» Age Range 15 to 18: Lesson Plans

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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26 May 2011 – National Sorry Day


May 25, 2011

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

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

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

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

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4 chord songs: lesson idea


June 18, 2012

HERE is a YouTube clip of the Axis of Awesome singing dozens of songs with the same chord progression (I  V vi IV). NB: One profanity. HERE is a similar clip with slightly different songs – some of them use the same chord progression but at twice the speed. After watching both, write up the chord progression in C (for keyboard = all white notes): C   G   a minor   F … and in G (for guitars): G   D   e minor   C. Ask students to learn one or other progression, so they can play the majority of pop songs!

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41 classroom ideas for using GarageBand


July 23, 2011

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RmWo408_CmH4iCdLifzUj9N86nyj9p45IW32oi1sTbw/edit?hl=en_US&authkey=CI7NrPQG

Here are 41 FREE ideas from Scott Watson about ways to use GarageBand software in the music classroom. (You may need to login to Google in order to view this file.)

Enjoy!

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accelerando lesson plan


May 5, 2013

Play the following two songs, and ask the students to guess what they have in common: Zorba the Greek & In the Hall of the Mountain King (by Grieg). ANSWER = accelerando (gradual speeding up of tempo). In pairs, ask students to create their own 30 second composition which features an accelerando.

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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 1 2012 free notes

March 14, 2012

Tour 1 WA Tour 1 NSW Tour 1 VIC Tour 1 SA Tour 1 QLD Tour 1 ACT

Above are the links to the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s FREE teaching notes and lesson ideas for their 2012 Tour 1. Lesson content is designed for Secondary students.

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ACO Tour 2, 2012 – free lesson content


April 20, 2012

NSW VIC WA ACT QLD SA

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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aMuse Sample Units


January 11, 2011

Sample Units from Australian Music Educators Assoc (Vic) – under the heading “aMuse VELS Support Documents”

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Animation: How to read notation BRILLIANT

July 20, 2013

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

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Anti-Racism


June 12, 2013

This morning, the Australian Human Rights Commission launched a new online anti-racism resource, What you say matters, to educate and engage young people about racism and to empower them to respond safely when they experience or witness racism.

The resource has been developed after extensive consultation with young people. It includes a hip-hop video clip and online educational content, and is designed to encourage 14-17 year olds to reflect and to act safely in response to incidences of racism at school, in their peer group, sports club or communities. The music video clip features Indigenous hip hop artist Brothablack and was created with the participation of students from James Meehan High School in south western Sydney.

You can find the resource on the “Racism. It Stops with Me’ campaign website (http://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au/whatyousaymatters).

What you say matters seeks to answer the key questions that young people we surveyed told us they wanted more information about:

·         What is racism?

·         Why are people racist?

·         Who experiences racism?

·         Where does racism happen?

·         Why is racism a problem?

·         What can you do?

·         What does the law say?

We would appreciate any assistance you can provide in promoting the resource through your networks.

What you say matters has been funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) under the National Anti-Racism Strategy.

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Archie Roach – quote to inspire composition


February 17, 2013

This quote is found under the CD of Archie Roach’s latest album: “Into the Bloodstream“. Read the quote to your students and ask them to write a composition or song in response.

“My recent bouts of illness I’m sure are a result of the Pain of being removed from my family at a young age and more recently the loss of someone I loved so dearly. But Pain can also bring about change in one’s life for the better. We can choose to ignore the Pain until it becomes unbearable or we can do something. You see some events in my life I will never truly get over and the Pain will always be there but I can do something about it. I can write songs, songs about making it to the Top of the Hill no matter how far, songs about not being alone so don’t cry, songs about all of us having a song to sing and songs we can dance to.”

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ArtsEdge Kennedy Centre Music Lesson Plans (USA)

February 15, 2010

Go to resource: ArtsEdge Kennedy Centre Music Lesson Plans (USA) offers dozens of music lesson plans, many of which are integrated with other subjects such as science and maths. Each lesson plan is graded according to age level, arts subject, and other subjects. ArtsEdge is a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is a partner of Thinkinfinity, a consortium of USA national education organisations. ArtsEdge’s aim is to implement arts programs in schools.

