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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 5042 ..


Music H course funding—petition 18-18

By Ms Le Couteur, from 907 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly that earlier this year, the ACT Government cut all funding to the 'H course' delivered for ACT year 11 and 12 music students by the ANU School of Music. The ANU will cease delivering this course once the current cohort has completed their studies.

The H course develops the skills of talented ACT music students (entry is by audition), and prepares them for tertiary level study, and if they wish, a professional career in the music industry. In the absence of this course, talented ACT music students will have very few options to continue developing their skills in year 11 and 12.

The H course is highly regarded, and many students have gone on to tertiary study, and professional careers. The H course combines individual tuition, ensemble and classroom based learning models, is delivered by professional musicians and music educators employed on an as-needs basis, and utilises ANU School of Music's state-of-the-art music education facilities.

The running costs of the course are very low - approximately $270,000 per annum, for a cohort of approximately 40 students across years 11 and 12. This represents excellent value for money for the ACT.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call on the ACT Government to restore ACT Government funding to the 'H course' delivered for ACT year 11 and 12 music students by the ANU School of Music.

Pursuant to standing order 99A, the petition, having more than 500 signatories, was referred to the Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs.

Music H course funding—petition 24-18

By Ms Le Couteur, from 69 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that the ACT government has cut all funding to the 'H course' delivered for ACT year 11 and 12 music students by the ANU School of Music, and the ANU will cease delivering this course once the current cohort has completed their studies.

The H course develops the skills of talented ACT music students, and prepares them for tertiary level study, and if they wish, a professional career in the music industry. In the absence of this course, talented ACT music students will have


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