RESEARCH

Worldwide studies have proven that participation in music programs have significant benefits to child and youth development and learning. These benefits are noticeable across many aspects of education- including literacy and numeracy. In addition to the educational benefits, there are a multitude of other improvements observed, including emotional and psycho-social aspects. Children and youth participating in our programs experience improvements in self-esteem, self-confidence and general mental wellbeing. Research and reports are an invaluable way of demonstrating the benefits of music programs and to help understand the positive impacts of music education.

During 2013 and 2014, the ACMF conducted a pilot teacher education program involving four schools from Little Bay in Sydney. Classroom teachers from these schools took part in three music teacher-training workshops, and were given teaching programs containing lesson plans, notation cards, a CD of accompanying songs and pieces and a set of percussion instruments for use in class. A research paper titled ‘Empowering teachers to change lives through music… ACMF CONNECT: Impact & Future Directions’ by Sue Arney and Neryl Jeanneret from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, examined the efficacy of the teacher training pilot project that the ACMF did in the Little Bay Community of Schools, and found that “The high impact on the teachers… is a testament to the careful and thoughtful planning of both the resources and the workshop strategies by ACMF”.. For the full report, click here.

Professor Margaret S. Barrett, world renowned researcher and music educator from the University of Queensland has conducted research on behalf of the ACMF. Her research has investigated the importance of music education for children in relation to creativity, early musical development and the meaning and value of engagement in the music and arts activity. The ACMF was involved in the inquiry into the extent, benefits and potential of music education in Victorian schools by the Education and Training Committee of Victorian Parliament. The inquiry used case studies from Victorian schools as well as detailed research to explain the benefits of music for children. For the full report, please click here.

The Music Trust released a study in 2013, International Research into the Benefits of Music (The Music Trust). This study demonstrated that music contributes to students’ personal wellbeing through developing self-esteem, cognitive development including abstract thinking, aural and spatial awareness, verbal understanding, kinetic / motor skills and provides a means for personal expression, communication, and personal, social and cultural identity formation. For the full report, click here.

The Song Room also conducted a study, Bridging the Gap in School Achievement through the Arts, into the gap in arts education in Australian Schools. The study investigated the huge disparity between students who study arts education and those who do not, highlighting the benefits of arts education on the emotional, academic and behavioural development of children. For the full report, click here.

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