Research provides compelling evidence for the positive impact of music education on brain development, strengthening the neural pathways vitalfor numeracy and literacy. Private philanthropy has lled the funding gapto deliver music programs in some Australian schools but, fueled by a de- sire to see more impactful investments, Carclew created Music Match on a collaborative model that could be replicated for other social causes.
Working with three core stakeholder groups – disadvantaged schools, professional music education organisations, and philanthropists – Music Match created a menu of subsidised music education opportunities designed to deliver high quality music education, address issues of educational inequity and improve participation in disadvantaged schools.
The projected timeline was ambitious given the project’s scope. Sensiti- vity was required in building relationships among multiple stakeholders, (some of which saw themselves as competitors, not collaborators,) and the vast task of meeting these many agendas. Building relationships with schools was also complicated, especially in tailoring the program to meetthe speci c needs of each individual school within the pilot.
11 provider partners now offer 35+ music education opportunities to 11 highly underprivileged primary schools. Feedback from schools is very positive: “Children who often miss out due to complex issues are being supported… experiencing excursions and opportunities theywould otherwise miss out on. Our teachers are gaining con dencefrom high standard professional development.” Music Match is a game- changing tool for overstretched teachers in under resourced schools, programming bespoke activities with resources of the highest standard.