Music in Primary classrooms is in a dire situation around Australia and New Zealand. Only around 23% of students are receiving regular, high quality music lessons in their Primary classroom. This is a tragedy!

Our advocacy campaign aims to give YOU the power to change this at your school. Please find a range of information, research and links to assist your case in why music lessons must be included in the core subjects taught at your school.

Research Into The Benefits in Music Education To Schools and Students

5 Direct Benefits to Your School

  1. Happier Students. Columbia University: ‘students who study music are more cooperative with teachers and peers, have higher levels self-confidence, and more equipped to express their ideas’
  2. Greater Enrolments. Parents look for schools that provide a music education offering. Comprehensive inclusive classroom music programs attract parents looking for a school for their children
  3. Improved motivation and engagement. Active engagement, disciplined and sustained atten- tion, persistence and risk taking are all benefits of regular high quality music instruction
  4. Less absenteeism. Schools with music programs have an estimated 93.9% attendance rate compared to schools without music education who average 84.9% attendance - ‘Critical Links’ research
  5. Higher grades. Schools with systematic, high quality regular music lessons show improved academic scores across all subject areas in comparison to schools with no music program.

5 Direct Benefits to Students

  1. Better academic results. Regardless of socio-economic status, students who participate in ongoing high quality music programs score 22% better on English and 20% better on Maths exams.
  2. Brain Development. Primary age children involved in music lessons show greater brain development and memory improvement within a year than children who receive no musical training.
  3. Improved Behaviour. Children’s classroom attitudes and behaviour significantly improved after a year of music classes and were rated as better than children who had had no music classes.
  4. Life Benefits. Students who participate in regular music programs are far less likely to be involved with drugs, crime or have behavioural problems. US. longitudinal study “Champions of Change”
  5. Helps under-performing students. Children aged 5-7 years who had lagged behind academically caught up with their peers in reading and were ahead of them in maths after seven months of music lessons. - Brown University USA

A list of top Australian research and information regarding the benefits of music education

  • Dr. Anita Collins is arguably Australia’s leading researcher into music education and the brain (amongst much other research). Anita was behind the most watched TED Education video on Music Education and the brain. For the latest and leading research on why YOUR students need music at their school, have a look at Anita’s Infographics at:
  • Music: Play For Life - this is a fantastic resource for music education advocacy. View and download the advocacy kit HERE