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Trop Jr Film Making Course 2013 (Melb)


June 21, 2013

Trop Jr Film Making Course 2013

This course offers young film making enthusiasts (Ages 8 – 15) the chance to learn all the skills needed to enter Australia’s largest short film festival for kids – Trop Jr,

and includes a wonderful module on composing music for the screen.

The Trop Jr Film Making Course is spread over five days which fall over 11 weeks.

During the course, participants will get the inside scoop on scriptwriting, cinematography, sound recording, sound design and original music composition. In their own time they’ll shoot their film while also learning the art of post–production using professional editing facilities and a vocal booth.

Dates: 1 July – 27 September 2013

Monday 1 July, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Thursday 4 July, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Saturday 17 August, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Saturday 7 September, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Friday 27 September, 9.30am – 3.30pm

Cost: $270 for the five day course

For enquiries, please email: digitallearning@artscentremelbourne.com.au

For booking please visit the below link:

Book Now

·         Or phone: 1300 182 183

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18/3/13 lesson idea

March 16, 2013

Watch this YouTube clip with your class (= launch of Neil Finn + Paul Kelly 2013 concert tour) … and suggest the class watch the 9pm live broadcast of the final concert of the tour on YouTube (free). Kelly and Finn are two amazing singer song-writers. Paul Kelly also has an app to explore the link between poetry and lyrics.

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19 free iPad apps for musical creativity

March 10, 2013

www.midnightmusic.com.au/2013/03/free-ipad-music-apps-for-teachers-part-1/

Thanks to Katie Wardrobe, here’s is a list of 19 free iPad apps which can promoted creativity and composition.

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2012 Sinfonietta Composition Project


March 4, 2012

Welcome to another year of the Sydney Symphony Sinfonietta Composition Project.

To support the project we are holding Professional Learning Seminars in 4 centres – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Hobart at the end of March, 2012. The Sinfonietta Resource Kit is now available to purchase.

More details here: www.sydneysymphony.com/education/schools/sinfonietta/

Rachel McLarin, Education Coordinator, Sydney Symphony (02) 8215 4615

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3MBS education program Saturday morning 8am

January 28, 2011

3MBS education program

Saturday morning 8am

Australia/Melbourne 103.5 FM

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3MBS FM

January 13, 2011

3MBS FM – Program Highlights 3MBS FM is Australia’s leading Community radio station for Fine Music – Classical, Folk and Jazz.

3MBS FM can be streamed live over the internet, making it easy to tune into their “Classically Kids” program from all over the world: Saturday mornings 8-9am (AEST).

3MBS FM 103.5 if you are in Melbourne!

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4 chord songs from another angle


June 26, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThIZWXrFfeE Four chords … 123 songs … 2 minutes … Mal Webb’s 1-5-6-4 looping melody

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accelerando lesson plan


May 5, 2013

Play the following two songs, and ask the students to guess what they have in common: Zorba the Greek & In the Hall of the Mountain King (by Grieg). ANSWER = accelerando (gradual speeding up of tempo). In pairs, ask students to create their own 30 second composition which features an accelerando.

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Acid Studio 7

December 15, 2009

Go to resource: Acid Studio 7 allows students to compose songs, record, mix and upload for distribution. The software is produced by Sony Creative Software and is available for purchase online.

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ACMF 2012 results


November 7, 2012

Click HERE to see the 2012 winners of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation song-writing competition. Congratulations all!

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ACO 2011 Concert Season Program notes


March 19, 2011

http://www.aco.com.au/downloads/ACO-112Tour2_Web.pdf

The program notes from ACO’s 2011 concert season contain program notes on interesting 20th century works (by Alex Ross).

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Acting Up, A Melodrama (ArtsEdge USA)

June 1, 2010

Go to resource: Acting Up, A Melodrama, published by the Kennedy Center, US, and written by Mary Beth Bauernschub, is a unit based on the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. In this unit, students incorporate their own music compositions into a student-produced melodrama. The unit also utilizes and explores drama and arts language.

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Age of Enlightenment – song writing project

January 25, 2011

Enlightenment Assignment – a Secondary school Music assignment for small groups. Lesson structure, assignment work and marking matrix are all included (free).

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AMPAL lyric writing activity (free)


August 6, 2012

FREE RESOURCE HERE: Use these questions to inspire lyric-writing in groups.

  1. Decisions made in the past
  2. Decisions I made when there was an alternative
  3. The best decision I ever made
  4. The worst decision I ever made
  5. Which Way to Go?
  6. Where to in future?
  7. Things in my mind I want to escape from
  8. The best place I’ve ever been
  9. What role music in making decisions?
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aMuse Sample Units


January 11, 2011

Sample Units from Australian Music Educators Assoc (Vic) – under the heading “aMuse VELS Support Documents”

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App: compose by humming


May 15, 2013

ScoreCleaner Notes ($1) = a new app allows you to hum or sing into your device, and it will write up a score … then let you share it over social media. I haven’t tried it yet, but here’s an article about it: http://www.forbes.com/sites/reuvencohen/2013/05/06/new-app-allows-anyone-to-create-musicial-scores-by-humming-or-singing-no-instruments-required/

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Arab rappers sing revolts

March 25, 2013

Middle Eastern pacifists are writing raps to protest against war. Read the article HERE.

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Archie Roach – quote to inspire composition


February 17, 2013

This quote is found under the CD of Archie Roach’s latest album: “Into the Bloodstream“. Read the quote to your students and ask them to write a composition or song in response.

