The Songroom - way to go!
While politicians make reactionary decisions about downgrading subjects like music, physical education and art in Australian schools, there are not-for-profit organisations doing great work because they realize the value of these subjects. Such as the Songroom - website here. Children from Collingwood's St Joseph's Primary School will perform tonight at the Sofitel in Melbourne.
notes from website: The Song Room is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing music and arts programs in Australian schools and communities. So far, The Song Room has provided the gift of music and performing arts to over 70,000 students, and continues to develop innovative new programs to suit a wide range of communities.
Recent Australian research showed that as few as 23% of government school students have access to music at school. Our vision is that all Australian children and communities will have access to music and performing arts programs; a vision that is supported by a recent national survey that found 87% of respondents believe that every Australian child should have the opportunity to study music in school.
Worldwide research has indicated that children benefit greatly from having music and arts as part of their learning experience. Wide-ranging positive educational and personal outcomes can be achieved with long-lasting outcomes including improved self-esteem, teamwork, academic results and communication skills, thereby greatly improving their future opportunities and contributions.