A landmark new ABC documentary highlights the transformative effects of teaching music in primary schools.

Don’t Stop The Music is a three-part documentary series on ABC that follows the journey of a primary school from an underprivileged area of Perth embarking on a music program, and the transformative effects this has on the students, teachers and families involved.

Guided by leading music educators (including Dr Anita Collins, an award-winning educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning), teachers are given new tools to teach their students to play instruments and sing, while Australian musician Guy Sebastian is on-hand to mentor and inspire the students, most of whom have never touched a musical instrument.

Produced by Artemis Media, and filmed over 9 months, the series follows primary school students at school and at home with their families as they learn, practice, struggle and persevere with their instruments.  The benefits of music begin to play out among the children, tempering disruptive behaviour, bringing serial truants back to the classroom and providing a creative outlet for kids who haven’t excelled in traditional academic areas.

At Musica Viva, we want to ensure that music plays an active role in every child’s education experience. You can make a difference in a child's life by helping to provide music in schools and teacher training by donating today.

Your donations will enable us to reach more disadvantaged school children, who otherwise have no access to such opportunities, as well as provide support and training for teachers to help them teach music in their classrooms.

Questions about how Musica Viva is involved?  Please drop us a line and we'll get back to you ASAP! 


Don't Stop The Music – watch all three episodes on ABC iview now


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Donate your second-hand musical instruments, and they'll be provided to disadvantaged schools for music programs.

Get your unused or unwanted instruments out of the cupboard and down to the local Salvos Store so they can be distributed to schools who really need them.

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About instrument donations

About cash donations

Questions regarding schools

About Musica Viva

About instrument donations

What instruments are you accepting?

Find out here – basically we’re on the lookout for woodwind, strings, percussion and brass instruments – plus instrument cases, accessories and spare parts.

  • Woodwind - recorder, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, or saxophone.
  • Strings - violin, cello, or double bass; guitars and ukeles
  • Percussion - Tuned percussion instruments - marimbas, xylophones, glockenspiels, and vibraphones.
  • Untuned percussion instruments - drums, clapping sticks, tambourines, triangles, bells, frame drums, wood blocks, cymbals, shakers, djembes, bongos, congas, cajons, maracas, castanets, guiros, and boomwhackers. Drum-kits.
  • Brass - tuba, euphonium, baritone, tenor horn, flugel horn, trombone (tenor & bass), cornet, or trumpet.

I have an instrument I’d like to donate - what do I do?

First of all, it is important to check that your instrument is on our list of accepted instruments for the campaign and is in a reasonable condition for use.

Read this to learn what instruments are required by schools across Australia and what sort of condition is preferred. Next, work out where the closest location is, to drop off your instrument instruments:

Is my instrument in good enough condition? Can my instrument be repaired?

Instruments should be in a reasonable condition, and able to be repaired. Check the criteria for each here.

Where do I take my instrument?

Salvos are collecting instruments - work out where your closest location is: or call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58)

There’s no Salvos Store near me – what do I do?

Email us at [email protected] and we’ll work out a plan.

Why aren’t you accepting electronics or pianos?

Electronic instruments require tagging and testing. And pianos are just too heavy and difficult - the transport costs will be too expensive.

Can I determine which school my instrument or cash will be provided to?

Unfortunately not. Musica Viva is already working with a number of disadvantaged schools across Australia who have indicated they require instruments and assistance. Other schools can potentially be involved and have been asked to register their interest via this online form, but individual donors will not be able to mark their donations as intended for a specific site.

Can you come and pick up my instrument?

For large volume donations, the Salvos collection service is available. You’ll need to call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) to organise a collection.

Will I get to know where my musical instrument is donated to?

No, unfortunately with the volume we are expecting, we won’t be able to track individual donations. However we will be featuring the schools who receive instruments on our website in the new year, so watch this space…

Are instruments being received by schools in my area or state?

All states are receiving instruments. We are going to every corner of Australia, but are unable to provide details of specific schools.

What schools are receiving instruments?

A range of government and non-government schools around the country. The criteria for selection is that they are disadvantaged socio-economically, or geographically, or by physical/intellectual disability.

Will my instrument be kept by the school or by the student?

This will vary from school to school.

Will you be teaching kids how to use the instruments?

Musica Viva supports schools around Australia to implement music programs in their school. Free resources for schools wishing to Build a Musical School are available.

About cash donations

I want to donate cash to Musica Viva – where will my money go?

100% of donations go towards Musica Viva’s Equal Music Program and help redress the inequity of access to quality music education for school communities who would otherwise not have the capacity to be involved due to their location, size or economic circumstances. Our core aim is to provide students and teachers living in communities disadvantaged by geographic location, size and financial hardship, with the opportunity to access quality music education.

Musica Viva is committed to delivering high quality live music experiences to all Australian children and their teachers regardless of geography or socio-economic status. The Equal Music assistance includes subsidising the cost of a school concert, funding travel costs or providing free digital teaching resources. to provide additional subsidies to 20% of Musica Viva In Schools participants.

Musica Viva is a not-for-profit organisation endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient and registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). All donations over $2 are fully tax-deductible. A tax receipt for your contribution will be provided.

