Crashendo! - The Laverton Music Program

In May 2011, our first music pilot began at Laverton, in Melbourne, Victoria, with 30 primary school children.
The pilot program Crashendo! in Laverton, Victoria, has seen a wonderfully successful collaboration between the Victoria Police, Hobsons Bay City Council, Laverton P-12 College and Sistema Australia. Thirty children aged 7 to 10 have been provided with an instrument and are offered an invigorating program of instrumental tuition, orchestra, musicianship and choir, as well as performance opportunities and cultural excursions.

Each week from Wednesday to Friday after school, the children enjoy a nutritious snack, then launch in to rehearsals and classes lead by program coordinators and our wonderful teaching artists. Senior Constable Sharon Radau - Community Liaison Officer for Hobsons Bay Police, and one of the program organisers - has always wanted to learn the violin, and often joins the orchestra in rehearsal. The children have welcomed her involvement and engagement with their orchestra with open arms!

Only six months into the program, we saw some astounding results, not least in musical performance. A school survey of the parents revealed that 90% of parents have noticed an overall increase in their children’s confidence, 95% reported an increase in the general happiness of their children, and 95% of parents report that they are now more positive about their child’s future. Read more...


Please Donate to Sistema Australia's Music Programs!

You are invited to become a supporter of the Sistema Australia music programs. By making a tax deductible donation to the Australia Cultural Fund, operated by the Australia Business Arts Foundation – it will provide essential financial support for Sistema Australia's after-school music program for children during 2012.

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