Music to their ears – SA preschools share in $300,000 of Music Innovation Fund
A number of preschools are amongst the names of 33 applicants who have been announced as receiving a share of the almost $300,000 available through the second round of the South Australian Government’s Music Innovation Fund.
One successful applicant, Bains Road Preschool, will use the windfall for their inclusive Preschool Program, with the funding earmarked to support a “Music for All’ program allowing students of all abilities to access musical instruments and participate in meaningful and accessible music education.
The preschool will also engage a music therapist to run regular music education sessions to enhance and develop children’s motor and communication skills, and social and emotional wellbeing.
State Education Minister John Gardner said a large motivation for the Music Innovation Fund was to ensure that all students, including those with complex needs, had access to high-quality music education from an early age.
“The Music Innovation Fund is one of the ways our Music Education Strategy is fostering, embracing and promoting the many benefits that music education can have on a child’s development and we would like to see more children take an interest in music as a result,” he said.
The Minister expressed his hope that, by supporting innovative partnerships within these programs, the SA Department of Education will be able to utilise experts to help upskill our teaching staff so they are equipped to create and sustain quality music programs within their site.
The full list of early childhood education and care round two grant recipients is as follows:
- Bains Road Preschool – Inclusive Preschool Program – $6,500
- Christies North Kindergarten – $2,000
- Flaxmill Preschool – $2,000
- Hackham West Children’s Centre – $2,000
- Magill Kindergarten – $2,000
- Moana Kindergarten – $2,000
- O’Halloran Hill Kindergarten – $2,000
- Peterborough Community Pre-school, Primary School and High School – $8,500
- Seaford K-7 Campus Preschool – $2,000
- The Song Room – $100,822