» Age Range 12 to 15: Indigenous Music

26 May 2011 – National Sorry Day


May 25, 2011

For Sorry Day (26 May 2011) or for Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June 2011) listen to Black Arm Band’s music on YouTube (www.youtube.com) and discuss the band’s motivation for performing (read on). Listen to Gurrumul Yunupingu’s soulful music (eg. Wiyathul) while doing written work (www.grooveshark.com lets you listen for free).

Black Arm Band has just been asked to perform at the London Olympics in 2012

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/25/3226432.htm

The aim of Black Arm Band (www.blackarmband.com.au) is: “It is a creative meeting place for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists and producers to develop, perform, promote and celebrate contemporary Australian Indigenous music as a symbol of resilience and hope in the spirit and action of reconciliation.”

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A Great Landscape DVD – worksheet

May 28, 2011

“A Great Landscape” was a 2008 DVD created by www.vea.com.au and is available via Click View. It discusses Indigenous self-expression through music, focussing on a Hip Hop band.

If you want to show this 36 min video to your class for Reconciliation Week (or any other week), here are some possible questions:

Name a famous Indigenous Australian band – “Yothu   __________________________ ”
Name a famous Indigenous Australian Hip Hop band?    ________________ and the Young ___________________________
Do Indigenous people own their land? If not, then what is the relationship between Indigenous people and the land?
How does music support Indigenous identity?
What do lyrics describe in Indigenous music?
What is empowerment?
Music and song allow indigenous people to share _________________ with a wider community and audience.
Clapping and click sticks are ___________ - phones
Didgeridoos are ____________ - phones
In the past, who was NOT allowed to play didgeridoo, according to sacred law?
Is Indigenous Australian history always written down?
What political issues do contemporary Indigenous artists address?
How can music be used as a means of protest?
What type of band was “No Fixed Address”? Reggae, Folk, Pop or Hip Hop?
When did Archie Roach come to fame, with the song “Took the Children Away”?
During the Sydney 2000 Olympics, what did “Midnight Oil” have written on their costumes? Why?
Who is Shane Howard? 
“Solid Rock” was the first Pop song to feature the didgeridoo. About what were the lyrics written?
What prevents some Indigenous artists from accessing mainstream venues (at times)?
What is CAAMA?
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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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Australian Art Orchestra listening room (free)

January 15, 2012

HERE is the Australian Art Orchestra’s free listening room where you can listening to recordings of their work. Many are fused with indigenous or multi-cultural music.

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CREATivE CHANGE


June 23, 2012

generationone.org.au/blog/2012/06/schools-kick-off-creative-change-2

Primary and Secondary students are encouraged to sing / dance / play a song, record it, and send it to Generation One. The aim is to start classroom conversations on indigenous issues and reconciliation. A free classroom kit is available on CD.

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Cultural Infusion


December 28, 2010

Go to resource: Cultural Infusion co-ordinates authentic multi-cultural performances, workshops and residencies in Australian schools.

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Cultural Infusion: Aboriginal Culture for a day


March 8, 2012
Aboriginal Culture for a Day is Touring in your State!
Introduce and immerse your students to one of the oldest living cultures in the world, with Cultural Infusion’s returning Indigenous artists, Alan Harris and his family, also known as Western Creation.

As members of the Noongar tribe and the Bibbulmann clan, Western Creation are one of the most inspiring Indigenous groups currently performing. Western Creation promotes reconciliation and understanding between all people in Australia.

Using many aspects of Aboriginal culture, including dance, music, song, art and history, Western Creation bring Australia’s Indigenous people into the hearts and minds of their audiences.

ABORIGINAL FOR A DAY
Program fee: $10 + gst per student, minimum
150 students Duration: 9.00am – 3.00pm approx.

Suits Primary schools – other Aboriginal concerts available for Secondary schools.

INDIGENOUS INFUSION
Program fee: $4.50 + gst per student, minimum
140 students Duration: 50 mins.

TOUR DATES
Regional VIC – 21 – 25 May
NSW –
28 May – 1 June
QLD –
4 – 8 June
SA –
18 – 22 June
WA
– 2 – 13 July – Extended dates due to high demand!

http://culturalinfusion.org.au/portalnew/upcoming-events/june-2012/

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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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Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – new CD


April 15, 2011

April 2011 saw the launch of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s second album. Gurrumul is a spectacular, Indigenous Australian musician who was born blind, and grew up singing and playing guitar.

Lesson idea: Listen to one of Gurrumul’s tracks (all songs feature his language-of-birth, while some include English as well). Describe the tune, harmonies, vocal quality (which Stinge has described as “the sound of a higher being”), chord progressions, etc … then try to guess what the lyrics mean.

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Gondwana Indigenous Choir


June 26, 2013

http://www.gondwanachoirs.com.au/indigenous.htm

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GrooveShark – free online music listening

May 25, 2011

http://grooveshark.com/

A free service (blocked to many students, but usually available to teachers) whereby you can listen to and playlist thousands of songs for free, while you are online.

Download is not possible (nor would it be ethical!).

Not a complete repertoire as yet – for instance you won’t find music of the recent Royal Wedding, or anything from the “Black Arm Band”.

You WILL find many indigenous / Aboriginal artists on GrooveShark: Gurrumul Yunupingu, Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, didgeridoo music, “Rough Guide to Australia Aboriginal Music”, Saltwater Band, Yothu Yindi …

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Indigenous CDs


September 30, 2013

Batchelor Press issue a number of CDs and stories for Indigenous education

http://batchelorpress.com/

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Indigenous fusion with AAO

January 9, 2012

THIS YouTube channel of Australian Art Orchestra shows interplay between Indigenous Australian singers and musicians from the Australian Art Orchestra. Play video/s to students and ask them to compare the treatment of melody/pitch and duration/rhythm. Which aspects are similar, different and interesting? When both groups play together, which aspects of music create unity? How is the fusion of the two groups achieved?

