ASME NSW in conjunction with MusicEDU and ENGADINE MUSIC are bringing PD on the road for an informative and fun filled day of PD in Term 2, 2013 (25 May).
SATURDAY MAY 25, 2013
KINROSS WOLLAROI MUSIC CENTRE – ORANGE
This PD will involve presenters from Sydney including ASME NSW Chair Brad Merrick, who will provide an update on ACARA, The Australian Curriculum as well as presenting a session on approaches to teaching performance in the HSC. Following the opening lecture, a series of smaller workshops will be provided for rotation for the delegates and their interest.
A selection of other experienced Sydney teachers will be coming out for the day and will share their expertise with you. The aim will be to provide PD for both classroom and studio teachers. Some of the areas that will be touched upon include: -
• Emerging trends with technology in class including keyboards, computers and apps
• Approaches to developing vocal skills, instrumental skills and repertoire selection
• Teaching activities and resources for the Primary and Lower Secondary Classroom
• Strategies for teaching aural, composition, performance in electives and the HSC
Step 1. Just get your school, music class, choir or even just one person from your group to choose a piece of classical or jazz music.
Step 2. Send your request to - email@example.com
Step 3. We’ll e-mail you back to let you know when we’ll be playing your request.
Step 4. Tune in and listen! Easy as that. You can listen on the radio (in/around Melbourne) and stream the show online (all over the world).
Classically Kids EVERY Saturday from 8am – 9am on 3MBS 103.5 FM, with Jacqui and Adam
ACCET Choral Conductor Summer School
Monday 16 – Thursday 19 January 2012 @ Xavier College, Kew VIC
Whether of advanced, intermediate or beginner standard conductors will have hands-on conducting tuition every day. In 4 stimulating days there will be opportunity for participants to increase knowledge of training the voice, of warm-ups, diction and rehearsal techniques, building musicality through body movement, and expressing emotion through singing. There will be repertoire sessions especially for primary/children’s choir; for secondary/youth choir; and for community and church choir. All full attendance participants will get a donated package of some 50 choral pieces.
Australian Choral Conductors Education and Training www.choralconductors.org.au
ANCA Victoria is pleased to invite you to the State Choral Festival
‘SING IN THE CITY’ on 16 – 18 September 2011. Registration is now
open for this exciting choral event.
SING IN THE CITY is a unique opportunity for the Choral Community to come
together and do what they do best – SING!
Join us as three of Australia’s legendary choral conductors and two of
our country’s most successful singing teachers share their insights and
talents. This Festival has something for every stage of development of the
choral musician: singers from age 10 to 100, choral conductors, singing
teachers, educators, music students and everyone who enjoys the beauty of
voices raised in song!
You can choose to come as an individual or get your choir to come along;
if you’re a conductor, come and sing or observe rehearsals with a chance
to learn about singing issues from leading teachers. Our three streams will
feature Australian music for Primary students, the best of current
repertoire for Secondary Schools and a complete performance of the Mozart
Requiem in the Community Stream. Repertoire is listed in the brochure.
The Professional Development Stream will offer workshops in breathing,
posture for choirs, a Q&A session with our conductors and a chance to
observe them in action.
• Primary Choir Stream
Conductor: Mark O’Leary (Founder and Director of the Young Voices of
Venue: VCA School of Music
Cost: $300 per choir or $50 per individual
• Secondary Choir Stream
Conductor: George Torbay (Hailed by The Sydney Morning Herald as ‘one of
Australia’s leading musical lights’)
Venue: St John’s Southgate
Cost: $300 per choir or $50 per individual
• Community Choir Stream
Conductor: Margaret Pride (Music Director for Collegium Symphonic Chorus
Venue: BMW Edge @ Fed Square
Cost: $300 per choir or $75 per individual
• Professional Development Stream
Presenters: Ron Morris (Speech Pathologist, Audiologist and Counter
Tenor), and Anna Connolly (Senior Lecturer in Voice at the Melbourne Conservatorium of
Venue: To be advised
Cost: $150 per participant (includes BOTH days)
REGISTRATION & MORE INFORMATION
To download a brochure go to
Online registrations can be made via the link http://tinyurl.com/5szumhe
Registration closes 1 August 2011.
