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Pearce calls for greater emphasis on music education.



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CHRIS PEARCE MP Federal Member for Aston

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Pearce calls for greater emphasis on music education

Aston MP Chris Pearce will call for a stronger emphasis on music education in Australian schools and highlight the value of these opportunities to the community this Monday, by moving a Private Members’ motion in Federal Parliament.

Mr Pearce said that the motion is designed to encourage greater discussion and appreciation of the value that music can make in the education, growth and development of young Australians.

The motion to be moved reads as follows: “That this House - (1) recognises the importance and value of all children learning music as part of their school education; (2) appreciates how the learning of music can provide additional benefits to a child’s overall academic and educational development; (3) acknowledges the significant contribution and effort that people from all walks of life make to their local communities through music and arts initiatives, particularly those that support our youth; (4) recognises the positive link between the wellbeing of our youth and their appreciation and active participation in music activities; (5) calls on the Government through the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) to actively support and encourage: (a) an increased presence and heightened importance of learning music within the various education curricula throughout Australia; and (b) an increase in funding for school music education programs from respective State and Territory governments.”

“My personal experiences as a musician and from working in the music industry have shown me the significant contribution that music can make to the education and life of young people, and I am committed to doing my best to ensure opportunities are available to as many young Australians as possible”, Mr Pearce said.

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6 February, 2003