June 1, 2017


Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard visited Sebastopol Primary School to announce $3,856 to purchase new musical instruments for the school.

“Thanks to this funding, Sebastopol Primary will have 24 string players strumming, 20 drummers drumming and a new keyboard to get the place jumping,” Mr Howard said.

“The Andrews Labor Government’s Musical Instruments Grants program gives eligible schools the chance to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to buy musical instruments.

“Research shows that exposure to music and music education enhances student engagement and wellbeing, improves academic performance and literacy results.

“Learning an instrument is also a lot of fun giving kids an opportunity to get together and collaborate.”

The grants are part of the Labor Government’s $2 million Music in Schools initiative, which will also provide professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools can establish quality music programs.

For further information on Music in Schools as a whole go to: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/learningdev/Pages/music-in-schools.aspx


Sebastopol Primary School will receive: 24 stringed instruments; 20 percussion instruments; 1 keyboard; 3 pieces of electronic equipment; plus music books and resources.