This group has continued into Year 2 in 2019. The ACO Foundations program is being evaluated by award-winning educator and researcher Dr Anita Collins and academics from the University of Sydney.
“Providing young children with opportunities to learn a musical instrument has been proven in numerous worldwide studies to significantly improve their emotional, physical, social and cognitive development,” said Dr Collins.
The flow-through results for the students in the program have been dramatic. According to the classroom teacher involved in the Foundations program, “The students are thinking faster, taking more risks in their learning and managing themselves so much better after one year in the ACO Foundations program”
Lisa Parrello, the Principal of St Marys North Public School, is thrilled with the results. “If a principal from another school came to me and asked if it was worth implementing the ACO Foundations Program, I would say ‘YES’, 100 times over.”