Why Music?

More than 70% of Australian public schools do not have dedicated music teachers. 

In 2002, singer-songwriter Don Spencer OAM founded the ACMF to address the needs of children who were not getting the benefits of music education. 

Playing music is one of the only activities that activates, stimulates and utilises the entire brain. 

Engagement in music programs:

  • Enhances fine motor skills
  • Prepares the brain for achievement
  • Fosters superior working memory
  • Cultivates thinking skills
  • Improves recall and retention of verbal information
  • Boosts reading and English language skills
  • Boosts creativity
  • Allows disengaged students to re-engage with learning
  • Builds trust and teamwork
  • Builds confidence
  • Builds resilience
"Research has proven the importance of music and arts education. And yet so many children don't have access to music lessons. This is alarming. Every private school in the world teaches music. When I was young, every school had a music teacher and a piano. Where and why did this change?"
Don Spencer OAM