National Music Teacher Mentoring Program 

 Photo: Jean-Pierre Chabrol

“Every child should have the opportunity to learn and create music. The National Music Teacher Mentoring Program will start a process which we hope will result in all children in Australia having access to quality music education.”

  - Richard Gill OAM 

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The National Music Teacher Mentoring Program is aimed at improving the quality of music education in classrooms around Australia. The program pairs experienced music educators with generalist classroom teachers in order to build their skills and confidence in teaching music. With support from the Australian Government, the AYO is hosting the three-year program, providing project management, mentoring resources, and advocacy to this initiative as it is rolled out in a number of states and territories.

In 2015 the program commenced in three states NSW, Western Australia and Victoria in collaboration with their respective departments of education involving 20 mentors, 62 teachers and around 1400 students. The Program is also being supported by the community of the Four Winds Festival in the Far South Coast of NSW.

The quote below from a teacher about one of her students is awe inspiring and says it all.

He never speaks, he has severe learning difficulties OMG I can’t believe he’s got up and been so confident, to get up in front of the class and sing and love it and smile.

The Mentoring program kicks off in each state with a compulsory two-day Masterclass, and introduction to the program by Richard Gill OAM. The masterclass provides mentors with a good understanding of the fundamentals of mentoring, and enables them to share simple strategies, practices and resources for engaging students in quality music education.

Teachers being mentored say that they have gained new skills and are more confident in teaching classroom music. A teacher with absolutely no music background embraced the program. At the end of her mentoring experience she declared: this is achievable, I can do this, it is great fun.

The effectiveness of the program is being evaluated by the Arts Program Evaluation Team University of Queensland under the leadership of Professor Margaret Barrett, whose work will help guide the development of the program.

To find out more about the program, check out this recent article on Inside Story.

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Program Contacts

For more information about the program contact: 


Wagga Wagga Catholic Schools

Fionnuala O’Shaughnessy


Four Winds

Lara Crew



Hana LoBianco


Western Australia

Lorraine Scorer


Northern Territory

Bill Grose


South Australia

Deb Hepworth



Bernadette McNamara