» Age Range 15 to 18: Instrumental Music

$10million violin damaged by shark attack

April 3, 2013


If you share this article with anyone else, make sure you read the date it was published!!!

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10 free Lion King video clips re. making of

May 9, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJkUKcNcfR0 This is the first of TEN free YouTube clips about the making of the stage production of the Lion King. Classes might talk about musicals, African music, percussion, music to create moods … ENJOY!

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10 Greatest Pianists of All Time (article)

July 15, 2013

Read the free Limelight article HERE

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2013 Clarinet + Sax conference

May 22, 2013


11 – 13 July, 2013 – Sydney

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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…


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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3MBS education program Saturday morning 8am

January 28, 2011

3MBS education program

Saturday morning 8am

Australia/Melbourne 103.5 FM

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January 13, 2011

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

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

3MBS FM 103.5 if you are in Melbourne!

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3MBS Kids – taking requests for Classically Kids

August 6, 2011

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  -   3mbskids@gmail.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


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ABC Keys to Music podcasts

February 15, 2011

ABC Keys to Music – listen to a 4-part series of audio podcasts from May 2009. Richard Gill and Graham Abbott discuss the importance of quality school Music Education for all Australian children.

(Scroll down the webpage to the heading “Music Education Series”)

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Ace the Audition (article)

November 14, 2012

HERE is an article from November 2012 Music Forum magazine – helping students ace their tertiary music auditions!

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ACO 2013 education programs

February 22, 2013
Applications for ACO Education Programs now open!

Applications are now open for our unparalleled education programs, available across Australia.

The Education Program offers students the opportunity to discover the ACO and see Richard Tognetti in concert, play alongside ACO musicians, sit within metres of the ACO whilst it rehearses and learn in-depth about the music that we play.

More information about these opportunities and applications are available at aco.com.au/education

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ACO Academy report 2012

August 7, 2012

9 – 13 July 2012

The inaugural ACO Academy gave top-level secondary string students the opportunity to work with ACO musicians in an inspiring week of music-making.

Twenty six students from across regional and metropolitan New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia took part in rehearsals; chamber music sessions; private performances by ACO musicians; a behind-the-scenes look at the ACO; presentations from ACO management staff; a session on careers and pathways in music, and a gala concert at City Recital Hall Angel Place on Friday 13 July, featuring Emily Sun of Mrs Carey’s Concert fame.

The reaction from the audience was enormously enthusiastic and many parents, music teachers and supporters said that this had been a life-changing experience for the students involved.


Sydney String Workshop
Wed 8 Aug, ACO Studio, Circular Quay 1:00pm – 4:00pm
applications closed

Secondary Students Matinee Concert ACO & Sydney Dance
Tue 30 Oct, Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay 12:00pm – 1:30pm
book now

Open Rehearsals for Students with Disability
Mon 8 Oct, ACO Studio, Circular Quay 12pm
Tue 4 December, ACO Studio 12:30pm
enquire now

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ACO Education program 2012

November 4, 2011

Read about the ACO Schools’ Program for 2012

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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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ACO October 2013 on period wind instruments

April 17, 2013

http://www.aco.com.au/whats_on/event_detail/brahms4 – short video clips on website


DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No.4


Richard Tognetti Director and Violin
Steven Isserlis Cello

The Fourth is Brahms’ final and greatest symphony. Here, Brahms takes flight, as he melds the soaring sounds of Romanticism to classical structure in a constantly evolving drama.

Brahms premiered the symphony with a small orchestra of 48 musicians, which he declined to augment. ACO follow his lead and perform with wind instruments from Brahms’ time.
Steven Isserlis is the epitome of the intelligent and passionate cellist. Isserlis first played this concerto as a child. “I used to think it was so joyous,” he says. “As I’ve got older, the more tragic it seems.”
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ACO open rehearsal 2 Aug 2012

May 20, 2012

Open Rehearsal for School Students
Thurs 2 Aug

Students sit within metres of the musicians while they rehearse, getting a behind-the-scenes look at how the Orchestra prepares for concerts. After the rehearsal, students are invited to meet the ACO players. Register your students.

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ACO Reef documentary (ABC)

February 22, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-EkRHRxSDY ACO is currently touring “The Reef” program around Australia – this 2 minute YouTube clip shows ACO’s multimedia approach – music + waves + technology. Ask students for other ideas re. uniting Art music with nature. View the concert program HERE.

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ACO Tour 2, 2012 – free lesson content

April 20, 2012


Above are the links to the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s FREE teaching notes and lesson ideas for their 2012 Tour 2 (TWO). Lesson content is designed for Secondary students.

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ACO Virtual – 3D

May 9, 2013


The Gold Coast Arts Centre is launching ACOVirtual – a 3D experience of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for all ages!

Watch the “making of” ACOVirtual HERE

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Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is a professional orchestra, resident in South Australia.

Their education programs include open rehearsals, school student concerts, in-schools performances, and composition competitions.

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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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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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ArtPlay Big Jam in Melb 11/11/12

October 31, 2012


(and flutes, and violins, and clarinets, and saxophones, and bass guitars, and cellos, and marimbas, and percussion… and any other instrument you like)

Do you play an instrument? Would you like to join a band? Come to ArtPlay in the heart of Melbourne on Sunday 11 November to help us form the biggest band ArtPlay has ever seen or heard!

The event is ‘Jump on the Bandwagon’ and the aim is to see how many musicians – all ages, all playing together – it takes to fill ArtPlay with music. In the course of an hour we will create a brand new piece of music, with help from some of Melbourne’s most inspiring and innovative musicians from the jazz, classical and rock music worlds.

‘Jump on the Bandwagon’ is a Big Jam for the whole family, and everyone is invited – mums, dads, brothers and sisters, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles – and anyone else! You can be any age and of any level of musical experience. More experienced players will learn new music, invent riffs and rhythms, improvise a solo, and work alongside musicians from the MSO, the Australian Art Orchestra, and Melbourne’s diverse freelance scene. First-timers will have the unforgettable experience of being part of a large and tight ensemble – like an orchestra but with a few more electric guitars and a lot more percussion.

BYO instrument or play one of ours on the day.

Jump on the Bandwagon

Sunday 11 November

ArtPlay (Birrarung Marr, behind Federation Square)

11am-12noon and 2pm-3pm (choose one session or come to both – no two sessions are the same)

$10 per family

Bookings – ArtPlay, 96647900


Created and led by Gillian Howell, leader of Big Jams for Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, City of Manningham, and others.

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Aus Youth Band Open Day 14 Sept 2013

September 8, 2013



Saturday 14 September

Senior Band – 9:00am to 12:00pm

Junior Band – 11.30am to 1:00pm

Parkhill Primary School – Parkhill Drive, Ashwood VIC

Come along and experience Australia’s premier youth marching/concert band in action at our Open Day!

The following positions are available:

  • woodwind
  • brass
  • percussion

The Australian Youth Band has had many exciting opportunities on the world stage in recent years, including tours to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics, North America in 2010, Malaysia in 2012 and most recently, Shanghai in April 2013.

We have many more local and international performance opportunities in the pipeline.

- Your musical instrument (except for percussionists)
- Music Stand
- Yourself and an enthusiastic attitude!

For further details, please contact

Richard O’Toole: Musical Director
Mob: 0402 912 772   Email: music.director@ayb.org.au

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AUSTA String event 16 June 2013 Brighton Vic

June 4, 2013

Exciting new AUSTA Vic event – World Music Fiesta

Sunday, June 16, 1.00 – 4.00 pm

St Leonards College, 163 South Rd. Brighton East

An afternoon of string workshops in eclectic styles, followed by a concert at 3.30.

