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
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.”
May 28, 2011
“A Great Landscape” was a 2008 DVD created by www.vea.com.au and is available via Click View. It discusses Indigenous self-expression through music, focussing on a Hip Hop band.
If you want to show this 36 min video to your class for Reconciliation Week (or any other week), here are some possible questions:
Name a famous Indigenous Australian band – “Yothu __________________________ ”
Name a famous Indigenous Australian Hip Hop band? ________________ and the Young ___________________________
Do Indigenous people own their land? If not, then what is the relationship between Indigenous people and the land?
How does music support Indigenous identity?
What do lyrics describe in Indigenous music?
What is empowerment?
Music and song allow indigenous people to share _________________ with a wider community and audience.
Clapping and click sticks are ___________ - phones
Didgeridoos are ____________ - phones
In the past, who was NOT allowed to play didgeridoo, according to sacred law?
Is Indigenous Australian history always written down?
What political issues do contemporary Indigenous artists address?
How can music be used as a means of protest?
What type of band was “No Fixed Address”? Reggae, Folk, Pop or Hip Hop?
When did Archie Roach come to fame, with the song “Took the Children Away”?
During the Sydney 2000 Olympics, what did “Midnight Oil” have written on their costumes? Why?
Who is Shane Howard?
“Solid Rock” was the first Pop song to feature the didgeridoo. About what were the lyrics written?
What prevents some Indigenous artists from accessing mainstream venues (at times)?
What is CAAMA?
April 10, 2012
The Muurrbay Language Centre sells resources to support Indigenous language learning, which include a Song Book in Gumbaynggirr language. Gumbaynggirr land covers a large section of NSW Mid-North coast. Also for sale is Barriyala – a 3 part language work book, which includes songs from the Gumbaynggirr Song Book.
Barriyala: Let’s Work
April 26, 2013
HERE is a link which lists 5 Aboriginal songs, as published in ABC Sing Books. http://www2.abc.net.au/learn/sing/qsearch.asp?search=Aboriginal
January 14, 2013
“Butcher Paper, Texta, Black Board and Chalk is the culmination of 15 years work of Aboriginal singer songwriter Ruby Hunter with support from her life partner Archie Roach. This stunning children’s song book is full of beautiful illustrations and an accompanying music CD and informative DVD.
Many of the songs were written through song writing and music workshops held by Ruby Hunter and Archie Roach with children from across Cape York. The songs reflect the beliefs, pride, aspirations and issues of many clan groups and Aboriginal communities, from the coastal savannahs of Kowanyama to the towering rainforests of Lockhart River, as seen through the eyes of Aboriginal children and songwriters.”
May 4, 2011
Cultural infusion together with Reservoir Views Primary School will work in partnership on a one year arts project that explores and celebrates the cultural diversity of the school community thanks to Arts Victoria.
A series of artists and artistic personnel from Cultural Infusion will work collaboratively throughout the year with students, teachers and parents at Reservoir Views Primary School in various art-forms (including physical theatre, dancing, song writing/singing, visual art, puppetry and multimedia) with the end result being a performing arts production that will feature at the school’s end of Term 3 Concert.
Components of the production will also feature alongside the work of professional artists at the 2012 Australia Day Concert that is viewed by an audience of over 10,000 people. We will keep you posted as this exciting project progresses.
October 15, 2012
Christine Anu has set up “Chrissy’s Island Family” to advocate awareness of Torres Strait Island music and traditions.
June 23, 2012
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.
December 28, 2010
Go to resource: Cultural Infusion co-ordinates authentic multi-cultural performances, workshops and residencies in Australian schools.
December 5, 2012
The Song Room had a major role to play in The Barkly Region’s Desert Harmony Festival 2012 in the Northern Territory, with the launch of its CD and DVD, Creating Footprints: Songs from Home. This annual festival is organised by Barkly Regional Arts.
April 15, 2011
April 2011 saw the launch of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s second album. Gurrumul is a spectacular, Indigenous Australian musician who was born blind, and grew up singing and playing guitar.
