While music advocates such as Music Australia continue to advocate at a local and national level for more music education in schools, as a parent, teacher or community member you can make a difference in your school through small, achievable steps.
Ideas for Action
1. Read and share research in support of music education
Print the Music to Our Ears report and hand it to your school principal, a parent or teacher in the school community, or a local politician. The report is designed to be easy to read and, equally importantly, easy to skim through for those wanting to pick up some key points.
If you would like the report in an alternative format, please contact Music Australia.
2. Talk to your P & C about music
Use the Parental Engagement Toolkit and the Music to Our Ears report to start a discussion about music in the school.
Read about proven models for parental advocacy and support to get some ideas.
3. Write or talk to your local state and/or federal MP asking them to support music in the school
We need members of parliament to hear the case for music education as often as possible. Speak to your local MP about your passion for music education, invite them to a school concert or encourage your school to sign up to Music: Count Us In, then invite your MP to Celebration Day! They may not be able to start a band at the school, but they do have a role to play.
4. Set one achievable goal for this year that will stimulate action or improve the program
You might want to:
- fundraise for a specific purpose, such as much needed equipment
- form a P & C sub-committee that will work towards starting something new (eg. A music tuition program, annual fundraising activity) in the following year
- organise a special event or tour for the school’s music ensemble/s
- take part in Music: Count Us In and get the local media to come to the school to raise its profile
- find one program that suits your needs that the school can take part in for the first time (there are many: visit our Australian Music Directory for more information)
5. Do some research
If you are a parent, informal parent group or P & C committee and you would like to do more to support music in school, start by asking a few questions. Ask parents, teachers, community members and/or the school Principal.
You could start with a distinction between what happens inside and outside the classroom. Some schools use the term ‘Extra-Curricular’, others ‘Co-Curricular’, some just have ‘A band program’ or ‘A string group’. While there is and ought to be some overlap, these can be very different and require different kinds of support.