The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) presents a wide range of Education Programs for children and young people that align with our focus on access, excellence and regional engagement through digital learning. The ACO’s National Education Program reaches students in every state and territory, at every stage of their musical development.
ACO Move is a series of workshops for young people with disability integrating movement with live music. The program is about access in its broadest sense: access to what we do, who we are, how we work, think and create; access to musicians, instruments, staff, administration and facilities. ACO Move is about creating art in partnership with ACO musicians, facilitators, guest artists and participants, underpinned by the ACO’s high quality approach to music making.
ACO Academy is the ACO’s flagship schools’ program for Australia’s finest school-aged string players. Students audition via YouTube and are selected to spend an intensive week working with and playing alongside ACO musicians. They form a string chamber orchestra which presents a special performance at a professional venue at the end of the week, and they receive coaching in chamber music, career pathways and performance style.
The ACO Music and Art Program is the ACO’s Global Classroom. Leading international violinist, Sharon Roffman and musicians from the ACO’s dedicated Education Quartet, ACO Inspire, offer fun and engaging classes via video conferencing for students in grades 3-6. Students are invited to experience the busy life of a professional musician through videos sent from back-stage at leading concert halls. The ACO Music & Art Program is for schools in regional areas toured by either ACO Collective or ACO Inspire Quartet, in order to give students a live experience to complement teaching ideas.