Hitting the right note in Western Victoria

More Victorian students will get the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced that round two of the $400,000 Musical Instruments Grants program is now open.

Round one of the Music Instrument Grants saw a number of schools in Western Victoria receive funding including Wedderburn College, Maryborough Education Centre and Timor Primary School.

Ms Pulford said under round two of the program, 200 eligible schools will be invited to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to buy musical instruments.

“It’s part of the Labor Government’s $2 million Music in Schools initiative which also provides professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools can establish quality music programs,” Ms Pulford said.

“It’s no secret that Victorians love their music and we want to make sure that more Victorian students can enjoy music at school,” she said.

“Our Government is supporting students to get the best possible education in all subjects, including music, no matter where they live,” Ms Pulford said.

The Music in Schools program comprises:

  • $1.6 million for professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools without strong, school-wide programs can establish quality music programs.
  • $400,000 in grants over two stages for schools to buy instruments.
  • $200,000 so trainee teachers at university studying to become primary teachers can complete musical education training.

More Information on Music in Schools can be found at:

www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/learningdev/Pages/music-in-schools.aspx