Victorian Budget 2020/21 invests $1.2 million to continue the Music in Schools program to ensure student access to quality music education in government primary schools. This includes funding for the Music in Schools teacher professional learning program, to build teachers’ capacity to deliver high-quality music education and grants for government schools to purchase musical instruments and other resources.
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.
The Victorian State budget 2020-21 included an additional $1.2 million over two financial years to extend the Music in Schools program including funding for:
- a professional learning program for primary and specialist teachers, especially in rural and regional areas, so they can teach music with greater confidence and capability, particularly for students in Prep to Grade 4
- the purchase or hire of music instruments and other resources for eligible schools participating in the professional learning program so they can establish quality classroom music programs for their students
- additional support resources for teachers and schools.
This funding builds on the Victorian Government’s previous commitments totaling $4 million for the Music in Schools program.
Since 2015, it has provided professional learning for 1,883 teachers and 1,325 pre- service teachers across Victoria and enabled 309 schools to purchase resources for classroom music programs.
The Music in Schools program achieves positive benefits for students and schools. It 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 capacity 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.