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3MBS Classically Kids (radio show) – Saturday morning 9am

May 3, 2011

For 3MBS FM’s Radiothon, Classically Kids is pulling out all the stops on 7th May, 2011…

FREE LESSON IDEA: RECORD THE RADIO SHOW TO PLAY BACK TO YOUR STUDENTS

Our special guest  in the studio with us – and our new composer of the month – is French composer Hector Berlioz. Find out what he’s been up to for the last 140 odd years…

There’ll be a quiz to keep everyone on their toes…

Celebrate the birthday of Johannes Brahms…

We look at another AFL club and try to work out where their theme song came from…

And lots more…

Join Classically Kids this Saturday morning for our Radiothon Special, and if you like what we do, keep us on air by becoming a 3MBS subscriber – call 03 9416 1035.

Every subscriber gets a $30 CD voucher from Thomas’ Music and everyone goes in the draw to win a Bernstein Baby Grand, thanks to Bernie’s Music land.

Classically Kids, 3MBS 103.5FM, Saturdays 8am – 9am with Jacqui and Adam.

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ACO Matinee concert Melb Syd June 2012


April 22, 2012
ACO Matinee Concerts for Secondary Students
Two performances exclusively for secondary school students, led by Richard
Tognetti Artistic Director & Lead Violin, Australian Chamber Orchestra and presented by
Francis Merson, Limelight Magazine.

MOZART Symphony K196/121, "La finta giardiniera"
MEALE Cantilena Pacifica
SCHUBERT (arr. Tognetti) String Quartet No.14, "Death and the Maiden"

*Fri 8 Jun 12pm-1.30pm
Sydney - City Recital Hall Angel Place

*Tue 19 Jun 11am-12.30pm
Melbourne – Melbourne Recital Centre

Tickets $20. Teachers can book
online www.aco.com.au/Default.aspx?url=/matinee
or phone 1800 444 444.

During these interactive concerts, students listen for key elements in the
music, while learning about performance and ensemble techniques. A broad
range of repertoire encompassing Mozart, Schubert and the contemporary
Australian composer Richard Meale covers key aspects of the NSW & VIC music
curricula. Specially tailored Teacher Resources are provided with each
booking, providing students with additional insights into the repertoire.
Resources include state-based curriculum notes and exercises, recordings
and scores. Concerts are tailored to the music curriculum for stages 4 and
5 for New South Wales and levels 5, 6 and VCE for Victoria.
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animated quiz for tempo terms

June 19, 2013

http://www.musictechteacher.com/music_quizzes/quiz_tempo_walk_001.htm A fun way for students to teach themselves (or review) correct musical terms for tempo / speed.

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Animation: How to read notation BRILLIANT

July 20, 2013

This Ted Ed free video lesson (by Tim Hansen) uses a 5 minute video to show how to understand music notation, followed by a quiz and some discussion points. A slight audio error towards the end gives gifted students a chance to find-an-error!

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Are apps saving Classical music?


August 30, 2013

Read the article here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323585604579009041451441648?mg=reno64-wsj.html?dsk=y

It makes reference to Touch Press iPad apps such as: Beethoven’s 9th, The Orchestra, and a Liszt Sonata (piano) app.

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Aural skills online


November 7, 2012

http://e-musicmaestro.com/

This website has a free trial version (before paying a monthly access fee). It provides aural exercises to supplement instrumental lessons.

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Breezin’ Thru Music Theory


April 9, 2011

breezinthrutheory.com

New, online music theory lessons and drills. You can currently access a free demo of some of the online drill games.

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Build a school in the cloud

March 9, 2013

Watch this TED talk on YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3jYVe1RGaU with Middle School students. Then ask them to self-organise into groups (with internet access) and pursue their own choice of ‘big question’ to do with music.

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cadence writing with a card game


January 26, 2012

www.iv-v-i.com/

This card game is designed for 14 year old + students who are studying harmony and cadence writing.

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Carnegie Hall: interactive Music history


November 7, 2012

www.carnegiehall.org/honor/history/index.aspx

This website shows a timeline of African American music (1600-2000). Each era has a link to information, archives and sound samples (sometimes linked to Amazon.com). Spend a lesson exploring the timeline with your secondary class. Ask them to write two paragraphs summarising their discoveries.

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Classical music apps for all ages (Article)

September 6, 2013

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2013/09/apps_for_all_ages_introduce_classical_music_through_videos_art_and_games.html

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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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Classics for kids – free worksheets

June 22, 2011

http://www.classicsforkids.com/activitysheets/

Dozens of free, colourful worksheets on well-known Classical / Romantic / 20th century works. Most include pictorial listening guides.

