The state government is injecting $7 million into a new music education strategy aimed at strengthening and expanding the quality of music education across South Australian primary schools, preschools and early childhood services.
The strategy will deliver a 10 year vision, focusing on the value of music education and the benefits to children.
Half a million dollars will also be invested into a new music innovation fund, which will be applied to education priorities ranging from new music equipment through to sponsoring innovative approaches to music education.
To support this vision, professional development placements will be made available each year for early years educators and generalist primary school teachers, so they can confidently integrate music into learning.
Other initiatives include a teaching package for all primary schools with tailored teaching and learning resources, and further development of education and career pathways for students.
To achieve this, music experts will be engaged to support schools to build and grow quality music programs and work with music education industries and non-government partners.
Australian music education expert Dr Anita Collins, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Vince Ciccarello, and the Elder Conservatorium’s Graeme Koehne, have supported the department to develop the strategy.