Today the Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs has tabled its report on the Inquiry into the cessation of the Music for Colleges course.
The Committee self-referred this Inquiry on 9 April 2019, following the referral of petition 18-18 from Assembly.
This report considers the decision to cease funding the Music for Colleges course, and the implications of that decision. The Committee also considered alternative options for advanced music study in the ACT.
The Committee received 26 submission and held three hearings over the course of this inquiry.
The Committee agreed that there is significant value in the continuation of an advanced music course for students who are gifted and talented in the arts. Such a program should be funded and managed by the Education Directorate. Entry for the course should be by audition only with priority given to students who attend ACT public schools without advanced music options at their local school. The course should be BSSS accredited in order to contribute to their ATAR results.
The report makes 6 recommendations:
The majority of the Committee recommends that the ACT Education Directorate immediately resume talks with the ANU School of Music to assess whether the H Course in Music can be reintroduced for Music students entering Year 11 in 2020.
The majority of the Committee recommends that discussions between the ACT Education Directorate and the ANU School of Music include consideration of students who entered Year 11 in 2019 and who would otherwise have enrolled in the H Course in Music.
The majority of the Committee recommends that discussions between the ACT Education Directorate and the ANU School of Music acknowledge that any consideration of more cost-effective delivery models not put at risk the current accreditation status that contributes to a student’s Australian Tertiary Admission Rank calculation.
The majority of the Committee recommends that the ACT Education Directorate redirect funds to ensure the immediate resumption of the H Course in Music once an acceptable agreement has been reached with the ANU School of Music.
The Committee recommends that ArtsACT continue to support several programs, including Girls Rock and Girls Jazz, both aimed at young girls; Community School of Rock, for all members of the community, and My Song, a mentorship program for Aboriginal youth.
In the event the ANU School of Music finds itself unable to continue to provide appropriate levels of tuition under the reinstated model, the majority of the Committee recommends that the course be reviewed by the incoming ACT Government following the October 2020 elections to ensure the music extension course continues to deliver the elite music education programs it was designed to do.
Mr Michael Pettersson MLA also provided dissenting comments and a recommendation.
The Committee Chair, Mr Michael Pettersson MLA on 02 6205 1436
The Committee Deputy Chair, Mrs Elizabeth Kikkert MLA on 02 6205 1405
The Committee Secretary, Nicola Kosseck on 02 6205 0435 or by email at: LACommitteeEEYA@parliament.act.gov.au.