16 May 2012

Ian Young holds forth once more on the School of Music

| johnboy
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ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Young has stuck his head over the parapet to make the case again for what they’re trying to do at the School of Music.

A lot has been said and written about the proposed changes to the ANU School of Music over past weeks.

Much of the talk has revealed the passion our students have for their music, for their school and for their teachers, and that is a passion to be celebrated.

Passion has also been on display in the community about the future of our school, and the very important role it plays in Canberra’s cultural life. The over 100 letters and comments that have come to me as part of the consultation process are all written by people who care deeply about music, and the critical role it plays in a rich cultural life. There is no disagreement about that.

What I ask students and staff, and the ACT community to do at this time is to direct that passion towards assisting the University to secure a sustainable educational and financial future for the School of Music. Many good suggestions and ideas have already come in and I welcome all contributions.

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