Our program song has been recorded and is now up on the website for your listening pleasure. There are already 500 schools registered to take part in this year’s program which will unite more than half a million students in the performance of ‘We’ve Got The Music’ on Thursday, 1st September at 11.30am. Don’t forget participation in the program is FREE. The audio files, arrangements, lyric sheet and classroom activity kit: it’s all downloadable once you register your school.
So listen to the song, register now and get your school community on board!
Please help colleagues around Australia (and the globe) by recommending repertoire for school choirs via this online form.
Music: Play for Life
A 3 minute documentary showing the ‘making of’ Somewhere Over the Rainbow – a track by Sandy Hook students to help keep the memories of loved ones alive. Music therapy in many ways.
This is a fun way to learn / teach the Music: Count Us In song for 2011 (We’ve Got the Music). In fact, the song will teach itself, all ready for the massed-music-making MCUI event on 1st September, 2011.
If you don’t yet have a free login, and have registered for Music: Count Us In, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a Jozzbeat login.
We would like to invite you to host a FREE Music Count Us In/The Singing Classroom workshop at your school during September or October.
Here’s a final reminder of the opportunity to have a workshop in your school.
Bookings are filling fast – we already have more than last year!
Please send an expression of interest asap if you are interested.
The workshops will be 1.5 half hours long, run after school and open to all of your staff as well as other teachers in your area. Each participant will receive a resource booklet packed with useful songs, action songs, games and composition ideas, which includes this year’s MCUI song – and a CD!
This year’s workshops will be delivered by Susie Davies-Splitter and Sue Arney.
Below is a list of dates that we are available to come to your school/venue to run a workshop. All dates are open – we have indicated dates which would be best for us to come to country areas, however everything is negotiable and we are happy to discuss options.
Please let me know asap if you would like to book one of the dates below to host a workshop in your school.
Sue Arney email@example.com
Association of Music Educators
Wednesday 19 (country)
Thursday 20 (country)
Monday 8 (country)
Monday 22 (country)
A really positive (UK) article about getting middle school boys to sing!
Message from “Welcome to Music” :
|Dear music friends,
We would like to invite you, your students, and their families and friends to be part of our our Hearts in Harmony Community Music (HHCM) Day on Sunday 5th of May at the Australian Catholic University in Fitzroy, as participants or volunteers (wonderful professional development) or as part of the massed intergenerational choir. Read all the details below and see the links to the general flier and choir call.
The workshops – Come along and participate in inclusive music making for all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Workshops include ‘Music for Mini’s’ with Heather Monro from Kids Music Company, ‘Drum for Fun’ with percussionist Steve D from Playwork Oz and ‘Magic and marimbas’ with entertainer extraordinaire, Phil Melgaard.
‘Time to Sing’ Concert – 2.15-3.30 – Performances include various school and community music groups, GTR-Good Times Roll Band and featuring the ‘Hearts in Harmony’ massed and intergenerational choir, including over 200 choristers made up of local schools, community groups, individuals and families conducted by musicians and educators Susie Davies-Splitter & Phil Splitter.
‘All In’ Finale – within a part of Steve and Phil’s workshops, you will learn an easy marimba and drum accompaniment to an in common popular song. Once learnt, you are invited to choose one of these accompaniment groups, join our ‘All In’ rehearsal and then perform in the ‘All In finale’ at the concert.
HHCM massed and intergenerational choir – Choir Call – Expression of Interest – This unique choir is for all ages and abilities including school choirs, adult community choirs, families and individuals. Four songs are chosen by an expert panel in different styles and languages. The minimum requirement is to learn the melody line of each song and some simple movements (*if possible) and attend the rehearsal at 9.30am on the day of the concert. More advanced choristers are encouraged to purchase the sheet music and learn the harmony parts. Each school and community choir leader/conductor is invited to attend one further rehearsal on Sunday 14th April 2-4pm. (venue to be confirmed).
The four songs are:
Each chorister or choral director is invited to join our special drop box folder where access is given to the lyrics, arrangements, audio and in some instances videos of the songs. A facebook page has also been set up for regular news updates. To register, please contact Janie at Janie@welcometomusic.net or phone 1300 769 803 for further information. There are limited places.
*Unless not able due to disability or disadvantage Choir Participation – $10 pp
The choristers and choir leaders have access to:
Volunteers – Would you like some excellent and free professional development? – Volunteers are required from 8am to 5pm
and attend the workshops and the concert. Tasks include: Setting up and packing up, registration, setting up equipment and
instruments, meeting and greeting, guiding and directing people between locations, security, stage hands for concert etc.
