Every child in Australia deserves access to education in the arts.
As many of you are aware, I work with the charity organisation ‘The Song Room.’
The Song Room is a national not-for-profit organisation that brightens the futures of Australia’s most disadvantaged children with tailored, high-quality music and arts programs, delivered in partnership with schools across the country.
I work with children in some of the most disadvantaged areas in Sydney. I attend their school once a week and expose them to music, dance and drama. Many of the children I work with are at risk youths. Many are refugees or children from unstable homes. They can suffer from behavioural and emotional issues or suffer mild to severe disabilities. Our aim, through the use of music and other art forms, is to expose these children to a form of expression, where they are free to explore their emotions and creativity while also further developing their numeracy and literacy skills.
My role is also to provide professional development to the teachers and other faculty and teach them how to integrate arts into their everyday classroom and lesson plans. The goal is that when I leave the school the staff are then skilled in arts programs so that they can continue the work of ‘The Song Room.’
On average, I spend 18 months in any given school. During that time, I build relationships with hundreds of children and their teachers and I must say that it doesn’t get any easier whenever the time comes, for me, to have to leave one of my schools. However, over the past 2 years I have been able to expose over 1000 children to arts, and hopefully, have inspired and exposed teachers to the importance of the arts in every child’s education.
The Song Room vision is that all Australian children have the opportunity to participate in music and the arts to enhance their education, personal development and community involvement, giving them the best possible start in life.
As Education Minister, Peter Garrett, funded a 3 year study into the benefits of ‘The Song Room’ Programs, the results were astounding.
● 100% of children achieved literacy rates above the national minimum standards
● 65% lower absentee rates in schools
● 45% of children reached the highest levels on Social Emotional Well being index
● Analysis of NAPLAN tests prove that children’s literacy jumped an entire school year with The Song Room
‘The Song Room, pays for the cost of the entire program in every school they attend across Australia. That’s 15,000 children, every week, that have now access to arts education as a result of their mission.
Now here is the scary stuff:
● 3 in 4 Australian Children have no access to music education. That’s 1.4 Million Children.
The Song Room is an organisation that I am extremely passionate about. I believe in their values and I am compelled to help them with their mission as it is one that we share at Kalinda Jade Studios.
The Song Room relies on donations, grants and government contributions to provide an absolutely vital aspect of every child’s education that is lacking in most schools in Australia.
It is for all of these reasons that we have chosen ‘The Song Room’ as our nominated charity for next years ‘Rock Of All Ages’ event. We are currently running many different fundraising programs to ensure that we raise as much money as we can for ‘The Song Room.’
I ask that when you consider, about whether or not you are able to help us with our fundraising efforts, to think about the impact music education has had on you and your children; how vital it has been to their personal and social development and how by nurturing their creativity and sense of self expression we help to inspire greatness. Help us to provide that opportunity to the 1.4 million Australian children who currently do not get the privilege of music education..
“The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children.” - Cherly Lavender
“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” - Jimi Hendrix