The Primary Music Institute (PMI) was established in 1995 as a private institution to make it feasible for schools to provide high quality instrumental music lessons to primary school students at an affordable price.
We are the trusted partner for Australian primary schools that seek to inspire students to participate in instrumental music, provide best-in-class curriculum and professional administration. Our programs are offered at no cost to schools and without additional constraints on school resources. Our program will coordinate timetables, parent billing and local teachers.
Our acclaimed program has successfully taught over 50,000 students. Our team are committed to continual innovation and delivering Australia's leading instrumental program for primary schools.
The PMI Approach
Affordable small-group and private lessons
Our small-group lessons are a fraction of the cost of traditional private lessons. Group sizes of 3-5 allow a high degree of personal attention as well as the social and musical benefits of group play. We also offer private lessons if preferred by students (at a much lower cost than lessons outside of school).
Innovative music teaching methods
Our keyboard textbooks are a world first for their use of Multi Level Music – with ensemble pieces enabling students of different levels to play together as a group whilst still being individually challenged.
Convenience for parents
Lessons are offered at your child’s school, typically during the school day. Keyboards and all books/materials are provided by the PMI teacher for keyboard lessons.
We encourage parental visits to lessons, school performances and provide end of semester feedback reports.
High quality teachers
Our full-time Teacher Coordinators oversee a stringent teacher selection criteria (requiring both musical certification and experience in teaching young musicians). All teachers have relevant working with children clearances and receive ongoing training and coaching.
Full-service support for schools and parents
We partner with schools to deliver a music program with no school cost or administrative burden – we handle all of this! We provide a dedicated team to prepare your timetables (working around specialist classes, school events, etc) and ensure your vision for instrumental music is achieved! Our Parent Support team manage all enrolments, invoicing/payments and parent questions.
PMI Stars Program
The PMI Stars program consists of 100 'Star Missions' that students need to complete as part of their musical journey. Each Mission is based on one of five important musical skills that students learn: music theory, sight reading, aural skills, practical skills and performing.
The 'Star Missions' are grouped into a series of 16 levels (8 Junior, 8 Senior) that students can achieve - with names such as Musician, Performer, Maestro, Virtuoso, etc.
Students who advance through a level receive a coloured wristband from their PMI teacher as an award - and we encourage parents to then read through the PMI Stars workbook with their child to understand the skills their child has mastered, tips for practice and parent involvement in the upcoming level.
The PMI Stars Program is currently offered to all of our keyboard and guitar students.
We find the Stars Program a great means for motivating and rewarding students, communicating a structured path of progress to parents and ensuring a quality curriculum of core musical skills.