“My recent bouts of illness I’m sure are a result of the Pain of being removed from my family at a young age and more recently the loss of someone I loved so dearly. But Pain can also bring about change in one’s life for the better. We can choose to ignore the Pain until it becomes unbearable or we can do something. You see some events in my life I will never truly get over and the Pain will always be there but I can do something about it. I can write songs, songs about making it to the Top of the Hill no matter how far, songs about not being alone so don’t cry, songs about all of us having a song to sing and songs we can dance to.”

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Artists in Residence (Tasmania)

January 21, 2010

Go to resource: Artists in Residence (air) is run by arts@work (Arts Tasmania), and funded by the Australia Council. The program places artists in Tasmanian high schools.  The site provides more information about the program and details on how to apply.

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Artology – applications


March 14, 2013

Dear teachers

Please see below information about a wonderful project that may interest your senior students (Australia-wide). It is a great opportunity to explore your creativity with like-minded students from across all arts disciplines. Please forward to students who may be interested.

Regards

Louise Barkl

Artology Remix 2013

Calling all teenagers | Entries close 15 March

How would you like to create a great work of performance art alongside some of Australia’s top performers, writers and other artists?

Artology Remix is a creative program that gives you exactly that opportunity.

If you are a budding artist from ANY art form (Dance, Music, Drama, Visual Arts etc.), we encourage you to apply. You do NOT need to be skilled in all the art forms – you only need to be proficient in at least one.

You will meet inspiring people and create art at the highest level. You will meet like-minded individuals and be mentored at every turn. You will emerge from this program with skills and knowledge you can’t imagine.

All tuition is FREE. If you are 15-20 years old, and passionate about your creativity, apply HERE (www.artology.org.au/remix)

You will meet inspiring people and create art at the highest level. You will meet like‐minded individuals
and be mentored (free) at every turn. You will emerge from this program with skills and knowledge you can’t
imagine.
Applications are being accepted from students aged 15‐18 from anywhere in Australia. While this
program is designed with high school students in mind, we will also accept applications from older and
younger students who demonstrate strong aptitude and desire to participate.
The workshops will take place during school holidays in April and June/July 2013 as follows:
 WORKSHOP 1: a 10‐day period between 16‐ 25 April; exact dates to be announced
 WORKSHOP 2: a 14‐day period between 29 June ‐13 July; exact dates to be announced
 PERFORMANCE: occurs at the end of the July period at the Art Gallery of NSW in July 2013.
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ArtsEdge (Western Australia)

July 2, 2010

Go to resource: ArtsEdge (Western Australia) is a collaboration between the education, arts, and cultural sectors in WA. The program facilitates projects and partnerships between schools and professional arts workers, for example, artists in schools (AIR) and professional learning for teachers. ArtsEdge is a partnership between the Dept of Education WA and the Dept of Culture and the Arts WA.

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Button Beats free website

February 4, 2012

A bit of fun – create music using an on-screen keyboard or guitar, or using the faces of a 3D cube.

www.buttonbeats.com

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CC sMASH

December 23, 2012

ccsmash.youthedmusic.com.au/how-to/

This online site is provided free by the Arts Centre (Melbourne) – encouraging students to mash music and have creative fun.

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cinematic musical


March 19, 2012

Watch THIS TEDx YouTube clip about a collaboratively-made film by Daniel Johns (from Silverchair) and Josh Wakely. Discuss how music can be inspired by images, stories and pictures. Discuss how film can be inspired by music.

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Classics for Kids

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: Classics for Kids is a podcast station that streams classical music suitable for children.

In addition the site has links to composition and creating games, lesson plans, information about classical music, and links to advocacy and articles on classical music for parents and teachers.

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composing on computers in the classroom


April 29, 2012

celticnovelist.wordpress.com/

Read blog post at the above link about the benefits of using computers to help students compose.

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Composing Together (publication)

April 1, 2013

https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781607091950

“Minds on Music” – This textbook enhances preservice and practicing music educators’ understanding of ways to successfully engage children in music composition. It offers both a rationale for the presence of composition in the music education program and a thorough review of what we know of children’s compositional practices to date. Minds On Music offers a solid foundation for planning and implementing composition lessons with students in grades PreK-12.

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Creating new stuff

February 21, 2010

Go to resource: Creating new stuff, published by Noteable, focuses on composition for 11 to 15 year old students. The book outlines how to compose, what makes a good composition, as well as how to write a composition down. Various styles of music are covered, as well as both instrument and vocal types of composition.

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creative digital tasks for Aussie students (with prizes)


August 1, 2012

Here are a series of digital challenges for students - exciting
opportunities for music students across Australia.

The eTrack challenge gives students the great opportunity: To write
and record an original song that tells a story. The story may be based
on personal experience, a friend, a folklore or fairy-tale.

Winners will be awarded digital prizes from our sponsors Adobe, Wacom
and Scholastic at the exciting ceremony at the Sydney Opera House in
November.

Other opportunities include:
* eProfile challenge: To create an informative and motivating eProfile
about an inspirational person such as a singer, composer, musician,
inventor, instrument maker, producer – anyone who is related to the
music world and inspires the students.

