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The Pizzicato Effect is the MSO’s flagship community music program. Proudly working in partnership Meadows Primary School, Northpoint Church and Bows for Strings, the program provides free string instrumental and musicianship tuition to children living in the City of Hume.

The program is closely aligned with the principles of El Sistema, an internationally-celebrated music program that originated in Venezuela, which promotes the benefits of communal music-making to children’s development. Research undertaken by The University of Melbourne (2015) cites The Pizzicato Effect as a proven pathway to enhanced academic performance and social-emotional wellbeing for participating children.

"Through music, I've learnt more about myself and the world around me."

Pizzicato student

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Delivered by musicians of the MSO as an after-school program, The Pizzicato Effect is open to any primary or secondary school-aged child in Grade 3 or above living in the City of Hume. It is completely free of charge for participating families and caters for both beginners and children who already learn an instrument.

The program supports around 70 children from 25 different local schools to pursue their passion for music and build cultural and social bridges within their community.

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The Pizzicato Effect has three clear aims:

  • Social development of young people and their communities through musical accomplishments
  • Access to musical instruction, without cost as a barrier to participation
  • Provision of a safe, positive, inspiring, fun and high-aspiring learning environment that promotes engagement with school and community life

“I feel special being a Pizzi kid. You learn new things about other cultures and you can share it with your friends and family.”

Beginner student

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Contact us

For more information, please contact our team at or 0429 545 289.

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