Thursday November 19, 2020
Topology announce that registrations for their award-winning Top Up Music Education program [now known as the Topology Creative Academy] open today for schools for 2021.
Topology’s Top Up Program was the State Award Winner for Excellence in Music Education at the APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards in 2015, and since then has grown exponentially over the years reaching thousands of participants across Brisbane, and outer cities and regional Australia each year. In 2020, a restrictive pandemic year, Topology welcomed 7875 participants to 286 Top Up workshops.
Topology believes that everyone is creative, and that cultivating creativity should be supported in the classroom. In addition to supporting teachers’ delivery of the Australian Curriculum, Top Up offers tailored creative workshops, instrumental and composition workshops, and professional development programs for teachers and emerging composers.
Schools specifically, can avail of two programs: Creative Program and Instrumental Program. These programs invite music teachers to bring the expertise of Topology’s pool of artists into their classrooms to empower the students with the tools to start creating their own music (Creative Program) or to “top up” their instrumental skills (Instrumental Program). Through a combination of composition, improvisation and song writing workshops, the Creative Program typically culminates in a performance by the students showcasing the songs they create with Topology.
In 2020 alone (with all it’s logistical constraints), Topology welcomed 7,875 participants to 286 Top Up workshops and the Creative Program saw the creation of new songs by hundreds of students from schools across Queensland, including the Mount Isa School of the Air, Indooroopilly State High School, and Cloyna, Windera, Moffatdale and Texas State Schools.
Announcing the 2021 Top Up music education program, Creative Director Christa Powell said, “We are committed to providing support, expertise and resources to music teachers who grapple with less and less funding for music programs each year.”
"A recent report ‘Music Education: A Sound Investment’ commissioned by The Tony Foundation found that a large proportion of Australian primary school children have little or no access to music education. We want to help fix that.” - Christa Powell, Creative Director
Expressions of Interest for a tailored program to suit your school’s needs can be registered here.