Professional learning opportunities in music

National Music Teacher Mentoring Program 2020

The National Music Teacher Mentoring Program (NMTMP) is a unique in-school professional music education learning program open to all Victorian schools.

NMTMP pairs experienced music teachers with primary teachers in an individualised mentoring program in their classrooms over 16 weeks. The program aims to increase classroom teacher confidence and capacity to teach music to students of Foundation (Prep) to Year 2.

Any teacher can apply; the core content is vocally based with a focus on singing skills. Past participants of this program report that their confidence and competence of teaching music improved considerably.

Interested teachers can complete an online Expression of Interest form to participate as either a mentor or mentee in the NMTMP. Expressions of Interest close on 6 November 2019.

About the NMTMP

NMTMP is a Commonwealth funded initiative developed by the late Richard Gill (AO) in partnership with the Australian Youth Orchestra.

The NMTMP is delivered by the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) and other states and territories. NMTMP aligns with the delivery of the DET’s Music in Schools initiatives that aim to support access to quality music education in primary schools.

The NMTMP:

  • aims to strengthen the confidence and capacity of primary generalist teachers to deliver quality music education for their students, with a focus on Foundation (Prep) to Year 2
  • gives primary teachers the opportunity to receive personalised mentoring from an experienced classroom music teacher
  • offers flexible delivery negotiated between the mentor and mentee school
  • takes place in the classroom(s) of the teacher being mentored with a focus on team teaching and lessons co-designed by the mentor and classroom teacher
  • supports teachers to implement the Victorian F-10 Curriculum: The Arts Music
  • has core content that is vocally based with a focus on building foundation skills in singing.

An evaluation of the effectiveness of this program, conducted by the University of Queensland in 2016, found improvements in:

  • the confidence and competence of classroom teachers in teaching music
  • children’s rated singing ability and engagement, mental health and well-being.

Mentee: Program structure and financial support

Funding is available for participating government schools to cover school Casual Relief Teaching (CRT) costs to support up to two mentees per school to undertake the following activities during Terms 2 and 3 (and early Term 4 if required):

​Activity​Allocation of CRT funding to support teachers being mentored (mentees) to participate in the NMTMP (total for two mentees)
​1. Each mentee attends a 1.5 hour planning meeting with their mentor at the start of the program to identify their learning needs/goals​3 hours
2. Each mentee observes their mentor teaching primary classroom music at their mentor's school (two days allocated per mentee). Mentors from secondary schools mentoring in a primary school may make other arrangements with their partner school.
​24 hours
​3. A targeted 16 week mentoring program delivered in the classroom of each mentee teacher (approx. 3 hours per week for two mentees, based on 1.5 hours each per week). ​Nil
​4. Each mentee attends a one day professional learning day delivered by a lead mentor.​12 hours
​5. Each mentee attends a 1.5 hour mid-program meeting with their mentor to discuss progress and engage in feedback.​3 hours
​6. Each mentee attends a 1.5 hour evaluation meeting with their mentor at the conclusion of the program and participates in a national evaluation survey. ​3 hours
​Total casual relief funding available to mentee schoolUp to 45 hours (7.5 days) for two mentees per school

Mentee: How to apply

Application process

Step 1: each teacher must submit a separate online Expression of Interest (EOI) that is endorsed by the school principal.
Step 2: applications will be considered on the basis of responses to the selection criteria outlined in the EOI application form.
Step 3: as part of the selection process, priority will be given to teachers that have no or limited experience teaching classroom music.

To apply

Step 1: read all information on this web page.
Step 2: complete the online Expression of Interest by 6 November 2019.

Note: DET does not fund Catholic and Independent schools to participate, so all applications received from non-government schools will be referred to the Australian Youth Orchestra for consideration.

For more information or enquiries please contact Bernadette McNamara (National Program Manager) on 1300 668 500 or bernadettemcnamara@ayo.com.au

Mentor: Program structure and financial support

Training and funding is available for participating government schools to cover school CRT costs to support mentors to participate in the program to undertake the following activities during Terms 2 and 3 (and early Term 4 if required):

 

​Activity​Funding provided by DET to mentor's school to support this activity
​1. Attend a 2 day training and induction course in Melbourne to develop mentoring skills, tentatively scheduled for the last week of Term 1 2020. Exact dates and venue TBC.