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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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emusictheory – online aural and reading drills


October 19, 2011

www.emusictheory.com/practice.html

Check out this website for free online aural music skill drills and notation practice for 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 activity on composer bios


April 27, 2011

http://www.makingmusicfun.net/pdf/worksheets/composer-employment-application-worksheet.pdf

This fun, free worksheet, asks students to fill in a mock job application, requiring biographical details of a composer. The website www.makingmusicfun.net includes biographical information and other fun activities.

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free app: Pitch


January 10, 2013

NSW Music teacher has created THIS free app on Pitch – thanks Greg Thwaites!

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Free kit re. minimalism

July 29, 2013

This kit (written by James Humberstone) is designed for secondary music students. It includes references to minimalism, Satie, Humberstone, Riley, Reich & Cage. http://ensembleoffspring.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/MTI-Education-Kit.pdf

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free lesson content re. new curriculum


March 19, 2013

http://artspop.yodelservices.com/

Each of the Arts has a number of units designed to complement the National Curriculum. Scroll to the bottom and choose “Music”!

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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 music theory


December 29, 2012

THIS free, interactive music theory website moves from basic beginner music theory to 4 part harmony writing and cadences.

www.gmajormusictheory.org/Fundamentals/workbooks.html

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free music theory website


June 22, 2011

A comprehensive source (online) for music theory information, suited to secondary students.

http://www.dolmetsch.com/theoryintro.htm

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free online music quizzes

September 13, 2011

Go to this link: Ray Foo … Click on “Music Games/Quizzes” half way down the left side to find dozens of free online quizzes and games to drill music theory. Send students to this page and let them explore – learning through games.

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free online music theory

January 28, 2013

http://www.mymusictheory.com/

All lessons, activities and practise test (grades 1-5 ABRSM music theory) are free online … or you can print them for a small fee.

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free podcasts and activity sheets on Music fundamentals

March 8, 2011

Dr Watson’s podcasts – a MASSIVE and free resource from an American lecturer in music, which has dozens of podcasts, many of which have free lesson guides and activity sheets attached. Topics include “what music means to me”, “repetition in music”, “bad boys in classical music”, “modality” …

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free posters for intermed music theory

January 28, 2013

http://academic.udayton.edu/tobyrush/theorypages/

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free Rhythm Clock lesson & resources

February 9, 2012

www.funmusicco.com/rhythmclock/

FunMusicCo has prepared a video tutorial on how to prepare and use a rhythm clock (suits primary and perhaps Year 7). All the files you might need are also free on the website.

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free theory worksheets


November 4, 2011

Free worksheets from Color in My Piano website. Topics include discovering the piano keyboard, making tetrachords, write scales and chords, applying barlines …

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free vocab list – free lesson ideas


July 19, 2012

Show students a section of THIS free Musical vocab list. Give students 5 minutes to select 10 unknown words and memorise their meaning. Discuss different methods of remembering (taking a visual photo, saying the words to a repeating rhythm, putting each word into 3 different sentences, writing out definition, etc).

Look at THIS word list, and highlight the words you can define already. Use Google to find 10 more definitions.

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free worksheet for teaching intervals


November 14, 2012

FunMusicCo provides a free video on teaching intervals HERE – ideally using an IWB. A free student worksheet can also be found HERE. Thanks for sharing, FunMusicCo!

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free worksheets – naming notes and intervals


January 10, 2012

HERE are some free worksheets from makingmusicfun.net – naming notes and intervals in bass and treble clef. Make up a booklet for students to work through when they have a few spare minutes at a time.

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Good Ear

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: Good Ear is a free online aural training program that covers basic aural requirements such as recognition of intervals, chords and cadences.

The site allows the user to set the instrument and the range of difficulty for aural training.

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Great Relief Junior

March 11, 2010

Go to resource: Great Relief Junior, published by Noteable, is a textbook suitable for students self-teaching (eg when teachers can’t attend classes).The book can be photocopied and are also suitable for studio music teachers.

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Great Relief Senior

March 11, 2010

Go to resource: Great Relief Senior, published by Noteable, is a set of self-taught lessons suitable for senior students. The textbook is intended to be used when teachers are unable to supervise lessons, and are also suitable for studio music teachers.

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Happy Anniversary! Middle Schools Concerts Education Kit (TQO)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: Happy Anniversary! Middle Schools Concerts Education Kit (from The Queensland Orchestra) is a kits on the music of three composers celebrating anniversaries in 2009: Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn.

The kit contains information about the composers, the works performed, history, analysis, and further activities.

