Join in with the TSO Online!

Learning with the TSO has changed. We used to learn to appreciate music by sitting face-to-face with musicians and being introduced to their instruments. With Covid restrictions in place for the foreseeable future our Learning and Engagement Executive Producer, Jenny Compton has been quick to reshape how we can participate in music learning experiences with the TSO.

Jenny, along with her creative team have just launched JOIN IN, an online catalogue of music resources for people of all ages. The aim of JOIN IN is to offer participatory learning experiences with the TSO that can be completed in a school classroom setting, or at home, without the need for face-to-face experiences. All JOIN IN resources also proudly champion new compositions, supporting the development of Australian composers.

Resources currently housed in the JOIN IN catalogue are TUNE IN and the Red Riding Hood video collection. Both resources were developed as a direct response to Covid restrictions in 2020, giving teachers and parents continued access to high quality music education opportunities for children during isolating times.

The first resource for this year is Recorder Lift Off, which offers beginner recorder players (or players of any level) opportunities to learn by playing along. First with recorder player Claire Farrell, then with Claire and members of a TSO ensemble.  Once confident the learner can then have a go at playing along as a soloist with a TSO ensemble!

The second resource for this year will be Violin Stories, a set of narrated musical stories designed to encourage and inspire budding string players. Each story features a lead character loosely based on a historically famous violin. Jenny Compton conceptualised the stories and resources with support from Jessica Wells, Sydney-based composer. Jessica has written original underscores and arrangements of existing classical works that will feature in each story. Violin Stories will also be accompanied by play along resources, featuring arrangements by Nara Dennis.

Two Violin Stories will be recorded and published by the TSO this year, with the third and final story being completed in 2022. Australian Curriculum aligned resources will be included to support in-classroom learning, and the published scores and parts will be for sale or hire through TSO House.

At the TSO we are proud to be at the forefront of digital music learning opportunities in Australia. We hope that JOIN IN can provide a platform for those wishing to explore and participate in instrumental education at any time, and in any location.

You can explore the current JOIN in catalogue by visiting the TSO Website.

Jenny Compton