Students, adults and teachers are warmly encouraged to participate.

Three workshop sessions in different styles will run concurrently:

Scottish Fiddle with the founder of the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Judy Turner,

Rock Strings, a contemporary workshop with Ben Hooper, who has worked closely with AUSTA VIC conference favourite Mark Wood,

Balkan Gypsy &Klezmer Strings with Sarah Busuttil, violinist of the esteemed ensemble The Woohoo Review.

Each workshop session will develop a performance piece (or pieces) which will be presented in the afternoon concert. (3.30 – audiences welcome!)

Schools with established world music ensembles or contemporary string groups are welcome to apply to perform at this event.

The day aims to be a colourful representation of some of the fabulous eclectic ensembles currently running in schools.

Cost per student $15, AUSTA members $10

Further details: Karen Kyriakou, 0417 052 677

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AUSTA String Festival 28 July 2013 (Vic)

June 21, 2013

Registrations are now open for the AUSTA String Performers Festival, a welcoming, non-competitive performance opportunity for students. String students of all levels are welcome and all performers will receive written feedback and a trophy. Family and friends will make up the audience for each session.

When: Sunday 28th July, 2013 from 9am – 2pm

Where: Scotch College Music Department, Morrison St. Hawthorn.

- Students will be allocated a one hour session time and will stay to watch the entire session.  This will expose your students to different levels and musicians from all around Victoria.

- Performers can rank their preferred session times and we will try to accommodate them as much as possible.

- The performance time limit for each player is 5 minutes.

- Having the accompaniment is not compulsory. A Festival Accompanist is available for students up to AMEB Grade 4 in sessions 1 & 2 only (9am – 11am).  Students are welcome to play without the accompaniment or bring their own pianist.

- String teachers who are not able to attend on the day can still allow their students to perform.

- Once session times are allocated, we will advise you by email of your scheduled performance time.

Entry fee: $15 per performer. Family discount of $10 for each additional child applies.

Audience free of charge.

Registration forms http://www.austa.asn.au/1_Public/chapter_template-1.php?chapter=VIC

This is a great opportunity for students to practise performing in a relaxed and friendly environment, with written feedback offered. Please note the date and let your students know.

Registrations: james.deRozario@scotch.vic.edu.au

Enquiries: lesleyqualtrough@yahoo.com.au or 0411 479 313

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Australian Brass Quintet – May workshop in Melbourne

April 19, 2011

On Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th May Caulfield Grammar School is hosting the Australia Brass Quintet. Australian Brass Quintet David Elton – Principal Trumpet of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Tristram Williams – International leading young soloist, ensemble musician, improviser and educator. Ben Jacks – Principal Horn of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Michael Bertoncello – Trombonist of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Shannon Pittaway – Bass Trombonist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

There will be opportunities for student workshops and staff professional development with some of Australia’s finest brass musicians. The two days of workshops will finish with a concert to be held in the Cripps Centre at Caulfield Grammar School, 217 Glen Eira Road, East St Kilda.

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Australian compositions from the last 25 years

September 26, 2012

The Australian Music Centre has an easy-to-use, free webpage which lists instrumental music from the last 25 years www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/guides/hsc .

A terrific resource – thanks AMC! Email AMC if your instrument is not listed.

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Australian Flute Festival 2013

January 14, 2013
The repertoire for the Flute, Young Artist and Orchestral Excerpts Competition is now up on the AFF website.

See Competitions page for details. The first round for both competitions is a CD round.

The closing date for entries is 5pm Friday June 28, 2013 (Sydney, Australia time).

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Australian National Eisteddfod

May 3, 2011


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Band Champs Perth 2013

March 10, 2013


29/3 – 1/4

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Ben Northey – Conducting Workshop

May 28, 2011

Ben Northey is the conductor clinician for a seminar, master class and video workshop for school band directors. We are proud to be able to celebrate Ben’s appointment as Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. This special event is presented by The Grainger Wind Symphony in partnership with the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association (Victoria branch). Ben’s services is provided by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the event is assisted with sponsorship from Allans Music + Billy Hydes.

On Wednesday 8 June, at 5.30pm the public Seminar has Ben talking and answering questions about Exploring the Art of Conducting. At 6.30pm, the full participants have a public Conducting Master Class with Ben as clinician but without piano or any instrumentalists. At 7.30pm finger food is provides free. From 8.30pm each full participant in turn conducts The Grainger Wind Symphony in a public Video Workshop with maestro Northey as clinician.

All three sessions are open to the public. You are all encouraged to come to congratulate Ben for his appointment and learn from his experiences in music and conducting from his youth in Ballarat to his studies at University of Melbourne with John Hopkins and at the Sibelius Academy in Finland.  Entry fee includes membership of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association (Victoria). Apply to come by the due date so catering can be arranged for you

Full participants will conduct in the one hour Master Class a concert band work of their choice, and conduct the same in front of The Grainger Wind Symphony with about 12 minutes of podium time. There is a strict limit of 8 full participants. The first eight places will go to the suitable applicants who pay their fee first. Applications for full participants will close on Friday 1 June.

The venue is the De Young Performing Arts Centre at Carey Baptist Grammar School, 349 Barkers Road, Kew.

Application form, fees and more information can be download from the GWS website, www.graingerwindsymphony.asn.au.

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Biggest Orchestra world record 2013

July 14, 2013


world’s biggest orchestra attempt a success – over 7000 Aussie musicians

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Brass workshop 4-6 July 2012 (Vic)

June 11, 2012

The event below may be of interest to your students. This is a non- residential camp with some great opportunities and experiences for brass and percussion players.

Note: Registration can be printed at the following link (also contains event info)

Wednesday 4th – Friday 6th July 2012
10am – 3:30pm
Balwyn High School
Balwyn North, VIC


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Brass workshop for secondary students (Vic) – 23 July

June 12, 2011

A joint workshop between the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School for players of all brass instruments from later primary to VCE level.

Directed by Charles MacInnes (Convenor of Brass, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music), participants will have the chance to be part of a group warm up, learn about brass playing techniques, participate in or observe a performance workshop, as well as take part in a large brass ensemble.

This workshop is open to all school-aged brass students (year 5 upwards) of all ages and levels of experience

WHEN: Saturday 23 July, 10:00am – 4:00pm
WHERE: VCASS, 57 Miles Street, Southbank
HOW MUCH: $40 per participant / $20 per observer (teacher)

MORE INFORMATION AND ENROLMENTS: http://www.conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au/programs/short/brass

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Chamber Music Competition 2012 (Vic)

February 26, 2012

CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION – the Musical Society of Victoria will conduct a Chamber Music competition for groups of up to six instrumental players up to the age of 23 years on

Sunday May 20th at 2.30 p.m.

Details and entry forms are available on the website at www.msv.org.au or ring 03 9509 7767.

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Chamber Music Competition 2013 Vic

March 4, 2013


The Musical Society of Victoria is holding its annual Chamber Music Competition for groups of up to six musicians on May 19th at 2.30 p.m. at the Ewing Memorial Uniting Church, East Malvern.  At least one member of the group must be a current financial member of the Musical Society of Victoria.

First Prize $500; Second Prize $300; plus and Encouragement Award to allow a group one masterclass from a member of the FireBird Trio.

This is an excellent opportunity for musicians to experience Chamber Music in a friendly and supportive environment.

For further details see www.msv.org.au/Awards

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CHAMBER MUSIC SHORT COURSE for school-age students (Melb)

September 22, 2011

CHAMBER MUSIC SHORT COURSE for school-age students

Students are welcome to participate in this 5 session Chamber Music Course as individuals or as an established group.

