Piano Project is a Melbourne-based charity that sponsors piano lessons for children who are new immigrants.
Our program provides access to classical piano in environments where children who are new immigrants can participate. We organise the availability of a piano, tuition and an opportunity to practise. By organising this program, we intend also to extend our own hand of welcome. We want these kids to know that we think our country is a richer and better place for them being here. We hope that by offering them something that we think is a special part of life, we will communicate this welcome.
We have lessons underway at the Western English Language School in Braybrook, at the Collingwood English Language School in Collingwood and at the Kensington Community High School. We are also sponsoring lessons for children at the Caroline Chisholm Catholic College in Braybrook, for children attending Foundation House in Sunshine, at the Music Shop in Deer Park, at the Piano Warehouse in Essendon, and at the Australian Syrian Charity in Brunswick.
To help fund the program, Piano Project has been hosting classical recitals in roving locations around Melbourne. This year, Piano Project's new partner - Tempo Rubato - will be opening in Brunswick. As the next chapter of Piano Project recitals, Tempo Rubato will be a live music venue and bar. We have many adventures planned, including Piano Project recitals themselves, in the same form as before, with board members greeting at the door, the president pouring over-sized glasses of vino, and a brilliant rollercoaster of live music. We are hoping to kick everything off at Tempo Rubato with a Piano Project Recital in early May.
Live classical music is a treasure. By supporting grass roots and opening access and enjoyment, Piano Project aims to support the living experience of classical piano in Melbourne.