The Music Engagement Program (MEP) is based on Associate Professor Dr. Susan West's experience and research in music education, general education and music for well-being through both traditional and alternative pathways. The MEP encourages music making as a part of the normal social and cultural lives of all participants, regardless of age, background, ability or skill level.
The MEP is based on a social philosophy of shared, active music making known as the Music Outreach Principle. It promotes, but does not demand, high-level skills, and does not require expensive instruments or equipment to be effective. It offers an on-going musical pathway for all, regardless of perceived talent or previous experience. Skill development occurs as a natural by-product of joyful engagement, where performance is a stress-free part of the outreach approach.
As part of the MEP, the school participates in system wide events such as the ACT Outreach Day, the 'MEP Big Gig' and 'Music: Count Us In'. Class groups undertake singing outreach with the local community. We have partnerships within our local community with Black Mountain School and Moreshead Home Lyneham.
All teaching staff at the O'Connor Cooperative School have undertaken professional learning in the MEP approach to music making. The program's artistic director Dr Susan West works with the staff and children on a weekly basis through class based work and during community singing.
Every Friday afternoon the children, parents and staff meet for community singing. This is a chance to share music making experiences. Community singing takes place from 2.30pm in Redgum Forest, our multipurpose room. We invite our community to join us!
More information about the Music Engagement Program can be found at Music Engagement Program website.