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Assignment – reflect on how music preferences effect your identity


July 3, 2011

http://ia600505.us.archive.org/20/items/MusicAsIdentityLessonPlan/MusicAsIdentityOnlineLessonPlan.pdf

A free lesson plan from Nick Jaworski designed for Year 9-12 students reflecting on MUSIC & IDENTITY. It involves using Audacity (or other music editing software) to create a 3 minute audio project. This project may suit Challenge-Based-Learning principals.

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Bobby McFerrin vocal improv lesson on YouTube


April 8, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTB58ZmnudA&feature=youtube

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chord stats and lesson idea


June 17, 2012

THIS website analysed 1300 pop songs and plotted chord and key frequency, as well as common patterns (eg. which chord usually follows E minor in C major). Ask students to read through the webpage, summarise the findings, and write a song which follows some of the website suggestions.

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cinematic musical


March 19, 2012

Watch THIS TEDx YouTube clip about a collaboratively-made film by Daniel Johns (from Silverchair) and Josh Wakely. Discuss how music can be inspired by images, stories and pictures. Discuss how film can be inspired by music.

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Classics for Kids

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: Classics for Kids is a podcast station that streams classical music suitable for children.

In addition the site has links to composition and creating games, lesson plans, information about classical music, and links to advocacy and articles on classical music for parents and teachers.

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ColdPlay live @ Apple


April 21, 2013

Watch 20 mins worth of ColdPlay performing live on YouTube. Take notes on stage-craft (actions, moves and dress), how they engage the crowd, what percussion is played, and what makes this live performance so exciting. Suggest students incorporate some of these ideas into their own band performances.

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Copyright lesson plan and worksheet


June 13, 2012

This lesson plan and worksheet, provided by Bev Babbage (Toormina High School), is written for secondary students, but could be adapted to Year 5-6 as well. It starts with Gotye’s hit song (which uses public domain AND copyright materials) and leads towards contemplation of media piracy. THANKS BEV!

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CREATivE CHANGE


June 23, 2012

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

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

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creative digital tasks for Aussie students (with prizes)


August 1, 2012

Here are a series of digital challenges for students - exciting
opportunities for music students across Australia.

The eTrack challenge gives students the great opportunity: To write
and record an original song that tells a story. The story may be based
on personal experience, a friend, a folklore or fairy-tale.

Winners will be awarded digital prizes from our sponsors Adobe, Wacom
and Scholastic at the exciting ceremony at the Sydney Opera House in
November.

Other opportunities include:
* eProfile challenge: To create an informative and motivating eProfile
about an inspirational person such as a singer, composer, musician,
inventor, instrument maker, producer – anyone who is related to the
music world and inspires the students.

The website is at www.wecreate.nsw.edu.au
eTrack: wecreate.nsw.edu.au/wcc_apps/eTrack/challenge.shtm
eProfile: www.cli.nsw.edu.au/lo/challenge.shtm
> For further information please email wecreate@det.nsw.edu.au

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Curriculum Support – Creative Arts 7-12 (NSW)

February 22, 2010

Go to resource: Curriculum Support – Creative Arts 7-12 (NSW) is a NSW Department of Education and Training site that provides further resources for the teaching of the creative arts in NSW schools. The site provides links to ICT implementation and resources, syllabi, and music units. Access to the units can only be gained using a DET password.

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digital citizenship re. music downloads


October 1, 2011

A US appeals court reinstated a $US675,000 (AUS $659,115) verdict against a Boston University student who illegally downloaded 30 songs and shared them on the internet. Read full article here. Now is a good time to discuss responsible music downloading with teenagers. Why Music Matters website has a series of animated videos about Australian bands which emphasise that writing/recording music is their sole source of income. Watch and discuss with your students. Ask students when was the last time they paid for an MP3 download or music CD.

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Easy planning for the rest of the year


December 2, 2012

Show students the MusicCareer website with its list of ‘careers in music’. Students should choose a career which interests them, and spend the rest of the year undertaking career-related activities, eg. practising (= performer), writing a list of equipment they think school should buy, listening to songs and writing what emotion it evokes (= music therapy), changing songs to words … ENJOY!!!