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Indigenous music – Stiff Gins

October 13, 2012

These two YouTube clips feature the gorgeous music of the Stiff Gins, sung in Indigenous language.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8Iz2nyy6F4 Yandool

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikilFioL9SQ with Sydney Children’s Choir at TEDx

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Indigenous Musicians get to POP! – workshop May 2011 (Vic)


May 3, 2011

Indigenous Musicians get to POP!

Thanks to funding received through Arts Victoria’s Community Partnerships, Cultural Infusion is proud to present I.P.O.P. (Indigenous People Out Performing). An exciting new initiative for Melbourne’s emerging Indigenous musicians there will be three sets of workshops delivered during this year focusing on exciting public outcomes.

Up and coming Indigenous musicians who are selected for the program will be given a special opportunity to explore their creative ideas and develop them into polished, recordable tracks. Participants are encouraged to make the most of the free recording sessions and performance opportunities, where they will be able to showcase their song to a wider audience. Guiding them through musical elements ranging from song writing, music production to performance skills is acclaimed Indigenous musician, Joe Geia.

Joe Geia is a renowned singer-songwriter who composed the iconic album Yil Lull from which songs have been re-recorded by the likes of Paul Kelly, Archie Roach and Jimmy Barnes. Hailing from North Queensland, Geia is of Murri Aboriginal heritage. His first album Yil Lull, released in 1988, received widespread critical acclaim and speaks volumes on our national identity.

Places in these workshop series are based on the merit of applicants. Applications are still open for the next series of workshops starting Tuesday 17th May 2011 from 6pm – 8pm. These workshops are running with the support of The Gathering Place in Maribrynong and will be delivered at the phoenix youth Centre in Footscray with the final performance being part of the Indigenous Youth Forum at The Gathering Place on the 24th June.

For more information and an application form please:
Email: info@culturalinfusion.org.au

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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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make a didgeridoo

February 15, 2011

free instructions on making a didgeridoo (didjeridu) from PVC pipe

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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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NITV


December 12, 2012

A new free-to-air channel “NITV” for Indigenous talent was launched tonight with a great Sunset Concert from Ayers Rock. Looking forward to it showcasing lots of indigenous music, art, drama and dance. NITV is supported by SBS.

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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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Reconcile Jukebox

July 19, 2013

http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/get-involved/films—music/reconcile-jukebox – currently under re-construction

“The Reconciliation Jukebox is a selection of songs provided by artists who support the reconciliation movement. These artists gave us songs to share with you because each of them feels it is one way they can participate in the reconciliation process.”

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Reconciliation in the Arts


July 19, 2013

http://www.macmillan.com.au/primary/onix/domisbn/9781420267310?open&div=Macmillan+Library&cat=Humanities%3EIndigenous+Australians&bi=0&ed=site/primed31.nsf

This is book is published by Macmillan for approx $24. It captures ‘reconciliation in action’ in the arts – events, people, organisations & activities associated with the Arts illustrate how reconciliation can be achieved.

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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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Ruby Hunter lyrics (Indigenous Australian music)


January 9, 2012

Watch a tribute to Ruby Hunter HERE. Download a file of Ruby Hunter’s lyrics from HERE. Ask students to choose one song, and analyse the rhyming pattern, structure & message of one of Ruby’s songs. FYI The dominant messages in Ruby’s music are “Stolen Generation” and “Indigenous Women’s Issues”. Her CD can be bought HERE.

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Song to Sing – Archie Roach


January 20, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2c7zk8Grp8 A great new song by Archie Roach about the healing power of singing and song-writing. Play the clip to your class, and have them devise 3 different movements: slow section (beginning), upbeat chorus, and gospel groove at the end. Older students might talk about the message / story behind the video clip.

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Songlines – Indigenous music incursion


February 18, 2012

www.songlines.net.au/what-we-do/index.cfm?loadref=55

“Koorie Stories & Song” is an innovative and entertaining program that aims to educate and inform audiences of Indigenous Australia through the mediums of narrative and song. It creates a safe and intimate forum where listeners can further their understandings of Aboriginality and culture.

What is involved?

The session will showcase two to three musicians who discuss the background and inspirations of their material and how it integrates into modern Indigenous society. Guided by a master of ceremonies, the discussions are opened and audience members are invited to put forward any questions or queries to the performers that relate to any of the subjects presented.

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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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The Song Room

January 21, 2010

Go to resource: The Song Room offers music programs to school students, particularly those who have no access to music teachers, and disadvantaged students. Their aim is to create self-sustaining music programs in schools.Their programs include professional support for teachers, families, implementation of long term music programs in schools, partnerships with industry and community music groups, and research. Schools can become members of the Song Room and receive access to the website, resources, and training.

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Took the Children Away – Indigenous music and history

March 5, 2011

Archie Roach’s song “Took the Children Away” has been adopted by Canadian indigenous people, as the lyric content (Australia’s Stolen Generation) has parallels in Canadian Indian history.

Lesson plan idea: Read and discuss Archie Roach’s lyrics … watch the YouTube clip which puts Australian historical and indigenous images to “Took the Children Away” … watch the YouTube clip which puts Canadian historical images to the same song … discuss any other countries which could borrow Roach’s song to apply to their own national history.

YouTube (Australian images & the emotional trailer from the movie “Rabbit Proof Fence”)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLXzKYP1uCw

YouTube (Canadian images)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpNSrqsU1eI

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Torres Strait Islander song with actions


February 26, 2012

Deb Smith has written up a Torres Strait song HERE along with a series of challenging actions. Suits middle school students.

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