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Music in schools

Music programs provide opportunities to enhance student learning, achievement and performance in music and arts education.

Music is part of the Australian Curriculum – Arts and SACE

Benefits of music in schools

  • music programs have been shown to increase attendance, increase participation in school activities and enable participation of students who are not performing well in the general curriculum
  • literacy and numeracy standards are lifted by continuous participation in musical education including creating, making and understanding music
  • music education is used to build social inclusion and reduce disadvantage.

If you would like more information go to the national review of school music education - augmenting the diminished describes best practice for music education in Australian schools.

Instrumental tuition within the music program

Instrumental music tuition complements the classroom music program by providing knowledge and skills in practical music making on an instrument or voice.

To access instrumental music tuition, contact your school. For all other queries, please contact your local office.

Music programs

The Music Programs unit coordinates:

  • Instrumental Music
  • the Primary Schools Music Festival
  • management of private music instructors who work in SA government schools
  • management of programs provided with Musica Viva in Schools and Adelaide Youth Orchestra.

Instrumental music education

Instrumental music education in SA government schools is delivered through Instrumental Music.

Music ensembles and orchestras

Multiple ensembles are available through Instrumental Music and Public Schools Music Festival (PSMF). See SA government school ensembles and PSMF orchestras for further information.

The music education strategy

The Music Education Strategy  will improve the delivery of music education in public schools, and provide greater pathways for students to pursue further study and careers in the music industry. 


Instrumental Music office – Klemzig

Phone: 8261 8988
EmailIM.KlemzigOffice608 [at] schools.sa.edu.au

Instrumental Music office – Morphett Vale

Phone: 8392 3800
EmailIM.MorphettValeOffice896 [at] schools.sa.edu.au

Music programs

Phone: 8226 1883
Emaileducation.musicprograms [at] sa.gov.au