Crashendo! is an El Sistema-inspired music education program at Laverton College, Victoria, offering tuition in string and woodwind instruments. The Crashendo! Bass Project will build the quality and sustainability of the lower strings program and provide the foundation needed to realise the long term goal of establishing a full Crashendo! orchestra. The Project will increase the number of places available, increase the ensemble size and allow students to perform more challenging repertoire.
It will also increase opportunities for engagement with community collaborators in workshops and masterclasses. It will raise the Crashendo! profile as a music program in Melbourne’s western suburbs which offers students the unique opportunity to play in an orchestra.
Crashendo! has been identified by Victoria Police as a ‘protective factor’ in the lives of participants and their families. Protective factors offset social, behavioural and health problems while promoting social development, wellbeing and resilience. Crashendo! works to create social and community connectedness through regular group rehearsals and music performances shared with families and the community. Young people in a connected community are less likely to be involved in unlawful activities.
The Bass Project will allow a larger group of students to experience the current benefits of Crashendo! in learning to be creative and informed musicians and members of society. Social bonds, connectedness and a sense of identity are developed through making music together. Children develop a broad appreciation of music and skills in teamwork, commitment, concentration and coordination. Participants show improved attendance at school, increased attention in class and more positive interactions.
The Bass Project will include the purchase of –
4 x quarter-sized cellos
1 x one-tenth-sized double basses
1 x one-eighth-sized double basses
Plus bows, sheet music and accessories.
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