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Music Education

Musica Viva in Schools

Music brings joy, happiness and the freedom for children to let their imaginations soar. Music allows children to simply be children, and opens up a world of discovery and creativity.

Musica Viva believes that every child deserves access to a quality music education. Since 1981, our programs have inspired, educated and enriched the lives of students and teachers around Australia through premium quality live music performances, the latest teaching technologies and accredited professional development for teachers.

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.

If you would like to transform the lives of Australian children through music, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Musica Viva In Schools today.

Music training for teachers

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. The response to the introductory course for generalist teachers was overwhelming and places were fully subscribed in a matter of days.

‘I have a better understanding of how to teach music in all aspects in an engaging way. Collaborating with professional colleagues assisted me in gaining confidence and understanding’ NSW Teacher.

Please help us share the knowledge of music with more teachers across the nation by donating today.

Equal Music Program

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.

Equal Music allows us to honour this commitment by providing a further subsidy on the cost of the program to communities in need. The Equal Music assistance includes subsidising the cost of a school concert, funding travel costs or providing free digital teaching resources. Last year, through the support of our donors and sponsors, the Equal Music program was able to provide additional subsidies to 20% of Musica Viva In Schools participants.

If you would like to support Equal Music, please consider making a donation today.

Indigenous initiatives

Indigenous Ensembles

Musica Viva In Schools has built a long-term partnership with NAISDA Dance College to enable schoolchildren to experience aspects of Indigenous culture first hand and empower teachers to include Indigenous song and dance as part of their classroom activities.

Over the period 2013-2016, ensemble Dätiwuy Dreaming, which celebrates the culture of the Yolngu community from Elcho Island in Arnhem Land, reached 172 schools, 53,500 students, and approximately 520 teachers in WA, NSW, Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory. The ensemble will resume touring in 2018.

Currently in development, and also touring in schools from 2018, will be ensemble Wyniss from the Torres Strait. The ensemble will provide a different and complementary Indigenous experience to Dätiwuy Dreaming, presenting original material by musician and dancer Dujon Niue, and drawing heavily on Dujon’s experiences of growing up on Mua Island in the Torres Strait.

Indigenous Language Project

Building on Musica VIVA's acclaimed digital music education programs, Musica Viva began working with the Ngarrindjeri community in South Australia to build and pilot a digital platform to help support their work in language revival in community and classroom.

The project is now expanding into other communities, funded by the Federal Department of Communications and the Arts Indigenous Languages and Arts program. Working with the Yugambeh Museum Language and Heritage Centre in southern Queensland, the project will include National Curriculum-aligned teaching and learning content and language learning games.

If you also believe in the importance of nurturing Indigenous culture and traditions through music, please consider making a donation today. 


Learn how you can transform a child's life through music


Musica Viva's residency program in South Australia


Musician Karen Kyriakou on teaching music to special needs students


Primary school teacher Mandy Langlois on learning music with Dätiwuy Dreaming


Professional Development Manager Sue Lane on training teachers