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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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12 bar blues – beginner keyboard chords


February 11, 2013

Today I told Year 8 that teenagers today learn ‘heaps’ from YouTube … I handed out keyboards … and pressed ‘play’ on THIS YouTube clip. All I had to do was wander around the class admiring their progress, and making a few corrections. :-)

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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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A Great Landscape DVD – worksheet

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?
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Aboriginal inspiration for a Soundscape lesson


June 20, 2011

Aboriginal stories about life and life-cycles revolve around 4 different natural elements.

Sun, Moon, Water, Land

Divide your class into 4 groups, each labelled Sun, Moon, Water or Land. In 15 minutes they will choose classroom instruments and/or sound sources to depict their label … Each group performs to the rest of the class … Discuss and decide upon a logical order for the soundscape sections … Perform all 4 sections in their order.

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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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Acoustical Science (ArtsEdge USA)

June 1, 2010

Go to resource: Brass Instruments and Pitch, Percussion Instruments and Pitch, String Instruments and Pitch, & Woodwind Instruments and Pitch are four lessons that cover how to make basic musical instruments. The lessons are written by Leslie Thomas and published by the Kennedy Center US. The production of sound through string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments is explored. The lessons are designed for K-4 students (US).

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Acting Up, A Melodrama (ArtsEdge USA)

June 1, 2010

Go to resource: Acting Up, A Melodrama, published by the Kennedy Center, US, and written by Mary Beth Bauernschub, is a unit based on the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. In this unit, students incorporate their own music compositions into a student-produced melodrama. The unit also utilizes and explores drama and arts language.

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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-Bullying songs


March 14, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTNVXlirF4Y Don’t Laugh At Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIDarYJHCpA Caught in the Crowd (for middle school)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOpx7VBeel0 It’s OK to be different

Play these three songs to kids, and ask what the common theme is. (anti-bullying & accepting difference)

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ANZAC Day music


April 23, 2012

THIS website offers free samples of music to be used for ANZAC Day. Perhaps teach a lesson on what each piece represents and why they are played on ANZAC Day. Background info HERE. Sheet music HERE.

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Approaches to Learning and Teaching – The Arts (Music) Level 3 (Vic)

March 8, 2010

Go to resource: Approaches to Learning and Teaching – The Arts (Music) Level 3 (Vic) outlines music standards and activities that could be incorporated in lesson planning.

The approaches are published by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in order to implement VELS.

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Approaches to Learning and Teaching – The Arts (Music) Level 4 (Vic)

March 8, 2010

Go to resource: Approaches to Learning and Teaching – The Arts (Music) Level 4 (Vic) outlines music standards and activities that could be incorporated in lesson planning.

The approaches are published by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in order to implement VELS.

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Approaches to Learning and Teaching – The Arts (Music) Level 5 (Vic)

March 8, 2010

Go to resource: Approaches to Learning and Teaching – The Arts (Music) Level 5 (Vic) outlines music standards and activities that could be incorporated in lesson planning.

The approaches are published by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in order to implement VELS.

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Arts Alive – multi arts online content for Oz teachers


July 19, 2013

http://www.artslive.com.au/

Multi-arts online lessons, videos and other free resources, produced by the Songroom.

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ArtsAlive.ca

February 15, 2011

ArtsAlive.ca – US website with lots of free lesson plans, recordings and interactive Music websites

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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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Baraka lesson idea


May 24, 2012

HERE is a scene from Baraka called “Balinese monkey chant”. Baraka is a feature-length film without any script. Show this scene to a class, and discuss the role of music in eastern cultures, how a film can be created without any scripted text, the importance of music in films … Enjoy!

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Build a school in the cloud

March 9, 2013

Watch this TED talk on YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3jYVe1RGaU with Middle School students. Then ask them to self-organise into groups (with internet access) and pursue their own choice of ‘big question’ to do with music.

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busking for Beethoven

March 28, 2013

Play this film clip of “Best Coin” to your class … discuss why people respond emotionally to music … then discuss ways they could create their own flash mob in your community.  www.wimp.com/bestcoin/

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Cello Wars


April 28, 2013

Try this fun YouTube clip as an ice-breaker at the start of Music class – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgAlQuqzl8o. Would the same battle work on clarinet? Ask the kids for their own ideas on musical parodies.

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Children, stress and natural disasters


February 2, 2011

free lesson ideas – cross-curricular ideas for teachings working with students after a natural disaster, particularly focused on ways to express feelings

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Chinese Instruments (ArtsEdge USA)

June 1, 2010

Go to resource: Chinese Instruments is a two-lesson unit published by ArtsEdge, Kennedy Center (USA) and written by Mary Beth Bauernschub. The unit introduces students to Chinese instruments through research and listening. In addition, students create an instrument using recycled materials. The unit is suitable for Years 3 and 4 students (USA).

