SA preschools and children’s centres share in musical bounty
Preschools, children’s centres, public schools and music organisations across South Australia have received a share of almost $300,000 in grants to support innovative music education initiatives.
A total of 52 grants were delivered as part of the third round of grants from the Music Innovation Fund – a key initiative which helps introduce and enhance the delivery of music in public schools and preschools by increasing exposure to music learning and improving teaching capability.
Eligible applicants can use the funding to purchase equipment such as instruments and technology, develop and improve music programs, and to engage with music organisations and access valuable music programs.
Kalaya Children’s Centre in Port Adelaide is using the financial support to introduce a ‘Musician in Residence’ program, which will see a music education expert deliver weekly music sessions and shareable insights to students and parents, ultimately enabling staff and the broader education community to confidently introduce music into early years learning.
“Music education is so important for the social, behavioural and academic development of children and young people. It develops thinking and learning skills and enhances wellbeing and inclusion,” Education Minister John Gardner said.
The most recent round of funding is the third delivered under the broader Music Education Strategy, “and it is great to see our schools and preschools placing such importance on delivering quality music education,” he added.
“Supporting best practice music education in schools and preschools goes beyond new instruments. It is about making sure educators and students have access to quality resources and expertise to build confidence in music teaching and learning.”
The Music Innovation Fund is helping schools and preschools to create accessible programs, build community partnerships and develop innovation to enhance music education for all.
A full list of preschool and children’s centres who were successful in the most recent round of funding appears below:
- Aberfoyle Hub Preschool – $2,000
- Brinkworth Primary and Early Childhood Centre – $9,500
- Hallett Cove Preschool – $2,000
- Hamley Bridge Kindergarten – $5,000
- Kalaya Children’s Centre – $5,415
- Mary Bywaters Memorial Kindergarten – $2,000
- Netherby Kindergarten – $2,500
- Port Augusta Children’s Centre – $1,000
- Risdon Park South Kindergarten – $1,600
- Trott Park Kindergarten – $2,000
- Willsden Childhood Service Centre – $2,000.
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