Medina PS students take musical crash course with WASO’s Crescendo program


Year 4 students Weast Stanaway and Semira Jacobs-Bolton under tuition from WASO teacher Griffin Wright.
Year 4 students Weast Stanaway and Semira Jacobs-Bolton under tuition from WASO teacher Griffin Wright.

YOUNG musicians at Medina Primary School are delighted to take the next step in a musical collaboration with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO).

In its fourth year the Crescendo music program has reached a major target as students ready themselves to pick up their first musical instrument.

Year 4 students, who have been with the program since pre-primary, were presented with violins for their first lesson on Monday.

Program organisers aim to provide music lessons to every student in pre-primary to Year 6 across Medina and North Parmelia primary schools by 2020.

That means 70 children learning to sing, play an instrument, read music and perform.

WASO violin teacher Griffin Wright said seeing the impact of the program on the students had been something to behold.

“Many of the children that now participate in Crescendo have previously had no musical experience; some having never even held an instrument,” he said.

“It has brought so many benefits; both teachers and parents have noticed improved concentration, self-confidence and behaviour as a result of participation in the program.

WASO teacher Cassandra Lake said that in the four years the program had run it had reached close to 350 students.

The program is a free musical education program provided by WASO exclusively to students at North Parmelia and Medina primary schools only.

More information on the program can be found at https://www.waso.com.au/education/outreach/crescendo.

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