"I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it is that this world-class group manages to visit regional areas like ours, as we never get to hear such top class playing as this." Teacher, Albany WA

We believe that music education is a basic right for every child. The research is done and the results are clear: music education is important not only because it is an enjoyable subject that can enrich children’s lives but because it offers benefits way beyond itself.

Music helps children develop language and reasoning; it helps them learn and memorise; it assists hand-eye coordination, pattern recognition and spatial intelligence; music keeps children engaged with learning and galvanises self-confidence, risk-taking, curiosity and emotional development.

The ACO’s National Education Program offers a unique depth of engagement for all those involved, offering access to our amazing musicians and working closely with the different communities we are involved with, to make sure they are having as much impact as possible.

Our programs are for:

Students in low socio-economic areas
Following the success of our Strings program at Soldiers’ Settlement Public School in Matraville (delivered in partnership with the Australian Children’s Music Foundation) we have started a new instrumental program at St Marys North Public School. Learning an instrument helps young children to develop the fundamental skills they need to learn and opens up a whole new world of possibilities for their future.

In the ACO’s unique Music & Art program, students learn about the concepts of music in a fun and accessible way, and teachers receive vital professional development from our musicians and education team.

Young Indigenous Students
ACO Inspire Quartet members regularly visit Worawa Aboriginal College in Healesville. They also travel to Cairns each year to work with the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir at their camp and to visit Djarragun College, a school for predominantly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Gordonvale, where they run ACO Music & Art classes and perform for the students.

Young People with Disability
For five years, ACO Move has provided a series of music and movement workshops for young people with disability at our Sydney Studio and Sydney Opera House. In 2017, we take the program to Arts Centre Melbourne for the first time.

Children in Hospital
Members of the ACO Inspire Quartet visit The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne several times a year to deliver workshops with the RCH Education Institute, creating new songs with teachers and patients and performing together at the hospital.

Music Students at the Top of their Game
Every year a group of talented young players is selected from their YouTube audition videos to take part in ACO Academy. This week-long intensive program immerses these young people in life as part of the ACO, with workshops, rehearsals and mentoring - all culminating in a special public performance, where they play alongside their heroes from the ACO. Led by Aiko Goto, ACO Academy has become a highlight of our year.

Students and Their Families in Regional Australia
Every time ACO Collective hits the road to tour regional Australia, they can be found delivering string workshops and schools’ concerts for the children in those communities.

From Bunbury to Cairns, Warnambool to Bellingen, they bring inspiration and new skills to young musicians who live far from the metropolitan centres.

Australia's Next Great Players
Each year, the country’s finest young string players audition to be part of the ACO’s Emerging Artists’ Program. Seven are selected to join us for a year as part of ACO Collective, led by Pekka Kuusisto. Each player is mentored by a member of the ACO and gets to experience first-hand life as a professional musician. ACO musicians Glenn Christensen, Liisa Pallandi and Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba are all alumni of the Emerging Artists’ Program, testament to its lasting value and impact.

Your donation will help us continue to bring the music you are passionate about to young people all over Australia, helping us to make a real difference to their lives, opening their eyes and ears to the world of classical music and their minds to new ways of thinking.

From all of us here at the ACO, and the many young people around Australia who take part in our programs, thank you so much for your support.

Richard Tognetti AO
Artistic Director


How to become an Education Patron

You can become a Patron of the National Education Program by making a donation:

Online Through our secure donations page.
By Phone Call Sally Crawford, Patrons Manager, on (02) 8274 3830.
Mail Download and post this form.


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Mr Marc Besen AC & Mrs Eva Besen AO
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