Queensland Ballet’s Kindy Moves program is winning the hearts and minds of pre-schoolers, and as QUT research reports, increased children’s self-confidence and enabled greater use of social competencies - skills that will support their ongoing learning journey.

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Opera QLD empowers students to sing their songs of belonging

Opera QLD empowers students to sing their songs of belonging

Angelina Grein

What is an opera without its lush costumes, elaborate sets and foreign lyrics? To students at Yeronga State High School, it is the perfect medium to tell the stories that resonate with them. The inner-south Brisbane school has partnered with Opera Queensland to develop a stripped back opera to spotlight the remarkable stories and vocal abilities of its diverse student body.

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Circus Oz Skillz

Circus Oz Skillz

Angelina Grein

Circus Oz recently concluded a fantastic season of SKILLZ, a circus education show and workshop program developed for students in Foundation – Grade 4.

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ASO’s innovative music experience inspires regional students

ASO’s innovative music experience inspires regional students

Angelina Grein

As part of Country Arts SA’s 25th birthday celebrations this month, five local Riverland high school students are receiving intensive musical training from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, as well as the opportunity to play alongside the orchestra this month, thanks to support from the RAA.

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Young Wharfies

Young Wharfies

Angelina Grein

Young Wharfies is an engaging and free learning program for Year 11 Drama students (in 2019) who are inspired by the power and creativity of theatre. The group of students selected to be 2019 Young Wharfies will spend a year attending productions, participating in workshops and meeting artists and creatives at STC.

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Transformed by the masters

Transformed by the masters

Every year, as part of Musica Viva's ongoing focus on artist development and nurturing the next generation of musicians, the MVA Masterclass Program gives secondary and tertiary students and emerging professional ensembles the opportunity to learn from master musicians touring as part of MVA’s International Concert Season.

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TAB picks up STEAM

TAB picks up STEAM

The benefits of a STEAM-based curriculum are well documented, and so is the need for teachers to be supported by quality arts education with additional specialist resourcing — which is where The Australian Ballet leaps in.

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Senior Contemporary Dance Program

Senior Contemporary Dance Program

In association with Sydney Dance Company, The McDonald College will launch the inaugural Senior Contemporary Dance Program in 2019. The program is open to students in Years 10 – 12 wishing to develop into creative, forward-thinking contemporary dance artists.

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Taking Gypsey Tober to Tipperary Station

Taking Gypsey Tober to Tipperary Station

​At the end of a dusty 30 kilometre driveway in the Northern Territory you can find Tipperary Station School. There are only 6 students, but when Musica Viva’s Gypsy Tober visited in August, they were greeted by students from 5 local schools - one of which had driven over 2 and a half hours to visit!

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ACO Academy program

ACO Academy program

The ACO recently held it’s ACO Academy program for talented young string players, in Melbourne for the very first time.

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SDC regional workshops hit the road

SDC regional workshops hit the road

​Sydney Dance Company’s teaching artists are currently on the road as part of the regional tour of Rafael Bonachela’s ab [Intra]. Each year the teaching artist team tours Australia to bring dance to communities and schools in regional areas.

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Musica Viva - Taking live music across NT

Musica Viva - Taking live music across NT

Musica Viva in Schools (MVIS) aim to bring quality music education to as many students in Australia as it can. Last month, the popular band Zeeko transported their catchy vibe to students from Alice Springs to Croker Island thanks to the generous support of the Northern Territory Department of Education and a private donor.

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ASO's Festival of Learning

ASO's Festival of Learning

In June, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's annual Festival of Learning returns to the Adelaide Town Hall for a week-long celebration of music-making.

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Bangarra's teacher training - Winhanga-rra in demand

Bangarra's teacher training - Winhanga-rra in demand

​(Wiradjuri language for hear, think, listen). With the Australian Curriculum determining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures as one of three priorities across the curriculum and the States curriculum incorporation of more Indigenous content there is high demand for professional learning in this area.

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Don't stop the music

Don't stop the music

​Filming is underway in Perth on Don’t Stop the Music, a new three-part landmark documentary series for ABC TV, highlighting the transformative effects of teaching music in primary schools. The series has joint funding from Screen Australia and Screenwest and is backed by Musica Viva and the Salvation Army.

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​OperaQ brings opera to school students in Cunnamulla

​OperaQ brings opera to school students in Cunnamulla

There hasn’t been a locally-based music teacher in the Cunnamulla region for a number of years, but in October music was the focus for many students. Workshops with school students from Cunnamulla, Eulo and Charleville took place in Cunnamulla from 17 to 20 October 2017.

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Recognising arts educators

Recognising arts educators

To mark World Teachers’ Day on Thursday 5 October, Queensland Ballet and World Alliance for Arts Education released a joint statement recognising arts educators.

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Kings of Baxter - Bell Shakespeare

Kings of Baxter - Bell Shakespeare

Screening at the Antenna Documentary Film Festival to be held in Sydney next month, Kings of Baxter follows the Bell Shakespeare workshop program at the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre for Boys.

