Welcome to Ensemble: Music Education in AustraliaThere is much discussion around Australia (and overseas) about what role music should play in the curricular system of education. Experts agree that music education is invaluable and delivers unique outcomes, but comment seems always to focus on the lack of resources, opportunities and policy support. It is now proposed that music education in schools could make way for more "serious" subjects.
And yet, in the midst of this debate, thousands of students, parents, teachers and principals are getting on with learning and teaching music in our schools. This website is focused on recognising their efforts, acknowledging their challenges and celebrating their successes, and supporting them to continue to develop music education in Australia. more »
ResourcesMusic Count Us In! has produced a Classroom Activity Kit with lots of ideas for teaching this year's song to students. more »
International NewsIndia: On World Music Day, Anil Srinivasan argues music is more than an extra-curricular activity. more »
ConferencesEarly Childhood Conference of Performing Arts, 20-21 August, Genazzano FCJ College, Cotham Road, Kew, Melbourne. more »
VCA Secondary SchoolThe Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) is a leading state government secondary school of talented young dancers and musicians.
It is open to Year 7-12 students throughout Melbourne, regional centres, nationally and internationally, and is considered to be a leading school for young dancers and musicians. more »
Carlton North Primary SchoolWhile the Melbourne International Arts Festival was buzzing around town, Carlton North Primary School joined the performance spirit and conducted a three-day extravaganza of their own: The Lee St 'Rhythm of Life' Performing Arts Festival. Local High Schools and student teachers joined in. more »
National Review of School Music EducationIn March 2004, the Australian Government announced a National Review of School Music Education. A team led by Murdoch University undertook the Review on behalf of the Australian Government.
The study included a literature review, call for submissions, site visits, national survey and curriculum mapping to determine the current quality and status of music education in Australian schools. download report »