STATE school students will have access to new music instruments and more music teachers after the Queensland Government announced more than $2.46 million in funding for secondary school music education.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the additional funding was an important part of the government’s plan to ensure a strong education system.
“The Queensland instrumental program is a highly-regarded and valued component of Queensland state schooling and we are committed to giving all students access to the instruments and expertise they need,” Mr Newman said.
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“We’re also investing an additional $1 million into schools with existing secondary instrumental music programs to cater for the move of Year 7 into secondary schools in 2015.”
Mr Langbroek said the $1 million would enable 226 state schools with secondary music programs to buy more instruments and equipment for student use.
“As well as this, we will employ an additional 16.7 fulltime equivalent instrumental music teachers across Queensland,” Mr Langbroek said.
“The funding will help students to develop their music skills across a range of instruments earlier and help schools to maintain quality bands.
“As music education has progressed in schools, it has become widely accepted that students need three years of woodwind, brass and percussion development in primary school to form quality bands.
“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.”