Individual students will be assigned to chamber groups based on ability and experience.

The course includes:

Þ      Rehearsal and practice techniques for working in a chamber music group.

Þ      Coaching

Þ      Ensemble exercises (away from instrument)

Þ     Student Concert in final session

CONTACT: Course Director: Robin Baker 0435 073 247


When: Sundays 3.30 – 5pm: 5 sessions:  Oct 16, Oct 23, Nov 13, Nov 20 and Nov 27

Who: Pianists and string players – minimum Grade 6 AMEB standard or equivalent

Where: VCA, 234 St Kilda Rd, Southbank, Melbourne

Cost: $290 per student for the full 5 sessions

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March 7, 2010

Go to resource: ChordBook.com is an interactive virtual online guitar.

The site features over 1300 guitar chords and inversions, guitar scales and a guitar tuner.

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Clarinet Mega day (Melb) 9 Sept 2012

September 5, 2012

On Sunday 9 Sept 2012, David Griffith is hosting a Clarinet Mega Day here at Monash University which involves 4 leading clarinetists presenting a day of masterclasses, ensembles, panel discussions and a performance.

It is aimed towards more advanced high school students and tertiary level students.

School of Music-Conservatorium, Building 68, Monash University, VIC 3800

tel: (03) 9905 3232

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Clarinet Mega day 8/9/13 Melb

August 25, 2013

Clarinet Mega Day: Sunday September 8, 2013

Monash University School of Music invites all clarinet players to the Clarinet Mega Day II. Come along for a day of all of things clarinet. Featuring masterclasses with leading professionals, orchestral excerpt class, warm up session, vendor exhibits, panel discussions, VCE masterclasses and join in with a performance of the Monash Clarinet Mega Day Clarinet Choir.

Contact: robert.burke@monash.edu

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CLASAX VCE Masterclass (Vic)

July 28, 2011

The Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Victoria is again holding their
annual VCE masterclass afternoon on Sunday August 7th at 2:30pm at MLC
(Barkers Rd, Kew).

Year 11 and 12 students studying clarinet and saxophone are invited to
apply to play and be workshopped. We are fortunate to have Peter
Rickard, a senior AMEB examiner and Head of Woodwind at Scotch College
as the tutor for the afternoon.

Places will be allocated on a first in, best dressed basis so please
apply soon to avoid disappointment!

Other students, especially those in Year 9 or 10 and contemplating VCE
music, are encouraged to attend as audience members, as is anybody
else who is interested.

All enquiries to Fiona McKellar (fionakmckellar@gmail.com).

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Classical Era: Style School

June 11, 2012
Style School – Ornamentation & Improvisation in the Classical Period

Victorian Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro will be conducted by Richard Gill and performed by Ludovico’s Band on period instruments. This is the first time The Marriage of Figaro has been performed by a period instrument classical orchestra in Melbourne.

They would like to offer upper secondary school students, tertiary students and pre-professional and young professional musicians the unique opportunity to spend two days working alongside these specialists in historically informed performance. Led by Richard Gill and the principal musicians from Ludovico’s Band, students will work on ensemble, text and stylistic interpretation of performing repertoire from this period of music – all in the theatre and on the stage of the Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Places are available for participants currently at AMEB Grade 6 and above. There will additionally be an opportunity for teachers and students to observe the workshops taking place.

  • Wednesday  25 July and Friday  27 July  9:15am – 3:00pm
  • Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
  • $150 for participants
  • $50 for observers
  • $85 for students and teachers (both days)

Places on offer:

Voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, percussion and strings.


For further enquiries please contact Melissa Harris, Education Manager on (03) 9012 6652 or melissah@victorianopera.com.au.

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Classical takes on Pop

August 29, 2011


Aston String Quartet plays a ‘classical interpretation’ of a Cold Play song

Play it to any age-group :-)

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Concerto Competition for Strings

June 20, 2011

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Creating Instruments at Satisfied Mind (USA)

March 4, 2010

Go to resource: Creating Instruments at Satisfied Mind (USA) is a site that provides instructions on how to make various instruments.

These include the homemade banjo, bass, dulcimer, drum, dancing lumberjack, rainstick, and thumb piano. The site was created by Carol Raedy, a music educator.

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custom built orchestra

February 24, 2013


Explorations in sound, technology, recording techniques and instrument design by Diego Stocco.

“I always been fascinated by the raw musical power that an orchestra can express, so, after creating a series of videos where I’m performing a multi-track piece with an instrument I designed, I decided to take the concept a step farther and create my own orchestra made of unusually unique instruments.

The project started by handcrafting a diverse selection of instruments, then I wrote a composition where I could fit them all in and finally performed each part. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it!”

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discover. learn. play. website

June 26, 2013


dlp = discover learn play

This free website is a massive collection of resources for instrumental teachers (and learners) – videos, blogs, advice, etc

For example, here is the dlp page for beginner flute http://springpad.com/#!/dlpmusicprogram/notebooks/flutebeginners/blocks

Here is the dlp pinterest site http://pinterest.com/dlpmusicprogram/music-ed-blogs/

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Encounter – MSO resource

September 16, 2011


This free website from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra offers and interactive tour of the orchestra, using Stuart Greenbaum’s score “90 minutes”.

Explore the orchestra, the conductor, the score and the composer – a lesson or two worth of content – let your students explore and arrange the score.

WARNING: Won’t work on Mac computers

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Flute Recital and Masterclass April 2012 (Vic)

March 4, 2012

Bart Feller is a professor at the Juilliard School, is Principal Flute of

the New Jersey Symphony and plays with the New York City Opera.

He’s coming out in April for a recital, to give masterclasses and private

lessons. The main event is on Tuesday, April 10th (Easter Tuesday). So

this is great opportunity for your students and yourselves to come along

to hear an amazing player and teacher during the school holidays. PD certificates may be arranged.

For a copy of the brochure, email the following address:


Kelly Williams

De La Salle College

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free djembe lesson video

January 4, 2013


Once you sign in (free), you will receive a link (via email) to watch 3 free video lessons on basic djembe technique.

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free fingering charts – band instruments

June 22, 2011


Free fingering charts for band instruments are found here.

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free Jazz workshop Stonnington May 2013

March 17, 2013

Jazz Workshop: It Don’t Mean A Thing If it Ain’t Got That Swing

The City of Stonnington is delighted to invite secondary music students of all ages to attend a one-off Jazz Workshop with some of Australia’s most respected and admired Jazz musicians.

This workshop will be an examination into the art of swinging with educators:

>· Bob Sedergreen (ex VCA, Conservatorium of Melbourne, RMIT, NMIT)

>· John Morrison (Musical Director – Generations in Jazz, Mt Gambier)

>· Jacki Cooper (B.Mus. Jazz Voice – Adelaide University)

>· Gareth Hill (ANU Canberra, Instrumental teacher Wesley College)

>· Allan Browne ( NMIT, Monash University)

>· Mal Sedergreen (Director Stage Bands/Instrumental teacher Balwyn High School and Lauriston Girls’ School)

This FREE workshop will be a wonderful opportunity for music students and teachers alike, and any interested observers to acquire these skills (please bring instruments). The workshop coincides with Stonnington Jazz 2013, a 10-day festival of jazz music featuring Australia’s finest jazz performers.

Following the workshop, later that night as part of Stonnington Jazz 2013, there will a very special concert featuring the lecturers from the workshop and members of the current Stonnington Youth Jazz Initiative with Allan Browne and Bob Sedergreen. Bob Sedergreen’s Come Together Band brings together musicians from across Australia and from different musical backgrounds in a special one-off performance.

