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Many disadvantaged children do not have the opportunity to learn music in school even though it has been established that music education has the potential to improve a child's academic performance and general well-being in school.
Just Brass has identified this need and has developed a program which aims to transform young lives through music.
The program is persistent in its support and builds partnerships across the community to ensure all involved achieve, at school and beyond.
Students receive free weekly individual and or group music tuition in their schools. The students are bused after school to The Salvation Army venue in their area, where they have ensemble rehearsals on a weekly basis.
"Teaching the performing arts in Primary Schools significantly boosts the results disadvantaged students achieve in academic subjects."
Australian Council for Educational Research
As well as enjoying music the students gain confidence, teamwork and leadership skills, a sense of achievement and experience educational benefits as well. Some of the educational outcomes include;
This ABC TV documentary showcases the success of Just Brass and a music program in Armadale. "Don't Stop The Music" was filmed with the goal—to show that music has the power to turn schools around, improving brain-power, and hearts and minds. Series mentors Guy Sebastian, James Morrison, Micheál McCarthy and Michelle Wilde, encouraged the children to step up and practice, inspiring them with stories of their musical journey, and work-shopping songs with them.
Over nine months the film crew and producer Artemis Media have followed the students at school and home as they practice and perform for their peers and their families, gaining confidence as they go.