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Encounter – MSO resource


September 16, 2011

MSO ENCOUNTER

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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Face the music: Which way to go (free lesson plans)


April 17, 2012

Face the Music: Which Way To Go‘ is an engaging education module aimed at both informing of, and developing empathy towards, student responsibilities as copyright users and owners. It is aimed at English and music students from years seven to ten.

After downloading the files, start with ‘face the music which way to go’.

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Free access to Klerrisa Music resources Oct 2012


October 7, 2012

This month (October 2012) Klerrisa Music’s ACCESS site (usually available to paying customers) is FREE to all teachers. Browse through brilliant resources (Middle School to High School) and sample tastes of many different units, lesson plans and worksheets.

www.kerrilacey.com.au/portal/subsite

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free ACO kits 2013


March 4, 2013

Australian Chamber Orchestra school program – free teaching notes, worksheets and activities

Tognetti’s Mozart Tognetti’s Mozart ACT Tognetti’s Mozart NSW Tognetti’s Mozart SA Tognetti’s Mozart VIC Tognetti’s Mozart WA
Richard Tognetti presents ACO2 Richard Tognetti presents ACO2 ACT Richard Tognetti presents ACO2 NSW Richard Tognetti presents ACO2 QLD Richard Tognetti presents ACO2 SA Richard Tognetti presents ACO2 VIC
Barefoot Fiddler Barefoot Fiddler ACT Barefoot Fiddler NSW Barefoot Fiddler QLD Barefoot Fiddler SA Barefoot Fiddler VIC Barefoot Fiddler WA
Brahms Piano Quintet Brahms Piano Quintet NSW Brahms Piano Quintet SA Brahms Piano Quintet VIC Brahms Piano Quintet WA
Andreas Scholl sings Vivaldi Andreas Scholl sings Vivaldi NSW Andreas Scholl sings Vivaldi VIC
Brahms 4 & Steven Isserlis Brahms 4 & Steven Isserlis ACT Brahms 4 & Steven Isserlis NSW Brahms 4 & Steven Isserlis QLD Brahms 4 & Steven Isserlis SA Brahms 4 & Steven Isserlis VIC Brahms 4 & Steven Isserlis WA
Mozart Clarinet Concerto Mozart Clarinet Concerto ACT Mozart Clarinet Concerto NSW Mozart Clarinet Concerto VIC
Brandenburg Concertos Brandenburg Concertos NSW Brandenburg Concertos QLD Brandenburg Concertos VIC
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free documentaries online – music


September 21, 2011

topdocumentaryfilms.com/category/music-performing-arts

This website offers dozens of free musical documentaries – from hip hop to jazz, from metal to latin. Plenty of lesson content here!

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free lesson content re. new curriculum


March 19, 2013

http://artspop.yodelservices.com/

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

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free lesson plans / powerpoints


June 22, 2011

A Secondary Music & Technology teacher is here sharing resources with the rest of us :-)

http://musicteachntech.com/resources-and-lesson-plans/

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free online music theory

January 28, 2013

http://www.mymusictheory.com/

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

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free podcasts and activity sheets on Music fundamentals

March 8, 2011

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

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free resources from Deborah Smith


February 25, 2012

dsmusic.com.au/resources/free-resources/

Print off a few of these FREE theory sheets (or give the link to your students) and let your students choose what to work on next lesson. Suits middle / upper secondary music students.

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free sample lesson plans (Australian)


September 22, 2011

Here is a free lesson from Klerrisa Music re. Mashing Up 2 Bruno Mars songs which have the same chord progression.

If you sign up to the Klerrisa mailing list, you get free access to a dozen more free sample lessons (Middle school & Secondary).

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Future career in music – class discussion


October 9, 2011

These guiding questions come from AYMC:

1. What is it about music that makes you want to be a musician or work in the Arts? 2. What is your dream musical job? 3. Would you expect to get paid for your Arts activities? and/or Do you expect to find alternative income to financially support your Arts activities?  Why? 4. (depending on answer 3)  Who will pay you for your
Art, either directly/indirectly, and will this be enough money?  and/or What alternative employment will you find, and how will this affect your Arts practice? 5. What skills do you need to acquire in order to achieve the answers to Question 4?
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guitar tutor PowerPoint ozrock.com


May 5, 2013

http://www.tom.com.au/kara-oke/oz-rock.htm

Educators around the world are looking toward popular music as a way of ‘engaging kids’ who otherwise would never be likely to pursue a musical instrument in school, let alone in adult life.