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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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Classics for Kids Lesson Plans (USA)

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: Classics for Kids Lesson Plans (USA) are classical music lesson plans designed for students aged 5 to 11 years of age.

Each lesson was designed and written by Dr Kay Edwards of Miami University and outcomes of each lesson plan are outlined. Composers covered include Haydn, Rossini, Mozart and Kodaly.

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clever music videos pinterest Katie Wardrobe


December 10, 2012

http://pinterest.com/katiewardrobe/clever-music-videos/

This page is full of fun music-related videos to show students. Ice-breakers, end-of-year fun, unit-starters …

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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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Covers – lesson plan


March 7, 2012

Write a brief paragraph about covers in books (introduce the words ‘cover’ and original’). Watch THIS original video of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, followed by THIS cover version by The Muppets. Ask students what stayed the same and what differed in the cover version.

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Create a class song-book


June 14, 2011

Lesson idea: Write songs, create a song book, and create illustrations.

Here’s an example from Pine Creek Primary School:

http://acmf.com.au/our-initiatives/indigenous-isolated-regions/

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Create a drum melody – “We’ve Got the Music”


June 19, 2011

Use the 3 main notes from the chorus of this year’s MUSIC: COUNT US IN program song “We’ve Got the Music” to create a 3-tone drum melody.

(1) Group your classroom drums or classroom percussion or junk percussion into three different groups (high, middle and low)

(2) Allocate the lowest drums to B-flat, the middle drums to C and the highest drums to E-flat.

(3) Re-create the chorus melody on 3 different drums: “Get on your feet, feel your heartbeat, we’ve got the music. We’re not too proud to sing it out loud, we’re not afraid to use it.”

Try the activity aurally, playing along with the MP3 found at www.musiccountusin.org.au

(4) Write the drum tune on the board using letters: L = low drums, M = medium drums, H = high drums

LM  LM  L MM M      M  M  LH  M

ML  M  M ML   LM   M            MMMM   LH    M

(5) If your school has signed up for “Music: Count Us In”, then you can access the free backing-track (‘For Teachers’ section) and play the drum melody along with the chorus.

This lesson was inspired by “Izo Beat” from Islington Public School

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create-your-own notation activity


July 19, 2011

Lesson Idea: Ask Middle School students to create their own way of writing music. Students might work in groups or individually.

Use the book “Notations 21: Visualizing Music Notation” for some interesting examples / inspiration. (Many pages are shown free online.)

Share ideas with the class, explaining how the new notation ‘works’.

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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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Creative Resources for Primary Schools (NSW)

December 20, 2009

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.

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Crescendo Newsletters (free)


August 11, 2012
Did you know all "Crescendo Music" Newsletters, going back over two years, are available HERE.
Another great resource at your finger tips, including free lesson plans.
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Cuban students turn to music for a financial future


February 5, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq74FePwu6E Show this YouTube clip to students, and make a list of music-related jobs in our society.

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Cup Songs


February 18, 2013

Watch this YouTube clip, then ask groups of students to create their own ‘plastic cup rhythms’ and music. www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcl_FkA0qJA

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Dance video – Music Count Us In


August 6, 2011

The ‘Music Count Us In’ Dance movie is now uploaded to the MCUI wiki. You can find it, with all the other teacher resources HERE.

See if your classes can dance along with these characters …. DANCE VIDEO LINK

Then play along with the JellyBeans-style ONLINE percussion score

Ask the class to invent new moves or actions for the song “We’ve Got the Music”

Watch the Auslan video and learn hand-signs for this year’s MUSIC: COUNT US IN SONG … AUSLAN VIDEO LINK

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Deaf Singing and Signing


October 17, 2012

www.musiccountusin.org.au Watch the INSPIRING video clip with your class – how deaf students experience music, and sign the Music: Count Us In 2012 song. Then teach the Auslan signs to your class using the free MCUI 2012 Special Needs kit.

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double bass YouTube instructional

April 10, 2011

http://doublebassblog.org/2011/04/hal-robinson-plays-orchestral-excerpts.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

An instructional video on playing orchestral excerpts on Double Bass, as performed by Hal Robinson.

The visual quality is very raw, but the Double Bass sound is amazing.

A good video to show Middle School students who are studying instruments of the orchestra.

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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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epic frog & Christian the Lion!


