Now in its fourth year, WASO's El Sistema-inspired music education program, Crescendo, is the only one of its kind in Western Australia. WASO remain the only major performing arts company in the state working with Principals and school communities to deliver free, ongoing and regular music education programs in schools.
Crescendo is currently providing weekly music lessons to all students from Pre-primary to Year 4 at two Kwinana Primary Schools - Medina Primary School and North Parmelia Primary School. All students enrolled in Pre-Primary start with vocal lessons as a strong foundation for the introduction of string instruments in later years. By 2020, WASO will be providing music lessons to every student in Pre-primary to Year 6. In addition to their weekly lesson, students also have the opportunity to attend WASO performances at Perth Concert Hall as part of Education Week+, to hear our Education Chamber Orchestra (EChO) perform in their local community, as well as participate in a number of in-school presentations with guest musicians and ensembles.
Teachers and parents from both schools have reported improved concentration, self-confidence, behaviour and enthusiasm for learning music.
Students regularly perform at school assemblies and in front of their peers and family members. WASO is proud to work with the Kwinana community to provide these students with opportunities to develop confidence, resilience, and emotional and social well-being through the delivery of an internationally recognised music education program.
"This is a wonderful program and I am so glad that my daughter will get to participate again in Year One. It offers a range of opportunities to these children that they would not normally have access to. The development of a love of music is a precious gift to give. Thank you!"
Parent, Crescendo Student