This website offers a new method of learning useful-level guitar. The backing tracks are based on special chords that allow simple one to three fingered ’shapes’ to fit in well – no muffled notes, no special re-tunings!.

This is a Creative Commons free resource that can be downloaded and used in whatever way you want. Although simple enough for an individual learner it probably works best if a trained teacher gets you started following the tutorial. Teachers can use the system for other instruments as well as guitar..

Just download the 5mb zip file listed at left and open it as a PowerPoint (.pptx). Open full-screen so that you can click on the embedded midi files and view the animations showing finger positions for chords.

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HotChalk music lesson plans (USA)


February 15, 2010

Go to resource: HotChalk (USA) is a site that offers lesson plans, grouped according to different disciplines and age ranges, including music. The site is free for users. Lesson plans were collated by trained educator Kyle Austin Yamnitz and students at the University of Missouri.

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Indigenous fusion with AAO

January 9, 2012

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

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KET lesson plans and resources (US)

February 15, 2011

KET – this website provides free Music lesson plans for 5-18 year olds. NOTE: Some of the content requires additional KET resources (videos).

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Kiravanu

September 21, 2010

Go to resource: Kiravanu is an opera written by James Humberstone and Mary Elizabeth, specifically designed for children and integrated with the curriculum.Online resources are available through the site to support performances of Kiravanu in schools. It was first developed in MLC, Sydney, and resources include cross-curricula lesson plans to assist with implementation of this opera production in schools.

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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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lesson starter (animation)


February 20, 2013

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

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List of free Music education resources online


June 3, 2011

wrightstuffmusic.com/in-the-classroom/making-music-fun/

Wright Stuff Music offers a list of links for fun online music activities (K-12)

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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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massed singing with Year 9 (boys!)


February 23, 2011

Ann Lierse has shared a list of repertoire used by boys during Year 9 and 10 massed choral lessons at Melbourne High School (2010). Many thanks for sharing, Ann!

Sample of repertoire for Massed Singing

Night and Day – Cole Porter                          Thriller – Michael Jackson

Don’t dream its over – Neill Finn                   Dancing in the storm – Boom Crash

The Rain – Kassey Chambers                         Africa – Toto

At the end of the day – Schonberg                 All Night, All day – Traditional

All that Jazz – John Kanter                            The Vagabond – Vaughan Williams

Oh Pretty Women – Roy Orbison                 All that Jazz – John Kanter

Bridge over troubled water – Paul Simon       Violet Hill – Coldplay

Foxy Lady – Hendrix                                      The Ballad of Swiney Todd – Sondheim

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Derek Sharon           Orpheus Lament – Gluck

Selections from Pirates of Penzance – Gilbert and Sullivan

Nessum Dorma – Puccini                               Finlandia – Sibelius

Pilgrim’s Chorus – Wagner                             Requiem – Mozart

Carmina Burina – Orff                                    Les Miserables – Schoenberg

Chorus of the Hewbrew Slaves – Verdi          A Tribute to Foster – Grainger

Officer Krurpke – Bernstein                           The Masochism Tango – Lehrer

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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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Met Opera HD in schools


June 12, 2013

www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/about/education/hdinschools.aspx

Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series features opera performances transmitted live from the Met stage to movie theatres around the world – and to students, teachers, and administrators across USA.

Free worksheets on opera and ballet can also be found on the Met’s website:

ARMIDA MORE ARMIDA

LA BOHEME

CARMEN

many more free teaching resources here: http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/about/education/educatorguides/content.aspx?customid=24652

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mozART group & re-arranging lessons


August 24, 2011

Watch this YOUTUBE CLIP of the MozART Group from Poland. It is an entertaining collage of Classical String Quartets re-interpreted :-)

Now choose a Classical piece of music (Google search for the Classical Top 100) or nursery rhyme and change it drastically … into pop, funk, country, metal, etc. You may wish to write lyrics to go with the Classical melody.       OR

Choose a piece of pop music and arrange it for a classical ensemble. Start by putting the vocal line into an instrument, then find chords to go underneath.

