Advocacy and Policy

Leaflet – Why Study Music?

This new resource has been developed by the ASME Queensland Chapter. Rachael Dwyer, Chairperson of the ASME Qld Chapter, reported that many secondary school teachers had been telling them that there was a lot of confusion and anxiety about the recent changes to higher education fees, so the Old Chapter did some research and prepared a fact-check. As this issue extends beyond Queensland, this resource is being shared for teachers and high school students across Australia. Download the leaflet here.

Posters – here for download!

These posters outlining the benefits of music education have been developed by ASME National Vice President, Dr Leon de Bruin.

Poster 1 – we benefit from music education in many ways

Poster 2 – executive production; sound encoding; well-being, identity, belonging; whole brain, whole body; reading development and coding

Poster 3 – benefits to overall development; why music education matters


ASME published a booklet in 1999 presenting the “Principles, Policy and Guidelines for Music Education” advocated by the Society.

This publication may be obtained through Informit – booklet provides the music educator with essential information concerning:

  • Principles of Music Education
  • The Contribution of Music Education
  • Learning In and Through Music
  • Research Findings
  • Music in Your School (including curriculum content, curriculum provision, teacher expertise, the requirements for a music program, resources checklist and curriculum checklist)
  • Promoting the School Music Program
  • Music Educators are Professional
  • Useful Website Addresses

ASME is a member of the National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE). Other members:

NAAE Music Audit and Statement

ASME is a member of the Australian Alliance of Associations in Education (AAAE) which is an alliance of national professional teacher associations.


  • represents member national professional teacher associations, so that the voice of the teachers and educators they represent are heard by the appropriate statutory authorities and governments for the improvement of quality Australian educational policy and practice. There are currently 24 member associations with AAAE.
  • has the mission to explore possible consultative and collaborative structures beyond the current ‘adhoc’ status of relationships between teacher associations and education entities
  • considers that strategic and formalised partnerships between teacher associations and education entities are a compelling value-add proposition for governments to continue to improve the quality of student learning and teaching excellence in Australia.