Please see full event and registration details below:

Workshop Date: Thursday May 23, 2013

Time: 1:30pm to 3pm

Venue: Malvern Town Hall – corner of High St & Glenferrie Rd, Malvern

(melways ref. 59, C7)

Registration: Chapel Off Chapel: 8290 7000 or www.chapeloffchapel.com.au

Enquiries: email Rae Sedergreen: raeseds@ozemail.com.au

The City of Stonnington is proud to support the development and future of young artists.

Regards, Peter Redden – Coordinator Arts, Culture and Events

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free Melb Con concerts May 2012

May 7, 2012

Three upcoming free concerts that may be of interest for your staff and students:

Friday 25 May, 11:00am

Brass and Strings Ensemble Concert

Ideal for: Years 7 – 12

Duration: approx 70 minutes

Venue: Melba Hall, Royal Parade, Parkville

More information: http://www.conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au/events?id=365

Saturday 26 May, 7:30pm

Wind Symphony and String Ensemble Concert

Ideal for: Years 5 – 12

Duration: approx 75 minutes

Venue: BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

More information: http://www.conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au/events?id=363

Monday 28 May, 2:00pm

Percussion Ensembles Concert

Ideal for: Years 5 – 12

Duration: 50 minutes

Venue: Victorian College of the Arts, Southbank

More information: http://www.conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au/events?id=359

Bookings for the Friday and Monday concerts can be made through Anastasia – email rua@unimelb.edu.au or phone 03 8344 3673.

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free MTRS UK resources – film music & composition

November 6, 2011


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 piano solos

May 17, 2013


This website offers dozens of free pieces of piano music – all graded and categorised!

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free Saxophone workshop

August 1, 2011

George Garzone – Saxophone Workshop
Thursday 11th August, 7pm
@ Melbourne Brass & Woodwind Showrooms
578 North Road, Ormond VIC 3204

Cost: FREE!

Please reserve your place early, space is limited.
or contact Nick Taylor Ph: 0402 776 495

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Global Conservatory – distance education from NY

September 13, 2011

Manhattan School of Music has instituted a groundbreaking distance learning program — the first of its kind at a major conservatory — devoted to exploring the use of state-of-the-art videoconference technology for music education and performance.

Use the internet to take 50 minute classes with your students, or to undertake professional learning for yourself / your community.

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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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Hands-on Harpsichord and Piano workshop (Melbourne)

March 13, 2011

Attention Music Teachers and Pianists!

There are still some places left to play in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s Hands On Harpsichord and Fortepiano day on Saturday 19 March – pianists and piano students of all ages are very welcome to attend.

WHEN: Saturday 19 March, 10:00am – 3:00pm
WHERE: Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Gate 12, The University of Melbourne, Royal Parade, Parkville
COST: Free
CONTACT: Anastasia Russell-Head – rua@unimelb.edu.au or 8344 3673

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How to learn an instrument digitally

March 25, 2013

Read the article HERE (includes lists of apps and websites).

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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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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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Instrumental Music Teaching Resource

December 13, 2009

Go to resource:  Instrumental Music Teaching Resource was written by Amanda R Watson and published by the Australian Society for Music Education.

This is a CD-Rom developed for instrumental teachers and peripatetic teachers working in schools. Contains Curriculum Support Materials that can be used with any instrument.

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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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Klezmer workshop (Melb) March 26, 2013

March 17, 2013

KLEZMER WORKSHOP for all instruments March 26th ( for you and your students )

with The London Klezmer Quartet (recently sold out Melbourne Recital Centre ) and Ernie Gruner www.londonklezmerquartet.com and www.erniegruner.com

A 100% participatory workshop with the London Klezmer Quartet and Melbourne’s own Ernie Gruner where you can learn klezmer tunes and  dances and more about the interaction between the two.

You’ll have the chance to learn the celebratory and soulful music of Jewish Eastern Europe, focusing on melody, rhythm and ‘groove’, and the dance steps.

The workshop caters for instrumentalists and dancers – and for people who would like to do both! All instruments and ages welcome.

People with an interest in folk dancing but who don’t play an instrument are very welcome.

Musicians should be comfortable playing their instruments and be able to find notes with ease.

Date: Tuesday 26th March

Time:  7pm – 9.45pm

Cost $35 / $25 (conc.) for musicians and $25 / $22 (conc.) for dancers

Venue: Harry Atkinson Harry Art and Craft Centre, Coburg Lake Reserve, Lake Grove, off Gaffney Street, Coburg North, VIC 3058

Booking Essential:   Advance booking online at www.trybooking.com/CJDJ If unable to book online please contact Angela Nauck (contact details below)

Travel Tips

Tram    Three minute walk from tram 19, Sydney Road.

Bus     Five minute walk from bus route 525 and 526 on Murray Road.

Train   Ten minute walk to Batman train station, Upfield line.

Parking Car park, shared with Lake Reserve, for 50 cars. Car park will be locked at 10pm


Angela Nauck  (LKQ tour manager) Tel: 0405 409903 email: angelanauck@hotmail.com OR Ernie Gruner on ernie@erniegruner.com – note Ernie’s new email address!

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Lang Lang video clips (piano)

March 22, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lang+lang+piano Lang Lang is a flamboyant young pianist with plenty of showmanship. He pulls huge crowds, and plays Classical music. Watch some YouTube clips with your class and discuss what makes him so appealing to audiences around the world.

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lesson plan on Contemp Melbourne Trio

March 20, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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live performance requests (Vic)

July 28, 2011

VCE Music teachers – do you have a request for a live performance of Australian works?

Fed Square and Patma Music (http://www.patmamusic.org.au/patma.html) will present a new education series in 2012, with a focus on Australian music.

Please e-mail me directly if you would like to hear any particular compositions in live performance (pre-1910 and/or twentieth-century Australian music).

Concerts will be held in May and September 2012, and will be supported with teacher resources.  Feel free to send me any comments or suggestions for programming to suit your students’ needs.

Regards, Cindy Thomas
Cindy Thomas | Fed Square Pty Ltd
Program Manager – Education

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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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MCUI 2012 for student orchestra

October 30, 2012

Watch THIS video of Bellingen Youth Orchestra rehearsing “Different People”. With the class, make a list of the positive effect music has on children’s lives. Ask students for their ideas to add to that list.

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MCUI instrumental parts now online (FREE)

August 15, 2012

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: schools.mpfl@mca.org.au

All parts may be played along with the radio version of “Different People (Stand Together)”. ENJOY!!

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Medea: Sasha Waltz and guests – Education Kit

January 22, 2010

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

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Melb Festival of Brass 2012

April 26, 2012

In September 24-28 we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary Melbourne

International Festival of Brass.

We are selling full passes for secondary students for only $150 which will

enable them to bring their instrument and be involved in warm up sessions,

masterclasses, recitals and seminars with some of the worlds very best

brass players. These events will be at the Australian National Academy of

Music in South Melbourne.

Artists include; Mnozil Brass (Ensemble – Austria), Oystein Baadsvik (Tuba

- Norway), Wycliffe Gordon (Trombone – USA), Radovan Vlatkovic (Horn -

Croatia), Rex Richardson (Trumpet – USA), James Morrison, Australian Brass

Quintet and Ross Irwin Invitational All Star Big Band.

For all tickets and information go to www.mifb.com.au

Join us at www.facebook/brassfest

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Melb Symphony Education Week 2012

May 7, 2012

This June the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will open the doors of the Melbourne Town Hall to over 10,000 school students, parents and teachers for the Orchestra’s Education Week a week solely dedicated to  sharing the joy of music-making through the first-hand experience of live orchestral music.

