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 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 2021-22 included an additional $3.5 million over the next four financial years to continue the Music in Schools program including funding for:

  • a professional learning program for teachers (generalist and specialist) in eligible Victorian government primary, primary-secondary (primary) and specialist schools, without qualifications in music or music education, so they can teach music with greater confidence and capability
  • the purchase or hire of music instruments and other music education 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 totalling $5.2 million for the Music in Schools program.

Since 2015, the Music in Schools has provided professional learning for approximately 2,000 teachers and 1,325 pre-service teachers across Victoria and enabled 390 schools to purchase resources for classroom music programs.

In 2021, 82 Victorian government schools are participating in the music in schools teacher professional learning program, also known as DUET and delivered by The Song Room.

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.