The website is at www.wecreate.nsw.edu.au
eTrack: wecreate.nsw.edu.au/wcc_apps/eTrack/challenge.shtm
eProfile: www.cli.nsw.edu.au/lo/challenge.shtm
> For further information please email wecreate@det.nsw.edu.au

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Diatonic Harmony worksheet – free


March 6, 2011

free worksheet – suit middle to upper secondary Music students, working with chord creation theory

from www.musicteachingresources.com

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Dismuke

January 23, 2011

Dismuke - a website dedicated to music of the early 20th century, including early recordings.

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FaceBook page sharing student Music work


March 19, 2011

https://www.facebook.com/pages/East-Middle-School-Music-Tech/191444264221376?ref=ts

An American Music teacher shares his students’ recordings and digital music creations on a FaceBook page.

Listen to & read some of the examples for lesson ideas!

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Finale NotePad

February 4, 2010

Go to resource: Finale NotePad is a downloadable program that introduces teachers and students to music notation software and is recommended for composition students. The program is compatible with other Finale programs and its capabilities include: percussion notation; ability to insert lyrics; and the ability to listen to and share any written music.

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Fleximusic Composer

February 4, 2010

Go to resource: Fleximusic Composer is a downloadable software program that allows students and teachers to record, mix, create, and edit compositions. Sounds can be created from samples and manipulated. The product is suitable for older students, and teachers. Fleximusic Kids Composer is available for younger students.

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Fortissimo!

March 11, 2010

Go to resource: Fortissimo!, written by Roy Bennett and published by Cambridge UP, covers musical concepts such as performing, composing, listening, analysing music. The textbook is suitable for secondary school students and uses a variety of genres and styles. A teacher’s book and 4 CDs accompany the set.

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Free access to Klerrisa Music resources Oct 2012


October 7, 2012

This month (October 2012) Klerrisa Music’s ACCESS site (usually available to paying customers) is FREE to all teachers. Browse through brilliant resources (Middle School to High School) and sample tastes of many different units, lesson plans and worksheets.

www.kerrilacey.com.au/portal/subsite

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free MTRS UK resources – film music & composition


November 6, 2011

www.mtrs.co.uk/subscriptions/KS4.html

Lots of units of work (including audio tracks) for studying many topics, including film music with Year 7-8… 20th century composition with Year 11-12 … using GarageBand … atonal music … much more (free!)

Thanks to MTRS in UK for sharing :-)

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FREE Pro Tools workshop (Vic) – June 23


June 12, 2011

On Thursday June 23rd Future Music will be running a FREE  PD session on the new PRO TOOLS 9.
This is an introduction to the new recording software which is now simpler to use and is much less expensive than before.

PRO TOOLS is an industry standard used in TV, movie and recording studios everywhere. The version for schools use has the same technology, but is appropriate for classroom particularly in a VCE and VET application, it can now be used directly with Sibelius.

The presenter for this PD is Peter Wardrobe from AVID, who will introduce you to the process in an easy to understand non technical form. We will record using MIDI and audio. Part of the session will take place in a professional recording  studio, where you can get up close to the real environment.

The session will finish around 6pm and we will round off with drinks and light refreshments. There is no charge for this session.

The address for this PD is:
BURWOOD MUSIC CENTRE
2a Florence St (off Huntingdale road)
Burwood.

RSVP is essential.
Please call JUDY on 9808 8988

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GarageBand

February 4, 2010

Go to resource: GarageBand is a downloadable software program by Apple that assists with music creation and podcasts. The program includes instrument lessons, recording, looping, arranging, and jamming functions. This is suitable for older students, and teachers, regardless of musical experience.

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GarageBand unit document


October 9, 2012

THIS blogging music teacher provides us with a free handout – a unit outline and planner for middle school students writing film music in GarageBand. THANKS!

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Goran Bregovic, Tales & Songs for Weddings & Funerals – Education Kit

January 22, 2010

Go to resource: Goran Bregovic – Tales & Songs for Weddings & Funerals education kit is provided through the Melbourne International Arts Festival site, and was performed at the festival in 2008. The kit, written by David Perry, is linked to the Victorian curriculum and provides activities about Balkan music, music-making, and creating. More kits are available through the Melbourne International Arts Festival website.

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Help with Sibelius 7 software


July 26, 2013

Here are some free tips re. Sibelius 7 software from Music Technology Matters

http://musictechnologymatters.com/?page_id=252

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Ideas on giving ONLINE assessment feedback


January 9, 2012

Use SoundCloud and blogging to give students feedback on recorded performances / compositions. Read more HERE.

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Indigenous song-writing kit

January 24, 2013

As a tribute to Ruby Hunter, Archie Roach has just released a kit about a song-writing trip to Cape York.   Butcher Paper, Texta, Black Board and Chalk The kit includes a CD of songs (written by Cape York school kids with Ruby Hunter) & a book of lyrics and art-work & a DVD documentary of the journey through Cape York (including song-writing sessions and jamming). The cross-curricular content of the DVD is brilliant – music, art, indigenous culture, creativity, etc. More info HERE.

LESSON IDEA: Play the DVD, then try song-writing with your class (about their own place, home and country) … later play the CD and encouraged students to draw pictures to go with the words (as did Ruby).

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Instant Lessons (Aus publications)


January 17, 2013

www.blake.com.au/Instant-Lessons-in-Music-s/1655.htm These 5 volumes of “Instant Lessons in Music” have handy worksheets to photocopy … give to emergency teachers, and extend / catch up some students. Suits Year 5 – Year 11. Covers music theory, music in Australia, song-writing, composition and personal responses.

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Integrating Music with curriculum (Phil Tulga)

January 7, 2011

Go to resource: Phil Tulga presents a list of interactive activities and lesson plans which combine Music with Science, Language and Maths.

