The Symphony For Life Foundation provides the organisational and developmental basis, for a sustainable high quality social program through music. We will provide highly credentialed Music Teaching Artists with a value system and the skills to engage effectively with all involved in their program, including the community and program partners. They will able able to inspire, teach and mentor children and young people in general capabilities and in excellent music.
A SUMMARY OF THE PROGRAM - HOW IT WORKS
- Symphony For Life Programs are free of charge to all children. We will provide teachers, instruments and music free of charge to all children, regardless of means, because the Foundation regards children as a community first and foremost.
- Designed to work with large numbers of children. Ideally 60 children at a time, but also can work with smaller numbers too.
- The focus of each community program is a Hub. As a program develops, it may operate in additional facilities across a community.
- The music learning experiences involve movement to music, singing and instruments. A core of group tuition provides an interactive social environment for joyful, engaged and creative learning. Content is rich, challenging and rewarding.
- The children will form a string orchestra from the start. String instruments come in sizes to suit all children, are light to carry and have substantial musical possibilities, especially in a large ensemble setting.
- Children may choose another orchestral instrument as they learn, and grow physically.
- The orchestra is a metaphor for community - joining an orchestra, the children and young people join a musical community that has much in common with any 'community' - roles, collaboration, belonging and actiove engagement with neighbours and fr
- Community engagement precedes registration of children into the program. The active agreement and support of parents and caregivers underpins the success of a program
- Community partnerships are established during the development phase
- The program is a community program, not a school program. However, the involvement of schools and school teachers in supporting, and/or participating in a program is essential for the promotion of the program prior to establishment, and also the celebration of achievements once established.
- Schools, school teachers wanting professional accreditation in music, and school communities can be prime beneficiaries of a program, as it aims to address the Seven General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum, and aims to assist children to develop personally and socially, and to be happier and more successful at school. The community cohesion that is a prime aim of our program can be of benefit in developing stronger learning communities or learning neighbourhoods
- We can work with education to support programs of mutual interest, that address issues and situations affecting children and the community.
- The Australian Curriculum includes seven general capabilities. These will also be addressed through our programs
- Information and communication technology (ICT) capability
- Critical and creative thinking
- Personal and social capability
- Ethical understanding
- Intercultural understanding
- A Symphony For Life, community and partners representative and duly constituted management group is formed and mentored as required to manage the community program. This builds a sense of community ownership and commitment, as well as contributing to community cohesion and capacity building.
The core of the nascent management group assists with community engagement and planning prior to program launch.
- Additional facilitation and funds
The management group will be responsible for organising and raising funds for items such as transport, snacks at rehearsals and lessons and discretionary items that may enhance the benefits for the children and community.