Can I donate by phone?

Yes – please call 1300 786 186 and have your credit card details ready.

Can I donate by cheque?

If you would like to discuss paying by cheque please call 1300 786 186.

Is my donation tax deductable?

All donations over $2 are fully tax-deductible. A tax receipt for your contribution will be provided.

How will the donated funds be allocated?

Funds will be allocated to schools around Australia where other funding does not exist, usually on a first come, first serve basis.

Questions regarding schools

How can I register my school for instruments? Is my school eligible?

Expressions of interest are being logged here. Please note that schools with an ICSEA value of less than 1000 will be prioritised but special cases can be made to Musica Viva directly. Email [email protected]

Disadvantage is defined by the school’s ICSEA value, geographic location, size and special needs. ICSEA values can be determined here.

How does my child (or their school) receive a donation?

Ask one of the staff at the school to complete this form.

I’m not involved with Musica Viva. Can I still get instruments?

Expressions of interest are being logged here. Please note that schools with an ICSEA value of less than 1000 will be prioritised but special cases can be made to Musica Viva directly. Email [email protected]

There is no music program in my school. How do I get one?

Use the information from the DSTM program and website to directly lobby your school principal. Being active in your P&C helps. Asking your school to contact Musica Viva is a good way to start!

How can my school get involved in Don’t Stop the Music?

Do you need instruments? Educators can register interest on behalf of schools here.

Do you want to encourage cash donations to Musica Viva, in order to help disadvantaged schools? Please share this url with your school community:

Do you want to conduct a donation drive and encourage unwanted instruments to be donated to students who need them? Read about what type of instruments can be donated here and organise for the Salvos to come and collect them by calling 13 SALVOS.

Can we have a musician come to our school?

We’d love to bring music to your school! There is nothing like the excitement and power of a live performance and the best place to experience our concerts is in your own school, so we come to you. No buses, no travel, no wasted time!

Discover which Musica Viva ensembles are touring in your region here.

Musica Viva in Schools programs include a 50-60 minute live performance (including question time), teaching resources and 2 hours of accredited online PD for one or more teachers at your school.

I am a private school – can I also be involved?

Priority will be given to disadvantaged schools with an ICSEA under 1000. However special cases can be made to support disadvantaged students (ie those on scholarship at private schools by emailing [email protected])

About Musica Viva

What is Musica Viva In Schools?

Musica Viva In Schools is committed to delivering high quality live music experiences to all Australian children and their teachers regardless of geography or socio-economic status. We believe that every child deserves access to a quality music education.

We offer a special subsidy program, which supports schools that may not be able to afford our standard student price. Last year, through the support of donors and sponsors we were able to deliver our programs to over a quarter of a million children around Australia at just a fraction of the real cost. And there is still much work to do. By 2020 we aim to double our reach with live performances and the latest teaching technologies, but cannot achieve this without the generosity of our supporters.

We believe that for music to have a lasting impact on communities, we must give teachers skills and tools to implement in the classroom. Musica Viva In Schools is proud to support teachers in increasing their capacity to teach music in the classroom through a range of online and free face-to-face professional development opportunities. In 2016, over 3,700 general classroom teachers and music specialists attended a Musica Viva In Schools professional learning course.

Does Musica Viva provide teaching resources? Are they free?

As part of the Don’t Stop the Music initiative, Musica Viva is offering a free sampler course, comprising a general introduction to music education in the Australian primary school, aimed at generalist teachers with minimal music teaching experience who are looking to build confidence. Check it out here.

Each Musica Viva In Schools program includes interactive online teaching resources to help teachers prepare for the live performance coming to their school.

These resources contain:

  • up to ten weeks’ worth of flexible lesson plans
  • fun activities
  • audio and video content, including demonstrations of musical activites
  • interactive lessons to encourage student participation
  • music and creative arts curriculum specific content as well as cross-curriculum links, all aligning with state and national curricula

Discover more about Musica Viva’s teacher resources here.

Do you offer teacher professional development? Is it accredited?

Musica Viva In Schools are proud to support teachers in increasing their capacity to teach music in the classroom through a range of online and face-to-face professional development opportunities.

Delivered when you book a performance at your school, online PD will guide you in using Musica Viva’s teaching resources in your classroom and can be accessed by all the teachers at your school. Best of all, online PD can be accessed at a time and a place that suits you.

Face-to-face professional development is delivered by Musica Viva educators and musicians throughout the year and across Australia. Our 2 hour events meet AITSL standards, and are fully accredited. You will receive a certificate of participation after the event.

Our events give teachers an opportunity to network and share ideas with fellow peers, and you will walk away armed with practical and engaging teaching and learning activities that can be easily implemented in your classroom.

Professional development events are suitable for general classroom teachers and music specialists.

All of our Professional Development country-wide addresses AITSL Teacher Standards. NSW Proficient teachers will receive 2 hours of NESA accredited Professional Development, while all ACT Professional Development is fully accredited with both NESA and TQI.

Discover more about Musica Viva’s teacher resources here.

Didn’t find the answer to your query?

Please contact Jann Hing:

By email: [email protected]

By phone: 02 8394 6637