Every child and young person – no matter their background or circumstance – deserves the best chance to succeed in work and in life.
Quality music education provides children and young people with a range of developmental benefits. It enhances engagement and wellbeing, increases personal and social development, and improves outcomes in other curriculum areas.
Each year, Music in Schools provides approximately 40 Victorian government schools with:
- access to a high-quality professional learning program for primary school teachers (generalists and nominated specialists), without qualifications in music or music education, so they can teach music with greater confidence and capability.
- a grant for participating schools to purchase or hire music instruments and other resources so they can establish or strengthen the delivery of classroom music programs for their students.
The Music in Schools program has so far provided professional learning for around 2,000 teachers from 1,100 Victorian schools, 1,325 pre-service Victorian teachers and has enabled 390 schools to purchase resources for classroom music programs.
In 2023, a further 40 Victorian government primary and specialist schools are participating in the Music in Schools program.
The Music in Schools program achieves positive benefits for students and schools and supports the Education State ‘Learning for Life’ target, that ‘By 2025 more students will reach the highest levels of achievement in the arts’ through:
- increased opportunity for Victorian children and young people to participate in quality music education, especially in primary schools
- improved capability and confidence of teachers to teach music and implement the Victorian Curriculum F-10: Arts Music including assessment and reporting
- increased access to music programs for students in disadvantaged schools and communities across Victoria.
Reviewed 15 November 2022