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Anatomy of the Piano: Creative Learning

Part recital, part dissection. Featuring whirlwind piano playing, hand-drawn projections, songs and stories, this is the perfect introduction to the array of sounds and styles this magical instrument can play.

In the Studio


“Demonstrates the mechanics of the instrument in a beautiful, humorous engagement”

Frank Newman, Creative Learning Specialist, Sydney Opera House

NSW Curriculum Links:

An introduction to the piano for Primary Students

When Will asks Father Christmas for a space ship and gets a piano instead, he tries to work out how he might use it to reach the moon… Little does he know that music can take you anywhere you want!

Join Will as he is drawn into a fantastic pianistic adventure that sees him find Bach in a cave, meet a bad-tempered Beethoven and even jam with ‘Fats’ Waller. In this critically acclaimed one man show, students will discover the fascinating history of the piano and some of the great musicians who have transformed what it can do.

Presented by Sydney Opera House, a Will Pickvance production supported by Red Bridge Arts

Will Pickvance. Image: Nico Bernardi

NSW Curriculum Links




Stage 1

Stage 2

General capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities





Intercultural understanding
Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability






Speaking and listening 2
Responding and composing

EN1– 6B

EN2– 6B

Your Creative Learning Journey

This live performance program comes with a dedicated Creative Learning Journey, featuring recommended activities for your students and a teacher resource pack. Equipped with our Creative Learning Journey, you’ll embark on a program of experiences designed for deeper learning, including live-streamed classroom workshops and tailor made professional learning.

Download Creative Learning Journey

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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