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.

Music in schools initiatives form part of the government’s Education State reforms, which are ensuring that all students have access to a great education.