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Integrating the arts: twelve school-based experiences

February 2, 2010

Go to resource: Integrating the arts: twelve school-based experiences, published by the Department for Education and Children’s Services, SA, 1997, gives twelve case best-practice case studies for the teaching of the arts in schools. The publication is relevant to teachers of Early Childhood (Reception) through to secondary school (Year 10).

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Jam Trax

February 4, 2010

Go to resource: Jam Trax, created by Sony, is a software program for children that enables music creation of contemporary songs, including rock, pop, and hip hop styles. Prerecorded sounds are included in the software, but live recording is also possible. Looping, sampling, and effects are also part of the functionality of the software.

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Jam2Jam – online collaborative composition

March 1, 2011

Jam2Jam – inexpensive software for online, collaborative composition (without the need for instrumental skills)

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James Humberstone

July 24, 2013

James is a well-known music technology educator and composer. His website www.composerhome.com includes free samples of school ensemble music as well as conference presentation notes.

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last period – just for fun – composition


August 8, 2011

Isle of Tune website

Create a video-game-type composition where trees and houses = musical tones … cars = players

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lesson plan on Contemp Melbourne Trio


March 20, 2011

Listen to the  ABC podcast (listen here) of ‘Golden Fur’ – a Melbourne Trio playing “Parallel Collisions” at a live concert.

As the music is playing, ask students for suggestions re. what instruments are being played … and in what manner! There are many really unusual techniques employed in this piece.

Students with access to the internet can then create a Word or OneNote page with information on the trio ‘Golden Fur’ (use Google and www.goldenfur.com.au) and the way in which they play traditional instruments in a contemporary way.

Finally, create a group composition or soundscape which uses unusual techniques of playing classroom instruments. HAVE FUN!!

PS Feel free to record the class creation and email it to schools.mpfl@mca.org.au

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List of free Music education resources online


June 3, 2011

wrightstuffmusic.com/in-the-classroom/making-music-fun/

Wright Stuff Music offers a list of links for fun online music activities (K-12)

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list of ways to write one beat


May 22, 2011

www.pbs.org/jazz/classroom/printerfriendlyonebeat.html

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Logic Studio (Apple)

February 16, 2010

Go to resource: Logic Studio by Apple is a software program that enables music recording, editing, mixing, and performance. A variety of instruments, looping and effects is available through the program.

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Making Music Being Well – 16 to 22 May, 2011


April 19, 2011

Have you signed up yet to be part of Making Music Being Well?

This national initiative, which takes place from 16 – 22 May, is a collaboration between Music: Play for Life and the Australian Music Therapy Association and it’s all about a grassroots celebration of the links between music making and wellbeing.

When you register to participate – it’s FREE – we’ll send you event posters, stickers and brochures and you’ll get access to lots of downloadable resources including event planning and promotional tips. How you participate is up to you.

The best way to be involved is to take something you may already have planned for that week and hitch it to the national wagon of Making Music Being Well 2011. You don’t have to do something on every day during the week – one event is enough. Your event will be outlined on the MMBW website and you and your group members or students will be helping to shine the national spotlight on an important fact: music is good for you!

Here are a few ideas based on previous years: Open the doors to the community for your rehearsal that falls within the MMBW week and turn it into a free performance. Take your choir or group to a nursing home, hospital or school. Organise a big sing at your workplace. Turn a school assembly into a musical celebration and tell students and parents about the value and benefits of making music. Convene a drum circle in your school playground. Run an open mic session at your local pub or club. Organise a gathering of community music leaders and organisers in your area and discuss how you could pool resources and share skills.

Register to be part of it at www.makingmusicbeingwell.org.au

AND … don’t forget – registration for our biggest school music initiative, Music: Count Us In, opens soon too!

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Marimba Music Making WITH JON MADIN


April 19, 2011

Marimba Music Making  WITH JON MADIN

Date    Thursday 2 June 2011
Time    9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue    150 Palmerston Street, CARLTON
Cost    $130 members/$190 non-members

An amazing smorgasbord of ideas for hands-on music making using marimbas and many other Jon Madin’s ingeniously created instruments. Suitable for any primary or lower secondary music teaching environment. Would be suitable for primary generalists. You will go away with a wealth of repertoire and activity ideas.

About Jon
Jon Madin is a trained classroom music teacher with a background in a wide variety of music-making. His experience includes playing in folk/rock bands, multi-cultural bands, orchestra and early music consorts. He also leads family music workshops and bush dances.

He has also worked extensively in musical instrument design – marimbas in particular, as well as many other experimental musical instruments.

For further information about Jon Madin, check out the Marimba Music website: www.marimbamusic.com.au

ENQUIRIES
Kevin Kelley
Executive Officer
Association of Music Educators (Vic) Inc
150 Palmerston Street
CARLTON Victoria 3053

Phone 03 9349 1048
Fax 03 9349 1052
kevin.kelley@amuse.vic.edu.au
www.amuse.vic.edu.au

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Mash-Up lesson idea & ReCount


June 15, 2011

Talk about mash-ups with your middle school music class – where musicians take lots of songs and mix them into a new musical work. Try mashing up the MUSIC. COUNT US IN song for 2011 – the stem files (MP3) for which are freely available here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QspTBmTar5U Elephant Song medley from Moulin Rouge (a mash-up)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e5kJl9-oV0&feature=related The same Elephant Song medley from Moulin Rouge, but this clip inserts the ORIGINAL versions of songs

Sensitive New Age Cow Persons wrote a new Australian Anthem, which mashes 13 iconic Australian songs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BiQxIP0-FQ

Adam Hills has put the words of the real Australian Anthem to ‘Working Class Man’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okHs4308nJc&feature=related

A lesson plan on mash-ups can be found in ‘Instant Lessons in Music – Book 4‘ available from Blake Education.

