In February this year, ANU announced a comprehensive community consultation on the ANU School of Music to identify options to help build on the school's long-term future.
The consultations, led by former senior public servant Professor Andrew Podger AO, involved discussions with a wide range of interested parties, and prominent musicians within Canberra and the wider community.
The consultations will aim to shape the School of Music's long-term future and its role in the wider community, as well as academic quality, its governance and financial sustainability.
"As Vice-Chancellor, I have a strong commitment to the ANU School of Music and believe music education plays an essential role in an internationally-renowned university such as ANU," Vice Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said in February at the start of consultations.
"I am committed to making sure the ANU School of Music works well, and that music remains an important part of the culture and community life of ANU."
"It is my strong ambition to have a reinvigorated School of Music at ANU by 2017."
The discussion regarding the School of Music have so far resulted in a Discussion Paper written by Professor Podger, which was released on Monday 2nd May. It is Professor Podger’s expectation that the community will react to this paper, and find further, specific topics for discussion to help shape the School.
Further consultations are expected to begin shortly, after all concerned parties have read the Discussion Paper. The ANU Music Students' Association will be having a student-run discussion of the paper on Thursday 26th May at 1pm in Lecture Theatre 3. This meeting is open to all students.
Professor Podger wil continuel be advised by Interim head of the School of Music Associate Professor Royston Gustavson, and expert advisers Emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky AM, Emeritus Professor John Painter AM and Ms Robin Hughes AO.
You can read Professor Schmidt's views on the consultations, and read the Discussion Paper here.
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