All across Australia, a dedicated team of ACMF teachers motivate, educate and inspire disadvantaged children and youth in free, long-term weekly music programs. These programs commence when there is sufficient funding to commit to the location for at least 12 months- to ensure that the children and youth are given long-term mentorship and attention rather than a short term solution. The programs involve a variety of musical expression such as percussion, drumming, singing and guitar tuition. As part of the program, the ACMF donates all of the musical instruments to the schools for the students, to be kept and enjoyed even after the 12 month period. ACMF programs are designed in partnership with each school, to meet the needs of the students. Programs aim at improving mental health and engagement with learning. Significant outcomes include improvements in literacy and numeracy skills, behaviour and school attendance.
- Increased school attendance
- Engagement with learning
- Improve literacy and numeracy
- Improve mental health
- Create school and community cohesion
- Cultural harmony
There can be no doubt that our music program impacts on students' decisions to attend and remain at school.
Steve Almond, Principal of Cook School, NSW.
Music has been a great stimulus for students' learning of English. Over the past number of years we have seen an improvement in English/numeracy outcomes for our students.
Leonie Jones, Principal of Top End Group School, NT.
I have seen students who have not said a word in their classroom become actively engaged in ACMF classes. They are suddenly able to join in with their peers and share in the language of music. It's a beautiful thing to watch and one can only imagine the positive impact it has on these students.
Louise Treyvaud, Teacher at Albion North Primary School, VIC.
I have noticed many instances of raised self confidence in students after music lessons. Many students who regularly fail at classwork are much more successful in music, and that shows on their faces.
Jane Murphy, Assistant Principal at Hillston Primary School, NSW.