The Teaching Artists and Tutors Our teaching artists and tutors will be selected and trained so that they can inspire the musician in every child, both in class and on stage. By teaching young people to make music, Symphony For Life teachers not only share their talents, but offer opportunities to music to children and communities in need. Symphony For Life will train and support teachers to make a lasting impact. Their training will focus on strategies and techniques to reach every child.
Symphony For Life teaching arists will be part of a network of community-minded professionals who work to engage and inspire young people through music. They will collaborate with other educators and artists to exchange ideas and share professional learnings.
The program is best practice, based on a classroom-teaching model – in that it is ‘one-to-many’, rather than the traditional model: one-on-one. One-on-one lessons come later in their program as they become more competent in the music and playing: music first, refinement later.
In the early stages it is very ‘hands-on’ and high-energy from the children. As the program develops, and the process starts to take hold, the energy is more focused and directed towards the creation of music and gradually discipline and focus is achieved. Gradually the controls required lessen and the teaching artists and tutors roles change to a more guiding and encouraging process.
Staffing the programs In every program there are always a minimum of three main teaching artists who are trained not only in the Symphony For Life principles, but also in Kodaly, Orff and or Suzuki teaching programs – or something similarly suited to the teaching of music to children. They are also artists – and perform as professional musicians. They are always at the program each day. Other musician tutors come in at certain times to work with the orchestra in different capacities – some as instrument specialist and others in music studies, percussion and choral work.
There can be up to eight teachers working with the children at various times during the week. It is high-energy difficult fun, which also seems to transform the teaching artists and tutors. They become very passionate about working with the children – who in turn love working with the teachers and tutors: very much a positive feedback loop process.
The teachers and tutors are selected, trained and employed by the Symphony For Life Foundation, and will reside in or near the community to which they serve.
Interested in becoming a teaching artist or tutor for Symphony For Life Foundation? Contact us here for more details!
Child Safety and Duty of Care All employees, board members and volunteers aged 16 years and over must complete a Working With Children Check as legislated prerequisite for anyone in child-related work. It involves a national criminal history check and review of findings of workplace misconduct – this varies slightly from State to State/Territory, but the mechanism is basically the same. This not only insures the safety of the children is covered, but also the organisation has met a principal area of its duty of care. It is legislatively required in every State and Territory in Australia.