HINT: Google search for the song name + free + midi. You may well be able to save a midi file from the internet, which will open in Finale / Audacity / Sibelius, etc.

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MTRS (UK)


January 1, 2011

Go to resource: Music Teacher Resource Site (UK) MTRS is a free website designed for UK Music teachers – lots of free lesson plans and online resources

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Music can change your perception


May 24, 2012

Read this article as a class (HERE) . Discuss the implications of the article (ie. beware what you listen to, as it can change your view on the world). Brainstorm a list of bands / pieces that make students feel happy, and another list that brings your mood down. Then read THIS ARTICLE about how Top 40 Pop music has been getting slower & sadder. Brainstorm the reasons why this might be.

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Music Education at About.com (USA)

February 9, 2010

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

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Music Matters campaign


October 26, 2011

Watch these videos with your students. They aim to inform kids of the work that goes into creating & recording Australian pop songs. The underlying message is that we should purchase music rather than copy music.

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Music Painting


July 21, 2011

A cute 4 minute video to share with any year level.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAY1UoQYMHk

After watching the movie, ask your class to create some more musical artwork.

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Music. Count Us In 2011 – song written


April 15, 2011

On April 12th 2011, a dozen talented teenage singer-songwriters were mentored by John Foreman, Claire Bowditch, Holly Throsby,  Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc) and Kavyen Temperley (Eskimo Joe).

The result was the 2011 song for Music. Count Us In (1st September 2011).

Watch this space for free lesson plans, free MP3 material, free Professional Development (for teachers) and free instrumental arrangements. Let’s get more music in more Australian schools!! www.musiccountusin.org.au

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Music: Count Us In 2012 has been launched

July 27, 2012

www.musiccountusin.org.au

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

FREE teaching kit and lesson plans are coming VERY soon.

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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.

www.musiceducation.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Musica-Surfica-worksheet.pdf

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:

http://www.musicatschool.co.uk/year_7/Instruments_sheets/layout_worksheet.PDF

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MusicCareer website & lesson idea


November 15, 2012

Send students HERE to read about career paths for musicians. In pairs, they should make note of 10 surprising facts. Share these with the class.

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new books – Instant Lessons in Music – Australian

April 2, 2011

Fresh off the printing press – Instant Lessons in Music (Vols 3, 4 & 5) – photocopiable /digital lessons designed to enhance school Music programs OR leave for Emergency teachers (without the need for musical competency) – suits 11-16 year old Music classes – written by an Australian teacher for Australian students.

Vol 3: Music in Australia

Vol 4: Everyday musicality

Vol 5: Theory, composition & song-writing

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New Millenium Records: Classroom

January 13, 2011

New Millenium Records – a rich resource for free lesson content. Most lessons are paragraphs of typed information embedded with free audio files or video clips to support the text.

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New music teaching ideologies


July 3, 2011

http://teachingmusic.tumblr.com/lessons/

A blog about NEW ways to teach Year 6 – 12 classroom music. Includes philosophical discussion AND free lesson plans.

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OperaPlot on Twitter


March 1, 2011

#OperaPlot – 11-15 April 2011, Twitter members from around the world will be creating a new opera – one phrase at a time

This could make an interesting lesson idea – students write a sentence each … maybe even borrow the melody from another choral work …

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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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photography inspired composition


January 22, 2013

Ask students to choose a photo from THIS amazing page, and plan a soundscape or composition using any instruments. Once shared with the class, do “speed improvisation” – the teacher chooses a photo, and the entire class responds to the photo with whatever instrument/s they can reach.

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power of Music Therapy – video


May 9, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z78Mzkl9rTk Please watch this with your classes – the video shows a young disabled girl making amazing progress with regular music sessions.

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Primary Lesson Plans NSW (CAP)

February 4, 2010

Go to resource: Primary Lesson Plans NSW is a site published by NSW Country Areas Program, and contains lesson plans grouped under subject areas and stages, including music. The site also includes links to CAP events such as professional learning.

