Academic journal article Australian Journal of Music Education

Message from the ASME National President

Academic journal article Australian Journal of Music Education

Message from the ASME National President

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The last few months have been busy for music educators around Australia, with senior students completing their Year 12 courses and presenting for examinations, while teachers, ensemble directors and students have prepared and delivered a multitude of performances to celebrate the end of another year of learning. The life of a music teacher and the student musician is an ongoing quest that certainly engages everyone on a continuous journey.

I am writing this report from Darwin where I have had the privilege of spending a few days with the Northern Territory Chapter, discussing future plans with their Chapter Council while also presenting some professional learning sessions to teachers and updating them on current developments in curriculum, assessment and advocacy. Being in this northern region of Australia has reminded me of the need to work collaboratively and to acknowledge the diversity and beauty of our country, both culturally and artistically. In travelling out to the Essington International School this afternoon, I was reminded of the work Port Essington by Peter Sculthorpe. I also reflected on the ASME National Conference held in Darwin in 2003 and the outdoor performance by the Darwin Symphony Orchestra of the Burke & Wills Suite. Music has the capacity to leave an indelible mark on all that participate and it is this unique quality that makes our subject so special to so many.

In recent months the Chapters around the country have held their AGMs, electing new Chapter Councils to lead their advocacy and professional learning. I take this opportunity to thank and honour those who have guided the various ASME Chapters in the past year. I also wish the incoming Chapter Councils all the best as they work together in the coming year.

In previous months, members of the ASME National Executive have continued to work alongside other peak education associations at a national level, attending various meetings and forums combined with holding conversations with ACARA about the need for ongoing resourcing and implementation of the Australian Curriculum in the Arts across the whole of Australia. …

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