Across five days, the Orchestra will present 13 concerts for audiences of all ages, including a full spectrum of interactive and educational concerts for school students. From Classic Kids with best-selling children’s entertainer and movie star, Jay Laga’aia, right through to Ears Wide Open with eminent Music Educator, Richard Gill, there really is something for everyone.

Following his innovative concert presentations with the MSO in 2011, UK music educator, Paul Rissmann, will return to Melbourne to host Meet the Orchestra and Meet the Music, two stimulating age-specific programs which offer insight into great orchestral repertoire. Paul has devised and led projects for the BBC Proms, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Conducted by the MSO’s Associate Conductor, Benjamin Northey, Meet the Music, for secondary school students, will dissect some of the biggest symphonic scandals in history. It will also feature the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year, saxophonist, Nicholas Russoniello, who will be appearing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for the very first time.

Meet the Orchestra, for primary school students, will feature works themed around musical ‘Heroes and Rogues’ and include another of Paul’s signature audience participation pieces (for many, a highlight of last year’s program).

Comprehensive teaching resources have been created for Meet the Orchestra and Meet the Music, and are available for download on the MSO website. Additionally, primary school teachers booking into Meet the Orchestra are invited to join Paul Rissmann for a day of Professional Development specially created to cater for primary school music teachers and generalist teachers with limited musical knowledge on Friday 1 June 2012. Bookings for this VIT-registered PD can be made by calling 03 9626 1198.

Concert tickets for students are available for as little as $10 ($8 for Classic Kids) and teachers attend all Education Week concerts for free. For more information, please phone the MSO Education Department on 9626 1198 or visit www.mso.com.au and follow the tabs to Education Week.

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

January 22, 2010

Go to resource: The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is a professional orchestra and offers education programs to schools. Their site has an education portal to their activities including school programs (for all stages), conducting workshops, artists in schools, teacher resources, work experience, and professional learning. Teachers and schools can register to gain relevant education kits for specific MSO concerts.

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra schools program 2012

December 13, 2011

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra offers a spectrum of concerts for school students, designed to inspire active participation in music. All the information is now available on the MSO’s website, along with downloadable booking forms and the 2012 concert diary; schools will also receive a MSO Education and Community Outreach brochure at the start of Term 1, 2012. If you have further questions please contact 03 9626 1198, or email education@mso.com.au

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Melbourne Youth Music

January 22, 2010

Go to resource: Melbourne Youth Music (MYM) offers programs and performances to children and young people. The organisation is supported by the Victorian Dept of Education and Early Childhood Development. Their activities include workshops, summer schools, weekend tuition, and they run a number of classical ensembles for youth.

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MSV Chamber Music Competition (Vic)

May 7, 2012


The Musical Society of Victoria will hold a Chamber Music competitions for instrumental groups of up to six people on Sunday May 20th at Ewing Memorial Uniting Church, EAST MALVERN at 2.30 p.m.

Entries close on May 4th.  Further details are available on our website: www.msv.org.au under AWARDS/Chamber Music.

Or contact the General Secretary on 03 9509 7767

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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 in the virtual sphere

September 30, 2013


ACO Virtual is launched is Australia – read the article in The Age (link above)

Forthcoming dates
Sydney Opera House Studio: 21–23 Oct and 27–29 Oct 2013
The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie: 31 Jan – 24 Feb 2014
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery: 21 Mar – 20 Apr 2014
Camden: 24 May – 1 Jun 2014
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale: 26 Jun – 27 Jul 2014
Manly Art Gallery and Museum: 27 Mar – 26 Apr 2015

SCHOOLS RESOURCES Login and password available from phillippa.martin@aco.com.au.

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Music makes you smarter … and better behaved!

March 24, 2012


Read this article about how Drumskool in the UK (ages 5-18) is even reducing crime.

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Music: Count Us In 2012 has been launched

July 27, 2012


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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Musica Surfica worksheet

September 6, 2013

The following worksheet is for use with ACO’s DVD”Musica Surfica” which explores the expressive tendencies of surfing and Classical music! Suits ages 10-18.


A preview of the DVD can be seen HERE

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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:


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January 13, 2011

Musiclopedia – an A to Z directory of websites re. Music Genres, Recording Artists, Orchestras etc.

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MYM Band Camps Jan 2012 (Melb)

December 13, 2011

Melbourne Youth Music’s 2012 Summer School, running from Monday 16 – Saturday 21 January at the Victorian College of the Arts, offers four separate bands, conducted by Monte Mumford, Stephen Hardie, Amy Wert and Tanya Bethune.  Join Summer School Artistic Director Andrew Mott for an intensive week of exciting music, new friends and great fun!  We still have vacancies in all bands, particularly bassoons and low brass. For more info: www.mym.org.au or phone 03 9376 8988.

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MYM Bands Festival June 2012 (Vic)

February 24, 2012

Melbourne Youth Music is currently calling for expressions of interest from school and community ensembles who wish to be considered for inclusion in MYM’s 2012 Bands Festival.  The MYM Bands Festival began in 2005 and has since then grown to become one of the premier performance opportunities for bands in Melbourne.  The Festival is a non-competitive and non-graded event designed to celebrate banding in Melbourne with concert bands, jazz ensembles and also brass bands of all standards encouraged to perform.  During the course of each festival we welcome more than 600 performers on stage from across Regional and Metropolitan Victoria.  One of the best parts of this event is seeing students and teaching colleagues observe and support each other so attentively in rehearsal and performance.

In 2012, the MYM Bands Festival will again be held at the spectacular BMW Edge Federation Square, and is proudly presented by MYM in partnership with Fed Ed!, Federation Square’s Education Program.  For those who have taken part before, please note that due to availability of venue, the festival has moved one week later to fall on the first weekend in June.

2012 MYM Bands Festival Performances:

CONCERT 1  |  Saturday 2 June, 1:00pm

CONCERT 2  |  Saturday 2 June, 7:00pm

CONCERT 3  |  Sunday 3 June, 12:00pm

CONCERT 4  |  Sunday 3 June, 5:00pm

Each concert has a duration of 2 hours and will feature four bands.

Participation is free – if you would like to take part, please email MYM as soon as possible with some brief details of your band along with any special requirements you may have.  For ease of scheduling, please indicate a 1st and 2nd preference for concert performance dates and times from the information provided.  Once groups are finalised, they will issue a draft schedule for the festival which will allow each ensemble a 20 minute sound check ahead of their allocated performance.  Please be aware that each ensemble will need to provide at least one stage hand to setup the stage for their requirements, who will be assisted by a member of MYM staff.  Bands should provide their own transport to / from the venue as well as arrange for any supervision of ensemble members where required.  Each guest ensemble will be invited to prepare 20 minutes of repertoire as well as present a spoken introduction to their program.  Tickets for friends and family to attend concerts will be on sale from four weeks prior to the festival through MYM’s box office.

Melbourne Youth Music

T: 03 9376 8988

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MYM looks for tutors 2013

September 16, 2012

Message from MYM:

Melbourne Youth Music is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified instrumental teachers who would like to join our education team as part of our 2013 Summer School.

Our 2013 Summer School will assemble a team of more than 65 highly skilled, specialist music educators from school and community music programs, and professional ensembles in Victoria, and we’d like to hear from you!

Your participation as an instrumental tutor at our Summer School will not only see you unleash the creativity of more than 700 students who participate from across Victoria, but also give you access to the collegial environment at MYM where you can network, share ideas, support your colleagues and foster closer working relationships within the music community.