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MCUI song writers needed for 2012


May 9, 2012

Minister Garrett has given the green light for Music: Count Us In 2012 and he has committed four years of funding!

This year’s culminating day is Thursday, 1st November.

Want to have more than half a million Australians sing YOUR song?  Write a song that’s catchy, optimistic and upbeat and yours could be the Song That Stops Australia for Music: Count Us In 2012.

You will receive a $1000 fee for use of your song in the program and a high-profile Australian performer will record it and visit your school. As the Program Songwriter you will also attend one of the culminating media events, all expenses paid.

You may work on your own, with co-writer/s or even write a song as a whole class exercise.

But you must work quickly, because we need your submission by 5.00 pm Friday, 25th May.

Download the brief here.

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Medea: Sasha Waltz and guests – Education Kit

January 22, 2010

Medea: Sasha Waltz and guests was a work performed at the 2009 Melbourne International Arts Festival. The education kit for this, compiled by David Perry, is linked to the Victorian curriculum. Music activities within the kit include a comparative musical analysis and a choral exploration. More kits are available through the Melbourne International Arts Festival website.

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minimalist composition workshop for students (Melb)


May 28, 2012

QATSI Experience Workshop workshop at the Digital Learning Hub at Arts Centre Melbourne is coming up very soon. In August 2012 the Phillip Glass Ensemble conducted by Michael Riesman comes to Melbourne to play the score live for the three powerhouse Godfrey Reggio films Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance, Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation and Naqoyqatsi: Life as War

They are running a 5 session workshop over June and July that involves participants composing a piece of music in the minimalist style and then producing a piece of video to go with the music. Please see the website below for a more detailed explanation of the workshop. It would suit students from Yr. 9 upwards with an interest in composition and/or video, film making or just any student with a general interest in music and video production. The sessions are on Saturdays and Monday evenings at the following times:

Session Dates

Saturday 9th June: 10am – 4pm

Monday 18th June: 5pm – 8pm

Saturday 23rd June: 1pm – 4pm

Monday 16th July: 5pm – 8pm

Saturday July 21st: 10am – 4pm

Price

Workshop Sessions only: $250 General Public              $200 Student (with ID)

Discount ticket price for The Qatsi Trilogy concerts (bookable with workshop sessions): $25

For more information please contact Amy Bennett at the Digital Learning Hub on 9281 8015 or amy.bennett@artscentremelbourne.com.au

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Missy Higgins video


March 19, 2012

THIS 15 minutes video is Missy Higgins (Australian singer song-writer) playing and talking about 3 songs.

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Mixcraft – PC music software


June 3, 2011

Apple computer users love GarageBand software for making music.

Non-Apple users might like “Mixcraft” for recording, editing and looping music.

www.acoustica.com/mixcraft/

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MoMu – creating Music on iPhones

February 15, 2011

MoMu - This paper discusses an open source platform for creating Music on iPhones, as created at Stanford University.

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mozART group & re-arranging lessons


August 24, 2011

Watch this YOUTUBE CLIP of the MozART Group from Poland. It is an entertaining collage of Classical String Quartets re-interpreted :-)

Now choose a Classical piece of music (Google search for the Classical Top 100) or nursery rhyme and change it drastically … into pop, funk, country, metal, etc. You may wish to write lyrics to go with the Classical melody.       OR

Choose a piece of pop music and arrange it for a classical ensemble. Start by putting the vocal line into an instrument, then find chords to go underneath.

HINT: Google search for the song name + free + midi. You may well be able to save a midi file from the internet, which will open in Finale / Audacity / Sibelius, etc.

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multicultural music mixing

March 8, 2011

free online mixing game – BBC has created on online interactive mixing webpage … choose a nationality (African, Cuban, Celtic, New Orleans, Oriental, Spanish, UK) … use sliders to bring different tracks and sound effects into your mix. A perfect activity for mixed ability classes where some students have no instrumental skills.

Lesson Idea: let students discover the BBC Music Mixing webpage … then discuss the similarities and differences between the different cultures of music represented on the webpage … ask each student to create a Venn diagram which compares two of the musical cultures from the website

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MuseScore software tips

January 26, 2011

MuseScoreTips - MuseScore is free software for music notation – this site gives tutorials, shortcuts and tips

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Music. Count Us In 2011 – song written


April 15, 2011

On April 12th 2011, a dozen talented teenage singer-songwriters were mentored by John Foreman, Claire Bowditch, Holly Throsby,  Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc) and Kavyen Temperley (Eskimo Joe).

The result was the 2011 song for Music. Count Us In (1st September 2011).

Watch this space for free lesson plans, free MP3 material, free Professional Development (for teachers) and free instrumental arrangements. Let’s get more music in more Australian schools!! www.musiccountusin.org.au

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MusicAtSchool.co.uk – free UK website for Music teachers


May 3, 2011

www.musicatschool.co.uk is a free website of Secondary Music teaching ideas, lesson plans and worksheets from UK Music teachers.

