Term 3 holds the music education performance calendar. Please remember to take time out for yourselves and re-energise throughout the winter!
Victorian Inquiry Implementation Update
PREVIOUS PARTNERSHIP ACTIONS ANNOUNCED AND IMPLEMENTED
Action 1: The VCAA is developing the Guide and will consult on a regular basis with stakeholders. Inviting participation, via the Notice to Schools is one consultation strategy that will be used. Members of the education community are invited to email Helen Champion directly, as she will hear expressions of interest to participate in development of the guide: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/correspondence/notices/2014/81.aspx
Action 2: ONLINE NING - contributing to the professional conversation. The DET are engaging in this NING, empowering your public voice in policy development and are quoted here "Your engagement with, and input into the discussions in this space will provide guidance and direction to inform the development of policy, frameworks and advice on music education for Victorian children and young people." Please click:
Action 3: National Music Teacher Mentoring Program - Victoria. The focus - Singing in the P - 2 space! Teachers already trained with a Bachelor of Education, some with a music background, some with a music specialisation, a few from the independent and Catholic school sectors also participated. Of those, 16 will be selected to mentor 2 teachers each. By the end of the year we will see around many teachers trained to deliver singing curriculum in P- Year 2 levels. Martina Golding attended, and provided some enthusiastic feedback: http://smag-schoolmusicactiongroup.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/national-music-mentoring-program.html
ACTION 4: Musical Futures Australia – Teacher Professional Learning Programs 2015 – 2018
ON May 22nd, DET published the bulletin on Edugate with the opportunity for schools to submit an expression of interest to the Musical Futures PD: https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/newsevents/schoolbull/Pages/Musical-Futures-Australia-Teacher-Professional-Learning-Programs-2015-2018.aspx
Expressions of Interest were garnished from schools to participate in Musical Futures Australia Teacher Professional Learning Programs to support the delivery of quality music education in Victorian schools. Around 107 schools and 143 teachers have enrolled in the program, and the PD is now being rolled out across Melbourne and various regional centers. http://www.musicalfuturesaustralia.org/victoria.html
Annual Action: DET have taken their second round of data in the annual schools census, which furthers meeting the requirements for Recommendation 1 in the inquiry report.
Ongoing Action in consultation:
· DET Music Education expert reference group: Consultation for invited stakeholders.
MUSIC EDUCATION SYMPOSIUMS
The fourth DET sponsored Music Education Twilight Seminar offered a presentation from Richard Gill OAM “Quality music education for all” on August 6, 2015. The inspiring hour was filmed and is available on the Music Education Ning. To view the video, please login or request membership to join the Ning and go to the ‘Seminars’ page.
Music Education Ning
VICTORIAN REVIEWS – sMAG Submissions
VET Funding Review
The sMAG Teacher Training Working Party submitted a substantial paper to the VET Funding Review with a focus on Music Education. 27 initial recommendations have been published for discussion in an issues paper – see page 3: http://vetfundingreview.vic.gov.au/docs/vetissuespaper_WEB.pdf .
PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES REVIEW
The Education Minister, Mr Merlino is calling for all Victorians to have their say on the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD). Parents, carers, students, principals, teachers, support and specialist staff and advocates are encouraged to submit their solution-focused ideas in writing to the PSD Review team by Friday 11 September. Many music teachers are keenly interested in students with special needs, as music engages so many with positive outcomes.
Email your ideas to: firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 11 September and you can also register your interest in taking part in the online survey in September. To register, please see: PSD Review - Education Victoria.
The Education State – Consultation paper
sMAG submitted an extensive response to this process: http://educationstate.education.vic.gov.au/
The thesis aligned various positions from previous reviews to the consultation paper. It is well worth a read, as it provides the probable direction for Education in general for the next few years.
In summary the consultation paper proposes:
· Primary schools reduce generalist teaching time, and increase specialist teaching times similar to the Singapore model of delivery. Our submission supported this proposal as it aligns with our vision to see expert specialist trained music teachers provided protected time on the timetable.
· Secondary school ‘lighthouse’ models in geographically appropriate locations. Our submission supported this in alignment with the Victorian inquiry findings.
· Subject mentoring support structures aligned to a new Institute. We supported this notion.