We’re looking for tutors in all instruments at all levels, from beginner to advanced.  I would particularly welcome expressions of interest from teachers in Regional Victoria, outer metropolitan areas and from MYM Alumni who would like to play their part!

The 2013 Summer School will run from January 14 to 19, held at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne campus in Southbank.  All tutorial staff should hold VIT registration or current Working With Children accreditation.

In order to be considered, please email me with your contact details, a brief covering letter and curriculum vitae to applications@mym.org.au, you may also like to include your preference for ensemble type or student level in your cover letter to help us match you with the right ensemble.

For more information, please visit www.mym.org.au or contact our office (03) 9376 8988.  You can also follow the link below to read our Summer School e-brochure.  Lastly, if you have any students who you believe would benefit by participating in our Summer School program, please encourage them to visit our website as applications close Friday September 21.

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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 York Philharmonic Orchestra Interactive Kid’s Site

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: The New York Philharmonic Orchestra Interactive Kid’s Site offers interactive online music games about orchestral instruments, composition, composers, musicians, and conductors.

There are also links to interesting pages with information about orchestral instruments and concepts.

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NEW: Dandenong Youth Brass Band

June 11, 2012

The City of Greater Dandenong Band is excited to announce the establishment of the Dandenong Youth Brass Band! This fun and enthusiastic band is open to brass players and percussionists under 25 years old and of any musical ability.

The mission of the Dandenong Youth Brass is to provide musical education and performance opportunities to young musicians in South-East Melbourne whilst developing their pride, self-esteem and discipline that they will carry throughout their lives. The band will be lead by Fletcher Mitchell, a full time musician who has experience in classroom and instrumental music teaching, as well as conducting community and school bands all over Australia.

This is an ideal opportunity to further musical skills taught in school music programs, to continue playing and performing after leaving school, or to take up a brass instrument as a beginner! It is sure to be an immensely enjoyable and rewarding venture, however with limited places and instruments available please contact us today to register your interest!

Registration Night – Come along to meet the team and try out all the instruments!

6.00 to 7.30pm Wednesday 13th June

Dandenong Community Arts Centre

Corner Robinson and Walker Streets, Dandenong

First Rehearsal – Receive your instrument and have a blow!

6.00 – 7.30pm Wednesday 18th July

Dandenong Community Arts Centre

Corner Robinson and Walker Streets, Dandenong

Rehearsals – Will be held weekly thereafter the above time and location during the school term

To find out more contact the Musical Director, Fletcher Mitchell on:

H: 5979 7028     M: 0410 322 021     E: youthbrass@dandenongband.org.au

Alternatively, check out our website: www.dandenongband.org.au

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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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Orchestra Victoria Ed Workshops 2012

April 26, 2012

Orchestra Victoria is thrilled to announce that we will be holding eight Education Workshops for music students in regional and peri-urban Victoria this year.



Maryborough: 6 – 7 June

Shepparton: 7 – 8 June

Swan Hill: 14 – 14 June

Hamilton: 18 – 19 July

Mornington: 25 – 16 July

Werribee: 31 July – 1 August

Sale: 9 – 10 August

Bendigo: 24 -25 October

End of Year Concert Hamer Hall Arts Centre Melbourne: 1 December

For details on how to apply please contact:

Joël Murray, Education Development Manager, or

Megan Dennis, Education & Community Coordinator (Monday & Tuesday)

9694 3600 or info@orchestravictoria.com.au <mailto:info@orchestravictoria.com.au>

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Orchestra Victoria Education Programs

January 22, 2010

Go to resource: Orchestra Victoria offers education programs for teachers and students. Professional development for teachers includes ensemble/conducting workshops and observation of orchestral rehearsals. Student workshops are offered in regional Victorian areas to secondary students who play orchestral instruments.

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Orff Schulwerk Association of South Australia

January 24, 2010

Go to resource: The Orff Schulwerk Association of South Australia is a non-profit organisation that supports teachers in music education, and is the SA branch of the national association for Schulwerk methodology.Their site has links to details about membership, upcoming conferences and workshops, and marimba hiring information.

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PBL Music – Project Based Learning

April 7, 2013

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

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Percussive Arts Society

July 18, 2012


There is an Australian chapter of “Percussive Arts Society” for percussion students!

Follow the link above. Members receive free educational resources.

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Performance Skills workshop for students

March 27, 2011

Inspiring Performance Skills workshops for Secondary Students
with Living Music Now

Taking advantage of industry experienced musicians with a professional performance background is now becoming increasingly more important with the renewed focus on performance at VCE level.  After refining her approach for the tertiary sector Melanie Atma, performer, musician and composer is now in her second year of delivering her unique and inspiring performance workshops specifically for secondary age students.

LMN workshops provide students with confidence building tools that combat nerves, teach the power of mental preparation and the skill of asking for and offering feedback.

· Complimenting the work of instrumental music teachers
· Students perform their own work in an open and supportive environment
· Great for group or solo contexts developing students prior to recitals and performance exams
· Greater on-going enjoyment for both performers and their audience.
· 90- minute workshops presented at your school

Through the use of (More than just a master class) innovative techniques and tools LMN workshops shift the focus away from competition and comparison, encouraging students to reflect upon their own personal goals, acknowledging their own unique gifts & strengths.

For more details visit: www.livingmusicnow.com.au <http://www.livingmusicnow.com.au>
Or contact melanie@livingmusicnow.com.au

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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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PYMS Peninsula Winter Music School – July 2011

April 19, 2011

2nd Peninsula Winter Music School

A three day music program run by the Peninsula Youth Music Society. School aged and tertiary students will have the opportunity perform as part of an orchestra or be involved in music theatre or participate in the Big Band. Highly experienced musicians have been engaged to work with participants of the Winter Music School. The Ingrid Martin Orchestra for string, woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists will rehearse as a full ensemble and also be involved in wind, string and brass tutorials.

Tutors Dr Ingrid Martin and Michael Dahlenburg. The Royal Music Theatre group is for singers, dancers and actors. Tutors Monica Royal and Harlene Hercules. The members of this group will learn works from musicals and receive vocal and dance tutorials. The Eric Budd Big Band is for students with some performance experience on either woodwind, brass, drum kit, guitar or keyboard. The band will perform works from the swing jazz era. Tutor Eric Budd

The Winter Music School will run from 4th to 6th July at Mt Erin Secondary College. For details and brochure ph.9782 2450 or 5975 8841 Or visit www.pyms.org.au to download a form.

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random lessons using YouTube

January 27, 2013


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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Record attempt – Orchestra 13 July 2013 Qld

June 7, 2013

The World’s BIGGEST Orchestra

Queensland Music Festival Artistic Director and Internationally renowned Trumpeter, James Morrison, is calling for all musicians to join him in a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ challenge for the World’s Biggest Orchestra on Saturday 13 July at Suncorp Stadium Brisbane. The current record is 6,452 people, who all played together in Vancouver, Canada in 2000. Community bands, school groups and professional musicians are all invited to join in, playing a medley of Ode to Joy, Waltzing Matilda and We Will Rock You! Groups 10+ email wbo@qmf.org.au or call 07 3010 6600.

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Rocksmith – computer game with benefits

January 26, 2012


A computer game that lets you plug in a real guitar and it will teach you the songs it thinks you should know!

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South Eastern Concert Band looking for players (Vic)

September 16, 2012

Message below:

The South Eastern Concert Band is looking for new members.

