Students from Keysborough College

Looking Back at Education Week 2014

‘Such a great learning opportunity. It gave the students a great understanding of the importance of sound in performance.’

This month Melbourne Recital Centre was delighted to participate in Education Week for the first time. We welcomed a diverse mix of school groups interested in music performance and production from across Victoria for daily special guided tours behind-the-scenes of the Centre. Music staff and Year 10 students from Hume Anglican Grammar share their thoughts on their Melbourne Recital Centre experience:

Our students were consistently engaged throughout the tour, right from the beginning where they learnt about the external design elements of the build, through to the very end of the tour when they were taken behind the stage and to the exit.

The stand-out moments were not only hearing facts about the building design, but also the experience of having a unique behind-the-scenes experience. Our students enjoyed hearing about the time and care that was considered in making the sound a priority, an important aspect of our students’ subjects.

The design elements seen in the Salon and the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall were marveled at, and having a guided tour where these elements were explained to the students allowed them to learn something that may have previously been overlooked, such as the symmetrical patterns on the walls, the sound absorbing seating and the technology involved in lighting.

This was a fantastic opportunity and a unique learning experience which has opened up many learning opportunities in the classroom. The Melbourne Recital Centre staff were knowledgeable and engaging, and shared a remarkable amount of information which students were eager to hear!

Additional feedback on Education Week at the Centre:

‘This was a very special experience for our students and teachers’ (Keysborough College)

‘This was such a great learning opportunity and gave the students a great understanding of the importance of sound in a performance – I feel they reflected on this during their own performances which occurred that evening, and they were able to demonstrate choices in dynamics and stage positioning to achieve the best sound.’ (Hume Anglican Grammar)

‘The students are still raving about how incredible the tour was. It was a wonderful experience for our school and really sets the scene for aiming high. Such a cultural change for the students.’ (Benalla P-12 College)

‘This is a great way to bring students to and inside a world-class performing venue’ (St. Kevin’s College)

At the Centre we love being able to share our love of music-making and performance with young people. We look forward to welcoming students from diverse schools and backgrounds to our beautiful performance and recording spaces throughout the year as part of our Learning and Access program, and working towards Education Week 2015.

If you have any questions or queries about our Learning & Access Program, please contact:

Cindy Thomas
Learning & Access Coordinator

This Education Week activity was presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in partnership with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.