Professional Learning for Primary Teachers 

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Professional Learning program provides teaching approaches that cover a range of music skills, pedagogies and classroom learning activities.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra is endorsed to provide NESA-Registered Professional Development to the level of Proficient Teacher.

TunED-Up!™ and ToppED-Up!


TunED-Up!™ – $250 per teacher
ToppED-Up! – $60 per teacher

Applications for TunED-Up!™ 2019 are now closed. Applications for 2020 will open in October 2019.



TunED-Up!™ is a week-long immersion course of music pedagogy for primary classroom teachers who have a desire to develop or expand music programs within their school community.

The course consolidates music skills, introduces a range of approaches to teaching music in the classroom and provides strategies for whole-of-school music programming.

Applications for 2020 will open in October 2019. 

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Tuesday 9 – Wednesday 10 July 2019 
La Perouse Public School

ToppED-Up! is a two-day refresher course available to teachers who have completed the TunED-Up!™ program. The course is designed to reinforce and build skills and knowledge acquired through TunED-Up!™ This is also an excellent opportunity to network with teachers involved in similar classroom programs.

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Primary Teacher Workshops for Schools Concerts

These interactive sessions provide ideas that encourage students to engage with music more fully in preparation for the live concert experience.

Each session features an exploration of the listening and response activities in your Teachers' Resource Kit.


First teacher – included in the annual Participation Fee
Additional teachers – $80 per teacher
Additional teachers for Sydney Symphony In Your Town – $20 per teacher


Pictures at an Exhibition

Pictures at an Exhibition

Wednesday 13 February, 4–5.30pm 
Parramatta Public School

Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is an orchestral classic. This workshop presents ways to encourage students to visualise each movement of a work that is rich in musical imagery.

Elements of Elephants

Elements of Elephants

Wednesday 27 February, 12-1.30pm 
Holy Cross College, Ryde 

This session reveals the musical techniques used to create aural pictures of animals. Works to be exambined include Saint-Saëns’ The Swan, Mancini’s Baby Elephant Walk and Matthew Hindson's Spiders and Rhinoceros Tango.


The Composer is Dead

The Composer is Dead

Wednesday 27 February, 1.45-3.15pm 
Holy Cross College, Ryde

Nathaniel’s Stookey’s clever score introduces the orchestra alongside Lemony Snicket’s text. It's a musical whodunnit created to challenge and delight students.

Sydney Symphony in Your Town Teacher Workshops

Sydney Symphony in Your Town
Teacher Workshops

Tuesday 2 – Thursday 4 April 
Newcastle, Taree, Port Macquarie 

These special workshops are designed to support teachers who are preparing students attending the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Schools Concerts in Newcastle, Taree and Port Macquarie.

These sessions are a rare opportunity for local teachers to attend a NESA-accredited session led by expert music educators. Exact dates for each location will be confirmed by 8 February, 2019.


Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse is the Sydney Symphony’s Premier Partner
supporting the Credit Suisse Sydney Symphony Orchestra Music Education Program.

Teachers Lounge

Teachers Lounge

Eligible teachers can apply for complimentary tickets to selected concerts.


Schools Concerts for Primary Students

Schools Concerts for Primary Students

Introduce students to live orchestral music and the unique experience of the Sydney Symphony.


Join our Learning and Engagement Program

Join our Learning & Engagement Program

Get access to our teacher workshops and give your students access to discounted concert tickets.