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.

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.

Transform a child’s life through music.

Don't Stop The Music – Part 1 airs Sunday November 11th at 7.40pm on ABC and ABC iview

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Don’t Stop The Music is  encouraging people to donate unused or unwanted musical instruments that can be provided to school music programs.



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