A direct quote from our submission around The Education State’s vision to address equity and inequity in the system:
“We agree that schools with a lower socio economic catchment, high levels of disengagement, and a high intake of special needs students need added funding. Given that music can meet the needs of the disadvantaged, the disengaged and the special needs student we argue that further funding to employing, training and maintaining a specialist teacher workforce would assist greatly in achieving the aspirations of the new Andrews Labor government. To achieve this, structural change to pre-service training, mentoring programs and remuneration to teacher leadership structures need to be examined.“
We also raised concerns against the Terms of Reference in regard to funding structures, Human Resourcing (Classroom and IMT) and Special Needs students.
We made 8 recommendations to improve in all areas mentioned.
SOUNDS GREAT - VICTORIAN MUSIC EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Sounds Great 2015 was held in the outstanding facilities of Arts Centre Melbourne.
sMAG held an Open Forum at Sounds Great. The Plaza room was full!! Many and varied questions came forward.
We reported verbally what we have been reporting in our ENews over the last few months. We still have a long road ahead of us. Music Education needs a considerable time, investment, and collective effort from everyone in the Music Education community to ensure our agreed vision becomes reality and makes significant difference for generations to come. We have a real opportunity at this point in time. The Andrew’s government is clear on its commitment: “An Andrews Labor Government will help bring music lessons to every Victorian school. so all Victorian government schools get the chance to refresh or commence music education in their classrooms.” (Labor media release and policy announcement November 12th, 2014. So let’s ride the wave while the surf is up! Let’s all find something we can contribute to the vision and make a real difference for generations to come.
sMAG is a non partisan committee, consisting of volunteers from all sectors of the music community, and we welcome your input. A survey is being developed to invite people’s input, however anyone is welcome to email us at any point and make a contribution: email@example.com.
FEDERAL TEMAG REPORT ACTIONS
AITSL have published an agenda of implementation priorities following the TEMAG report. A dedicated website to Initial Teacher Education (ITE) http://www.aitsl.edu.au/initial-teacher-education/ite-reform and a summary can be found here: http://www.aitsl.edu.au/initial-teacher-education/ite-reform-an-overview.
AITSL have also published a white paper and is inviting feedback on 3 key questions: http://www.aitsl.edu.au/initial-teacher-education/ite-reform-strengthened-accreditation/ite-reform-what-is-classroom-ready?utm_source=AITSL+eNews+Updates&utm_campaign=ac507b8f90-AITSL_eNews_update_August8_26_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_72de9f2d1b-ac507b8f90-82859681&mc_cid=ac507b8f90&mc_eid=273c485092.
The survey closes on September 11, 5 pm AEST.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Mentor relationships are rewarding for both mentor and mentee. Across the field there are numerous graduates coming into the music education classroom with new energy and vivacity. Some of us are closer to retirement and have a wealth of knowledge to share! Why not speak to your principal and/or networks and see if there is a relationship that can be established in your local area? The intrinsic rewards are far reaching, and may blossom to have high impact at this exciting time in music education. We don’t need to be employed or appointed to take on such an endeavour – it can just be a matter of finding the right relationship for your circumstances.
Become your own marketing manager.
Music Play For Life offer significant online resources to equip the local music teacher to speak out on behalf of their own programs, and the need for Music Education in Schools. Have a look at the website: http://www.musicplayforlife.org/pdf/mpfl_lobby_kit.pdf and display some of the posters, and notices throughout your school, both in print and online.
Music Count Us In
Music: Count Us in (MCUI) is a great way to encourage participation in your music programs. To register or for more information visit the MCUI website: https://musicaustralia.org.au/program/countusin/register/ OCTOBER 29 – Mark your calendars!
LOCAL MUSIC EDUCATION NETWORKS
News of music teachers forming DET professional networks has come through to us. Congratulations on the Moreland Municipal Council music teachers getting started - Great news! Your initiative to do this off your own steam shows great leadership. We hope to hear of more such networks being developed through Melbourne municipalities and regional Victoria, as it will bring such strength to our community.
sMAG ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/sMAGVic?fref=ts Yet another way to network, and share your ideas and new finds in the music education area!
Please share our news with your friends, and post your ideas to our Facebook page – we love hearing from the whole community.