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IN MEMORY OF RICHARD GILL AO (1941 – 2018) who will be forever in our hearts. Richard touched so many lives on the Far South Coast with his visits to Four Winds over the years bringing music workshops to children and professional development to school teachers. We will be forever grateful that he welcomed us as a participant in the first ever National Music Teachers Mentorship Program in 2015 (even though the Far South Coast was never meant to be part of the pilot program) and he provided unequivocal support thereafter. We will continue his work and never forget his absolute passion for, and unwavering determination to, improving music education in Australia and ensuring music is in the lives of every child

Richard Gill AO

Music Teaching Mentoring Program

Music Teacher Mentoring Program

The NMTMP aims to establish mentorships between music education professionals and generalist classroom teachers. The goal is to enrich music education practice in primary schools by providing generalist classroom teachers with simple strategies and practices to engage students in quality music education.

It is a national program developed by the late Richard Gill AO, in partnership with the Arts Unit of New South Wales Education Department, administered by the Australian Youth Orchestra. Four Winds has been part of this program since 2015 and we are extremely grateful for the ongoing support and dedication from the NMTMP and from our participating primary schools. Our initial participation was only made possible because Four Winds donors responded to our call through our ‘Grow and Flourish’ campaign in 2015 and raised the $15,000 that was needed. And they’ve been responding ever since. Thank you.

Our first mentors, local music educators Louise Hankinson and Merinda Antill led the way by producing support materials that have assisted subsequent mentors and with the support of the NMTMP, we have adapted the program to ensure it is appropriate for the schools in our region. This year, our outstanding music educators are Geoffrey Badger and Juanita Lowe, who are working alongside the committed primary teachers in our five local primary schools, contributing towards this, our first Youth Music Festival.

The national evaluation of the NMTMP found: 90% of the teachers said that the result of their increased competence and confidence in the teaching of music led not only to significantly improved student engagement in music learning but that there was a positive flow-on effect to other learning areas and to the overall tone in the class.

“The mentoring has had a profound impact on me and I have loved every minute.”
Katha Anderson, Classroom Teacher, Stage 2 – 3/4A, Bermagui Public School

Early Music Education

Early Music Education

The value of an early education in music is now recognised worldwide. The scientific data is clear; children who have good early education in music thrive at every level. In short, music education makes a profound difference in the lives of children and the benefits are life-long.

The National Music Teacher Mentoring Program was founded by Australia’s foremost music educatos, Richard Gill, and has a very specific goal … to make high-quality music mentoring available to generalist classroom teachers across Australia with the aim of providing quality music education, not just for the few, but for every primary school child in Australia.

Four Winds launched an ambitious campaign to raise the funds necessary to bring Richard Gill’s program to the local school community of the Far South Coast of NSW. With the generous help of our wonderful donors, we’ve been able to select two local music teachers and begin implementing the program. Starting with primary schools in the local area, making a difference to over 100 local primary students this year alone, and benefitting many more students in the future. This program will have all the more impact in this low-income area where schools welcome many indigenous and disadvantaged students.

The NMTMP has been the perfect opportunity for the Four Winds community to affect the lives of ordinary Australian children in the way we know best, through music. We hope to continue into the future.

If you are interested in finding out more about this program or want to expand yourself as a music educator please contact +61 2 6493 3366 or Send Mail