Funding deal is music to the ears for schools
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.