Choristers are also required for the following HHCM events – Concert – ‘What a wonderful world’ at Glen Eira Town Hall on Sat 15th June 7.30pm (Rehearsal for choir leaders Sun 19th May 11-1pm)
HHCM day Sun 6th Oct 9.30-3.30 at MLC – (Rehearsal for choir leaders Sun 22nd Sept)
General Information – Children under 12 are only $5, full time secondary and tertiary students and concession holders are just $10 and for the employed it’s only $20 for the full day! There are also family tickets at $25.
Looking forward to your involvement
To see the fliers click on these links
For bookings -– www.trybookings.com.au/CNEE
Enquiries – firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 769 803
Message from Susie Davies-Splitter:
Hearts in Harmony Community Music (HHCM) day Sunday 6th October, 2013 at MLC (Vic)
With special guest RICHARD GILL OAM
Dear aMuse friends,
We invite you and your students and their families and friends to join our HHCM day on Sunday 6th of October at the Methodist Ladies College, Kew as participants or volunteers (wonderful professional development) or as part of the massed intergenerational choir. Read all the details below and see the general flier attached.
The workshops – Come along and participate in inclusive music making for all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Workshops include ‘Music for Mini’s’ with Heather Monro from Kids Music Company, ‘Folk Dancing from around the world’ with Audrey Fine, ‘Sing your heart out’ with Susie Davies-Splitter and Phil Splitter, ‘Marimbas and wacky instruments’ with Jon Madin and ‘Singing’ with Richard Gill.
‘Time to Sing’ Concert – 2.30-3.45 – Performances include various school and community music groups, GTR-Good Times Roll Band and featuring the ‘Hearts in Harmony’ massed and intergenerational choir, including over 200 choristers made up of local schools, community groups, individuals and families conducted by special guest RICHARD GILL OAM.
‘All In’ Finale – within a part of the workshops, you will learn an easy marimba and dance accompaniment to an in common popular song. Once learnt, you are invited to choose one of these groups, join our ‘All In’ rehearsal and then perform in the ‘All In finale’ at the concert.
HHCM massed and intergenerational choir – Choir Call – Expression of Interest – This unique choir is for all ages and abilities including school choirs, adult community choirs, families and individuals. Four songs are chosen by an expert panel in different styles and languages. The minimum requirement is to learn the melody line of each song and some simple movements and attend the rehearsal at 9.45am on the day of the concert. More advanced choristers are encouraged to purchase the sheet music and learn the harmony parts. Each school and community choir leader/conductor is invited to attend one further rehearsal on Sunday 22nd Sept.
Volunteers - Would you like some excellent and free professional development? – Volunteers are required from 8am to 5pm and attend all workshops and the concert. Tasks include: Setting up and packing up, registration, setting up equipment and instruments, meeting and greeting, guiding and directing people between locations, security, stage hands for concert etc.
General Information – Children under 12 are only $5, full time secondary and tertiary students and concession holders are just $10 and for the employed it’s only $20 for the full day! There are also family tickets at $25.
For bookings -– www.trybookings.com.au/CUVB
Idea of North are appearing at the Illawarra Music Festival on Sunday 26 May, 2013, holding a workshop in the afternoon at 2pm and a concert at 5pm.
These two YouTube clips feature the gorgeous music of the Stiff Gins, sung in Indigenous language.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikilFioL9SQ with Sydney Children’s Choir at TEDx
Dandenong Ranges Music Council Choral Directors’ Workshop with Rhonda Davidson-Irwin
Date: Wednesday 27 July 2011. 09.30am Registration – 03.00pm
Venue: Dandenong Ranges Music Council, Upwey High School
1451 Burwood Hwy, Upwey 3158
Cost: $35 includes lunch
Bookings: Karen Noonan Karen@drmc.org.au ph 9754 6566
The Kidzsongs Professional Development Conductor Workshop is open to all musical directors, music teachers and conductors.
You do not have to have a choir to attend. You may be interested in the project or conduct a community choir and feel you need more information, experience or confidence. The session will involve: Warm up techniques, repertoire choices for your choir, choralography, conducting technique, voice training, choir management, massed item repertoire, hints and tips in teaching repertoire.