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Musica Viva Schools' 2018 offers more

Musica Viva Schools' 2018 offers more

2018 MVA in Schools includes three new shows; Water, Water, Everywhere with music by Grammy-winning composer, Tan Dun; Da Vinci’s Apprentice, which brings out the inventor in us all; and Wyniss, a dynamic group from Müa Island in the Torres Strait.

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STC’s School Drama Book launched in New York

STC’s School Drama Book launched in New York

Following its successful release in Australia last year, The School Drama Book: Drama, Literature and Literacy in the Creative Classroom by Robyn Ewing and John Nicholas Saunders, is launched this weekend in New York. The event is part of the New York University Forum on Ethnodrama: The Aesthetics of Research and Playmaking, hosted by the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University's Steinhardt School.

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Breaking Down Barriers for Young People to Enjoy Orchestral Music

Breaking Down Barriers for Young People to Enjoy Orchestral Music

What orchestras arguably need most of all these days are skilled, talented and enthusiastic individuals who can bring the experience of orchestral music to young people. Oddly, they tend to be a small and rare bunch. This is because their abilities need to be spread so widely, across education, conducting. composing, and perhaps above all, communication. by Graham Strahle for Music Australia

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Australasia's first Orchestral Performance master’s degree launches

Australasia's first Orchestral Performance master’s degree launches

A two-year Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) launched at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) when the University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis and Chair of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Board Michael Ullmer signed an official Memorandum of Understanding.

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The School Drama Book

The School Drama Book

Sydney Theatre Company launches The School Drama Book: Drama, Literature and Literacy in the Creative Classroom by Robyn Ewing and John Nicholas Saunders.

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A Youthful Carmen

A Youthful Carmen

Opera Queensland’s Open Stage program creates education and community engagement programs for all ages.

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Fiddlesticks

Fiddlesticks

Musica Viva ensemble Fiddlesticks returns from an extensive tour of Hong Kong.

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Going Bush

Going Bush

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's The Bush Concert schools program is up scaling and going national.

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MSO takes audiences on a musical adventure

MSO takes audiences on a musical adventure

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra held its sixth annual Education Week – a mini festival of music making activities for the young, and young at heart – at Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall.

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Sydney Dance Co launches DancED 2016

Sydney Dance Co launches DancED 2016

Sydney Dance Company launched its DancED program for 2016 this week, showcasing an example of a primary school workshop with students from Bronte Public School, and topped off with a performance from its recent season of Triptych by two Sydney Dance Company dancers, Janessa Dufty and Bernard Knauer.

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Chance of a lifetime for dancers at SDC

Chance of a lifetime for dancers at SDC

Applications are now open for Sydney Dance Company’s pre-professional training for 2016. It is open to Australian and New Zealand dancers aged 18 or older, and those who are turning 18 in 2016.

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Young WA composers reach orchestral heights

Young WA composers reach orchestral heights

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra understands the importance of supporting and mentoring the next generation of young artists. Its Young & Emerging Artists Program nurtures aspiring performers through unique training opportunities.

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WASO Open day and more

WASO Open day and more

In a first for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Education Week will inspire, delight, inform and challenge audiences and participants across a broad range of musical performances.

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Black Diggers simulcast conquers a new frontier

Black Diggers simulcast conquers a new frontier

‘The simulcast was a whole new frontier for theatrical experience … we were undaunted as an audience and gripped by the power of ‘almost’ live theatre.’ So said Bundaberg North State High School, Judith Thrupp, following Queensland Theatre Company’s simulcast of Black Diggers to nine venues around the state in October.

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Australian Curriculum review changes the goalposts

Australian Curriculum review changes the goalposts

The report of the Australian Curriculum review has been released this week. While the report stresses the importance of arts education and the need to support professional development of teachers, it has suggested that only two arts subjects—likely visual arts and music—need be mandatory.

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Queensland Ballet launches a new Senior Program

Queensland Ballet launches a new Senior Program

Queensland Ballet has announced it will launch a new Senior Program in 2015, giving talented students the opportunity to pursue intensive ballet training while completing face-to-face senior academic studies in Years 11 and 12.

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Sharing the magic of opera

Sharing the magic of opera

This year over 45,000 children in greater Sydney and regional NSW will experience the timeless comedy of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville—and for many it will be their first encounter with opera.

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Education Forum 2014

Education Forum 2014

The 2014 MPA Education Forum was held in Brisbane on 30 June–1 July, and featured keynote speakers: Eric Booth, teacher, actor, arts advocate and Founding Editor of the Teaching Artist Journal, and Professor Julian Meyrick, practitioner, academic and media commentator on matters of cultural policy.

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Education

Education

All our 28 member companies make a huge contribution to arts education. In 2015 close to 566,000 school children and teachers attended education activities for schools, of which more than 160,000 were from regional and remote Australia. Education and workshop attendances around Australia, inspired, delighted and extended students’ knowledge and supported teachers ongoing arts teaching practice

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