Every child deserves the opportunity to grow up with music in their lives and with The Pizzicato Effect, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s community music program, music is far more than notes on a page.
On 9 December, 163 students joined MSO musicians and Pizzicato Effect Teaching Artists in a concert celebrating the achievements of the previous year. Children from Foundation level through to Year 9 performed arrangements of folk songs and works by Haydn and Mozart, as well as world premieres of five pieces composed by the students themselves. The performance received great acclaim from parents, friends and donors of The Pizzicato Effect, with audience numbers in excess of 100.
Established in 2009, The Pizzicato Effect provides participating students with access to ensemble-based instrumental music lessons, connecting students with their community, while increasing their self-confidence. The program focuses on inspiring enhanced social, emotional and educational engagement through musical accomplishments, and through participation, children develop their academic ability, leadership skills and the ability to give back to their community. Research undertaken by the University of Melbourne has identified the program as a proven pathway to enhanced academic performance and social-emotional wellbeing for participating children, showing that children can carry the skills they have learnt with them for the rest of their lives.