Summary only. See the full paper on the Music Trust website.
Following the Australian government’s most recently revised curriculum for the arts in 2014, this reassessment describes the basic expectations for a quality school music education, outlines the obstacles to its realisation, and proposes four strategic initiatives to improve music teaching.
The basic expectations for children to receive a quality music education are:
The paper lists numerous “quite enormous” obstacles, centred on a lack of musically trained teachers but aggravated by other problems including a general preoccupation with test scores based on literacy and numeracy. These factors currently outweigh several positive indications:
The paper describes a program of four strategic initiatives aimed at (1) principals, (2) parents, (3) tertiary institutions, and (4) research support. In an appendix it adapts the “Hong Kong model” (all primary school teachers are specialists) to Australia.