“No, isn’t an answer” was Peter Garrett’s advice to the packed house of music industry and music education enthusiasts at the official launch of Music Education: Right From the Start in Melbourne on 12 September. And the question: Will our governments make the changes and the investment needed to ensure that every Australian primary school student has access to quality, sequential and ongoing music education?
Music Education: Right From The Start is a new initiative, led by Alberts | The Tony Foundation, to realise the vision of all Australian primary school having a quality, sequential and ongoing music education. It was launched on 12th September, 2022 in Melbourne where speakers Robbie Bundle, Peter Garrett, Dr Anita Collins, Susan Templeman MP, Emily Albert, Zoe Barry, and David Albert addressed everything from the basic human desire to make music together, the inequity in access to musical opportunities, and the scientific evidence that tells us what happens to our brains (and importantly, childrens’ brains) when they learn to play music, through to the strategies required to bring this vision into all Australian classrooms.
The Australian Music Association, which coordinates Make Music Day in Australia, is a strong supporter of Music Education: Right From the Start.