So far this year Casio have distributed six keyboards to schools
participating in the MVIS program in Queensland, South Australia and
Victoria. One of these winners is Cairns State Special School, a school
providing highly specialised and individualised programs for students
with disabilities, and the music teacher, Stacey Farquharson, was
thrilled to win an instrument for her students.
“The Casio keyboard has been a valuable tool in our music
classroom,” says Stacey. “Students have explored the melodic
demonstrations: one student has enjoyed following the melodic teaching
function, another has found his favourite rhythms and a young girl has
particularly enjoyed the variety of sounds available at the touch of
button. The light weight and portability of the keyboard has been an
asset because many of our students need to take the keyboard to quiet
areas, and others can use it sitting on the floor or with their standing
frames. We truly appreciate Casio’s contribution to our music program,
“The many benefits of music education are well documented, and Casio
hopes to help facilitate students developing a passion for playing
music for years, and even decades, ahead"
- Damon McMahon, Casio National Sales and Marketing Manager.
In addition to providing musical instruments, Musica Viva has also developed a free online music lesson plan specifically designed for Casio keyboards and made accessible to all teachers on the Musica Viva website.
“We are proud of the school resource we have produced for this
partnership,” says Colette Vella, Musica Viva Director of Education. “It
will really help teachers make the most of keyboards in their
As part of this partnership, Casio will also be a key supporter of Musica Viva’s newly announced National Chamber Music Championship, to be held in Melbourne in 2020, by providing a major prize to the most deserving ensemble. The Casio Achievement Prize will
encourage entries from a broad range of instruments and stages of
development to this competition and be awarded to an under-resourced
school or institution.
“As a leader in the electronic musical instrument industry, Casio is
proud to support music education and be directly involved in the
development of young musicians. The many benefits of music education are
well documented, and Casio hopes to help facilitate students developing
a passion for playing music for years, and even decades, ahead,” says
Damon McMahon, Casio National Sales and Marketing Manager.
“The Musica Viva In Schools program helps students experience the fun
and sense of achievement that playing music together offers. Casio’s
touch-sensitive portable keyboards are an ideal instrument on which to
start one’s music-making journey, and we’re happy to be partnering with
Musica Viva In Schools.”
We look forward to sharing more musical stories made possible by our partnership with Casio.