Lesson idea: Listen to one of Gurrumul’s tracks (all songs feature his language-of-birth, while some include English as well). Describe the tune, harmonies, vocal quality (which Stinge has described as “the sound of a higher being”), chord progressions, etc … then try to guess what the lyrics mean.
May 25, 2011
A free service (blocked to many students, but usually available to teachers) whereby you can listen to and playlist thousands of songs for free, while you are online.
Download is not possible (nor would it be ethical!).
Not a complete repertoire as yet – for instance you won’t find music of the recent Royal Wedding, or anything from the “Black Arm Band”.
You WILL find many indigenous / Aboriginal artists on GrooveShark: Gurrumul Yunupingu, Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, didgeridoo music, “Rough Guide to Australia Aboriginal Music”, Saltwater Band, Yothu Yindi …
October 13, 2012
These two YouTube clips feature the gorgeous music of the Stiff Gins, sung in Indigenous language.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikilFioL9SQ with Sydney Children’s Choir at TEDx
January 24, 2013
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).
July 13, 2011
This article in the Herald Sun describes the process for creating an indigenous translation for Advance Australia Fair (for NAIDOC week). Free teachers’ notes are found HERE. A kit has also been released ($26) with advice on how to teach the song.
“This is about changing the way we teach and appreciate the language, culture and traditions of Aboriginal people,” Mr Garrett said.
A short example of the video teaching kit is found HERE along with ‘how to purchase the kit’ information.
December 28, 2012
View videos of the Music Outback Foundation at work in Australia’s OUTBACK.
“Through songwriting, students can engage deeply in English and first language learning activities, developing content that is meaningful to them, and supporting community desires to work in the context of local language and culture. Music activities encourage attendance at school, and can build important partnerships between schools and their communities. They can also provide avenues of employment for community adults with music skills.”
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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, Age Range 8 to 12
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December 12, 2012
A new free-to-air channel “NITV” for Indigenous talent was launched tonight with a great Sunset Concert from Ayers Rock. Looking forward to it showcasing lots of indigenous music, art, drama and dance. NITV is supported by SBS.
March 10, 2011
A lesson idea for “National Sorry Day” … or any day.
Watch the Colli Crew’s song about reconciliation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsWo9CxqsN8&feature=related
In small groups, brainstorm phrases that rhyme with “reconciliation” and “it’s up to us”
Watch the Colli Crew’s 2010 ARIA Award winning song “Change the Game” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0rJajbIs-o
Create a class rap, make an audio recording, and place it on the school’s website.
Email a link (or a copy of the song) to email@example.com
Listen to Indigenous Australian music from “Black Arm Band”, “Saltwater Band”, “Gurrumul Yunupingu” and “Archie Roach” on YouTube, iTunes, CD or GrooveShark.
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.
January 20, 2013
www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2c7zk8Grp8 A great new song by Archie Roach about the healing power of singing and song-writing. Play the clip to your class, and have them devise 3 different movements: slow section (beginning), upbeat chorus, and gospel groove at the end. Older students might talk about the message / story behind the video clip.
February 18, 2012
“Koorie Stories & Song” is an innovative and entertaining program that aims to educate and inform audiences of Indigenous Australia through the mediums of narrative and song. It creates a safe and intimate forum where listeners can further their understandings of Aboriginality and culture.
What is involved?
The session will showcase two to three musicians who discuss the background and inspirations of their material and how it integrates into modern Indigenous society. Guided by a master of ceremonies, the discussions are opened and audience members are invited to put forward any questions or queries to the performers that relate to any of the subjects presented.
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.
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.
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.
Filed under: Advocacy Organisations
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, Indigenous music
, Instrumental Music
, Music and Movement Activities
, Music and Special Needs
, Non-profit Organisations
, Performance Events
, Professional Learning
, Professional Organisations
February 26, 2012
Deb Smith has written up a Torres Strait song HERE along with a series of challenging actions. Suits middle school students.