We believe that participation in music is the right of every child and that all young people have rich creative and musical potential. We recognise the significant power of music to build social cohesion and to positively impact the health and wellbeing of individuals and the community.
Music for All Project is a unique creative music project that sees students of diverse abilities and experience collaborate with world-class artists and mentors to collectively devise, rehearse and perform their own new music.
In 2019, Connecting the Dots in Music established its first Music For All Project inspired by the joyful South Australian story, Fancy Pants by Kelly Hibbert and Amanda Graham. This project model seeks to demonstrate the deep potential for an inclusive, community-based model of music-making that positions people of all abilities at the centre of the creative process, mentored and guided by outstanding professional musicians.
Mentored by composer, Paul Rissmann, and London Symphony Orchestra violinist Belinda McFarlane, six early career artists from Australian Youth Orchestra's Momentum Ensemble performed alongside and collaborated with the participants as they collectively devised, explored and performed brand new music of their own. The program culminated in a celebratory public concert at the Marion Cultural Centre. This process was a deeply transformative experience not only for the participating students, but also for the artists, teachers and broader community.
Led by Connecting the Dots in Music, the first Music for All Project was built through a major partnership of multiple partners including Kilparrin Teaching and Assessment School and Services, Australian Youth Orchestra, City of Marion, Suneden Specialist School, SA School for Vision Impaired, and Raising Literacy Australia.
The Nest premiered in 2022, brought to life by 50 students from SA School for Vision Impaired and Kilparrin Teaching and Assessment School and Services. Supported by Carclew, a team of emerging teaching artists collaborated with students across a weeklong program of creative workshops. The project had universal design principles and accessibility at its core. Video soon to be released.
Following the 2022 pilot program, The Nest will be made available for schools and community groups to adapt as a framework through which to enable students to create their own new music, artwork and performances.
In 2021, Connecting the Dots in Music was supported by Arts SA to commission a brand new story book and score to provide a creative framework for future Music For All Projects. The Nest was developed by a team of South Australian creatives: Finegan Kruckemeyer (author), Karen De Nardi (illustrator), Rachel Bruerville (composer), Thea Martin (lead Teaching Artist/Producer, Emily Gann (project director/producer), Hilary Kleinig (co-producer), and with major support and input from specialist music teachers Lily Gower and Lucy Standish.
Music for All Project was an international finalist for Best Participatory Project!
"For me it’s given me so many perspectives on my role as an educator and communicator and awakened me to the power of music as a catalyst for growth, change and connection."
Oliver Schermacher, AYO Momentum Ensemble