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CRESCENDO From little things big things grow…

“El Sistema’s primary focus is to create a daily haven of safety, joy and fun that builds every child’s self-esteem and sense of value.” Eric Booth, El Sistema USA

EL SISTEMA-INSPIRED MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAM WASO is the only major performing arts company in the state working with Principals and school communities to deliver free, ongoing and regular music education programs in schools. Our El Sistema-inspired music education program, Crescendo, started as a pilot program in Term 4 2014 and is the only one of its kind in Western Australia. Now in its third full year, Crescendo is currently providing weekly music lessons to all students from Pre-Primary to Year 3 at two Kwinana Primary schools - Medina Primary School and North Parmelia Primary School. All students enrolled in Pre-Primary join the program and start with vocal lessons as a strong foundation for the introduction of string instruments in later years. WASO aims to provide music lessons to every student in every year level at these two schools and to work with the Kwinana community to provide them with opportunities to develop confidence, resilience, emotional and social well-being.


Teachers and parents from both schools have reported on improved concentration, self-confidence, behaviour and enthusiasm for learning music. Students regularly perform at school assemblies and in front of their peers and family members. 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 to hear our Education Chamber Orchestra (EChO) perform in their local community. “This is a wonderful program and I am so glad that my daughter will get to participate again in Year One. It offers a range of opportunities to these children that they would not normally have access to. The development of a love of music is a precious gift to give. Thank you!” Parent, Crescendo student

Supported by: Crown Resorts Foundation 8

Packer Family Foundation

Feilman Family Foundation

Crescendo Giving Circle

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