Go to resource: Kiravanu is an opera written by James Humberstone and Mary Elizabeth, specifically designed for children and integrated with the curriculum.Online resources are available through the site to support performances of Kiravanu in schools. It was first developed in MLC, Sydney, and resources include cross-curricula lesson plans to assist with implementation of this opera production in schools.
The Kodaly National Conference 2-5 October 2012 in Adelaide
“It’s TIME: The Importance of Music Education”, will be held at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide
There is still time to book for what promises to be a fantastic event:
More information at kodaly2012.com
Registrations now open and can be done using: goo.gl/PPAFG
Les Miserables has been turned into a movie (with Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe) retaining the original music. Watch the extended trailer HERE – they describe the way the singers sing live during the filming, with a live pianist on-site.
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!
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:
Register to be part of it at www.makingmusicbeingwell.org.au
Music: Count Us In 2012 song parts for ALL school instruments are now online: www.musiccountusin.org.au
Obtaining a login is free and easy for Australian schools (and home-schools). If there are parts or arrangements you would like, but cannot find, please email: email@example.com
All parts may be played along with the radio version of “Different People (Stand Together)”. ENJOY!!
A MESSAGE FROM DARREN WICKS:
Making singing work with secondary school students is never easy! Both the National Review of School Music and my own PhD research have highlighted the many problems surrounding singing in Australian secondary schools, including: low participation rates, maintaining student motivation and the poor level of teacher training.
I’d like to help get your students excited about choral singing and hopefully more motivated to participate in your school choral programs. With the help of the City of Port Phillip and in partnership with several youth-oriented organisations, we aim to assemble a youth chorus of 80 secondary students. We will offer the students the experiences of socialising, learning and performing in two professionally managed concerts with top class musicians as well as mixing with tertiary students from the areas of music, events and hospitality. On top of that, we will put them on stage with a 90-voice community gospel choir to back them up and help them feel “the big sound” experience.
Introducing Melbourne Singers of Gospel
MSG is an adult choir community of 90 voices rehearsing and performing in the City of Port Phillip continuously since 2003. The choir performs songs of soul and purpose in the Gospel, Soul and Motown traditions with jazz-blues accompaniment from The Soul Train. MSG is directed by Darren Wicks and managed by a committee of management. The choir is secular.
Darren is a VIT-registered secondary teacher with postgraduate qualifications and 20 years teaching experience.
Each year, amongst its other engagements, MSG stages two major concerts. MSG’s 29 June concerts are called SOULFOOD and will be held at St Kilda Town Hall. The theme for these concerts is engaging youth in performance making. Alongside MSG, Soul Food will feature:
As a special part of its youth engagement approach, MSG is putting the call out to secondary schools in the City of Port Phillip and surrounding regions to create a chorus of 80 students to learn a repertoire of 6 songs.
There is no financial cost to the school but a small fee to students to cover staff, music and venue costs.
For more information, please contact:
Sandra Sanders, Youth Chorus Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, 0401 766 348
2012 Melbourne Festival of Choirs 7 – 9 April (Easter)
Dr Jonathon Welch AM (best known as the Founding Director of the ARIA, Helpmann and Logie winning Choir of Hard Knocks, ABC TV’s Jail Birds and Channel 7’s Battle of the Choirs), is inviting you to participate in the 2012 National Melbourne Festival of Choirs to be held over the Easter weekend.
Following the stunning success of the 2nd National Melbourne Festival of Choirs in 2011, with over 400 participants, here is your opportunity to collaborate with some of Australia’s best music directors and sing in an amazing selection of Melbourne’s spectacular venues, including the magnificent National Gallery of Victoria, BMW Edge Theatre and Federation Square.
Over the festival weekend, you will enjoy workshops, masterclasses and participating in the Massed Festival Choirs working with some of Australia’s finest choral conductors.
We are excited to announce another diverse and exciting program for 2012 featuring some of Australia’s most dynamic and outstanding choral directors, singers and musicians that will lead workshops and conduct the Festival Men’s and Women’s choruses including Kate Sadler, who took Vox Synergy to the finals of Battle of the Choirs on Channel 7, Peter Mousaferiadis will conduct the Festival World Music Chorus and Chris Blain, dynamic director and leader of the outstanding boy-band a cappella group SUADE, our Choir in Residence for 2012!
