This Sunday 11 November 2018 at 7:40pm, the first episode of Don’t Stop the Music will screen on the ABC and ABC iView. Don’t Stop the Music is a landmark 3-part documentary series that follows the journey of an Australian primary school with students from disadvantaged backgrounds, capturing the benefits and transformative effects of music education on students, teachers and families involved. The ABC has signposted this series as one of their two leading documentaries for 2018 and involves a national campaign.
The series enlists the help of Guy Sebastian to inspire and mentor students, Dr Anita Collins to articulate the neuromusical benefits of music education, and the Salvation Army and Musica Viva who assist in the establishment of an instrumental program along with the guest appearance of jazz trumpeter James Morrison. Micheál McCarthy from the Western Australia Academy of the Performing Arts (WAAPA) mentors and provides professional development to the school’s classroom music teachers. During our recent Arts Week, I travelled to Parliament House in Canberra for a Parliamentary screening of the first episode. I can attest that this series will make you laugh and cry, and leave you moved. You will gain an insight into the lives of the students involved, and the transformative effect of music education on their daily lives.
Many of us are connected to other schools and those in educational leadership, politics and policymaking who have influence to create change. I urge you to share information about Don’t Stop the Music amongst your networks. I encourage you to be part of the conversation and become an advocate for music education, especially to those who need it most.
If you would like more information about the series or the benefits of music education, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be only too happy to help!
Head of The Arts & Choral Coordinator