The South Eastern Concert Band (formerly the Springvale Bicentennial Youth Concert Band) are a small but dedicated group of musicians, rehearsing on Saturday mornings during the school term at Heatherton Christian College in Clarinda.

The group is currently made up mostly of high school and university students, but we welcome players of all ages from approximately AMEB Gr 3+ standard. The repertoire played by the band ranges from approximately Gr 2-3.5, and covers fun “audience friendly” works as well as concert band standards. The band performs at their own end of term concerts, as well as local citizenship ceremonies and is also looking at some exciting new performance opportunities in the near future.

Whilst we would welcome players of all concert band instruments, we are especially looking for lower brass, horn and percussion players. We have a full complement of percussion gear which is itching to be played!

Joining the South Eastern Concert Band would be a great opportunity for students who do not have an appropriate ensemble to play in at school, or are looking for an extra group to play in. We especially welcome finishing year 12 students who would like to continue to play in a concert band after leaving school.

If you or your students are interested in finding out more about the South Eastern Concert Band, please contact Fiona McKellar (Musical Director) on 0407299738 or fionaKmckellar@gmail.com

Kind Regards,

Fiona McKellar

South Eastern Concert Band Musical Director

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Speed Piano playing (video clip)

January 31, 2012


This BBC clip shows a speed-pianist playing 19 notes per second, and compares the concentration with Kung Fu!

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Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra

February 15, 2011

MoPho - Since 2007, Stanford University has been exploring the possibilities of a socially connected Mobile Phone Orchestra.

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State Music Camp 2012 (Vic)

May 7, 2012

For fifty-one years STATE MUSIC CAMP has hosted an annual camp providing a classical music experience that is engaging, inspirational and enriching for young musicians. In 2012 the camp will be held between Monday, July 2 and Saturday, July 7, culminating with a concert on Saturday, July 7 at 7.30pm at Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University. Rehearsals for the camp will be held at Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill Campus, Jells Rd, Wheelers Hill.

The 2012 camp as it promises to be a challenging and enjoyable experience. They expect to have students from all over metropolitan Melbourne attending as well as musicians from country Victoria.

There will be two Symphony Orchestras and two String Orchestras involved that cater for students from the age of 6 through to 22.

This year the top orchestra will be performing Symphony No.5 by Shostakovich which is an exciting and challenging work for all instruments.

Please visit the website for more details, application forms and our 2012 brochure at www.statemusiccamp.com.au

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State Music Camp 2013 NSW Richard Gill

May 1, 2013

Message from the Arts Unit (NSW):

The Arts Unit is excited to announce that Richard Gill, one of Australia’s leading music educators, will be working with students at this year’s State Senior Music Camp.

Richard will be conducting the full camp item – Faure’s Requiem. He will also conduct the vocal ensemble and run HSC performance and composition workshops.

In order to give all students the opportunity to work with Richard, we have extended the closing dates for applications to Friday 10 May 2013.

The application form and information about the camps can be found by visiting https://www.artsunit.nsw.edu.au/music/music-camps/state-music-camps

Thank you in advance for advertising this opportunity to your students.

Kind Regards,


Scott Ryan

Instrumental Music Programs Assistant

The Arts Unit

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String Quartet program notes

April 3, 2011

Flinders Quartet (free) program notes for April 2011 concert.

new Australian work: Ian Munro’s String Quartet No.2 ‘A Colonial Sketchbook’

Mozart K.413 arranged for Piano and String Quartet

Debussy String Quartet in G minor Op.10

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Sydney Symphony – resources for teachers

February 9, 2010

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.

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Sydney Symphony opportunities for schools

June 21, 2013

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

Stage 3:                AUG 13; AUG 16

Stage 2:                SEPT 10; 12; 13

Stage 1:                OCT 12; OCT 17

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


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

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

The Australian Curriculum – New Teacher Resources

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

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


Australian Music Day

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

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


We have two open rehearsals left for schools in 2013

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

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

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


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

A reminder that:



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Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: The Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is a professional orchestra, resident in New South Wales at the Sydney Opera House.

The SSO provides education programs including school concerts, links with orchestral players, and workshops for teachers. They also hold a number of education kits written for past and present SSO concerts.

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Sydney Symphony phone app

April 4, 2011
Sydney Symphony now has its very own iphone and android app. It claims to be the
first orchestra in the world to stream concerts live to mobile devices.
Listener/viewers simply download the app and on the night of the performance, then
click on the first item on the app's homepage to view the concert in real-time.
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Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is a professional orchestra resident in Tasmania.

Amongst their events, they offer education programs including concerts for students, open rehearsals, conductor training workshops, and sessions for teachers.

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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.


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The Arts Centre, Melbourne

January 23, 2010

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

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The Black Arm Band: dirtsong – Education Kit

January 22, 2010

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

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The Black Arm Band: Hidden Republic – Education Kit

January 22, 2010

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

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The Keys of Effective Practice

April 25, 2011

1. The Keys of Effective Practice

- Specifically for secondary school music students.

- Duration choice 60, 90 or 120 minutes, on site at your school.

- View the 5-minute introductory video  http://www.screencast.com/t/oWMukBI5.

2. Study, Stress and Music

- Relevant for all secondary students, and staff.

- Duration 60 minutes, on site.

- View the 5-minute introductory video  http://www.screencast.com/t/Hue7Du1e6b2.

Dates are limited: June 29, May 10, May 11 (2011) with Michael Griffin

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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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travel bursary

January 13, 2012

Marten Bequest travel scholarships of $20,000

2012 applications now open

Applications for the 2012 scholarships are now open. Application period is open until 27 January 2012.

The categories that are offered in 2012 are:

  • Architecture
  • Ballet
  • Instrumental music
  • Poetry
  • Prose

To apply for the scholarship you will require the following information:

  • Aims and activities to clearly identify how you will use scholarship monies and how this will help you in your career
  • Budget for your proposed aims and activities
  • Audition Pieces (for singing, ballet and instrumental music) of a high quality
  • Three references from relevant teachers, mentors etc, supporting your application.
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Unblocked student viewing of YouTube clips

March 23, 2011

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

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


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

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unusual instrument recognition on YouTube

May 28, 2013

Play the audio of this YouTube clip of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones playing “Hall of Mirrors”. How many instruments can students recognise? Watch the video afterwards. www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FMM59GPw4w What other songs have unusual instrument combinations?

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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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VCE & IB String workshop 28 July 2013 Vic

June 21, 2013

VCE / IB String Workshop, Sunday July 28

The VCE / IB String Workshop is now open for booking and places are beginning to fill. With school holidays fast approaching you are invited to book before the end of term to be sure of a place for your student.

String students and string chamber groups may apply for a place in this performance workshop. This year our expert presenter is Bobby Macindoe, a principal violinist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Performers will have a minimum of 20 minutes each, so more than one work may be presented. Feedback on the performance is immediate and there is much for each student to gain from hearing other student performers. Students preparing an accompanied work will need to bring their own accompanist, however there may be an option to engage the services of an accompanist brought by another participant. Please raise this issue with Janet at the time of booking.

Date and Time: Sunday July 28, 2-5pm

Venue: The James Campbell Room, 1st floor, Scotch College Music Department,

cnr Morrison St and Fordham Rd, Hawthorn

Fees: $30 per performer, one family member free. Registration is required.

Observers: members $15, non-members $20, concession $10. Registration is not required.

