A new study finds singing is a gateway to music education
Vocal school vocal school is the perfect place for an international music teacher to start, with a large number of international students and international teachers in attendance.
The first-class facilities are well equipped with studio space, a music teacher, a classroom for the children and a sound mixer.
The facility also has a digital recorder and is ready to be used to record audio for online learning.
The new study by the University of Western Australia found that more than two-thirds of the students who took the vocal music course were now interested in learning the basics of music.
“We found the students that took the course were more likely to get into the world of music in terms of how they went about learning music, whether they would have a music studio or a studio in their home,” Associate Professor Paul Lutz said.
“The kids who got into the music industry, they were actually more interested in making a living than the other way round.”
The study found that when the students went to school, they spent an average of about $1,000 per year on their school fees.
It was the most common way students spent their money, with more than half spending $2,000 or more.
“So, the biggest reason for the students to be interested in going to school is that they are spending a lot of money,” Associate Prof Lutz explained.
“There are two reasons for that.”
The most common reason was the cost of the course, with half spending more than $20,000.
There were more than 80 per cent of students spending $20 or more, compared to about 45 per cent in the past.
“A lot of students are not even aware that there is a vocal school in Australia, they don’t realise that it’s even there,” Associate Associate Professor Lutz added.
“It’s a pretty exciting time to be going to an international school and I think there are many opportunities to go to the vocal school for international students.”
The university is hoping to expand the school to serve other countries.
The study also found that international students are generally much more interested than Australian students in learning music.
More than two thirds of international children enrolled in vocal school said they would study the instrument in the future, with the highest percentage of interest coming from the Chinese students.
“They’re just as keen as Australians about going to a vocal schools,” Associate Minister for Education Kate Jones said.
The Government is looking at expanding the vocal education programme to other countries, such as India and China, with Assistant Minister for Sport Paul Hinds calling the project “transformative”.
“We need to make sure that this country has the opportunity to have more and more people go to vocal school,” Associate Secretary for Communications and Marketing for Communications, Communications and Multimedia David Jones said.
“I think the idea of an international voice school is something that would be really positive for Australian society and it would also make a huge difference to our children, our children’s education and the future.”