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Music Education

Equal Music program

Musica Viva believes that every child deserves access to music education. Our education program, Musica Viva In Schools is committed to delivering high quality live music experiences to all Australian children and their teachers regardless of regional or socio-economic disadvantage.

The Equal Music program allows us to honour this commitment. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Musica Viva In Schools can provide financial assistance to disadvantaged schools which cannot ordinarily access our programs. This could include subsidising the cost of a school concert, funding travel costs or providing free teaching digital resources.

Thanks to the passion and generosity of our donors and partners, over 280,000 children across Australia had the chance to create their own music in 2016, of which 60,227 received Equal Music funding.

Transform lives through music today by making a tax-deductible donation to the Equal Music Fund.    

Indigenous initiatives

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 continue 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.

Since 2015, Musica Viva has also been working extensively with the Ngarrindjeri community in South Australia to provide a digital platform for language revival. Funded by the Ministry of Education, the project will likely expand into other communities from 2017.

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

Help us share the knowledge of music with more teachers across the nation. Donate now.



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