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MSO Classroom Live Online 2020

Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series

MSO Classroom Live Online is an exclusive opportunity for students at Government schools, nominated to take part in the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series, supported by the Victorian Government. MSO’s Cybec Assistant Conductor Nicholas Bochner brings rich and intellectually stimulating content directly to high-ability students in Victoria. The accompanying MSO performances provide world class quality examples to underpin the conversation, which will attract and inspire students looking to extend themselves.

MSO Classroom Live Online is divided into three categories, each including extensive musical examples from the orchestra to complement the discussion.

MSO Classroom Live Online 1: Exploring Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 and Literary Influences

Interactive Webinar
An exploration of 19th Century music and literature through Schumann’s glorious Symphony No.2 and the influential literary figures of the time. Co-presented by Craig Hill, member of MSO’s clarinet section.

Students will:

  • Hear detailed insights from the musician and researcher perspective
  • See recent MSO footage to support musical and conceptual understanding
  • Make cross-curricular links between English and Music in historical social contexts


MSO Classroom Live Online 2: VCE Exam preparation

Students join Nicholas Bochner in a timely in-depth conversation with VCE Music Specialist James Le Fevre (Head of Music, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School) in preparation for Unit 4 exams. This session will support students as they prepare for Unit 4 exams, with a focus on Listening Response.

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony will provide the backdrop for this important and practical session.

Students will:

  • Hear detailed insights from the musician perspective
  • See recent MSO footage to support musical and conceptual understanding
  • Be guided through practical examples focusing on exam outcomes


MSO Classroom Live Online 3: Exploring Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Interactive Webinar
An exploration of one of the most ground breaking and primal works of the 20th century, The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky. Integrally linked in this ballet score, both music and dance perspectives are discussed as Nicholas Bochner and special guest presenter Katy McKeown (Head of Education and Outreach, The Australian Ballet) examine this essential work.

Students will:

  • Hear detailed insights from the musician and researcher as well as the dance professional and educator perspective
  • See recent MSO footage to support musical and conceptual understanding
  • Make cross-curricular links between Dance and Music in historical social contexts



Thank you to our content and resource consultants:
James Le Fevre, Head of Music, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School
Ernest Price, Education Officer, Victorian Association for the Teaching of English
Katy McKeown, Head of Education and Outreach, The Australian Ballet