For example, here is a worksheet for Year 7’s learning about how orchestral players are seated:

http://www.musicatschool.co.uk/year_7/Instruments_sheets/layout_worksheet.PDF

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new books – Instant Lessons in Music – Australian

April 2, 2011

Fresh off the printing press – Instant Lessons in Music (Vols 3, 4 & 5) – photocopiable /digital lessons designed to enhance school Music programs OR leave for Emergency teachers (without the need for musical competency) – suits 11-16 year old Music classes – written by an Australian teacher for Australian students.

Vol 3: Music in Australia

Vol 4: Everyday musicality

Vol 5: Theory, composition & song-writing

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New Millenium Records: Classroom

January 13, 2011

New Millenium Records – a rich resource for free lesson content. Most lessons are paragraphs of typed information embedded with free audio files or video clips to support the text.

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NING for Music Educators (Australian)

April 25, 2011

http://australianmusiceducators.ning.com/ is an Australian discussion forum for music educators.  It was set up with the intent of discussing ideas on classroom band programs, but it really is a forum for discussion on any aspect of Australian music teaching from P-12.  At present there is a small group of members, but I am hoping to build it up and draw on a wide range of professional knowledge and experience.

This group is completely FREE (in a monetary sense, not a moral or metaphysical sense).

Please come along and check it out.  The page is run as a ning, which is basically a social network with a particular focus.  It is great for online discussion, linking of video and photo and has facility for you to blog.  All you need to do is create an account.

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NY Times top 10 Classical composers

January 26, 2011

NY Times article – research led Anthony Tommasini to publish the Top 10 Classical composers of all time in the New York Times (Jan 11, 2011)

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NZ Exemplar Music lessons


January 25, 2011

New Zealand Curriculum Exemplars – several exemplar lessons for Primary and Secondary School Music (New Zealand)

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online B flat composition exercise

March 1, 2011

In B flat – a collection of short audio/visual clips which can be played in sequence or simultaneously.

Lesson idea – explore the possibilities within this webpage THEN create your own 3-part composition in B flat.

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Paul Kelly and Gravy at TEDx


March 17, 2012

HERE is a link to Paul Kelly’s 2011 TEDx talk. He describes how he came up with the song “How to Make Gravy”, then performs it live and acoustic. Watch this with your class, make a list of other songs which tell stories, then brainstorm ideas for your own story-song.

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Paul Kelly app

April 16, 2012

HOW TO MAKE GRAVY is an app (costing about $15) which features background material to Paul Kelly’s music, as well as lyrics. The app links to any / all Paul Kelly songs already in your iTunes folder.

A great teaching resource for Australian contemporary music & song-writing.

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Paul Kelly interview

April 25, 2013

Following the release of his 19th album and a biopic of his life, Paul Kelly spoke to the BBC’s Tom Donkin about the art of storytelling, and borrowing from the giants of literature. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22141229

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Paul Kelly on BBC


May 19, 2013

Interview here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22141229

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PBL Music – Project Based Learning

April 7, 2013

Try giving groups of students ‘big questions’ or composition tasks or performance challenges (eg. Battle of the Bands) and lots of space to self-direct with access to the internet … and see what they come up with. Some ideas HERE and HERE.

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photography inspired composition


January 22, 2013

Ask students to choose a photo from THIS amazing page, and plan a soundscape or composition using any instruments. Once shared with the class, do “speed improvisation” – the teacher chooses a photo, and the entire class responds to the photo with whatever instrument/s they can reach.

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Picture Song lyrics


November 23, 2011

Here’s a lesson idea inspired by YouTube’s “Picture Songs”. Ask a group of students to find 16 interesting / weird photos online and put them in a chosen order. Using another group’s pictures, groups create 4 beats worth of lyrics for each picture. Try to rhyme some of the lyrics. Ask a guitar-playing to vamp a 4-chord progression (eg. C, Am, F, G) while each group raps or songs their 16 lines of lyrics.

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PLEASE play this to every class at school

June 28, 2012

www.composerhome.com/piano/menu/

The Goulburn Conservatorium has commissioned an electronic book and piano music to encourage students to learn piano, enjoy music, and compose. This link is free. ENJOY it with your students! Afterwards, ask them for their personal responses.

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Pure Drop ABC video and lessons

February 15, 2011

Pure Drop – high quality audio and video footage (free) from the ABC & AFC & Federal Government, complete with free lesson plans and worksheets. Topics include Indigenous Music and World Music

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quotes from legendary female musicians

March 8, 2011

free article – an article full of quotes from female music legends

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random lessons using YouTube

January 27, 2013

http://www.musiceducation.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/youtube-lesson-compilation.docx

THIS link takes you two random uses of YouTube in music-related lessons. If you have suggestions, PLEASE email them to schools.mpfl AT mca.org.au

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Reconciliation Song-writing lesson idea for Sorry Day


March 10, 2011

A lesson idea for “National Sorry Day” … or any day.

Watch the Colli Crew’s song about reconciliation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsWo9CxqsN8&feature=related

In small groups, brainstorm phrases that rhyme with “reconciliation” and “it’s up to us”

Watch the Colli Crew’s 2010 ARIA Award winning song “Change the Game” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0rJajbIs-o

Create a class rap, make an audio recording, and place it on the school’s website.

Email a link (or a copy of the song) to schools.mpfl@mca.org.au

Listen to Indigenous Australian music from “Black Arm Band”, “Saltwater Band”, “Gurrumul Yunupingu” and “Archie Roach” on YouTube, iTunes, CD or GrooveShark.

