Thanks to Katie Wardrobe, here’s is a list of 19 free iPad apps which can promoted creativity and composition.
Thanks to Katie Wardrobe, here’s is a list of 19 free iPad apps which can promoted creativity and composition.
ScoreCleaner Notes ($1) = a new app allows you to hum or sing into your device, and it will write up a score … then let you share it over social media. I haven’t tried it yet, but here’s an article about it: http://www.forbes.com/sites/reuvencohen/2013/05/06/new-app-allows-anyone-to-create-musicial-scores-by-humming-or-singing-no-instruments-required/
Go to resource: ArtsEdge (Western Australia) is a collaboration between the education, arts, and cultural sectors in WA. The program facilitates projects and partnerships between schools and professional arts workers, for example, artists in schools (AIR) and professional learning for teachers. ArtsEdge is a partnership between the Dept of Education WA and the Dept of Culture and the Arts WA.
Bubble Harp draws bubbles around your fingertips, recording and replaying your movements while creating music. It’s a combination of drawing, animation, music, art, geometry and gaming.
$1.99 at iTunes store for iPad or iPhone
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.
“Minds on Music” – This textbook enhances preservice and practicing music educators’ understanding of ways to successfully engage children in music composition. It offers both a rationale for the presence of composition in the music education program and a thorough review of what we know of children’s compositional practices to date. Minds On Music offers a solid foundation for planning and implementing composition lessons with students in grades PreK-12.
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: Fleximusic Kids Composer is a downloadable software program that introduces young students to music recording, mixing, sampling, and creating. Live tracks can be added, compositions can be saved as digital files and shared digitally. Fleximusic Composer is available for older students.
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.
As a tribute to Ruby Hunter, Archie Roach has just released a kit about a song-writing trip to Cape York. Butcher Paper, Texta, Black Board and Chalk The kit includes a CD of songs (written by Cape York school kids with Ruby Hunter) & a book of lyrics and art-work & a DVD documentary of the journey through Cape York (including song-writing sessions and jamming). The cross-curricular content of the DVD is brilliant – music, art, indigenous culture, creativity, etc. More info HERE.
LESSON IDEA: Play the DVD, then try song-writing with your class (about their own place, home and country) … later play the CD and encouraged students to draw pictures to go with the words (as did Ruby).
Go to resource: Phil Tulga presents a list of interactive activities and lesson plans which combine Music with Science, Language and Maths.
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).
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!
Marimba Music Making WITH JON MADIN
Date Thursday 2 June 2011
Time 9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue 150 Palmerston Street, CARLTON
Cost $130 members/$190 non-members
An amazing smorgasbord of ideas for hands-on music making using marimbas and many other Jon Madin’s ingeniously created instruments. Suitable for any primary or lower secondary music teaching environment. Would be suitable for primary generalists. You will go away with a wealth of repertoire and activity ideas.
Jon Madin is a trained classroom music teacher with a background in a wide variety of music-making. His experience includes playing in folk/rock bands, multi-cultural bands, orchestra and early music consorts. He also leads family music workshops and bush dances.
He has also worked extensively in musical instrument design – marimbas in particular, as well as many other experimental musical instruments.
For further information about Jon Madin, check out the Marimba Music website: www.marimbamusic.com.au
Association of Music Educators (Vic) Inc
150 Palmerston Street
CARLTON Victoria 3053
Go to resource: First Rhythmic Composition is a lesson plan written for 11 to 13 year olds, published by the Kennedy Center, US.The lesson introduces students to rhythm concepts, including names and symbols associated with music notation. The lesson plans include links to online resources including worksheets and websites. Musical terms use US terminology (eg quarter notes).
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.
Go to resource: Music in childhood: from preschool through the elementary grades, written by Patricia Shehan Campbell and Carol Scott-Kassner. This is a comprehensive textbook that covers a range of musical activities for inclusion in the classroom.
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
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.
The first session of Musica Viva’s “Sound Safari” (Professional Development for teachers) takes place in Carlton VIC on April 1st 2011. The same session will be held around Australia in 2011.
For more information on the program, please visit the website at http://www.musicaviva.com.au/education/mvis/professionallearning/soundsafari.
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.
The Goulburn Conservatorium has commissioned an electronic book and piano music to encourage students to learn piano, enjoy music, and compose. This link is free. ENJOY it with your students! Afterwards, ask them for their personal responses.
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
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.
Music: Count Us In offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a talented young person to have their song sung by over half a million students.
Download the brief at musiccountusin.org.au/the-song
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.
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 email@example.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.
OPEN REHEARSALS at the OPERA HOUSE
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:
ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY OCTOBER 11th
FINALISTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY OCTOBER 21st
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 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.
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.
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.
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.