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National Music Teacher Mentor Program

The National Music Teacher Mentoring Program (NMTMP) is a unique in-school professional learning music program open to K-2 teachers in all NSW public schools. The 2018 NSW program offers the opportunity during terms 2-3 for two K-2 teachers per school to receive professional learning from a highly experienced music educator.

The brainchild of Richard Gill OA, one of Australia's foremost music educators, the NMTMP was developed in consultation with the Australian Youth Orchestra with a successful pilot program launched in 2015 and subsequent programs operating in 2016 and 2017.

The purpose of the NMTMP is to build the capacity of teachers to improve the quality of music education for all Australian primary school students. Participating teachers are mentored in their classrooms providing them with the skills and confidence to deliver a quality music program to their students.

Program Structure:

Participants: K-2 teachers   

DoE matches a suitable mentor to work with two K-2 teachers

The mentor liaises directly with the school to plan, follow up and evaluate the program (3 days)

Participating teachers have 2 sessions observing their mentor teaching in his/her own school

The mentor spends 10 half days (equal to 5 days) in the school during terms 2 & 3, shoulder to shoulder with each participating teacher in their classroom providing them with the skills, simple strategies and practices and confidence to deliver music to their students.

Cost – participating schools pay approximately $4500, made up of:

2 casual relief days – 2 x half days per participating teacher to visit their mentor in his/her own school and observe a music lessons

10 days casual relief to the mentor's school. Where the mentor is a casual teacher, the participating school pays the mentor directly

Possible Tutor travel costs where required (flights, car hire, accommodation)

The following video provides some general information, feedback from participating teachers, and music lessons in action.

This learning program supports the following 2018-22 Department of Education Strategic Plan Goals: 

  • Every student is engaged and challenged to continue to learn.
  • All young people have a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy; deep content knowledge; and confidence in their ability to learn, adapt and be responsible citizens.
  • Education is a great place to work and our workforce is of the highest calibre

Our education system reduces the impact of disadvantage.


Please direct any questions to the NSW Coordinator Samantha Jackson, who can be contacted by phone on 0477 747 228 during business hours or email at