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Score It! = Queensland composition challenge


October 8, 2012

A film-scoring competition for secondary school-age students.

SCORE IT! throws down the gauntlet to young film composers across Queensland to create a unique and original composition to accompany a scoreless short film.

Entries will be judged by a panel of leading practitioners in film and composition and the winners of each category will be announced and awarded at a presentation ceremony during the Queensland Music Festival in July 2013.

For more information about SCORE IT! or to register your expression of interest visit QMF.ORG.AU. Please note this program is open to Queensland entrants only.

SCORE IT! is presented by Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane City Council and Cutting Edge. Queensland Music Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government.

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Simple guideline to the elements of composition


January 9, 2012

HERE is Mrs Gower’s free explanation of the elements to consider while composing. Language is accessible for middle school students.

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sinfonietta 2011 Secondary Composition competition & free teacher PD


March 13, 2011

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SomeRandomChords.com

February 21, 2011

random chords – a cute page which randomly chooses a key and chord progression (each time you press refresh) to help song-writers get out of a rut!

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song re-mix activity


January 26, 2012

Students can practise digital editing skills and explore tone colour + form through re-mixing songs. Online music software called MusicShake runs re-mix competitions. Listen to their winners HERE.

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Song Writing via V/C (Vic)


November 5, 2012

ANATOMY OF MUSIC with Katie Noonan

We’ll pull it apart so you can put it together. Live from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne and around Victoria via Interactive Video Conference.

10am Friday 16 November 2012

Equipped with the latest technology, top of the range digital piano and an experienced music educator (not to mention her immaculate voice), Katie Noonan will give your students an invaluable insight into the song writing process.

In a unique learning experience, she’ll sing, tinkle the ivories and use samples of ARIA award-winning recordings to guide students through a tailored workbook.

Anatomy of Music is a brand new series of composition workshops allowing secondary music students all over VIC the opportunity to work with Australia’s leading composers and songwriters via live performance and interactive video conferencing.

Where: ACMI, Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne

When: 10am – 1pm, Friday 16 November, 2012 (week 6, term 4)

Live Workshop: $20 per student

Interactive Video Conference: $150 per school *schools eligible are outside Metro region **school must have Polycom connection

We do understand it is exam time. This workshop is open to ALL secondary students.

Call 9645 7935 or email Danielle dasciak@musicaviva.com.au for bookings and more information.

Attached is a booking form if you’d like to secure your spot now!

You can also visit:

http://www.musicaviva.com.au/education/mvis/2012/anatomyofmusic

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song-write for $1000 due 25 May 2012


May 13, 2012

Here is a powerpoint presentation to show students … before asking them to write a song for 500 000 students to perform on November 1st, 2012 in Australia. Write individually or as a group. Keep the lyrics positive and optimistic.

Music: Count Us In has full details – due 25 May, 2012. $1000 up for grabs!

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song-writing competition MCUI 2013


March 6, 2013

Music: Count Us In offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a talented young person to have their song sung by over half a million students.

  • A small group of students will be selected by our judging panel to work with a celebrity mentor for the songwriting session in April.
  • Their song will stop Australia in its tracks on October 31st.
  • Students must be quick, work to the brief and send us an optimistic, upbeat song idea of 1-3 minutes by 22nd March.
  • Successful students will receive payment for their work.

Download the brief at musiccountusin.org.au/the-song

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Sony – Essentials of Music

January 23, 2011

Essentials of Music – Sony Music has set up a music resource website which provides free information on 60 Classical composers, including 200+ free samples of their music.

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Soundation


September 16, 2013

Described by some as “GarageBand in a browser”: http://soundation.com/

Via the internet, create tracks with a microphone, loops and SFX.

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student song-writer – ACMF winners – lesson plan


October 24, 2011

acmf.com.au/results/

The above website links to the 2011 prize-winners of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation song-writing competition. Categories catered for students aged 5 through to 18. LESSON IDEA: Listen to the winning songs (from the website) for each class’s age-category and discuss the strengths and musical elements of each winning song.

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Sydney Symphony opportunities for schools


June 21, 2013

Our next series of school concerts at the ABC in Ultimo have places available on the following dates:

Stage 3:                AUG 13; AUG 16

Stage 2:                SEPT 10; 12; 13

Stage 1:                OCT 12; OCT 17

For more information check the website or email education@sydneysymphony.com

PLAYERLINK 2013

Want to be part of this year’s Sydney Symphony “pop-up” music camp? Come spend a weekend with musicians of the Sydney Symphony playing a host of great orchestral music!

Applications are still open for any students keen to participate in Playerlink 2013 in Lismore from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th Sept.

The Australian Curriculum – New Teacher Resources

The ACARA Board has approved the Australian Curriculum in the Arts with the intention of presenting it to the Minister for sign off in July. What a long process this has been, under the leadership of Linda Lorenza. One of the benefits has been thedevelopment of good materials for teachersby a number of organisations to support the curriculum, which you may wish to use in your classrooms.

The Sydney Symphony was approached by Education Services Australia to provide classroom material for teachers as the new curriculum rolls out. Consequently we developed our BITE SIZED LESSON PLAN SERIES which can now be accessed free of charge on our website. These include a PDF of the teacher lesson notes and a PowerPoint of slides to use on smartboards or classroom computers.

http://www.sydneysymphony.com/education/for-schools-teachers/teaching-resources/curriculum-resources.aspx

Australian Music Day

On August 1-2 the Sydney Symphony Fellows will be the Ensemble-In-Residence at the MLC School Sydney’s Australian Music Day. They will be performing and workshopping Australian compositions by Ross Edwards, Matthew Hindson, Daniel Rojas and Paul Stanhope with elective music students from across the state.

