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Community Music Program

The AM Community Music Program addresses a decline in music education and music literacy in Australia with a new inspiring hands-on community based approach to making music.

The Community Music Program brings highly accomplished musicians and music educators into the local community to mentor school children and members of the local community on a weekly basis.

The program also includes recording, live performances and a new community choir and orchestra with qualified concertmasters and choirmasters, plus a website linking it all together, ultimately linking local community music programs in cities and towns around Australia.

With oversight from the Association of Australian Musicians Education Committees, programs will be updated regularly to meet the ongoing requirements of each community, with special regard to the quality of teaching staff, participation rates, promoting a positive attitude to local identity and values, community cohesion, enjoyment, music genres and musical literacy.

 

Benefits of regular participation in community music

Music offers many benefits to society as it connects everything it is to be human including mind, body, heart and soul.

Music is vital to a cohesive community because it’s entertaining, participatory, a great way to meet people, it can reduce pain, stress and fatigue, speed healing in surgery patients, and lead to a reduction in violence and crime.

Music produces dopamine and serotonin which reduces the need for antidepressants and pain medication.

According to scientific studies, learning music also increases IQ by up to 3 points, memory by 16%, language skills by 16% and spatial-temporal skills by up to 34%, which together improves learning in all other subjects.

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who studied music were twice as likely to excel in maths as disadvantaged students who didn't study music.