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Haunting Music (ArtsEdge USA)

July 2, 2010

Go to resource: Haunting Music (ArtsEdge USA) is a six-lesson unit that focuses on program music through exploration of ’spooky’ orchestral works by Berlioz and Saint-Saens.The unit is published and written by ArtsEdge, the Kennedy Center, USA. The lessons include analysis of musical works, storywriting, and creating a class mural.  The unit is recommended for Grades 4 to 7 (USA).

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Heavy Metal meets Vivaldi


August 15, 2013

http://www.openculture.com/2013/08/fourteen-year-old-girls-blistering-heavy-metal-performance-of-vivaldi.html

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History of Rock (app)


October 6, 2012

THIS “History or Rock” app should save me a lot of time when preparing this term’s unit on Rock Music. ($5.50) We will look at one decade each week. I will pick out a song from each decade and encourage the Musical Futures groups to learn that song each week.

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History of Rock – interactive website

December 23, 2012

www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/event.aspx?id=2695

The Arts Centre has provided a fun, interactive site to learn more about Australian Rock music and its history.

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Illegal Harmonies (Andrew Ford) podcasts Jan 2012

January 1, 2012

ABC Classic FM is re-broadcasting Andres Ford’s series on 20th century music (Illegal Harmonies) at 9.05am on January mornings …. or you can listen to podcasts HERE.

If you use a Mac computer, download a program (free) called Flip4Mac, then download the podcasts from the “Windows Media” links (which are .asx files).

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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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Instrument Bingo

March 11, 2010

Go to resource: Instrument Bingo, written by Cheryl Lavender and published by Jenson Publications, combines musical knowledge with the game of bingo. The text comes with a CD.

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lesson starter (animation)


February 20, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=If_T1Q9u6FM the history of music with texta drawings

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make-your-own song to remember the eras of music


December 28, 2011

HERE is a YouTube attempt to make a song about the characteristics of classical music periods — careful, as there as some swearing near the end. Brainstorm the characteristics of different musical eras (write them on the board). Challenge your students to create a better song about periods of music.

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Melody Bingo

March 11, 2010

Go to resource: Melody Bingo, written by Cheryl Lavender and published by Jenson Publications, combines aural skills with the game of bingo. The text comes with a CD.

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multicultural pop unit

January 27, 2013

Here are some songs to use within a unit on multicultural influences on pop music:

POLYGENETICS: Multi-cultural Pop Music influences

Paul Simon / Graceland Africa concert http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBMAXQ28V-w

Yothu Yindi – Treaty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7cbkxn4G8U

The Corrs – Breathless http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6TKVDHEj5M

Zumba – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKZNWtV0kGc

Bohemian Rhapsody – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9rUzIMcZQ

Muppets version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgbNymZ7vqY

KPop – Gangnam Syle???

Grace Jones’ remake of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire has techno, country and reggae influences – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUmAO2iNe2E

The Blind Boys of Alabama’s - Amazing Grace = African-American + English spiritual + rock  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE4k76VjGdY

Truth Hurts’ “Addictive” = R&B tune + hip hop beat + Hindu sample

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlSSdDv7LYA

Shakira is Columbian with a Lebanese father (hence Arabic influences).

“Whenever, Wherever” – pop melodies, spaghetti-western guitars, rock rhythms and Latin undercurrents.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weRHyjj34ZE

Freddie Mercury and his duet with Spanish Opera singer.

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

Stay Stay Stay – Taylor Swift (ukulele)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bieHmn8C_Tk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9b3_1CcXtY Over the Rainbow / Wonderful World (ukulele)

Inner Circle – Bad Boys (=reggae beat) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4MRmEPNUxY

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Music Australia website resource

March 5, 2011

free resource site – Music Australia website presents free information, old-style sheet music, and recordings on archived Australian topics such as “Beach and Bush” & “Waltzing Matilda”.

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Music: Count Us In 2012 has been launched

July 27, 2012

www.musiccountusin.org.au

CHECK  IT OUT! Listen to the new song on the website … sign up for all the great free resources (for both primary generalist teachers AND secondary music specialists) … let us know what you think :-)

FREE teaching kit and lesson plans are coming VERY soon.

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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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MusicTheory.net

March 8, 2010

Go to resource

MusicTheory.net offers lessons on music theory, aural training, and other tools such as chord calculators. A downloadable offline edition of the site is available.