September 5, 2011

Watch this YouTube clip about a frog being chased by a snake (with very dramatic orchestral music). Discuss the way the music changes our perspective on the visual images. Ask students if they notice anything about the editing, as well (ie. what’s happening on the screen during loud percussion sections, etc). Can you think of any other films/advertisements that are well-matched to dramatic music?

Watch this YouTube clip about a lion being re-united with its human parents. About 1.5 mins through, the music is perfectly timed to match the physical reunion. Discuss this with the students, then brainstorm any other songs that would suit this video clip.

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Eurovision is coming – lesson plan


May 9, 2012

Eurovision telecasting starts late May 2012. Introduce the concept to students with THIS YouTube clip – clips from 2011 Eurovision contest. Then show the 2011 winner HERE. Discuss with students the way visual effects and dancing can enhance (or detract from) a performance. ENJOY!

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Flame Awards – lesson idea


July 22, 2011

Flame Award applications are due Monday 29th August – be part of the $15 000 prize pool. ALL Australian schools are invited to apply (Primary & Secondary).

Lesson idea: play some laid-back music, hand out paper and pencils, and ask students to write down and/or draw what they love about MUSIC at your school. Display some of the responses on school noticeboards / websites and around your music classroom :-)  Copy some of their ideas into your Flame Award submission

ENTER FLAME AWARDS HERE

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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 activity on composer bios


April 27, 2011

http://www.makingmusicfun.net/pdf/worksheets/composer-employment-application-worksheet.pdf

This fun, free worksheet, asks students to fill in a mock job application, requiring biographical details of a composer. The website www.makingmusicfun.net includes biographical information and other fun activities.

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Free e-book of classroom music games

January 12, 2012

HERE is a FREE e-book of classroom games (Music) for anyone to use (from FunMusicCo). Mostly primary-oriented, but could stretch to Year 7. Create a lesson out of games … Enjoy!

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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 major chord worksheet

March 3, 2011

free worksheet – Sarah Lantz has made a cute, free worksheet which uses clover leaves to help kids practise the notes in a major chord

Lesson idea – help students to fill in the clover leaves (with chord notes) then play them on keyboard, glocks, guitar …

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free music lesson plans


September 30, 2013

http://funmusicco.com/music-lesson-plans/15-free-music-activities-and-lesson-plans-for-the-classroom/

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free online Music curriculum Feb-April 2012

January 20, 2012

jozzbeatinteractive.com/jellymusic-pilot

Jozzbeat is offering FREE access to its new online Music education software (for 5-13 year olds) from February to April 2012. Click on the above link to find out more information. The program suits classroom teachers without ANY musical background, as well as being fun for music specialists. It requires having a digital projector or interactive whiteboard in the classroom, and giving brief feedback after lessons.

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free online music games


December 12, 2011

THIS WEBSITE is a rich source of free (and paid for) music games on a computer. Just download and play. My favourites are Staff Wars 1.2 (teaching notation reading), JamaMambo (rhythm reading) and Rhythm Dictation. Put the games on a digital projector and teach concepts to the class as needed. ENJOY!

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free online music quizzes

September 13, 2011

Go to this link: Ray Foo … Click on “Music Games/Quizzes” half way down the left side to find dozens of free online quizzes and games to drill music theory. Send students to this page and let them explore – learning through games.

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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 online song-teaching site

July 6, 2011

www.jozzbeat.com/MCUI2011/home

This is a fun way to learn / teach the Music: Count Us In song for 2011 (We’ve Got the Music). In fact, the song will teach itself, all ready for the massed-music-making MCUI event on 1st September, 2011.

If you don’t yet have a free login, and have registered for Music: Count Us In, please send an email to mcui.admin@mca.org.au requesting a Jozzbeat login.

ENJOY!!!

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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 pop music teaching kits


October 19, 2011

Click here to download FREE teaching kits for teaching pop music to Middle School students – using the Musical Futures approach. Handouts include song lyrics, keyboard chord fingerings & guitar chord fingerings.

Thanks to Coombeshead Academy for sharing their resources freely :-)

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Free Primary School Lesson Plans & Education Resources

February 4, 2010

Go to resource: Free Primary School Lesson Plans & Education Resources is a general site that offers primary school resources submitted by site users. Resources are listed according to subject area, including creative arts, and music. The site offers links to organisations and other lesson plan search engines.

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free Rhythm Clock lesson & resources

February 9, 2012

www.funmusicco.com/rhythmclock/

FunMusicCo has prepared a video tutorial on how to prepare and use a rhythm clock (suits primary and perhaps Year 7). All the files you might need are also free on the website.

