» Age Range 12 to 15: Music & Movement Activities

Approaches to Learning and Teaching – The Arts (Music) Level 5 (Vic)

March 8, 2010

Go to resource: Approaches to Learning and Teaching – The Arts (Music) Level 5 (Vic) outlines music standards and activities that could be incorporated in lesson planning.

The approaches are published by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in order to implement VELS.

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Approaches to Learning and Teaching – The Arts (Music) Level 6 (Vic)

March 8, 2010

Go to resource: Approaches to Learning and Teaching – The Arts (Music) Level 6 (Vic) outlines music standards and activities that could be incorporated in lesson planning.

The approaches are published by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in order to implement VELS.

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ArtPlay (Melbourne)

January 23, 2010

ArtPlay is an arts centre in Melbourne that provides school and holiday programs for children and youth. Some of these programs are focused on music and each program is linked to the Victorian curriculum. The site also contains links to bookings and advocacy about the value of the arts in education.

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CUP DANCE lesson with MCUI song 2011


July 7, 2011

THIS IS SO COOL!!

An Orff-inspired plastic cup dance to go with “We’ve Got the Music” MCUI 2011. Thanks to Kristie Fudge (SA) for the free offering. The document also includes lesson plans for teaching the song.

click here for download link

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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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Improvisation and Conducting

February 19, 2010

Go to resource: Improvisation and Conducting from a Dalcroze Workshop in Thailand 2008, run by Sandra Nash, demonstrates Dalcroze music and movement activities for music students of different stages. Sandra Nash is one of Australia’s leading teachers of the Dalcroze method.The video demonstrates exercises that link body gestures with musical responses, including improvisation and conducting.

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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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Kita Performing Arts Company (Victoria)

January 23, 2010

Kita Performing Arts Company is an ensemble based in Melbourne and operates throughout Victoria to present traditional and contemporary Asian music and dance. The company runs school programs suited to primary and secondary school students, and teachers notes about each of the presentations are available online. Workshops are also run for students and teachers that introduce Asian performing arts and provide activities for the classroom.

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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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Multicultural Perspectives in Music

February 22, 2010

Go to resource: Multicultural Perspectives in Music is a NSW Department of Education and Training site, and a collaboration between the NSW Creative Arts Unit, Musica Viva Australia, and Sirocco. The site is part of a project that was a partnership between the NSW Curriculum K-12 Directorate and the Multicultural Programs Unit. The site contains links to articles, classroom activities, audio and visual examples, and links to other related sites about multicultural music.

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Music Education at About.com (USA)

February 9, 2010

Go to resource: Music Education at About.com (USA) is a listing of lesson plans submitted by teachers and endorsed by academics.The lesson plans are for various age groups and stages of students. There are also links to specific subject/genre areas, for example, 80s music.

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Rhythmic Workshop Part 2

February 19, 2010

Go to resource: Rhythmic Workshop Part 2 from a Dalcroze Workshop in Thailand 2008, run by Sandra Nash, demonstrates Dalcroze music and movement activities for music students of different stages. Sandra Nash is one of Australia’s leading teachers of the Dalcroze method. The video demonstrates exercises that assist with internalization of rhythm, using the body and body actions as the instrument.

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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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Teachers on the Web (TOTW) – Creative Arts Lessons

February 9, 2010

Go to resource:  Creative Arts lesson plans posted by teachers – some links no longer work. Each teacher has 10MB free web space to post resources online for others to view and use. The site is hosted by the Australian Council for Computers in Education.

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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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Using Music in the Classroom – Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

February 9, 2010

Go to resource: Using Music in the Classroom, an article published on the site “Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age” gives resources and hints on incorporating songs with other subjects such as Maths. Links are given to online sources for further activities and songs.

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VOSA – Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association


January 2, 2011

Go to resource: VOSA (Vic Orff Schulwerk Assoc) Resources, articles, ideas and lesson plans for incorporating the Orff approach to Music education (hands-on percussion and ensembles). Resources are split into two sections: Early Childhood resources (aged 0 – 8) & ages 9+. Also includes ideas for Music and movement.

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