Inquiry into the extent, benefits and potential of music education in Victorian schools

12 Nov 2013

This inquiry examined the quality and accessibility of school music education in Victoria.

Executive summary

Music is an integral part of the society we live in, providing a vehicle through which humans can communicate, express emotions and increase their sense of self and cultural identity. Music education ensures that music can flourish within our society by providing widespread appreciation and understanding of music, as well as training our future musicians.

This report highlights the importance of music education in our schools. It demonstrates that music is a uniquely important art form and that music education has wide-ranging benefits for students, schools and the wider community.

The Committee’s Inquiry focused on the music education offered from Foundation to Year 12 in Victorian government schools. The two broad categories of music education discussed in detail in the report are classroom music education and co-curricular music programs.

In framing its response to this Inquiry, the Committee was guided by the belief that music education should be an essential element of every child’s education. In practice, this means that all primary school students should receive a meaningful music education and secondary school students should have the opportunity to participate in music education if they choose.

The work of the Committee provides a valuable opportunity to realise the full potential of music education within our schools. The implementation of the recommendations in this report will ensure that all Victorian school students have the chance to share in the challenge and joy of making and learning about music.

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