It has been announced in Canberra that ‘all academic and general staff positions’ at the school of music are to ‘fall vacant’ at the end of the year. That means the dismissal of 32 music teachers.
ANU vice-chancellor, Professor Ian Young, says this will introduce a ‘more flexible, more connected’ degree in music, while admitting that the sackings have been made for financial reasons. ANU school of music loses A$2.7 million year.
Here‘s a report in the local newspaper. The outrage is spreading nationally, and beyond. There is a National Academy of Music in Melbourne, also in deep trouble when I was last there. Without proper music schools, Australian talent will have to flee the country to be trained.