National music teacher mentor program

The National Music Teacher Mentoring Program (NMTMP) is designed with the goal of ensuring students in all primary schools in Australia have access to quality music education. Designed and directed by Richard Gill AO it is vocally based and has a strong focus on music literacy and creativity.

This unique in-school professional learning music program:

  • links to the NSW Creative Arts Syllabus Music K-6 and provides teachers with the skills to program, assess and report on syllabus outcomes
  • offers the opportunity for K-2 teachers during Terms 2-3  to receive mentoring from a highly experienced music educator
  • is responsive and flexible with the mode of delivery being negotiated between mentor, principal and teachers
  • matches a suitable mentor to each participating school
  • focuses on singing and the voice so schools don’t need expensive instruments or private lessons
  • happens in the classroom with mentors providing 10 half days of support with lesson development, activity design and team teaching music lessons co-designed by the mentor and classroom teacher.

An evaluation of the effectiveness of the program was conducted by The Creative Collaboratorium at The University of Queensland in 2016 which found:

  • significant improvement in the confidence and competence of classroom teachers in teaching music
  • improvement in children’s rated singing ability
  • improvement in children’s engagement, mental health and well-being.

Course information

In 2019, the NSW program is open to outstanding teachers of music around the state who can commit to mentoring teachers in their area.


Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate:

  • tertiary education qualification (primary, secondary or music education all accepted)
  • excellent K-6 classroom music teaching skills with at least three years’ experience teaching K-6 classroom music.

Program structure for mentors

  • national mentor training days (generally 3 days of training)
  • 10-week program of mentoring including planning, developing, observing and teaching quality music lessons in the participating teacher’s classrooms and giving feedback during Terms 2 & 3  (approx. 10 half days).


  • participating schools pay directly to the mentor’s school for all casual relief (or pay the mentor if a casual)
  • mentor’s school (if applicable) covers any relief costs for the mentor to attend the 3 training days
  • all training day costs (travel, accommodation, meals, and ground costs) are covered. Mentor covers any travel costs to/from the closest airport to attend the training days.

Teachers interested in being a mentor in 2019 please complete the online application form

Please direct any questions to the NSW Coordinator Samantha Jackson

or Julia Brennan Creative  Arts Curriculum Adviser K-6

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