Mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion gets back­ing

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS: VIC/NSW -

THE Vic­to­rian State Gov­ern­ment has opened the sec­ond round of grants for its $400,000 Mu­si­cal In­stru­ments pro­gram to help schools pur­chase new mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.

The sec­ond round would pro­vide 200 Gov­ern­ment, Catholic and In­de­pen­dent pri­mary schools with grants of up to $5000 to help strengthen their mu­sic pro­grams.

“Re­search tells us that ex­po­sure to mu­sic and mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion re­sults in bet­ter re­sults and bet­ter at­ten­dance,” Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter James Mer­lino said. “Last year 43 schools pur­chased more than 500 mu­si­cal in­stru­ments in­clud­ing drums, gui­tars, tam­bourines, xy­lo­phones, cow­bells and even an emu caller.”

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