Fifty-five teachers from across NSW gave up one week of their holidays in January to participate in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s teacher training residency TunED-Up! at the ABC Centre in Sydney. Travelling from as far as South Tweed Heads, the teachers hailed from 41 schools including Cobar Public School, Ross Hill Public School and Macquarie Fields Public School. The program, featuring workshops with SSO musicians, gives the teachers the skills they need to confidently teach music in their classrooms. For the first time in its three-year history the program was paperless, with each teacher carrying the course materials on a tablet.
“The TunED-Up! program was initiated in 2014 to empower NSW primary school teachers with the skills and materials they need to effectively teach music in their classrooms, as well as providing them with a support network of passionate primary teacher colleagues from across the state,” Sydney Symphony Orchestra Director of Learning and Engagement Linda Lorenza said. Teacher Kim Samuels from Redfern’s Jarjum College said she couldn’t wait to get back to the classroom. “I find TunED-Up! rich, professional and inspiring,” she said. “I have this head full of knowledge that I want to take back to share with my children and my colleagues.”