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Musition and Auralia software

August 16, 2012

There are new versions of music theory and aural training software (Musition and Auralia) as well as case studies: www.risingsoftware.com/education

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new app: The Orchestra


December 6, 2012

$15 app for iPad – scores with flashing cursors synchronised with video footage of orchestra playing … plus interviews with instrumentalists … www.touchpress.com/orchestra/

“Interactive exploration of orchestral music and instruments.”

This app presents eight specially filmed performances, featuring extended extracts from:

Haydn Symphony No 6
Beethoven Symphony No 5
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Debussy Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune
Mahler Symphony No 6
Stravinsky The Firebird
Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra
Salonen Violin Concerto, soloist Leila Josefowicz

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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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Northern Tour Education Kit (TQO)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: The Northern Tour Education Kit (by The Queensland Orchestra) is a kit that supports the 2009 concerts ‘Words and Music’ and examines what music conveys (stories, emotions etc).

Composers covered in the kit include Brahms, Smetana, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Young, and Khachaturian.

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notespelling free worksheets


June 19, 2013

http://www.sheetmusic1.com/ns.gs.html

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online glossary


July 5, 2012

www.classicalworks.com/html/glossary.html

This (free) online music glossary could be used for classroom games. Any ideas? schools.mpfl@mca.org.au

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Powerhouse Museum teacher notes

April 15, 2013

A while ago, the Powerhouse Museum ran an exhibition called “Spinning Around”. HERE are the free teaching notes – Australian pop music and recording technologies.

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Puzzles and Stuff

March 11, 2010

Go to resource: Puzzles and Stuff, published by Noteable, are designed to reinforce musical concepts and musical vocabulary. The textbook is designed for students aged 11 to 17.

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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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Rhythm Bingo

March 11, 2010

Go to resource: Rhythm Bingo, written by Cheryl Lavender and published by Jenson Publications, combines aural skills with the game of bingo. The text comes with a CD.

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teaching Italian terms via mobile phones


December 7, 2011

HERE is a free worksheet from FunMusicCo which uses mobile phones (alpha-numeric buttons) to help students to learn the definitions of Italian terms. After completing the sheet, students could create their own worksheet using mobile phone buttons.

HERE is a free video explaining how to use the worksheet.

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Teaching the Blues – 41 free tips!!!

October 17, 2012

Thanks to Midnight Music, HERE are 41 tips and free resources for teaching 12 bar blues to students of all ages.

www.midnightmusic.com.au/2012/10/41-free-resources-for-teaching-the-12-bar-blues

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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 Classical Music Navigator (USA)

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: The Classical Music Navigator (USA) introduces students to information about classical music through familiar/notable works and composers, determined by relevance.

The site is run by academics through Western Kentucky University, and material is collected based  on “objective criteria”. 444 different composers are listed on the site, chosen by number of available recordings, and number of entries and items held in various collections.

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the pedal piano


April 23, 2012

A little known instrument from the Classical period is the pedal piano – like 2 grand pianos joined at the hip. Read more HERE.

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The Symphony – an interactive guide


October 26, 2011

http://library.thinkquest.org/22673/

An interactive guide to the Symphony and orchestral composers – including an interactive timeline.

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Toccata Blocks for teaching rhythm theory


May 30, 2013

Toccata blocks are concrete resources to assist students (from aged 4 – 104) when learning to read rhythms.   www.toccatablocks.com/

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tracking Australian-ness through pop music


September 19, 2011

Here are some suggestions of songs which have a particularly Australian flavour. Teach the chord progressions of each chorus (guitar / ukulele / keyboard) to your class. Discuss from which decade each song came, and why it feels Australian.

Skyhooks – Living in the 70’s (1975), Joe Dolce – Shaddup You Face (1980), Men at Work – Down Under (1981), Paul Kelly – From St Kilda to Kings Cross (1985), Midnight Oil – Beds are Burning (1987), Yothu Yindi – Treaty (1991 remix), Hunters and Collectors – Holy Grail (1992), any song from Gurrumul Yunupingu’s 2008 album – Gurrumul.

More info on Australian pop music: “Playlisted” by Craig Mathieson

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Trivia-night-style lesson plan


August 27, 2011

Organise students into table groups. Inform them you will play 5 pieces of music from 5 different centuries (1600’s 1700’s 1800’s 1900’s 2000’s). Use iTunes library or GrooveShark to play 5 very different pieces of music. Each team must discuss (quietly) which century belongs to each piece of music. Score 2 points for each correct century or 2 points for being 100 years either side. Score 1 bonus point for every correct reason given for answer!

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TROVE – research tool

September 13, 2011

National Library of Australia has a new online catalog called TROVE – research for books, journal, video, audio, websites, pictures and more. You can even click through the website to purchase many of the items, if you wish.

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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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