ASME2013 Presentation

Presentation by Alex Masso at the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) Conference in Canberra, Monday 30 September 2013.

This is not a full presentation or paper but a series of links for further information.

The Music Council of Australia

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The School-Community Links project is based on the More More Toolkit:

About School-Community Links

Sound Links

Sound Links is a project of Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University, in partnership with the Music Council of Australia, the Australian Music Association and the Australian Society for Music Education. The project was realised with a two-year research grant (2007-2008) under the Linkage scheme of the Australian Research Council.

By Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, Peter Dunbar-Hall, Richard Letts, and Huib Schippers. Brisbane: Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, 2009.See for the full report.

(The key recommendation of the Sound Links report was to create what is now the Music in Communities Network, managed by the Music Council of Australia.)

School-Community Links Project

Introduction by Dr Brydie-Leigh Bartleet

Three models of School-Community Links, from the Sound Links research: Community-initiated, School-initiated, and Mutual collaboration.

Examples and case studies mentioned:

Community Use of School Facilities:

Parental Engagement Project

A collaboration between the Music Council of Australia, Caledonia Foundation and Shark Island Productions.

The 30 page report 'Music to Our Ears' will be launched alongside the new 'Parental Engagement Toolkit' on 31 October 2013. 'Music to Our Ears' is for schools, communities and families and presents the compelling case for more music in schools.

Two Models of Parental Engagement

Association of Music Parents

"AMP was formed in response to the increasing need for a national parental voice in support of music and the arts as an integral discipline within the education system in America" (source)


Parents Understanding Asian Literacy

"the provision of information is not enough to engage or persuade communities to change behaviour" (source)

National project involving the Australian Parents Council (APC) and Australian Council for State School Organisations (ACSSO), the peak bodies for parents and citizens / parents and friends committees in independent and government schoools.

Main focus areas:

1) Stimulating Student Demand

2) Supporting Parents to Support Schools


  • Information about Asian literacy, 'making the case' for Asian language education
  • Parent advocates selected from 75 schools
  • Training materials and workshops for these parent advocates
  • In-school activities led by these workshops

More detail:

Parent Advocate Profile (what they do):