Schools Get In Tune With New Instruments

10 May 2016

Victorian schools have received grants of up to $5000 under Round One of the Musical Instrument Grants program.

Minister for Education, James Merlino today announced the 43 schools to receive grants that will purchase more than 270 pieces of musical equipment.

Instruments that will be purchased with the grants include 24 pianos and keyboards, 34 guitars, 14 drum kits, 13 ukuleles, 8 amplifiers, 7 xylophones, 6 glockenspiels and a range of classical instruments including two flutes, a violin, a cello, a trumpet and a trombone.

They will also be used to buy African, Koorie, and Tibetan instruments as well as up-to-date electronic music equipment including 8 amplifiers, 3 PA systems, 5 mixers, speakers, iPads and computer software.

The grants are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $2 million Music in Schools program, which will also provide professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools can establish quality music programs.

The second round of grants will be available in 2017.

Research shows that music study is good for brain development as well improving reasoning ability, communication skills and attention levels.

The scheme contributes toward meeting the Education State target of more students reaching the highest levels of achievements in the arts.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Research shows exposure to music education results in better results and better attendance.”

“That’s why on top of providing more than 270 instruments to schools that need them, we are also bringing music lessons to every Victorian school so no child misses out.”

Quotes attributable to Music Ambassador and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“Learning, practising and playing music is a wonderful way for students to develop new skills and confidence.”

“I know first-hand the incredible fun and benefit of musical education and I'm really looking forward to seeing more students get into the groove with new instruments and equipment.”

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