Go to resource: arts action, published by the Department of Education and Training (NSW) is a CD-rom created to supplement the NSW K-6 Creative Arts Syllabus. It consists of lesson examples, work samples, and units, relating to music, dance, drama, and art.
Go to resource: Assessment for Learning has been developed by the Curriculum Corporation, and is a site that provides support for designing assessment tasks. The site includes state/territory links to assessment resources via subject headings, including the Arts. There are also links to professional learning and research about assessment.
Go to resource: Auralia is a comprehensive ear-training software package, published by Sibelius. It consists of step-by-step lessons, levels, and tests. Answers can be recorded/sung or played using a MIDI keyboard. It is suitable for all ages.
Go to resource: The Australian Curriculum Corporation is a one-stop site that provides online links to all Australian curricula. The Curriculum Corporation, a partnership of all Australian Education Ministers, provides resources that add to student learning experiences across Australia. The site also has links to publications and sites that are suitable resources for teachers.
Go to resource: Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts by Claudia Cornett (2006) is a textbook specifically for classroom teachers. It covers the integration of the arts throughout the curriculum and examines the four arts streams (Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Art). It is published by Merrill/Prentice-Hall.
Go to resource: Creative Resources for Primary Schools. This Dept of Education and Training (NSW) page has links to DET-published resources including Arts Action, Sync or Swing, and Vocal-Ease. These resources can be ordered and purchased through this page.
Go to resource: The Curriculum Framework Learning Statement for the Arts is published by the Curriculum Council of WA, 1998. It covers the reasoning for the Kindergarten to Year 12 Arts framework, which includes dance, drama, media, music, and visual arts. There are four outcomes that the framework is built around: arts ideas; arts skills and processes; arts responses; arts in society. The scope of the curriculum is explained, including processes, elements, skills, and types of learning experiences. Phases of learning and development are outlined. Other information including assessment, links with the curriculum goals and other subjects, is also given.
Each of the Arts has a number of units designed to complement the National Curriculum. Scroll to the bottom and choose “Music”!
Go to resource: Hands on Music Outcomes: a practical teachers guide to implementing the curriculum framework curriculum guides & progress maps joyfully in the classroom, by Sue Noonan, is published by Rossendale Press, Exmouth WA, 2005. This volume is intended for primary teachers and comes with an accompanying disc. It contains music activities and guides for assessment.
Go to resource: Integrating the arts: twelve school-based experiences, published by the Department for Education and Children’s Services, SA, 1997, gives twelve case best-practice case studies for the teaching of the arts in schools. The publication is relevant to teachers of Early Childhood (Reception) through to secondary school (Year 10).
Go to resource: Music Education in Primary Schools, written by Graeme Askew, published by Education Australia (1993), this resource is for students and teachers, and incorporates Kodaly and Orff methods. Planning, implementation and evaluation of programs and musical activities ideas are included.
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.
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.
Go to resource: Sibelius Groovy Music is a software program that assists with teaching music to five to eleven year old students. The program can be used by generalist and specialist music teachers. Additional resources are available to support the software including lesson plans, stickers, charts etc.
Go to resource: Spotlight on assessment in music education (USA) was published by MENC in 2001.
This volume contains articles examining different styles and applications of assessment for various musical activities and student age groups.
Go to resource: Stage 2 Music Resources are published by the Department of Education and Training (NSW).
The resources support classroom teaching that meet NSW syllabus requirements for and include: Stage 2 Program Overview; Stage 2 Skill and Concept Development; Stage 2 Blank Program Overview for planning learning experiences; Concept Based Programming Chart (blank); Thematic Programming Chart (blank); Adapting the â€˜Etchingsâ€™ Unit for each stage; and Adapting the â€˜Funge alafiaâ€™ Unit for each stage.
Go to resource: Sync or swing is published by the NSW Department of Education and Training and provides support for teaching music K-6. It includes an audio CD, and ties in with the Creative Arts syllabus (NSW).
Go to resource: The Arts Assessment Map provides student work samples that are at different levels of achievement.
The site is published by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority to support implementation of VELS.
Go to resource: Vocal Ease Stage 2 assessment strategies are published by the Department of Education and Training (NSW).
These strategies include the Crash and Dinosaur Bash units: Crash program overview; Crash student portfolio item; Crash teacher observation sheet; The Dinosaur Bash program overview; The Dinosaur Bash peer evaluation sheet; The Dinosaur Bash teacher observation sheet.
Go to resource: Vocal-ease is published by the NSW Department of Education and Training and comes in 4 volumes. It provides a sequential plan for singing activities. A range of styles and genres are included. The program is designed for use in primary schools.