I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning. - Plato
Patrons: Richard Gill AO and Nada Brissenden
Dear Members and Friends,
My sincere thanks to all who gathered at the Athenian Greek Restaurant (near Wynyard) on a very wet Sydney Saturday, 18th of March. As well as an opportunity to meet old friends once again and to discuss the work of CSME,
It was decided unanimously that CSME will continue with two very clear purposes:
1. Maintain a strong voice of advocacy for a quality music education for all children. We recognize that music education, particularly in our government primary schools, is either delivered poorly or not at all. This is not surprising, given that university graduates in Primary Education receive little or no preparation to teach music. It is common in the private system that primary music delivered by specialists, but rare in public schools. We also find strong evidence of music in Secondary schools being increasingly taught by totally inadequate “specialists” who, in the worst cases, can neither read nor write music. CSME, given the vast experience and music education expertise of its membership, has valuable credibility to bring to discussion and advocacy for effective music education} 2. Continue to present “Celebration Sing Out,” the annual concert annnually The concert is held in Sydney Town Hall and brings together hundreds of primary and secondary singers, as well as adult singers from community choirs: Over 800 took part in 2016. Together they sing great choral repertoire. Over the pastr 24 years the concert has raised $400,000 for various children's medical causes. In the past five years over $80,000 rhas been raised for Music Therapy at Westmead Children's Hospital.
With the all-but disappearance of the former and great combined schools choral festivals, such important contributions to the formative school experiences of so many of our members, Celebration Sing Out! continues the tradition of offering a unique musical and personal opportunity to school students and adults.
I am grateful to the steering committee: Rosalind Carlson, Pamela Herring, Ruth Hales, John Hibbard, Lawrence Lau and Warwick McEwan, with whom I will liaise by email as we plan the year’s program. John Hibbard has a special role in media and co-ordination through our website and Facebook, Lawrence Lau holds the important role of Treasurer – thank you Lawrence!
I encourage you all to maintain your membership so that we can maintain the work of the Collegiate, and we hope that you may encourage others to join.