The draft of the revised Australian Curriculum is open for public consultation until Thursday 8 July 2021 and it is time to have your voice heard. There are significant implications for music in the proposed curriculum, and this is the only opportunity to provide feedback. While different jurisdictions and sectors implement the curriculum in different ways, it is important that the voices of all music teachers are heard. Kodály Australia strongly encourages all members to participate in the review process and formally submit individual feedback.
You might find the following resources helpful in understanding the revisions for The Arts learning area.
- Watch the introductory video by Helen Champion and Robyn Carmody from ACARA discuss the review of The Arts learning area https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE4uMuKuLY0
- Read “What has changed and why?” in The Arts https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/media/7127/ac_review_2021_the_arts_whats_changed_and_why.pdf
- Download and read the Consultation Curriculum documents https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/consultation/the-arts/
- Pre-read the Consultation Survey questions https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/consultation/consultation-surveys/
There are also a great range of online and in-person consultation sessions still available over the next month. This may be through your curriculum authority, department of education, ASME Chapter and Kodály Australia branch. Discussions in your school staff room and within your professional networks will also help you further understand and form responses to the proposed changes. It is important that we critically question the revisions, consider the implications for practice, and provide helpful feedback. You are the best person to provide feedback on music teaching in your context.
The simplest and easiest way for you to provide feedback is to complete the ACARA survey for Music (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/acreviewmusic). You can also email additional submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. On behalf of members, Kodály Australia will submit a survey response and provide a written submission. Our association response will be distributed to members which may be used to support you crafting your own response. If you would like to provide us with your thoughts on the curriculum to help inform our association response, you can do so using this simple form (https://forms.office.com/r/j5a771ErBF).
Dr Jason Goopy
(Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia Incorporated)
An affiliated national institutional member of the International Kodály Society
In the spirit of reconciliation Kodály Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea, and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.