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Music Programs in Queensland State Schools

The Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) provides comprehensive music programs in state schools. All students in primary schools have a music lesson for half an hour per week. Music is available in most state high schools as a part of the compulsory Arts Syllabus to Year 10 and as an elective subject in Years 11 and 12. Instrumental programs are also provided to primary and secondaryschools in small groups lessons and ensembles.
The instrumental program is organised in clusters with secondary schools linking with their feeder primary schools. All schools in Metropolitan Region have access to the Instrumental Music Program either through teachers at the school, through cluster programs or, through our e learning program IM Online. (Instrumental Music Online)

Primary Classroom Music

All students in Queensland State Primary Schools have a half hour music lesson each week with a specialist music teacher. Students learn to understand and perform music and to be musically and aurally literate. The Syllabus is available by clicking the Years 1 to 9 - The Arts link in the 'Related links' section to the right of this page.  Information on music studies in Prep is included in the 'Early Years Curriculum Guide'.  (Click link to the right of the page). 

Secondary Classroom Music

Music is a subject offered in Queensland State Secondary Schools. Included in the links on the right side of this page are syllabus and curriculum documents for Years 1 to 9, Year 10 and Senior Music are available in the links section to the right of this page.

Music Extension 

Students studying Music in Year 12 can also study the Music Extension Subject. The Music Extension Syllabus is available by clicking the link on the right of this page.

Instrumental Music

Education Queensland's Instrumental Music Program was established by the Department of Education in Queensland state schools in 1971. The program extends the comprehensive classroom music programs in state schools.
In Metropolitan Region 144 teachers work with 18000 students in the Instrumental Music Program.  Students learn band and orchestral instruments in small groups and participate in larger ensembles, such as concert bands, orchestras, string orchestras and stage bands. Students have two lessons per week, one in a small group and one in an ensemble.
The Instrumental Music Program is organised in clusters of schools. Primary and secondary schools work together so that there is continuity for students as they move from primary to secondary school. All schools in Metropolitan Region have access to the Instrumental Music Program. Where the program is not viable at a small school access is organised through another local school or through our E-Learning Program; IMOP (Instrumental Music Outreach Program). 
Instrumental Music Teaching time is allocated to schools according to the Instrumental Music Policy and the staffing model within the Regional allocation. Teachers are allocated to teach groups averaging 5.6 students. Circuits are negotiated at cluster meetings of principals in November.

Instrumental Music Teachers are employed by the Department of Education, Training and Employment and work in clusters of primary and secondary schools. 
The Instrumental Program Policy is available in the links section to the right of this page. 

Instrumental Music Curriculum

Instrumental teachers implement the Department's Instrumental Curriculum. The curriculum organises content for each instrument into ten levels in the three dimensions of Literacy, Technique and Performance. This document is available for download to the right of this page.   

Instrumental Music Student Recruitment and Selection

Instrumental Music Programs in schools should select students according to the needs of an ensemble based program. Schools should ensure that instrumentation is appropriately balanced.  Funding is not provided for students to learn more than one instrument. Schools may add their own resources to accommodate students learning more than one instrument if this is necessary for the balance of the program. Students learning more than one instrument may not be counted on enrolment returns.
Schools are required to manage recruitment for the Instrumental Program. The Program should be balanced with instrumentation appropriate for a symphonic ensemble program. Students are selected for the Instrumental Music Program so that they have the best opportunity to succeed on an instrument.
Factors for selection include;
  • Spaces available in the program;
  • Instrumentation necessary for balanced ensembles;
  • Likely success for the student on the instrument
  • Best match of instrument to the student;
  • Musical aptitude;
  • Student's work habits, and behaviour.
  • Impact on academic success.
The final decision on enrolment into the Instrumental Program is made by the Principal.

Instrumental Music Reporting

Schools are required to include Instrumental Music on One School reports.  For further information on Instrumental Music Reporting, visit the Assessment and Reporting page on this website.