Music for Learning Years F–6
Use a music program that empowers music and generalist teachers
As a subject in the Australian Curriculum, all students participate in music education in primary school. Despite this, most Australian primary schools do not have a specialist music teacher. Generalist teachers, while expected to teach music, can find music classes challenging.
Music for Learning makes it easy for teachers and schools to embrace music education. Its suite of specially designed, ready-to-teach lessons can be picked up and immediately delivered with confidence and flair – whether you are a specialist music teacher or not. Teachers with little or no musical experience can use bespoke instructional videos provided throughout the program. Music specialists may choose to model the songs and exercises themselves.
Use an evidence-based music program
Music for Learning uses an effective teaching pedagogy with structured, sequenced lessons and scaffolded resources so teaching and student learning is optimised.
Music for Learning is informed by contemporary evidence-based music pedagogies and is broadly based on the Kodály approach, which is familiar throughout Australian schools. Students are introduced to music concepts such as pitch, rhythm, dynamics and tempo through a structured approach and move from a concrete, embodied understanding to the abstract domain of written music notation.
Lift student results through music education
Evidence shows there are significant learning benefits for students who participate in music education. Music enhances cognitive learning, contributes to students’ academic and social development, and develops self-confidence and connection. Recent studies have demonstrated these many benefits of music education for children:
- Brain growth.
- Improved memory, attention and concentration.
- Increased coordination.
- Development of commitment and discipline.
- Improvement in social skills and the ability to work in a team.
- Encouragement to express themselves and relieve stress.
A classroom music program that develops students’ love of music
Singing and playing music is at the heart of the Music for Learning program. Students learn to play untuned percussion, tuned percussion, ukulele, recorder and piano. Students learn to write, perform, record and edit their own music compositions using acoustic instruments and iPad applications.
Music for Learning ensures all students experience music in their lives. It is a valuable form of self-expression and enjoyment even if they do not have specific musical aspirations. Talented students are provided with opportunities to extend themselves.
The program is grounded in the lived music culture of the students’ cultural context with opportunities to engage with family and community.
Use music to better understand ACARA cross-curricular priority areas
Music for Learning links to ACARA cross-curricular priority areas such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia and Sustainability using music as a tool to help teach better understanding of these domains.
Rely on a growing body of evidence
A trial of Music for Learning that ran in two campuses of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy found that over half of the Years 3–6 students were at higher than or comparable to national music levels for their age.
Be part of an innovative music education trial
In 2023, GGSA is running trial of Music for Learning in urban, regional and remote classrooms and schools.
Schools or classrooms that sign up receive (free of charge) the full suite of required resources, teacher training and ongoing professional advice.
In return, teachers provide access to student results data and complete a three-minute survey about how well each lesson worked. The feedback is used to continuously improve the program. Sign up by contacting email@example.com.
Made in Australia for Australian schools
Music for Learning is informed by Australian perspectives of our European, Indigenous and migrant heritage. It looks outwards at music from around the world and traces the global music heritage that forms our engagement with modern music. It also has built opportunities for teachers and students to engage in their local communities. Music for Learning meets all requirements of the Australian Curriculum and meets ACARA cross-curricular priority areas.
Good to Great Schools Australia exists so that every Australian child, no matter their background, attends a school that develops their potential.
We developed Music for Learning for teachers, so they have a complete toolkit to effectively teach music.
We developed Music for Learning for students, so they can discover the joy of music – singing, playing, listening and recording as individuals and together.
Music has its own intrinsic value. Students experience self-expression and communication through arts and culture.
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