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.
Directed by internationally-acclaimed composer Paul Rissmann, and London Symphony Orchestra violinist Belinda McFarlane, the program additionally involved six early career artists from Australian Youth Orchestra's Momentum Ensemble, who performed alongside and inspired 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.
We are delighted to be in the process on developing a new Music For All Project model and artist training program that will see this project adapted for delivery by professional artists in diverse educational settings across South Australia.
"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