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Bringing music to regional areas

Charleville State School students in a Musica Viva workshop.

The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation makes music resonate in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

At Musica Viva we are passionate about bringing music education to all children, regardless of distance or social and economic situation. Every year, more than 270,000 children and their teachers learn about music through our education programs that include award-winning digital teaching resources for the classroom, live music performances, musician residencies and teacher professional development. Our musicians deliver high-quality and interactive performances and workshops to some of the most remote communities across Australia, thanks to the support of government agencies, trusts and foundations, corporate partners and individual donors.

Reaching remote areas

One of our key education partners, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, supported Musica Viva In Schools between 2015-2017 to reach regional and remote areas in the Northern Territory and Queensland. With their support we provided live music, educational performances and workshops for not only students and teachers but entire communities. Musica Viva In Schools ensembles performed at 250 schools for 26,000 students, gave 19 community concerts, held 147 workshops and masterclasses and travelled more than 10,600 km over this period, offering students and their families exposure to a range of music instruments and styles from brass to Indonesian gamelan.

We spoke about the program in the newsletter, and the parents have been running into me at the shops and telling me that they know, as a family, the songs that Makukuhan has sent us; it’s just wonderful.’ Debbie Unwin, Teacher at Bees Creek Primary School, Darwin region, NT.

Supporting us to reach out further

Musica Viva could not have reached 90 per cent of these areas without the lead support of the Tim Fairfax Foundation and additional support from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Northern Territory Government through the Department of Education. This long-term support has ensured that communities were able to enjoy repeated engagement with our programs and develop sustainable music skills. 

Over a long time, we’ve grown and developed so significantly; we’ve gone from a small community with 35 string players as an example, to now I fight the kids away at 200. It’s very important to have groups in our community showing to our parents and our students what they can do with music in the future.’ Yvonne Moore, Instrumental Music Teacher, Mt Isa, QLD.

Watch our musicians in action and hear from the communities we toured.

We’re all proud of and inspired by what we’ve achieved so far – but there’s much more to do; more students, teachers and communities that would enjoy the enduring benefits from regular visits by Musica Viva In Schools. So, we’re putting out the call to like-minded individuals, trusts and foundations and corporate partners to support our vital work in Queensland and the Northern Territory. To chat about how you can become involved, please contact Alex Bellemore [email protected] or call 02 8394 6634.