Department program

Music in schools

​​​​Every child and young person – no matter their background or circumstance – deserves the best chance to succeed in work and in life.

Quality music education has a range of benefits including positive social, cultural and educational outcomes.


The Victorian budget 2018-19 included $1 million for the Music in schools initiative including:

  • $600,000 to establish a Quality Music Education Fund – providing $5,000 to 120 Victorian government schools. This funding is supporting schools to purchase music education related resources, such as musical instruments and/or access to teacher professional learning.
  • $400,000 to support The Song Room’s DUET Music Learning and Mentoring program which aims to support teachers with limited or no experience in music education establish new music programs or expand existing ones, particularly in rural and regional areas.

This $1 million in funding builds on an existing commitment of $2 million (2015-18) to deliver music in schools:

  • $1.6 million allocated to Musical Futures Australia to deliver professional learning programs to strengthen the confidence and capacity of teachers and pre-service primary teachers to deliver quality music education in Victorian schools.
  • $400,000 for government, Catholic and independent primary schools with students from low socio-economic backgrounds to purchase musical instruments to commence or strengthen their music programs (allocated in 2016-2017).​​