Who we are

Sophie RichterWe’ve been making music for a long time. Now we make music programs for children in school; tried and tested on primary school children in primary schools. We know these programs strengthen literacy and numeracy skills, fine and gross motor skills and essentially provide a complete workout for the brain. We know that these programs empower children.

Founder Sophie Richter is an experienced primary school /music teacher with a lifetime spent in music. She has combined her passion and skills for teaching with her love for and expertise in music to create MUSICA ENCORE!
Sophie holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching and a Postgraduate Diploma in TESOL. She has current WWCC, BOSTES recognition, First Aid and Anaphylaxis Training. Playing violin since she was three years old, Sophie is also trained in Suzuki Violin and skilled in Carl Orff music.


Phone: 0416 266 976
Email: Sophie@musicaencore.com.au

What we do

We do the lot! We plan, program, implement, evaluate, assess and teach using the Music Syllabus within the Creative Arts Syllabus and incorporating the Quality Teaching Framework.
What’s more… we’ll organise opportunities for children to perform their music publicly, from the school hall to the Sydney Opera House. (Students can be prepared to enter the Annual “Festival of Instrumental Music”, performing at The Sydney Opera House.)

Using a Carl Orff approach (singing, body percussion, tuned and un-tuned percussion) we teach:

  • Improvisation
  • Rhythm
  • Melody
  • Pitch
  • Composition
  • Timbre
  • Harmony
  • Theory
  • Score Reading

Through learning:

  • Carl Orff  Schulwerk
  • Recorder
  • Bucket drumming
  • Bossa Nova
  • Music for Fairy Tales
  • Composer study
  • Orchestration
  • Australian Ballads


Why Music?
We know from experience and research that a music education has extraordinary potential.

Our brains work harder when playing music:

• A person uses multiple skill sets when playing music; oral, aural, visual, fine, gross motor and memory skills are all engaged when playing music
• Brain scans have revealed that through listening to music many parts of the brain are engaged; but music’s real potential is revealed through playing music; as this intensifies and magnifies the engagement
• The fine motor skills used to play an instrument require both hemispheres of the brain therefore playing music strengthens the bridge between the two hemispheres
Music develops language helping to:
• Strengthen the ability to decode sounds and words
• Develop the left side of the brain which is responsible for language processing, potentially wiring the circuits in specific ways
• Strengthen social skills through the verbal competency developed through music. When children have language competency they have social competency.
Music develops numeracy helping to improve:
• Spatial intelligence (maths, engineering, building, architecture)
• Number skills
Playing Music also:
• Facilitates transfer of knowledge
• Promotes active not passive learning
• Encourages a growth mindset


Why teach music to children in groups at school?
Learning music in a group provides opportunities for:
• Collaborative and cooperative learning; working in a group and as a group
• Peer teaching/learning; one of the best ways to develop mastery
• Supportive relationships
• Teamwork; working together to achieve success; just like a team sport, everyone has a responsibility
• Decision making, problem solving, values clarification, communication, critical thinking, negotiation and conflict resolution
• Self-esteem
• High achievement
• Large and sustained projects with greater scope and complexity


Where and when

We’ll come to you:
• For the whole class
• Weekly during school term time
• 40 minute lessons