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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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free worksheet for teaching intervals


November 14, 2012

FunMusicCo provides a free video on teaching intervals HERE – ideally using an IWB. A free student worksheet can also be found HERE. Thanks for sharing, FunMusicCo!

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free worksheets – naming notes and intervals


January 10, 2012

HERE are some free worksheets from makingmusicfun.net – naming notes and intervals in bass and treble clef. Make up a booklet for students to work through when they have a few spare minutes at a time.

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fun music listening game – suit Middle School


June 1, 2011

Select 4 very different pieces of music. Divide students into teams of 2-4 students. Hand out blank paper (to be divided into 4 sections). Teams are to secretly discuss the music (while it plays) and write down answers to 5 questions. After each ’round’, teams share their answers with the class, and the teacher allocates 1 point for each correct answer. After 4 rounds (equating to 4 pieces of music), tally up the points (out of a possible total of 20).

Suggested questions: What is the mood of the piece and does it change at all? What instruments do you hear (instrumentation)? What nationality do you think it is? What is the message or story behind the music? Is it fast or slow (tempo)?

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Funny Bear – fun lesson


July 3, 2011

There’s a wacky, catchy kids song on YouTube – in English, he is “Gummy Bear” … in French he is “Funny Bear”. The first half of the song is in C major, and the melody uses A, C, D & E, so it suits glockenspiels or beginner keyboards.

Lesson idea: Practise alternate hand slapping on thighs: 6 taps starting on left … short rest … 6 taps starting on left … 14 taps starting on right. Play the YouTube clip to Middle School students. Get the kids singing the chorus. Add in the ‘hand slapping on thighs’ pattern during the chorus (it fits with the chorus rhythm). Ask students to figure out the melody, which starts on A.

Extension: see if students can alternate their glockenspiel mallet hands (as per the hand slapping warm-up).

Melody: A A A C A A – - A A A C E E – - E E E D D D D D D D E D C A – -

Further extension: Write the chorus melody on the board as a row of quavers and quaver rests. Ask students to help put in the bar-lines and time signature.

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Galop – listening lesson plan


June 16, 2013

http://musicforschool.net/Lesson_Plan_-_Kabalevsky_Comedians_Galop.html

Kabalevsky’s Comedian’s Galop with fun and active lesson plan

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game with canons!


March 18, 2013

Watch Sharon Roffman’s video http://vimeo.com/30858494 to inspire primary classroom games with rounds / canons.

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Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – new CD


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.

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Glockenspiel and aural sheet – FUN


August 1, 2011

Play some well-known songs on glockenspiel (reading the letters of the alphabet), then guess their name.
eg.    E  D  C  D  E  E  E      D  D  D     E  G  G
is      Mary Had a Little Lamb

Glock aural activity

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Glockenspiel Chords & a musical battle on YouTube – lesson idea

March 24, 2011

Great fun for Middle School aged students with glockenspiels (or keyboards) … view it here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXPrUkjENrQ (recorder)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH8Fb1kKsGM (glockenspiel)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBF-_WMY8HU (crockenspiel)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=26ho9yEAOrI (gameboy)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYabXLTDSxw (ocarina)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjxQARym4DQ (zither)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmG34QB07Bc (mobile phone)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpg2k2C103k (squeakaphone)

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Gruffalo – short film – lesson idea


November 11, 2011

Watch the Gruffalo film on YouTube (about 30 minutes long).

Discuss (or ask students to take notes on) the music which accompanies each new character. Discuss what instruments are used to make the audience feel scared or wary. Brainstorm the ways in which music has been used to turn a 5 minute picture-story book into a 30 minute film.

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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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Haunting Music (ArtsEdge USA)

July 2, 2010

Go to resource: Haunting Music (ArtsEdge USA) is a six-lesson unit that focuses on program music through exploration of ’spooky’ orchestral works by Berlioz and Saint-Saens.The unit is published and written by ArtsEdge, the Kennedy Center, USA. The lessons include analysis of musical works, storywriting, and creating a class mural.  The unit is recommended for Grades 4 to 7 (USA).

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History of Rock (app)


October 6, 2012

THIS “History or Rock” app should save me a lot of time when preparing this term’s unit on Rock Music. ($5.50) We will look at one decade each week. I will pick out a song from each decade and encourage the Musical Futures groups to learn that song each week.

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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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Hungarian Dance movement & listening lesson video

June 16, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHZD_scyYQc This is one of the best YouTube teaching clips I’ve ever seen. Play it to your primary class, copy the actions, then create your own movement ideas to Hungarian Dance.

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Ideas for using musical flash cards


November 19, 2012

Read the blog HERE.

