Sydney Catholic Schools’ exciting new comprehensive music education program is well underway and St Jerome’s Catholic Primary School Punchbowl principal, Carolynne Cavanagh, can’t say enough good things about it. 

“We are very excited to be able to offer 135 of our Years 3 to 6 students and 214 of our Kindergarten to Year 6 students the opportunity to take part in the Amadeus music project,” Ms Cavanagh said. 

Sydney Catholic Schools’ Amadeus Music Education Program has been delivered in 13 SCS primary and secondary schools in the Auburn-Lakemba area in 2021, helping students learn numeracy, literacy and emotional skills while experiencing the special joy of music.

“All students from Kindergarten to Year 6 engage in weekly music lessons with a specialist music teacher, and students in Years 3 to 6 also learn to play musical instruments with musicians who provide expert small group tuition,” Ms Cavanagh said.

Students at St Jerome’s play the violin, viola, cello, trumpet, trombone, clarinet and flute, which they also get to take home to practise on. 

“Engaging in formal music lessons and instrument tuition promotes student wellbeing and supports academic performance of students by developing stronger neural pathways which improves literacy and numeracy learning,” Ms Cavanagh said.