An ACO Foundations student

We help students from low-socioeconomic status schools close the academic achievement gap through the study of music. Our pedagogical model is informed by scientific and social research and introduces string instrumental music programs into primary schools, providing instruments, tutoring, support for teachers and comprehensive resources. 

We provide:

  • Access to our world-class musicians;
  • Instrumental music lessons for violin and cello, and ensemble participation;
  • Instruments and incidentals on loan, including music stands, sheet music and string instrument accessories;
  • Resources and training for teachers to learn the fundamentals of playing the instruments so that they can supervise the students in their practice;
  • Professional development for school leaders and teachers to evaluate the learning outcomes of instrumental programs and the impact on other learning areas and general capabilities;

The program focuses on improving children’s ability to learn by focussing on:

  • Speech and reading ability through improved auditory processing (the ability to process sound into patterns and language);
  • Social skills;
  • A child’s ability to control their impulses and develop discipline. 

"Holding a violin does not make you smarter. It is the process of improving over time that provides students with lifelong benefits"

This program will pilot at St Marys North Primary School, NSW in 2018. For more information or to register your interest, please contact