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Indigenous song-writing kit

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).

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Indigenous version of Aus Anthem – Kutju Australia


July 13, 2011

http://www.smh.com.au/national/aboriginal-anthem-a-truly-uplifting-experience-20110706-1h2el.html#ixzz1Rfy25DsN

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.

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Integrating Music with curriculum (Phil Tulga)

January 7, 2011

Go to resource: Phil Tulga presents a list of interactive activities and lesson plans which combine Music with Science, Language and Maths.

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JellyBeans are HERE

September 12, 2012

A Jozzbeat percussion chart has appeared using the Music: Count Us In 2012 song.

It’s an online, animated chart (JellyBeans-style) for classes to play percussion with. Great for learning rhythm reading and concepts of arrangement. ENJOY!!

How do you get FREE access? Sign in to Music: Count Us In … then email monica.mpfl@mca.org.au asking for the JellyBeans chart access. ENJOY!!!

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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 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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Lesson to intro opera


July 10, 2013

Not sure how to introduce opera to a primary class? Choose a comic opera with crazy plot (Magic Flute). Ask a handful of volunteers to act out the plot with some costumes while the teacher reads the plot. Then play some excerpts of the opera on YouTube. (Thanks to MPA Forum @ SOH for the idea!)

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Lesson Tutor – free lesson on Elements of music notation


March 28, 2011

free lesson content (facts PLUS free assignment worksheet) on interpreting clefs and notation http://www.lessontutor.com/eesMusic1.html

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Let It Be – first keyboard lesson


May 10, 2011

Introductory Keyboard Lesson for Middle School

Turn off the keyboards, and explain how to make a chord – play one, miss one, play one, miss one, play one. If a scale is like flowing water, then a chord is a block of ice!

Write up the chord progressions for The Beatles’ song “Let It Be” (which uses only C major, F major, G major and A minor).

Ask students to create chords (sound off!) with one or two hands. The teacher moves around the room, asking students to make the chords of C, F, G and A minor (explaining that the right hand thumb goes on the chord’s name) after which each student (int turn) may turn on the power and practise making chords (out loud this time).

Work through the chords of “Let It Be” as a class of keyboards, with the teacher singing (calling out chords) & playing piano / guitar to accompany.

Ask students to look for patterns in the chord progressions (ie. repeated lines and the fact that every phrases moves to G major in the 2nd chord), then memorise the song chords. Ask for a small group of students to test out their memory and play the whole song as a small ensemble.

To end the lesson, students might have a few free minutes to create their own chord progressions.

ENJOY!

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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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listening guide – a lesson starter

January 10, 2011

Guided questions for listening to music – a great way to settle students at the start of a Middle School Music lesson. Free list of suggested ‘listening questions’ here.

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Logs Have Life Inside

July 29, 2013

This free teaching kit uses an original song to deliver a sustainability and environment message to primary school children: www.environment.gov.au/land/publications/firewood-kit/

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London Olympics Opening Ceremony Music

July 22, 2012

Teaching idea: Look at THIS article about the proposed music for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony music. Ask students why they think some of the charts were selected – e.g. why are there THREE Beatles tracks? What does “Land of Hope and Glory” represent to British people? How many of the composers are from 21st century, how many are Classical, how many are Romantic, and how many are 20th century?

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LOTE or ESL lesson ideas in Music


March 19, 2011

http://ht.ly/4gile

“The Inspired Classroom” website offers concrete lesson ideas on teaching ESL and LOTE students in the Music classroom.

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make our own musical dominoes – free


September 5, 2011

CLICK HERE to make your own bingo cards (using musical instruments and/or symbols)

or CLICK HERE to print off a set of bingo cards, ready-to-go, using instrument pictures.

Lesson idea: the caller will mix up the actual names of the instruments / symbols with descriptions (eg. 1 beat note, saxophone, largest stringed instrument, triangle …)

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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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Mamma Mia and Glockenspiels – lesson idea


April 2, 2011

Teach the chorus melody of Mamma Mia using letter names, or the numbers:

21 21     112321    2   1     4   444 3   1

Put the melody onto keyboards (using finger numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4) or glockenspiels (C, D, E and F)

Talk about the relationship between numbers and pitch names

Play with a recording of Mamma Mia, transposed down into C major (using digital music editing software such as Audacity, Reaper or GarageBand)

Try to sing and play at the same time!

