An El Sistema music education program

 
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Crashendo! is an El Sistema-inspired music education program currently at Laverton P-12 College, Victoria. El Sistema was founded by economist and musician Jose Antonio Abreu forty years ago in Venezuela, offering musical training for young people as a vehicle for positive social change. It has been shown to have a positive effect on participants, both socially and economically. The Inter-American Development Bank established that for every dollar spent on the program, it yields $1.34 in social dividends. Crashendo! was established with the El Sistema principles at its core, to provide a music program for Australian children.

 
 
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Crashendo! students attend classes after school each week for orchestra and choir rehearsals. Under the guidance of highly skilled teaching artists they develop technical proficiency, confidence, a strong sense of belonging and pride in achievement. Crashendo! is free of charge to ensure accessibility. For many students, Crashendo! is the only opportunity to learn a musical instrument and play in an ensemble. Music is a vital aspect of a child’s learning as it provides opportunities for students to pursue excellence and explore creativity, identity and self-expression. The positive effect of Crashendo! extends beyond the children to their parents and the wider school community. Crashendo! students also perform regularly at school and in the community.

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Crashendo! has formed collaborations in the community including with Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School, The Song Room, Esther Lauretti’s Music School and Alex W Grant Violins. Students enjoy professional performances presented by Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. These relationships provide a platform for knowledge transfer, raise awareness of our program in the community and inspire the kids to work even harder than they already do.

 
 
I like to play because it makes me feel good and passionate to be free and I can let go and be lost. The more time I spend at Crashendo the more I feel like I am part of a family. It feels like I progress so much. And become a better person and smarter by the day.
 
 

Crashendo! was established as a partnership between Laverton P-12 College, Hobsons Bay City Council and Victoria Police Hobsons Bay. Rehearsals take place at Laverton P-12 College.