In response to the visits by members of sMAG to the Prime Minister’s office, the Minister of Ed, Director of Curriculum and Director of Student Learning Outcomes, re the provision and quality of Music Education in Victorian Schools, there is going to be a Parliamentary enquiry into Music Education. The Vic Gov Education Committee is to be chaired by MP David Southwick.
The Victorian Parliament referred to its Education and Training Committee Terms of Reference around music education in schools.
The terms of reference are:
Mr McINTOSH (Minister for Corrections) moved:
That, under section 33 of the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003, an inquiry into the extent, benefits and potential of music education in Victorian schools be referred to the Education and Training Committee for consideration and report no later than 30 September 2013, including:
Evidence supporting music education in schools
(1) benefits to society and to individual students wanting to pursue music as a career;
(2) general benefits to students as a result of music education;
(3) benefits to student academic performance as a result of music education;
Current provision of music education in Victoria
(4) music education provided through specific funding for music education;
(5) music education provided through non-specific funding, for example, general student resource package funding;
(6) music education provided through parent contribution;
(7) the extent and quality of music education provision in Victorian schools;
Future optimum provision of music education in Victorian schools
(8) optimum governance and oversight arrangements;
(9) optimum use of targeted funding;
(10) optimum balance of central mandates and supports; and
(11) optimum balance of music specific funding, non-music specific funding and parent contribution.
This was in Hansard, available here: http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/daily-hansard/Assembly_Jul-Dec_2012_Daily_23_October_2012.pdf
Anne Lierse has been asked to supply names for the consultation and has also been informed that any interested persons may make a submission.
This review is separate from the possible changes to the provision of instrumental music provision brought about by the re-organisation of the Regions.