Bookings and enquiries: Janet Fernandes    Email: janetf@optusnet.com.au Tel: 9877 1442

Lesley Qualtrough +61 411 479 313

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VCE Music Day

March 10, 2013

Message from VMTA:

Dear Music Teachers,

This lecture and Demonstration will be highly valuable for students and teachers alike of VCE Music  in 2013. It covers the study designs for 2013, looking at SAC’s and the end of year practical examination, to assist teachers to understand their responsibilities in the preparation of students for VCE Music 2013. It also includes presentations by students of VCE Music in 2012 who will share their experiences and offer insight into what students of VCE Music should expect this year.

All Welcome.

On Sunday March 17, 2-4 pm

Melbourne High School Music Department

Forrest Hill, South Yarra

Please find more information attached,

Or see our website www.victorianmusicteachersassociation.org.au

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VCE Music Workshop (Vic) 25 March 2012

March 4, 2012

Bookings are now open for the upcoming VCE music workshop on Sunday 25 March 2012 at Charles Pearson Theatre, Melbourne University. This workshop is for students studying VCE Music Performance.

To book online go to


and follow the link.

Bookings Office:

Stockdale ACS, 300 Huntingdale Rd, Huntingdale VIC 3166

Phone: 03 9254 1000

Fax: 03 8610 1936

Enquiries: Deborah Smith

Mobile: 0421 825 302

Email: dsmusicbookings@gmail.com

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VCE Preparation workshop (Melb) – 9/10 August

August 6, 2011

This month we have a VCE Preparation Workshop hosted by Neville Shade of Methodist Ladies college on the 9th of August and the George Garzone Masterclass of the 10th of August.  Both events start at 7:30pm and doors open a 7pm.

Glenn Foster
The Music Place
339 Clarendon Street
South Melbourne, Victoria, 3205

Ph# +61 3 9699 9099
Fax: +61 3 9699 9266

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VCE workshop with MSO and piccolo composition

January 23, 2013

Message from MSO:

As we approach the start to a new school year, the MSO would like to highlight a new resource which will available to VCE Music Students (and their teachers!) in 2013.

We have commissioned Australian composer, Paul Stanhope to write a piccolo concerto for Andrew MacLeod (MSO’s Principal Piccolo player) and document his compositional process for VCE Music Students to follow. This resource will be released alongside a composer-performer workshop presented by Paul, Andrew and the MSO’s Associate Conductor, Benjamin Northey on Monday 6 May, and complemented by exclusive access to the MSO’s rehearsal and world premiere performance of this work at Hamer Hall.

This syllabus-specific program offers Units 1-4 Music Performance students an opportunity to hear a discussion about ways that performers and composers work together to shape interpretations of music. Units 1-4 Music Style and Composition students will gain insight into ways that composers and performers work collaboratively to resolve technical and practical issues, and how creative intention can shape decision-making at different stages of a creative process.

To book, please visit:http://www.mso.com.au/education/schools/make-a-booking/

Cost: $20 per student (includes resource, workshop, rehearsal and concert ticket). Accompanying teachers free.

Please contact MSO education on 03 9626 1198 or education@mso.com.au for further information.

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Vic performing opportunity

August 27, 2012

Do you have outstanding Year 12 woodwind, brass, percussion or string bass players at your school?

Expand their horizons and pass this information on to them today! Applications close Wednesday, August 29th!

The Grainger Wind Symphony Young Players Scholarship (Victoria)

The Grainger Wind Symphony Young Players Scholarship is an annual scholarship open to young woodwind, brass, percussion and string bass players. The scholarship seeks to encourage talented young musicians to pursue their interest in wind music beyond secondary school. By raising awareness of the strong community music scene in Melbourne, the Grainger Wind Symphony hopes to engage a whole new generation of musicians in this proud tradition.

Opportunities for your students

Every music teacher hopes to instill in their students a love of music that is carried beyond the boundaries of school life. Why not give your students the very best of opportunities and help them carry their passion forward into post-secondary school life? The Grainger Wind Symphony Young Players Scholarship is the ideal platform for your high-achieving students to practise performing their program before a panel, become accustomed to the audition process and receive feedback on their performance, whilst encouraging them to continue pursuing music beyond secondary school.

Opportunities for your school

Each successful applicant will perform a solo work in one of Grainger Wind Symphony’s upcoming concerts. To help support the school that supported them, we will provide 25 tickets to their secondary school. What better way is there to engage your up-and-coming players and reignite their passion in music than seeing someone they look up to performing alongside a top ensemble?

For more information, please visit our website at www.graingerwindsymphony.asn.au

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VMTA VCE masterclass 16 Sept

August 25, 2012

The VMTA has it’s VCE Masterclass coming up on September 16th at Melbourne High School.

There will be three sessions:

>Piano – Igor Machlak, 1.30pm

>Classical Voice – William Bamford, 1.30pm

>Contemporary Voice – Darren Wicks, 2.30pm

This is the link to the event on TryBooking:


There is also information on our website:


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VMTA VCE masterclass day (Vic) – voice and piano

August 4, 2011

VCE masterclass day

… for voice and piano on September 4

at Melbourne High School

LINK to entry form

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VSMF – Vic School Music Festival 2013

March 20, 2013

Victorian School Music Festival

The VSMF invites school bands and orchestras to perform in some of Victoria’s premier performing spaces – BMW Edge, Iwaki Auditorium and the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre!! Come and present the results of all that hard work and dedication of ensemble rehearsals, and experience the thrill of performing for your peers.

Regional schools in Victoria’s North (and beyond) are welcome to come to Wangaratta and perform at the fabulous Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, or come to Melbourne – the choice is yours. There will be performances you won’t want to miss!

The festival provides schools with the opportunity to work with leading music educators as Chief Adjudicator. Watch your students transform as an adjudicator works with them (perhaps even repeating what you say…?) and see their eyes light up when they realise how well they can play when working together for the same goal.

It’s the full sensory experience; Young people making music, listening to themselves and their peers making music, watching how it can be done differently and analysing their own performance afterwards by listening to the recording provided. Teachers can measure how their students change when under the pressure of a real performance.

VSMF Dates:

Orchestra Section
May 29, 30, 31 & June 1
Iwaki Auditorium

Jazz Ensemble Section
July 22, 23 & 25th
The Edge, Federation Square

Concert Band Section
August 2, 5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19 & 20
The Edge, Federation Square

August 9
Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre

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West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) is a professional orchestra resident in Western Australia.

Their events include education and outreach programs such as concerts for school students (including performances of set works), and webcasts and podcasts.

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World’s Biggest Band: 13 July 2013

October 8, 2012

World’s Biggest Band is a chance to make history playing live with Artistic Director and internationally renowned musician James Morrison in Brisbane on Saturday 13 July, 2013 as part of the Queensland Music Festival.

Concert bands, big bands, brass bands, primary and secondary school bands and individual musicians from across Australia are invited to participate.

Participants will download and learn a piece of iconic Australian music arranged by James Morrison specifically for this event.

For more information or to register your expression of interest visit www.qmf.org.au

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WSOC & 2MBS Young Composers Award

March 20, 2011

WSOC & 2MBS Young Composers Award due 1st June, 2011


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Young Blue & Deep Blue Orchestra

August 27, 2011

Deep Blue Orchestra is a new style of energetic orchestral performance. Towns can request a concert (via Deep Blue’s website), and audience members can ask for copies of sheet music in order to participate in one song during the concert.

Deep Blue also promotes young musicians through workshops and their Young Blue program.

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Youth Development 2MBS FM

June 13, 2011


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YouTube – string players being funny

November 6, 2011

Here are some amusing (string) clips to share with students of all ages:

(1) I Will Survive (2) Pachelbel’s Canon (3) Titanic by MozART Group & while you’re having fun … (4) Hedwig’s Theme on Wine glasses

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