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Professional Learning and Teaching Resources (Arts Victoria)

January 21, 2010

Go to resource: Professional Learning and Teaching Resources, provided by Arts Victoria, include education kits, training and online resources. Material provided on this site are linked to the VCE and/or VELS.

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Protest Music meets comedy


October 1, 2011

Show your students the YouTube clip of Tim Minchin’s “Canvas Bags” song (NB it contains a few profanities). Discuss the damage done by plastic bags to our environment. Ask students to form song-writing groups & create their own protest song or rap. Also highlight the contrast of styles featured in Minchin’s song.

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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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random lessons using YouTube

January 27, 2013

http://www.musiceducation.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/youtube-lesson-compilation.docx

THIS link takes you two random uses of YouTube in music-related lessons. If you have suggestions, PLEASE email them to schools.mpfl AT mca.org.au

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remix vs. stealing music


March 31, 2013

http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/nothing-new-under-sun.html This blog post features a short video showing how Hip Hop and Heavy Metal artists are among many that borrow / remix music. At the bottom of the blog are a list of questions to shape a lesson plan.

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Ruby Hunter lyrics (Indigenous Australian music)


January 9, 2012

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

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Senior Music Composition Folio


January 14, 2013

My brave idea for Year 11 this year is to give them one piece of theory each week – to research, then apply to their own composition. The booklet is attached – feel free to use and amend for your own teaching purposes. ENJOY!

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song-write for $1000 due 25 May 2012


May 13, 2012

Here is a powerpoint presentation to show students … before asking them to write a song for 500 000 students to perform on November 1st, 2012 in Australia. Write individually or as a group. Keep the lyrics positive and optimistic.

Music: Count Us In has full details – due 25 May, 2012. $1000 up for grabs!

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student song-writer – ACMF winners – lesson plan


October 24, 2011

acmf.com.au/results/

The above website links to the 2011 prize-winners of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation song-writing competition. Categories catered for students aged 5 through to 18. LESSON IDEA: Listen to the winning songs (from the website) for each class’s age-category and discuss the strengths and musical elements of each winning song.

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Teachers on the Web (TOTW) – Creative Arts Lessons

February 9, 2010

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

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TeachersNetwork

January 13, 2011

TeachersNetwork.org – an excellent website (by US teachers for teachers) with free lesson plans. Most lessons require computers as a resource or tool for quality Music lessons – from Bach to Rap! Some lessons include rubrics for assessment.

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Teaching ideas – Music & Technology


July 6, 2011

http://www.intelliware.com.au/Education/Education.aspx

Practical plans and ideas for teaching music with the aid of technology – from Intelliware website.

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Teaching the Blues – 41 free tips!!!

October 17, 2012

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

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

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TES connect – free teaching resources

January 10, 2011

Go to resource: TES Connect collates free teacher-created resources from UK. This link is for Secondary Music resources and links. You will need to sign up to view resources – signing up is free and simple.

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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 …

http://viewpure.com/m0NJyVCQpIs

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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writing harmonies – lesson idea


October 6, 2012

Give students a melody (as a Sibelius or Finale file, accessible via school intranet if you want to save time). Using trial and error, asking students to write a harmony line, creating a duet. For the melody, you could use a nursery rhyme OR the Music: Count Us In song. EXTENSION: Explain how notes fit into chords. Ask students to write another duet, using only notes from each chord, and compare for the two duets.

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Year 12 lesson: history of music on YouTube


December 29, 2011

Play THIS YouTube clip of a string quartet playing music from 300+ years of history — how many titles can they write down — and from what period is each piece? Finally, ask students to make their own list of famous, representative pieces from each era / period.

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Year 9 iBooks project


January 10, 2013

http://hoverboard.thw88z.com/2/category/ibook/1.html

Greg Thwaites runs a Year 9 Project – creating their own eBook on Music topics.

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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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YouTube helps teach the History of Western Art Music


May 5, 2011

http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/Article/254537,classical-music-a-history-according-to-youtube.aspx

The history of music from Medieval to post WW II. Presented as text and related YouTube video/audio clips. A series of lessons, in effect!

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