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ABC Classic Kids: Sounds like Australia

Creative Learning

An immersive introduction to music for young audiences

In the Utzon Room

“Listen and learn in this incredible musical performance”.

Tara Smith, Sydney Opera House Children, Families and Creative Learning Producer

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Enjoy musical soundscapes and classical compositions

In this immersive introduction to music, your students will learn about instrument sounds, develop their musical vocabulary, and explore the importance of listening.

This light-hearted, participatory show will delight children with sounds evocative of the Australian landscape.

Sounds Like Australia is a brand new production celebrating classical music for young audiences. After the show, students can meet the musicians and instruments.

Presented by Sydney Opera House, ABC KIDS listen and ABC Classic FM in collaboration with Ensemble Offspring and composer Jessica Wells.

Meet the ensemble


“Hi! I'm Chan Cello and I belong to the String family of instruments. My strings are thick and my body is curvy so it makes my notes sound quite low and steady. Listen out for me when we meet Harper Humpback in the ocean.”


“Hello! I'm Casey Clarinet and I'm in the Woodwind family. Just look at all the silver buttons on my body! I use these to make lots of notes, high and low, and I can play them quickly. Listen out for me when we meet Kirra Quokka and Carlos Crow on the island.”


“Hey there, I'm Mei Marimba. I'm a proud member of the Percussion family. My keys are made of beautiful wood so when you strike them it sounds like a forest of trees is singing and clapping together. Listen out for my exciting rhythms when we reach the city!”


“G'day, I'm Vishnu Violin and I'm another member of the String family. My strings are thinner and my body is smaller so I make much higher notes than Chan Cello, and I can play them SO fast! Often, I'm the star of the show, leading the ensemble. Listen for me when we're in the desert.”


“Hiya, I'm Finn Flute, a Woodwind family member. My notes are made by blowing air through my long tubular body, and pressing buttons to make the notes high or low – just like Casey Clarinet. My voice is smooth and light, just like a like singing bird. Listen for me when we march through the bush!”


“Hi there, I'm Daisy Drum and I'm in the Percussion family too. My job is to keep all the instruments playing their notes to the same beat. I use two sticks to strike my belly which is made of skin – just like yours! Sometimes I get a bit loud, it won't be hard to listen out for me.”

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NSW Curriculum Links




Early Stage 1

Stage 1

General capabilities and cross-curriculum





Critical and creative thinking

Intercultural understanding



Visual Arts








Content for Early Stage 1/ Stage 1



Ticket and Travel Subsidy

The Sydney Opera House is committed to providing the very best national and international performing arts experiences to NSW students as part of their educational studies.

The Sydney Opera House Arts Assist program provides the full cost of the Creative Learning performance ticket and $5 per student toward travel costs. School applications are assessed according to socioeconomic disadvantage, schools with special needs and individual responses regarding the School Profile and School Community.

The Sydney Opera House thanks and acknowledges our generous Arts Assist donors; The Greatorex Foundation and Sydney Opera House Ladies’ Committee.

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