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Formerly known as the Victorian Schools' Music Association (VSMA), this subject association, open to all music educators and those interested in music education, is affiliated with the Council of Professional Teaching Associations and supported by the Victorian Department of Education. aMuse organises professional development programs for primary, secondary and instrumental music teachers, organises student performance activities including master classes and festivals, and can provide independent advice on curriculum matters.

 

{mooblock=Read More}aMuse began originally as the Victorian State Schools Bands Association in the 1940s. Its main function was in providing state schools with curriculum materials and running an annual festival for students each year. Festival items ranged from small ensembles to larger orchestras, bands and choirs. The emphasis has changed over time from catering for the needs of music students to one of catering for the needs of music educators. A lthough aMuse still provides services to encourage students in exploring music, aMuse's charter now sees a far greater need to meet the needs of music educators who can then better meet the needs of students. aMuse also has members from all educating bodies including state and private primary and post-primary schools and tertiary institutions.

aMuse’s philosophy is that the study of music is essential to the emotional, intellectual, physical and social growth and well-being of all students and contributes in a profound way to a complete understanding of their world. aMuse represents the full spectrum of music education philosophies and approaches implemented by primary and secondary teachers by providing an extensive range of professional learning programs, conferences, publications, and web-based resources to support music educators and the students they teach. aMuse is the major provider of such resources in Victoria.

aMuse collaborates with a diverse range of other music education associations and organisations in the broader community such as the Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association, the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia, SoundHouse Music Alliance and The University of Melbourne in order to offer teachers access to the most comprehensive range of contemporary music education research and resources possible. aMuse has over 2000 individual members who teach in schools from all education sectors.{/mooblock}

 

Contact aMuse:
Key Office Personnel:

Executive Officer - Kevin Kelley

Statewide Resources Centre
150 Palmerston Street
Carlton, 3053

Phone: (03) 9349 1048
Fax: (03) 9349 1052
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Office Attendance Hours:
9:00am to 4:00pm Wednesday and Thursday

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