Crescendo was created by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in 2014, and is now reaching more than 400 students in Kwinana. WASO is 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 the only program of its kind in WA.
Crescendo is currently providing weekly classroom music lessons to all students from Pre-primary to Year 6 at two Kwinana schools - Medina Primary School and North Parmelia Primary School. Our oldest students in the program are also receiving instrumental lessons.
Inspired by the Venezuelan El Sistema, by 2020 WASO provides music lessons to every student in every year level at these two schools and to work with the Kwinana community to provide them with opportunities to develop confidence, resilience, emotional and social well-being. Staff and parents from both schools have reported on improved concentration, self-confidence, behaviour and enthusiasm for learning. Students regularly perform at school assemblies and in front of their peers and family members.
In addition to their weekly lesson, students also have the opportunity to attend WASO performances at Perth Concert Hall as part of Education Week+, and enjoy a number of in-school performances from WASO musicians including our Education Chamber Orchestra (EChO) and local and international guest artists.
Crescendo is supported by:
Crown Resorts Foundation Packer Family Foundation Crescendo Giving Circle
The Stan Perron Charitable Foundation
Tianqi Lithium Australia Bunning Family
Government of Western Australia, Department of Education - Instrumental Music School Services