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Mash-Up lesson idea & ReCount


June 15, 2011

Talk about mash-ups with your middle school music class – where musicians take lots of songs and mix them into a new musical work. Try mashing up the MUSIC. COUNT US IN song for 2011 – the stem files (MP3) for which are freely available here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QspTBmTar5U Elephant Song medley from Moulin Rouge (a mash-up)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e5kJl9-oV0&feature=related The same Elephant Song medley from Moulin Rouge, but this clip inserts the ORIGINAL versions of songs

Sensitive New Age Cow Persons wrote a new Australian Anthem, which mashes 13 iconic Australian songs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BiQxIP0-FQ

Adam Hills has put the words of the real Australian Anthem to ‘Working Class Man’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okHs4308nJc&feature=related

A lesson plan on mash-ups can be found in ‘Instant Lessons in Music – Book 4‘ available from Blake Education.

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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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more free lessons MCUI – We’ve Got the Music


August 31, 2011

More free lessons are available on musiccountusin2011.wikispaces.com

Try out the Boomwhackers playalong movie (played on glockenspeiel or boomwhackers) & Ukulele playalong movie

Some Queensland schools have recently unblocked the JellyBeans style online-percussion and singing videos, which are great fun! LINK IS HERE Most states have been enjoying this site for a few months now :-)

Bring on September 1st @11.30am

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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 – social change


October 23, 2012

Billy Bragg on Q & A about the link between music and social change:
“Young people ARE engaged in the debate. But let me tell you this (about social media): nobody
ever wrote a tweet that could make you cry, nobody ever toured Australia reading out their
facebook comments. If you want to see the world and get paid for it, learn an instrument, get on
it, step up, let us hear your voices!”
Lesson idea: Discuss this quote, then write two paragraphs about how music can create social change.

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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 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 video made of jelly beans


November 6, 2011

Watch the film clip of ‘In Your Arms’ which was made using Jelly Beans – YouTube LINK HERE … then watch the ‘making of’ video LINK HERE. Discuss other whacky ideas for making music film clips.

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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


July 21, 2012

This year’s Music: Count Us In resources are about to be released – ready for 1st November, 2012 performance date. HERE is Fairvale High School’s 2011 MCUI concert. Play it to your class, and ask how THEY would like to perform the 2012 song: “Different People (Stand Together)”. Note that the local primary school came to the concert too!!

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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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Musical Futures meets MCUI 2011


July 16, 2011

Lesson Idea: In the spirit of “Musical Futures”, give your students access to the MP3 of “We’ve Got the Music” … divide them into groups of 4-6 with drums / guitars / keyboards / ukuleles / percussion, etc  … ask them to come up with their OWN version of “We’ve Got the Music” (about 30 mins) simply by using their ears, playing along with the MP3, experimenting and supporting each other … share their performance attempt with the class.

The key factor is that the student performance SHOULD sound different from the original MP3, reflecting the group’s creative interpretation.

“We’ve Got the Music” is the 2011 program song for MUSIC: COUNT US IN

www.musiccountusin.org.au

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National Folk Festival – free education resources

April 19, 2011

The National Folk Festival (Australia) is developing educational resources. These include a free CD of 2009 festival highlights & IWB resources about the fiddle.

http://forteachersforstudents.com.au/NFF/

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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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NZ Exemplar Music lessons


January 25, 2011

New Zealand Curriculum Exemplars – several exemplar lessons for Primary and Secondary School Music (New Zealand)

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Ode to Odd Instruments


January 20, 2013

Have a smile ready when you show this to your class – www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHXMX4eKNfA A good introduction to making straw oboes, or rice bottle shakers, or junk percussion, or instrument classification.

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Olympics and trumpets


August 7, 2012

Play some trumpet fanfares to your kids, asking them to notice what they all have in common. Hopefully you’ll get a response re. ‘jumpy’ melodies. Explain that the original trumpets were ‘natural horns’ without any valves or buttons, so they can only play a handful of different notes (along the harmonic series). Have a look at different pictures of trumpets as they evolved. Play John Williams’ Olympic Fanfare and see what modern trumpets look like.

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One-handed violinist helps disabled make music


April 3, 2013

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/15/tech/innovation/adrian-anantawan-violinist

Share this article / video with your class, then ask if they know any other musicians with a disability. (eg. Beethoven was deaf, percussionist Evelyn Glennie is deaf, Tony Melendez plays guitar with his feet, Ray Charles was blind)

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Online jazz improv


November 7, 2012

www.desktopblues.lichtlabor.ch This website lets students play along with a blues radio. They have 24 different bars / licks to experiment with (guitar and vocals) just by clicking a button. Inform the class of an easy 12 bar blues progression to try on their choice of instrument: C C C C F F C C G F C G

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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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Picture Song lyrics


November 23, 2011

Here’s a lesson idea inspired by YouTube’s “Picture Songs”. Ask a group of students to find 16 interesting / weird photos online and put them in a chosen order. Using another group’s pictures, groups create 4 beats worth of lyrics for each picture. Try to rhyme some of the lyrics. Ask a guitar-playing to vamp a 4-chord progression (eg. C, Am, F, G) while each group raps or songs their 16 lines of lyrics.

