National Music Teacher Mentoring Program

The NMTMP has been the perfect way for the Four Winds community to affect the lives of Australian children the way we know best, through music.

The value of early education in music is recognised worldwide, in fact the scientific data is clear; children who have good early education in music thrive at every level.

Music education has a profound impact in the lives of children, and the benefits are shown to be life-long.

The National Music Teacher Mentoring Program was founded by Australia’s foremost music educator, the late Richard Gill, and has a very specific goal –

to make high-quality music mentoring available to general classroom teachers across Australia.

The aim is to provide quality music education, not just for the few, but for every primary school child in Australia.

Four Winds recently launched an ambitious campaign to raise the funds necessary to bring this program to the school community of the Far South Coast of NSW.

We are thrilled that with the generous support of our wonderful donors, we’ve been able to begin implementing this program.

Our first mentors, local music educators Louise Hankinson and Merinda Antill, led the way.

We have since enhanced the music education skills of over 30 primary school teachers in our region. These teachers will share these skills with primary children throughout their careers.

The program will have great impact in this low-income region, where schools welcome many Indigenous and disadvantaged students.

We continue to work with outstanding music educators and committed primary teachers in our five local primary schools, the product of which contributes directly to our Spring Youth Music Festival.

Four Winds has been involved with the program since its inception in 2015, and we are extremely grateful for the ongoing support from the NMTMP as well as for the dedication of our participating primary schools.

We hope to continue this work 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 us via phone or email.

RICHARD GILL AO (1941 – 2018)

who will be forever in our hearts

Richard touched many lives on the Far South Coast during his visits to Four Winds over the years, bringing music workshops to children and professional development to schoolteachers.

We will be forever grateful that he welcomed Four Winds as a participating body 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).

He provided unequivocal support thereafter.

We will continue his work and never forget his absolute passion for, and unwavering determination towards, improving music education in Australia and ensuring music is in the life of every child.

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