Resources for Teachers

The SSO provides online teaching kits to support the schools concert series. Written by leading music educators, the resource kits include classroom activities in performance, listening, and composition.

Teacher's Lounge

Teachers from schools that have paid a school Participation Fee for the current year are eligible to apply for complimentary tickets to selected concerts. The concerts for Term 2 are:

Spirit of Delight Fri 18 May, 8.00pm, Sydney Opera House

To request tickets please email with the name of the concert in the subject line.

Bite Sized Lesson Plans

Bite-Sized Lesson Plans

These resources are freely available for download and educational use.


Josh Pyke Resources Kit

Josh Pyke Resource Kit

In 2015 the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian's premier singer/songwriter Josh Pyke collaborated under conductor Christopher Dragon to present a special education concert. A teacher resource kit has been developed for students studying Popular Music and Australian Music of the last 25 years, focusing on the music of the ARIA awarding winning musician Josh Pyke. 

Additional CD Josh Pyke; Live with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, is available for purchase at the ABC shop online.

Digital Resource Kit: $35

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The Whitlams Meet the Orchestra

The Whitlams Meet the Orchestra

In 2009 the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Northey, collaborated with The Whitlams.

A teacher resource kit has been developed for elective music students to study symphonic music fused with Australian rock music focusing on the iconic Australian band The Whitlams. The content of the kit includes background information on Australian rock music, The Whitlams and fusing rock music into orchestral arrangements. There are a range of classroom activities, including arranging and listening examples.

The Whitlams songs have been arranged by some of Australia's leading composers and arrangers including Peter Sculthorpe, Brett Dean, James Ledger and Benjamin Northey.

Kit: $65

Includes: teacher resource booklet, Best of the Whitlams CD and a recording of Indian Pacific by James Ledger.

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Online Documentary

Online Documentary

The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with NSW Department of Education and Training (Curriculum K–12 Directorate and Centre for Learning Innovation) have now released an online documentary including downloadable resources for teachers.



Past Resources

From 2017 our resources will be available in digital form only. 

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