This paper examines the emphasis on Australian music in the music curriculum developed by the Board of Studies, NSW over a number of years. It investigates the historical roots of the search for an "Australian" identity in music and examines possible links between this development and the inclusion of Australian music in the State's music curricula throughout the period 1954 to 2002. The NSW Board of Studies has also provided the rationale and climate for the promotion of Australian music by the Australian Music Centre, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Hunter Singers. This Board is the only educational administration that has a stated emphasis on the study of Australian Music, mandating this at a number of levels.
24th Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Music Education (AARME 2002). Research Matters: Linking Outcomes with Practice: Proceedings of the XXIV Annual Conference (Adelaide, S.A. 28 September - 1 October, 2002) p. 67-77