When Chris Morrison took over as principal of the small rural primary school at Yahl in South Australia five years ago, only six students played an instrument.
When she asked around she found many more wanted to learn, but the cost was a barrier.
The school embarked on a mission to get every one of its 130 students learning music and turn its entire student body into musicians, providing instruments and teaching for the children regardless of their circumstances.
As a result, student behaviour and learning has improved as they make the link between music, maths and literacy.
“We made sure that we bought instruments so that we could keep the costs down so it wasn’t just a privilege,” Ms Morrison said.