Department program

Music in schools

​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 has a range of benefits including positive social, cultural and educational outcomes.


The Victorian Budget 2018-19 included $1 million for the Music in schools initiative including:

  • $600,000 to establish a Quality music education fund – providing $5,000 to 120 Victorian government schools. This funding will support schools to purchase music education related resources, such as musical instruments and/or access to teacher professional learning
  • $400,000 to deliver teacher training and professional learning in music education, so that schools can develop quality music programs for their students.

This $1 million in funding builds on an existing commitment of $2 million (2015-18) to deliver music in schools:

  • $1.4 million to establish quality music programs in all government primary schools in partnership with Musical Futures Australia by providing professional learning to enable teachers to teach music with greater confidence
  • $200,000 for pre-service primary teacher training in music education delivered by Musical Futures Australia
  • $400,000 for government, Catholic and independent primary schools with students from low socio-economic backgrounds to purchase musical instruments to commence or strengthen their music programs, with funding administered by the Department.​