If you are interested in attending with your students more information can be found on the Sydney Symphony website.

OPEN REHEARSALS at the OPERA HOUSE

We have two open rehearsals left for schools in 2013

WESTLAKE and LIOR on September 5 at 10.30am in the concert hall of the Opera House

SYMPHONY FANTASTIC on October 9 at 10.30am in the concert hall of the Opera House

These are strictly for school groups – all tickets $10. We strongly recommend students be of high school age as these sessions are between 2 and 2.5 hours long.

SINFONIETTA 2013

With holidays looming now is a perfect opportunity to encourage those students who are working towards this year’s Sinfonietta project on motific development to get cracking!

A reminder that:

ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY OCTOBER 11th

FINALISTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY OCTOBER 21st

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TeachersNetwork

January 13, 2011

TeachersNetwork.org – an excellent website (by US teachers for teachers) with free lesson plans. Most lessons require computers as a resource or tool for quality Music lessons – from Bach to Rap! Some lessons include rubrics for assessment.

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TED: One Man Orchestra of the Imagination

January 26, 2011

Andrew Bird is a one man band and composer. He gives a talk (video clip) for TED conference.

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TES connect – free teaching resources

January 10, 2011

Go to resource: TES Connect collates free teacher-created resources from UK. This link is for Secondary Music resources and links. You will need to sign up to view resources – signing up is free and simple.

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The Arts Centre, Melbourne

January 23, 2010

Go to resource: The Arts Centre Melbourne provides education programs specifically for school students, including performances and workshops.Their school workshops include music technology training and activities are linked with the Victorian curriculum. Their site contains further information about activities and performance events.

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The Black Arm Band: dirtsong – Education Kit

January 22, 2010

The Black Arm Band: Dirtsong was a work performed at the 2009 Melbourne International Arts Festival. There is a free Education kit available here. The second half of the activities are specifically Music-related, while the first half are Arts and literacy-related.The education kit was prepared by David Perry and is linked to the Victorian curriculum. It contains music activities centred around Indigenous and Australian pop songs, and also explores the didgeridoo. More kits are available through the Melbourne International Arts Festival website.

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The Black Arm Band: Hidden Republic – Education Kit

January 22, 2010

The Black Arm Band: Hidden Republic was a work performed at the 2008 Melbourne International Arts Festival. This education kit on the Indigenous band has been prepared by Elizabeth Exintaris, and is linked to the Victorian curriculum. The music activities within this kit include the study of Indigenous music, music-making and creating, and analysis. More kits are available through the Melbourne International Arts Festival website.

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TropFest score writing competition


November 12, 2012

Due December 2012, students are asked to write a short film score. There are 2 categories – U15 and 16+. More info HERE for 16+ and HERE for U15. $2000 and $5000 prize money!

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TropFest winner – fun lesson idea


May 17, 2011

On Sunday 20 February 2011, Damon Gameau took out first prize for the 19th annual Movie Extra Tropfest in front of crowds of 150,000 nationwide. The film was titled “ANIMAL BEATBOX”. It creates a type of beat-box using only animal words – verbal percussion of sorts!

Watch the YouTube clip of Animal Beatbox (giggle and smile) then ask students to come up with a list of animals with 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 syllables. Next, they can form groups to create a poem, rap, beat-box or verse. Finally, practise saying the animal beat-box creation over a djembe beat, drum-kit beat or electronic loop. ENJOY!!

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uJam – creating pop music online


July 24, 2011

http://www.ujam.com/

Online song-creation … start by humming a melody into the computer … choose instruments, styles, form … publish a song :-)

A lesson plan of its own – since the webpage guides you through each selection.

NB: You will need to create a login.

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Unblocked student viewing of YouTube clips

March 23, 2011

There’s a new way to let students view YouTube clips online … www.viewpure.com. The teacher copies the URL address from a YouTube clip, pastes it onto the viewpure.com website, clicks “create”, and it creates a new webpage (which students can view) with the YouTube clip on its own (without ads or comments). Copy and paste the newly create URL address and give it to your students.

Here’s an example I entered into ViewPure of ACO playing to surfing footage …

http://viewpure.com/m0NJyVCQpIs

HINT: Don’t click on the “Download” button (bottom of ViewPure screen) – it is only advertising!

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Wallace & Gromit – create the music

November 25, 2012

THIS website takes you to free downloads of film clip (MP4), script, storyboard and teaching ideas (PDF). Australian students cannot enter the competition, but can certainly enjoy the process. Suits Middle School.

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writing harmonies – lesson idea


October 6, 2012

Give students a melody (as a Sibelius or Finale file, accessible via school intranet if you want to save time). Using trial and error, asking students to write a harmony line, creating a duet. For the melody, you could use a nursery rhyme OR the Music: Count Us In song. EXTENSION: Explain how notes fit into chords. Ask students to write another duet, using only notes from each chord, and compare for the two duets.

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YouTube helps teach the History of Western Art Music


May 5, 2011

http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/Article/254537,classical-music-a-history-according-to-youtube.aspx

The history of music from Medieval to post WW II. Presented as text and related YouTube video/audio clips. A series of lessons, in effect!

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