All genres of choirs are welcome to participate in the festival (gospel, contemporary, a cappella, classical, youth, world music, barbershop, etc. ).
If your choir is not participating or you are currently not singing with a choir, you are also invited to register as an individual participant and join in this wonderful weekend of singing and fun!!
Register your interest NOW via email: email@example.com
6th Annual Mornington Peninsula Choral Festival – “Harmonies Unite”
This unique event is a celebration of choral singing on the Mornington Peninsula.
There are five events taking place in the beautiful surrounds of Toorak College and The Peninsula School, Mt Eliza.
Festival Day – featuring Community, Church and School Choirs.
Saturday 2 June, 2.00-5.00 pm in the Toorak College Music Centre and other venues.
Adults – $12; concession – $6; children – free.
Refreshments will be available.
“Let’s Sing” Concerts for School Choirs
Monday 28 May, Tuesday 29 May, Wednesday 30 May and Thursday 31 May- 7.00 – 9.00 pm in The Ansett Hall, The Peninsula School.
Adults and concession- $6; children free
For more information phone – Sue Gilbert at the Peninsula School – 9788 7839 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The 2011 (free) Teaching Kit for “We’ve Got the Music” just went online. It features free lesson ideas and teaching resources for Primary and Middle School classes, as well as brilliant ideas for inclusion and special needs. It is designed for generalist classroom teachers and music teachers alike.
All feedback welcome. Bring on 1st September 2011!!
If you haven’t signed up, please do, then you’ll be able to view the Teaching Kit.
Watch this space – the teaching kit for Music Count Us In 2011 is coming soon. It’s full of free ideas to enhance music education delivery in your school, including cross-curricular lesson ideas. Many free ensemble charts are already on the website www.musiccountusin.org.au . Don’t be scared of signing up – it’s really easy!
MusicTime! Great Classroom Ideas for Years 5 – 8
Presented by Dr Ros McMillan
Want to finish Semester 1 fired with enthusiasm for Term 3? This workshop, designed for teachers of students in Years 5 – 8, will provide participants with a wealth of ideas for units of work as well as one-off activities that will appeal to students from upper primary to junior secondary.
This is not an easy group to cater for as many Year 7s will experience music for the first – and last! – time in their lives in this school year, while Year 8 students can be one of the most difficult age-groups to engage in music-making of any kind. Upper primary school students, too, are not always the amenable students of earlier years, with most of them having strong views on what makes music as a school subject ‘good’.
Thus, Year 5 – 8 teachers face the difficult task of planning a curriculum that is enjoyable and relevant for their students as well as fulfilling to teach. At the same time they may be required to provide music classes for a one-year, or even one-semester, subject that their school administration believes is all that students need to continue the study of music in later school years.
Working with typical classroom resources, participants at this workshop will be assisted to plan stimulating and rewarding lessons for students of all abilities. Through a variety of hands-on activities, teachers will be shown how to fulfil the requirements of the new Australian Curriculum, one in which a rich, creative and coherent curriculum is at the centre.
Friday 24 June
9.30am – 3.30pm
Statewide Resources Centre
150 Palmerston Street, Carlton
Melway reference — Map 2B:H6
Lunch is provided
Ros McMillan has been teaching and researching music education for almost 50 years, including 20 years at the University of Melbourne where she was Senior Lecturer then Head of Music Education, and 13 years as Director of Music at the PresbyterianLadies’ College, Melbourne. For the last decade she has been writing music workbooks for teachers and students with over 10,000 students using her books. Ros is a keyboard player, specialising in improvisation.
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
This year’s program song is about to hit the air-waves. Registration is being accepted by schools for the 2011 massed singing event on September 1st, 2011 @ 11.30am (AEST).
Associated free lesson plans, teaching kits, free MP3, sheet music, and instrumental arrangements will soon be available via the website.
Signing up via the website is free and easy!! http://www.musiccountusin.org.au/
This year’s wiki site for ‘Music Count Us In’ is up and running. So far there are lyrics, scores, mp3’s, a sing-along movie and a karaoke movie. Keep looking because more resources will be added over the next weeks. Just follow this free link:
Hope you enjoy it, Sally
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.
The National Folk Festival (Australia) is developing educational resources. These include a free CD of 2009 festival highlights & IWB resources about the fiddle.
