Early childhood music education in Australia

a snapshot

Louie Suthers

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Policy for early childhood music education (birth to eight years of age) in Australia covers a complex and diverse range of curriculum guidelines and legislation relating to the contexts of day care, preschool, and the early years of school. Australian models and policies vary from state to state and according to setting. Furthermore, early childhood education is constantly changing and evolving, responding to new practices, altered government priorities and funding, and community needs. In this article, the author aims to provide a snapshot of the situation by reviewing and analyzing educational policies, teacher training, and providers of early childhood music programs as well as suggesting some future directions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-61
Number of pages7
JournalArts education policy review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Australia
  • early childhood
  • music
  • teacher training

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