Music Education: Right From The Start

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Photo of children playing wind and brass instruments. Below, the Alberts and Tony Foundation logos and text, Music Education: Right From The Start, A collaborative national initiative“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.

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Be a Part of Make Music Day Australia 2021 on June 21

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Be part of Make Music Day all across Australia! Join the worldwide celebration of music happening on 21 June by registering your event or activity at the makemusicaustralia website.
Whether you’re a professional musician, part of a community group, an avid music enthusiast or just a passer-by on the street, Make Music Day is free and open to one and all!
Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day is a day of community-led free musical expression now held annually on 21 June in more than 800 cities in 120 countries.
Make Music Day seeks the involvement of government bodies, local councils, schools and community music organisations, music retailers and industry, and importantly, members of the community.
Make Music Day encourages both amateur and professional music making, and empowers individuals to seek out ways to celebrate and express music in their community. All of it is free and open to the public. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — gathers indoor and outdoor, in venues, streets, parks, plazas, paddocks and verandas and online  to share their music with friends, neighbours, and strangers.
Participation is easy – simply register an event or activation on the Make Music Day Australia website, where you can find the latest news, info and resources for your community.

Download our free Make Music Day Guide to get started on organising your event.

Make Music Day 2020 – Two Weeks To Go!

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Make Music Day is fast approaching, and with the pivot to online and digital activities now in focus, we’re seeing lots of exciting ideas registered for June 21 celebrations!

Participation is easy!

  1. Register your event or activity
  2. Submit pre-recorded content 
Pre-recorded content will be displayed in our Online Gallery on June 21

Coffs Harbour Library Celebrates Make Music Day

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The Sawtell Ukulele Group will be coming along to celebrate Make Music Day with the Coffs Harbour Harry Bailey Memorial Library in the Rigby House Forecourt. Members of the public are invited to get hands on and join in for some ukulele fun. The Library will also be launching our new collection of Ukuleles, available to be borrowed by library members.

In only three short years, the Sawtell Ukulele Group has grown to include 3 groups (Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced) and over 60 members. Known for its diverse repertoire, from the Beatles to the Sunnyboys; Nancy Sinatra to Lady Gaga; Lou Reed to Kiss – this is definitely not your average ukulele group. SUG perform regularly at aged care facilities, community events and festivals; have a monthly Jam at 63 First Ave in Sawtell where new members are always welcome!

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Sydney Symphony Orchestra performs to the world on Make Music Day

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Live from the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will celebrate international Make Music Day with a global broadcast of the Music of the Oud concert on Friday, 21 June – 7pm AEST.

The broadcast of this performance forms part of the inaugural Make Music Day Global Streaming Video Project. This year, the Make Music Alliance is organizing a day-long video stream on June 21 showing the rich diversity of live Make Music Day events around the world. Dozens of cultural institutions are setting up public projections, showing musical events live from Argentina, Australia, India, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States, beginning with our very own Sydney Symphony Orchestra live from the Sydney Opera House.

The livestream will be available online and free of charge via on Friday, 21 June – 7pm AEST. The broadcast will be live from the Sydney Opera House, and accessible for replay following the conclusion of the concert.

The concert will also be broadcast at our official broadcast locations. Check the Sydney Symphony Orchestra event page for more updates on locations, or register your own location if you wish to host a viewing party!

Tickets are also available to attend the concert in person. Tickets available here.


Local Government Gets Behind Make Music Day & Create Performance Opportunities in their Communities

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City of Brisbane supports Make Music Day Australia with events being held at Queen Street, Queen Street Mall and Post Office Square!  Music featuring quirky, originality and fun. On June 21 enjoy Kabuki Kombi, Shannon Sol Carroll, Sweet Boheme, Two Tears in a Bucket and Kingfisha.

Waverley Council will be celebrating Make Music Day by hosting community music groups in the Bondi Pavilion from 1.30pm on Thursday the 21st of June.

The City of Canada Bay is bringing Make Music Day to the streets of Rhodes by creating performance spaces for musicians on June 21.

The City of Monash has created performance space in Oakleigh and is opening its Glen Waverly Library
Liverpool City Council is celebrating Make Music Day at Macquarie Mall, inviting the community to jam with live local musicians with the open mic opportunities.

Melbourne City Council opening its Docklands library and Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre
From Beenleigh to Gippsland towns are joining the list supported by their local council in one way or another.