THIS clip shows Monday night’s Sydney Town Hall concert of 600 govt secondary school students singing Mozart’s Requiem, with NSW Combined Schools Orchestra. Brett Weymark did a brilliant job conducting on 13/5/13, as organised by the Arts Unit, NSW. http://vimeo.com/user11416839/review/66213329/84bcb23e4f
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com
Listen to Indigenous Australian music from “Black Arm Band”, “Saltwater Band”, “Gurrumul Yunupingu” and “Archie Roach” on YouTube, iTunes, CD or GrooveShark.
Listen to the first minute or so of each track from the recent Royal Wedding (soundtrack available from iTunes).
For each piece of music, discuss the time signature (how many beats per bar) and the instrumentation (which instruments and voices are heard).
Discuss the sound of hymns – organ introduction & massed voices singing throughout (rarely changing colour or texture). Decide which tracks from the Royal Wedding are hymns.
Discuss the process of commissioning a new piece of music. John Rutter was commissioned to compose “This is the Day” to be sung as an anthem for this wedding (performed 29/4/2011).
Singing Teaching for Beginners
Estill Master Teacher & Estill Course Instructor
Saturday July 9th, 2011; 2 pm ˆ 5 pm
NewHope Baptist Church, Springfield Rd
Blackburn North, Victoria
Teaching beginners to sing? Beginning to teach singing?
This workshop is for YOU!
Good technique: where do I start?
How much anatomy do I need to know?
How much anatomy do I need to teach?
Repertoire for beginning singers?
Warm-ups for students?
How can I correct breathy tone?
Smooth transition across the passagio?
Bring your questions or send them prior to the workshop for discussion on the day
Registration and pre-payment essential to confirm a place.
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.
Download the brief at musiccountusin.org.au/the-song
Go to resource: Songs for Teaching is an American website that offers downloadable songs for teaching various non-music subjects, integrating music into learning tasks. Users need to purchase songs. Each song is searchable via subject name or via artist name.
Go to resource: The Sydney Symphony Orchestra offers programs for school children, and provides in conjunction with these, resources for teachers. Past kits from previous Meet the Music series can be viewed online and requested from the SSO. The site also gives links to Meet the Music events and other educational events.
Go to resource: The Great Australian Songbook – celebrating 100 years of classic songs for Aussie kids, published 2000 by ABC Music, is a CD of Australian songs suitable for children. The lyrics for all of the songs are included with the CD. The CD was produced by Jon Kane and features musicians Marcus Holden, Genni Kane, Hugh Moran, Mark Walmsley and John Kane.
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.
Bookings for the 2012 Education Program are now open at Victorian Opera. This includes a special Cinderella theatre experience for primary pupils in a series of one hour presentations of Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
We will once again offer a Professional Development program for teachers and singers as well as further opportunities to host a workshop in your school with our Outreach to Schools program.
Upper Secondary school groups attending our mainstage productions will have an additional experience preceding a performance with the opportunity to meet with an artist from the production in our new Seminar series.
Voice Workshop for Secondary Students
Your students will have the chance to experience a group warm-up and Feldenkraisworkshop with MCM Convenor of Voice Stephen Grant, masterclasses with stafffrom VCASS and the MCM, and ensemble singing with VCASS Head of Choral Studies Claire Preston. A day not to be missed for the serious singing student!
This workshop has been designed for classical voice students aged 14 to 18, and is especially relevant to those undertaking VCE Music Performance or preparing for AMEB exams.
Date: Friday 4 May, 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Cost: $55 per participant
Venue: VCASS, 57 Miles Street, Southbank, VIC
We’ve got the Music & Music: Count Us In online resources are up and going, Jozzbeat-style. They are accessed via this page:
Jozzbeat will give each school a free log-in (after the school has registered for Music: Count Us In at www.musiccountusin.org.au)
Existing customers of Jozzbeat that come through as MCUI registrees can just use their existing JozzBeat website password/username to access the resources.
Grab a group of kids, log on, learn the song, add some percussion, and have a fun lesson
http://youtu.be/pAV-fJOl0J4 Watch this well-edited video with your class, then discuss the benefits of music-making to students and teachers. Make a list of songs that make kids feel happy and positive. Brainstorm why massed singing makes us all feel special on the inside!