Creating a brighter future through music education
Play-based learning programs for young children, such as Crescendo, provide a strong basis for future success at school. Students engaging with and playing music have improved school attendance, accelerated learning, and more confidence to face challenges and create solutions. They are generally happier young people who are more connected with their community. And, happier young people grow up to be more resilient adults with brighter futures.
Last year marked a major milestone in WASO's Crescendo music education program with over 11,000 teaching hours conducted despite the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions. The award-winning project was piloted in 2014 for a single year level in two WA primary schools. Seven years later, Crescendo has delivered free music education every week to every student at all school levels, primary to year six.
The only program of its kind in WA, Crescendo is currently being delivered at two Kwinana schools - Medina Primary School and North Parmelia Primary School. Students in Years 4 - 6 are also receiving Violin lessons.
‘The biggest impact I have seen has been on the students.
It really is the development of their confidence… The music lessons are very scaffolded and supported, the kids are happy to take a risk with their learning and if they make a mistake it is not a big deal in the WASO classroom. They are supported all the way… that confidence has transferred over into other learning areas.’ Karen Davey, Principal, Medina Primary School
A recent report created by analysts at Culture Counts and commissioned by WASO with six years of student, parent and community feedback confirms:
That the socio-economic disadvantage of the participating schools demonstrates a strong social need for programs like Crescendo that provide access to unique opportunities early in life that can meaningfully improve people’s lives in the long term.
That the program is able to generate a sense of inclusion and belonging to the community-at-large, beyond those directly participating in the program.
The program gives individual students confidence to speak up, define goals and take an active role in decision-making (personal agency), and this was likely to lead to greater academic performance.
The WASO Theory of Change and Logic Model applied for the program clearly demonstrates links between music engagement / music performance and personal agency for participants.
‘The most significant change is in the improved academic results…
…and the reason I think those results have come about are the school’s improvement program we’ve got complemented by Crescendo.’ Peter Elsegood, Principal, North Parmelia Primary School
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.
To find out more about Crescendo, please contact Alena Tompkins ph +61 8 9326 0088.
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