Fund­ing deal is mu­sic to the ears for schools

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THREE North Bur­nett schools will be blow­ing their own trum­pets af­ter the State Govern­ment an­nounced more than $2.46 mil­lion for new mu­sic in­stru­ments.

Bur­nett State Col­lege prin­ci­pal Corey Mun­son de­scribed the one-off grant of more than $2500 as “good news”.

“It’s nice they’re recog­nis­ing schools need more sup­port for in­stru­men­tal mu­sic,” Mr Mun­son said.

With Year 7 shift­ing to high schools from 2015, the State Govern­ment had recog­nised the need to ad­just in­stru­men­tal mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion in pri­mary and high schools, he said.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter John-Paul Lang­broek said the fund­ing would help schools to main­tain qual­ity bands.

“It has be­come widely ac­cepted that stu­dents need three years of wood­wind, brass and per­cus­sion devel­op­ment in pri­mary school to form qual­ity bands,” Mr Lang­broek said.

“From 2015, Year 4 stu­dents will be able to study wood­wind, brass and per­cus­sion in­stru­ments at school for the first time, a year ear­lier than the cur­rent Year 5 start­ing point. For qual­ity string or­ches­tras, four years of tuition is gen­er­ally re­quired, so the cur­rent start­ing age for stu­dents study­ing strings will re­main at Year 3.”

Biggen­den State School and Monto State High School have also re­ceived fund­ing.

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