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CSO Education

“Music education grows, hones and permanently improves neural networks like no other activity.”

Dr Anita Collins, Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Canberra


There is compelling research that links a child’s educational outcomes with exposure to music; the more one engages with music in childhood, the better their learning potential. The Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Education program draws on this research to create a unique musical education experience for school-aged children. What could be more fun than learning about the different sounds in an orchestra, while a clown is on stage bumping into the instruments? Or learning the differences between Mozart and Beethoven from two very funny people, who are fully dressed like the great composers?

Inspired musical learning is the foundation of Noteworthy, the CSO’s interactive music education concert series. Since 2007, over 60,000 school students in the ACT and region have participated in Noteworthy activities that are designed to support the Australian Curriculum and include comprehensive teaching materials to support and enhance students’ Noteworthy experience.

Noteworthy is delivered free of charge to ACT and region children aged 3 to 18 years and their teachers.


If you’d like to know more about the CSO’s Education program, please contact us.

Jacqui Walkden—Education

Tel: 6247 9191

Education Giving Circle

The CSO’s Education Giving Circle has been established to support the CSO’s Education activities. If you are interested in helping us connect young people with music, and perhaps inspire the next generation of musicians, please contact us.

Donations to the CSO’s Education Giving Circle are tax-deductable.


Tim Langford—Philanthropy
Tel: 02 6247 9191