​ 12 hours (two days for one mentor). All course costs covered by Australian Youth Orchestra.

​2. Deliver:

  • 1.5 hour planning meeting with each mentee at the start of the program to identify each mentee's needs and learning goals
  • 1.5 hour mid-program meeting with each mentee to discuss progress and provide feedback
  • 1.5 hour evaluation meeting with each mentee at the conclusion of the program.
​9 hours
​3. Deliver a 16 week mentoring program (approx. 3 hour per week for 2 mentees, 1.5 hours per mentee) in the mentee's classroom.​48 hours
​4. Deliver classroom music lessons in your own school to enable mentees to observe your teaching practice.​CRT for mentor not covered by DET
​5. Participate in evaluation of NMTMP 2020 as required.​3 hours
Total casual relief funding available to mentor school72 hours (12 days)

Mentor: How to apply

Application process

Mentors are selected for their highly developed skills in Foundation (Prep) to Year 6 music education, as well as their adaptability and willingness to share, collaborate and mentor.

DET is looking for outstanding music specialists who:

  • have a tertiary education qualification (primary, secondary or music education all accepted)
  • can demonstrate excellent classroom music teaching skills with at least three years’ experience teaching classroom music to students in Foundation (Prep) to Year 6 in Victoria
  • be employed in a school (full-time/part-time) at the time of delivering their mentoring program
  • commit to mentoring up to two teachers of Foundation (Prep) to Year 2 in a neighbouring school (in consultation with DET) commencing in Term 2 2020.

To apply:

Teachers that have previously participated as a mentor are required to re-apply.

Step 1: Read all information on this web page.
Step 2: Complete the online Expression of Interest by 6 November 2019.

Note: DET does not fund Catholic and Independent schools to participate, so all applications received from non-government schools will be referred to the Australian Youth Orchestra for consideration.

For more information or enquiries please contact Bernadette McNamara (National Program Manager) on 1300 668 500 or bernadettemcnamara@ayo.com.au

Important dates

  • 15 October 2019 - Expressions of Interest open
  • 6 November 2019 - Expressions of Interest close
  • November 2019 - Applications reviewed and approved
  • November/December 2019 - Successful schools notified
  • Term 1 2020 - Mentors/mentees meet to engage in pre-program planning/goal setting
  • Term 1 2020 - Mentor induction/training
  • Term 2 2020 - Mentors commence delivery of their mentoring program in the school
  • Term 4 2020 - Participating schools complete online evaluation survey and we process all final payment of school invoices through the Schools Targeted Funding Portal. School Business Managers will be informed of this process in Term 1 2020

Key contacts

For enquiries about the delivery of the NMTMP in Victoria, contact Andrew McMillan, Project Officer, Learning, Teaching and Pathways Division (LTPD), Department of Education and Training.

Phone: 03 7022 0795
Email: music.education@edumail.vic.gov.au.

For enquiries related to the delivery of the NMTMP in other state/territories see the Australian Youth Orchestra website.

Find out more about music in schools, including teaching and curriculum resources.

Terms and conditions

  • Funding for government schools will be processed in accordance with the Department’s Schools Targeted Funding Governance Model.
  • Schools are initially required to use their own funds to cover CRT costs. DET will create an Initiative Agreement in the Schools Targeted Funding Portal so that reimbursement requests for expenditure incurred against the NMTMP can be submitted.

Our collection statement (privacy notice)

The Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) collects personal information for the purposes of implementing the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program.

The information collected in this Expression of Interest form will be disclosed and used by the relevant Department employees and the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) with the above mentioned purpose and will not otherwise be used or disclosed by the Department or where otherwise permitted by law.

If all requested information is not provided, the Department may be unable to process your expression of interest for the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program.

You can request access and correction of your personal information by contacting the Learning, Teaching and Pathways Division (LTPD), Department of Education and Training via music.education@edumail.vic.gov.au.

For more information, please see the Department’s Information Privacy Policy.