In a first for arts education in Victoria, VCE Theatre Studies will be available online in 2020, and VCE Drama in 2021, thanks to a partnership between Melbourne Theatre Company and Virtual School Victoria (VSV).
This year’s language week theme was Italian on stage and Italian Consul of Perth, Dr. David Balloni hosted more than 100 Italian language studies high school students and their teachers at West Australian Opera's performance of Macbeth.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is with great sadness that The Australian Ballet and The Australian Ballet School announce the peaceful passing of Dame Margaret Scott AC DBE, a much-loved visionary, pioneer and stalwart of dance in Australia.
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.
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.
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.
The 2018 success of Victorian Opera’s new education initiative – Access All Areas: Livestream Program is set to continue in 2019, aligning with the company’s education production Alice through the Opera Glass.
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.
Following the very positive learning, physical and behavioural outcomes of the program’s pilot year at St Marys North Public School throughout 2018, this innovative Foundations program will continue in 2019.
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.
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.
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.
In South Australia, Musica Viva In Schools is spearheading a long-term music residency program in disadvantaged schools thanks to the support of a growing group of local donors, trusts and foundations.
School students in remote areas of Western Australia and the Northern Territory are seldom able to travel to see live performances from highly talented professional musicians, but thanks to generous corporate and philanthropic support, Musica Viva is able to take the music to the students.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
At Port Melbourne Primary School, the Hon Martin Foley MP, Victorian Minister for the Creative Industries, launched a newly commissioned production for Opera Australia’s 2018 Victorian Schools Tour, helping mark 21 years since this vital outreach program began.
Professional musicians and outstanding post-graduate students will work side by side in a world-first masters degree program being launched by The University of Western Australia (UWA) and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO).
Brisbane Girls Grammar School has announced the launch of its unique Education Partnership with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, providing students with the extraordinary opportunity to be mentored by, and perform with, some of Australia’s finest musicians.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
This case study explores the benefits of long-term dance engagement with St Kilda Primary, an inner city multicultural school in Melbourne who have been working with The Australian Ballet Education over 10 years.
This week, in the South China city of Guangzhou, an ensemble of 20 SSO musicians held a day of musical workshops and rehearsals with the talented students at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music as part of a program with the City of Sydney.
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will take Melbournians on a fun filled adventure introducing the wonderful world of classical music to people of all ages for the annual MSO Education Week, taking place 3-7 May.
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.
On Thursday 23 July, students from the Victorian College of the Deaf (VCD) joined music educator and workshop facilitator Karen Kyriakou and British-born practising and profoundly deaf musician Danny Lane for a day of musical exploration with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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