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PLEASE play this to every class at school

June 28, 2012

www.composerhome.com/piano/menu/

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.

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pop songs with additional instruments

May 19, 2013

Talk with your class about which instruments might be added to pop songs. Here are some ideas: Moves like Jagger (whistling); Baker St (synth, sax, congas); You’re the Voice (bagpipes); I Will Wait (banjo); Feel So Good (trumpet). Are there any instruments that could NOT be used in pop songs?

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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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Primary music ideas for classroom (FREE!)

July 31, 2012

LINK HERE – thanks to Midnight Music!

Amy Burns is an experienced elementary music teacher at Farhills Country Day School in New Jersey and the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom (highly recommended).

Amy’s writes about her classroom activities and also about the professional development workshops she runs at Elementary Music/Music Technology. She also has a website where she uploads notes from her conference presentations and maintains lists of useful links for Smartboard (interactive whiteboard) resources and more.

Amy has started curating collections of links on the visual sharing site Pinterest [this is something I'm finding very useful too. In the future I'll be writing a post about Pinterest and how you can use it to keep track of resources. You can find me on Pinterest here] and has boards that feature music she has used in her 2011-2012 concerts, iPad apps she uses in her PreK-Grade 3 classes and websites she uses in class.

Allison Friedman

Allison Friedman is a general music, chorus and band teacher at South Salem Elementary School and she maintains two websites: one contains student work, links and class information and the other is a wiki set up to share her interactive whiteboard resources, links and other files with music teachers.

Units of work for her general music classes can be found on the General Music page (follow the links to each year level). She also has links to the digital media work she has done with students, including podcasts, videos and pictures.

Teacher resources include worksheets and lesson ideas and a long list of Smartboard resources

Karen Garrett

Karen Garret – from Central Park School in Birmingham Alabama – is well-known for her Music Tech Teacher website containing excellent music games and quizzes. Most of the games were tailor-made my Karen herself, but they are available to use for free from her site. Popular games include Fling The Teacher – a hangman-style quiz game in which correct answers contribute pieces to trebuchet which “flings the teacher” once completed – and Hoop Shoot – a quiz in which a correct answer allows you to try your luck shooting a basketball into a hoop.

In addition, Karen shares an extensive collection of lesson plans, complete with objectives, correlation to national standards and step-by-step instructions. The lesson plan collection can be found here.

Cherie Herring

I first came across Cherie online while I was researching ideas for using interactive whiteboards in the music classroom. Cherie has contributed a number of resources to the SMART Exchange (the Smartboard file-sharing website). Cherie has her own blog – Just A Little More: Musings about music and technology – where she publishes Smartboard Notebook lesson files (use them as inspiration if you have a different type of IWB), interactive music site links, and iPad resources.

Like Amy Burns, Cherie is using Pinterest to curate her useful links and she has 60 boards that inlaced links for music iPad appsmusic education and many more!

Tanya LeJeune

Tanya is a Kodaly specialist from Colorado and blogs about her music classroom at Teaching Elementary Music: Tanya’s Blog. Tanya also has a collection of ideas for Kodaly teachers using interactive whiteboards – including videos of students in action – at her other blog: The Kodaly Aspiring Music Classroom.

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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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Reconciliation in the Arts


July 19, 2013

http://www.macmillan.com.au/primary/onix/domisbn/9781420267310?open&div=Macmillan+Library&cat=Humanities%3EIndigenous+Australians&bi=0&ed=site/primed31.nsf

This is book is published by Macmillan for approx $24. It captures ‘reconciliation in action’ in the arts – events, people, organisations & activities associated with the Arts illustrate how reconciliation can be achieved.

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Reconciliation Song-writing lesson idea for Sorry Day


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 schools.mpfl@mca.org.au

Listen to Indigenous Australian music from “Black Arm Band”, “Saltwater Band”, “Gurrumul Yunupingu” and “Archie Roach” on YouTube, iTunes, CD or GrooveShark.

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ReWiggled album!


September 30, 2011

In early November, 2011, ABC will release a tribute album to 20 years of The Wiggles! 20 of Australia’s great contemporary artists have covered 20 Wiggles songs (eg. Clare Bowditch & The Audreys). The final track is a Wiggles mash-up.

