SOUND INVESTMENT: MALINAUSKAS GOVERNMENT’S $7.5M BOOST FOR SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAMS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA 

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SOUND INVESTMENT: MALINAUSKAS GOVERNMENT’S $7.5M BOOST FOR SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAMS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide City of Music applauds the Malinauskas Labor Government’s commitment of $7.5 million towards expanding music education in schools over the next three years. With $2.5 million allocated annually, this initiative aims to ensure every child and young person has access to quality music education from their early years.

The announcement comes on the heels of a new report, Setting the Tempo, a research initiative supported by Alberts | The Tony Foundation’s Music Education: Right from the Start and the South Australian Department for Education. The report highlights overwhelming support from teachers, with 97% agreeing that music improves students’ educational experience, and similar high percentages noting positive impacts on literacy, numeracy skills, and reduced stress and anxiety.

While the benefits of music learning are clear, the study also found that many teachers feel there is a need for better training, facilities, and resources. The extended investment will address these gaps by providing more musical instruments, additional training, and upskilling non-specialist teachers to become music educators.

Music education encompasses singing, playing instruments, songwriting, and composing, and this initiative ensures it is an integral part of every student’s education journey.

The Adelaide City of Music office recognises the fundamental importance of music education, is a member of MERSA, and is working on initiatives to enhance music education and connect Adelaide globally through the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

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