Our National Education Program provides students and young musicians with the skills and inspiration for their lifelong musical journey. We work with children and young people all over Australia, at every stage of their musical development, with the same commitment and energy we bring to the concert platform.

The journey begins in primary schools. Our primary school programs include the innovative ACO Music & Art Program, concerts for primary schools and online classroom lessons. These programs have grown to include professional development for teachers and string instrument tuition for children with strong musical potential who otherwise would not have access to these opportunities. For secondary students we provide experiences such as string workshops across Australia, students are invited to attend open rehearsals, our flagship ACO Academy, $25 Schools Ticketing Program, regional schools concerts and pre-concert talks. For post-tertiary string players, our Emerging Artists’ Program is an invaluable mentoring opportunity for Australia’s top string instrumentalists. 

We also provide programs for young adults with disability through our ACO Move workshop series, and have recently commenced an exciting new collaboration with the Penrith Symphony Orchestra and the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre to create a new Penrith Youth Orchestra.

Our digital resources include online instrumental lessons with our musicians, ACO Virtual and much more.

Read our online brochures, explore our site or request a copy of our Schools' Education brochure from

2017 National Education Brochure

The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Education Peer Review Panel (comprising representatives from the music education community across three states) is invited to observe the ACO’s education activities. The Panel assists the ACO by providing the ACO with regular feedback on the impact of these activities thereby informing the ACO's self-assessment and future planning.

Members of our Education Peer Review Panel are: Lyn Williams OAM, Jane Davidson, John Benson, Helen Champion, Theo Kotzas and Zoe Arthur.