National Music Teacher Mentoring Program 
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“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 AO


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 continued support from the Australian Government and the private sector, the program continues to be successfully rolled out across Australia.

The late Richard Gill AO, was passionate about installing comprehensive musical education programs into every school in Australia, he believed that teaching music reaps countless benefits. “[music] requires the most intensive concentration, and listening” said Gill. “To get music, you really have to listen, and when children listen with direction and concentration, their focus goes up spectacularly… and the evidence points to the fact that a structured program of music education has benefits in all learning.”

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. In 2017 South Australian schools joined the program and collectively 71 mentors, 221 teachers and around 5000 students have been involved.

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."

In 2017 the first national training of mentors took place at MONA in Hobart. Previously the participating states had their own two-day masterclass. The masterclass provides mentors with a good understanding of the fundamentals of mentoring, and enables them to share 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 was evaluated by the Creative Collaboratorium at the University of Queensland under the leadership of Professor Margaret Barrett, you can read the interim research finding here (PDF).

These research findings demonstrate that the program has significantly boosted the skills and confidence of classroom teachers in the teaching of music. This has led to improved student musicality, wellbeing and enhanced engagement in the classroom.

Find out more about the program by perusing the news articles below.

In the news

Take a look to see where the National Music Teacher Mentoring has been featured in the media:


Program Contacts

For more information about the program contact: 

New South Wales
Samantha Jackson

NSW Western Region
Michael Hissey

Wagga Wagga Catholic Schools
Fionnuala O’Shaughnessy

Four Winds
Lara Crew

Andrew McMillan

South Australia
Deb Hepworth

Bernadette McNamara