Participants in the MSO's Pizzicato Effect

Participants in the MSO's Pizzicato Effect

The Alan (AGL) Shaw Endowment supporting MSO Education

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Music is a universal language, and has the ability to bring people from different backgrounds and beliefs together to work towards a common goal. Many of the MSO’s Education and Community activities are designed to enable people to connect with music and engage with each other in new and inspired ways.

The MSO’s Pizzicato Effect program is a key example of the Orchestra’s commitment to Education and our community. A partnership between the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Meadows Primary School, this program creates new learning pathways for children in Broadmeadows through the introduction of a vocal and instrumental music training program for over 150 students across Grades 1-6. The program is now a principal case study in a major 2012 Australian Research Council funded research study Creating Musical Futures in Australian Schools and Communities, which will evaluate the developmental assets, social-emotional wellbeing and educational impact acquired through participation in the program.

The Orchestra is proud to have received a grant from The Alan (AGL) Shaw Endowment, managed by Perpetual, to help fund Teaching Artists for The Pizzicato Effect in 2013.

Board member Dr Bronte Adams says Prof Shaw was an MSO subscriber for more than 40 years, and a generous donor to many MSO appeals including as a Patron. “Prof Shaw made an extraordinary difference to so many lives as an academic, teacher and philanthropist – we do feel privileged to carry this impetus on into the Pizzicato Effect through his bequest.”

The program is a great model of how individuals, philanthropic foundations and bequest support can work together to make a big difference now and for the future. Funded primarily by the MSO and private giving, this high-impact program provides all instruments, weekly instrumental and aural lessons lead by a team of MSO teaching artists, performance opportunities and the option for children, families and teachers to access MSO concerts.

Jan and Mark Schapper of the Schapper Family Foundation have been long-term supporters of the Pizzicato Effect. “We have watched the students’ musical skills and self-esteem develop and seen their parents’ pride. In other words, we know that the gift we are giving has been, and continues to be very effective,” they said.

The MSO’s award-winning education program reaches more than 20,000 young people each year, with highlights including the annual MSO Education Week, regional schools concerts, our iPhone app, MSO Learn and our student subscription ticket package, Upbeat.

Find out more about giving support to the MSO at our Support Us page or call a member of the MSO Development team on (03) 9626 1111.