Music and Literacy Program

In 2016, the New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM) implemented a pilot Music and Literacy Project in Term 4 at Newling Public School. The project was based on teaching classroom music using the ukulele as the instrument of instruction. Literacy instruction is also a key component and teachers developed skills in using a researched based strategy to develop vocabulary, oral language and general knowledge in each lesson.

The Music and Literacy Project is designed to be implemented in Stages 2 and/or 3 and is based on the outcomes of the NSW K-6 Music Syllabus, and constructed on evidence-based practice in both music and literacy education. The integrated assessment processes are designed to provide concrete and observable evidence of student achievement. The project will provide another way to build student engagement in learning and thereby link the project to school Milestones statement.

The program commenced in 2017  in nine public primary and central schools in the New England:

  • Ashford Central School
  • Bald Blair PS
  • Ben Lomond PS
  • Black Mountain PS
  • Chandler PS
  • Drummond Memorial PS
  • Ebor PS
  • Tingha PS
  • Walcha Central School

The project covered:

  • 2 professional learning days with NESA (BOSTES) accreditation;
  • 3 video conferences and consultation with participating teachers;
  • a class music program linked to NSW K-6 Music Stage 2 & 3 syllabus outcomes to be implemented with evaluation in Term 4;
  • 24 detailed lessons (8 x 40 min lessons/term) covering the concepts/elements of the NSW K-6 Music syllabus;
  • a school support visit and demonstration lesson;
  • ongoing support via email and on the project Facebook page, and
  • facilitation of a culminating performance event (either physical or online) for sharing student achievement.

This Professional learning opportunity is NESA (BOSTES) accredited and provides participating teachers with 15 registered hours of accreditation.

For more information, please contact NECOM Program Manager Corinne Arter on