LESSON IDEA: Ask students to re-interpret or mash-up Wiggles songs before the album is released in November :-)

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rhythm bingo


February 26, 2012

Play rhythm bingo with a middle school class using crotchets and quavers. HERE is a free website for printing out a class set of bingo cards (thanks to DSMusic). The teacher starts by clapping the rhythms, then hands the job over to a student or two.

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Rhythmic elements – free lesson and worksheet


March 28, 2011

http://www.lessontutor.com/eesmusic3.html

Free lesson content = facts on time signatures & grouping of beats in a bar

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Roll over Beethoven


December 13, 2009

Go to resource: Roll over Beethoven was written by Donald Robertson and Gail Cork, 1987. The kit is designed to support the teaching of contemporary music (Australian rock) in secondary schools, and ties in with the NSW secondary school music syllabus. The kits also contains wallcharts, cassettes, teachers manual.

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Royal Wedding Music 2011 – lesson idea


May 8, 2011

Listen to the first minute or so of each track from the recent Royal Wedding (soundtrack available from iTunes).

For each piece of music, discuss the time signature (how many beats per bar) and the instrumentation (which instruments and voices are heard).

Discuss the sound of hymns – organ introduction & massed voices singing throughout (rarely changing colour or texture). Decide which tracks from the Royal Wedding are hymns.

Discuss the process of commissioning a new piece of music. John Rutter was commissioned to compose “This is the Day” to be sung as an anthem for this wedding (performed 29/4/2011).

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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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Sibelius Groovy Music

February 4, 2010

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.

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SMART Notebook – guitar lesson


July 16, 2013

This SMART Notebook for a basic guitar lesson – a musical introduction in a Primary or Secondary School environment.  Each Image has the chord sound and are some simple song examples. All the sounds and songs are included in the Notebook Attachments Tab. Students and teachers can move the images around to create new chord progressions and patterns.

https://www.seeshareshape.com.au/share/story.aspx?sc=53210&id=1208&ch=3

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Song to Sing – Archie Roach


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.

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song writing using “Affirmation”


February 23, 2011

Use Savage Garden’s song “Affirmation” to inspire song writing. Students listen to the song, while filling in THIS CLOZE activity. Discuss the meaning of an ‘affirmation’. Then students work in small groups to write their own verse. Each line must begin with “I believe …” and be about the same phrase length.

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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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SQUILT – free worksheet for listening activity


June 10, 2011

www.funmusicco.com/squiltsheet.pdf

FunMusicCo has provided a free worksheet for use with ANY music listening activity.

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Stage 2 Music Resources (NSW)

March 7, 2010

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 OverviewStage 2 Skill and Concept DevelopmentStage 2 Blank Program Overview for planning learning experiences; Concept Based Programming Chart (blank); Thematic Programming Chart (blank)Adapting the ‘Etchings’ Unit for each stage; and Adapting the ‘Funge alafia’ Unit for each stage.

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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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Sydney Symph PL video

April 7, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr4jR87dDQc&feature=youtu.be Lots of short clips from Sydney Symphony’s teacher training sessions and school concerts – lots of teaching ideas in the video.

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Tashi music-writing lesson


May 28, 2012

The creators of Tashi books (Barbara & Anna Fienberg) often write songs for their book characters to sing, but rarely have a melody / tune in mind. Pick any 5 notes from A through to G, and create a melody for a Tashi song. If you only use 5 different notes, it uses a pentatonic scale, and will sound Oriental — just like Tashi!

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Teacher’s Toolkit – Creative Arts

February 9, 2010

Go to resource: Teacher’s Toolkit is a website that lists resources for classroom teachers of students 5 to 13 years old. The site has links to lesson plans for Creative Arts teaching, homework activities, and other resources, such as their magazines and newsletters. Lesson plans are uploaded by users of the site.

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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 Italian terms via mobile phones


December 7, 2011

HERE is a free worksheet from FunMusicCo which uses mobile phones (alpha-numeric buttons) to help students to learn the definitions of Italian terms. After completing the sheet, students could create their own worksheet using mobile phone buttons.

HERE is a free video explaining how to use the worksheet.

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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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The Cup Game


August 15, 2012

Watch THIS YOUTUBE CLIP with students, and try to copy the cup-choreography. Fairvale High students have created a digital backing track to accompany the Cup Game.

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Top Gear – mood music


May 22, 2011

Top Gear’s “Middle East episode” sees the 3 Top Gear presenters driving up some Iraqi hills (towards the start of the episode) with sinister music in the background. Soon after, they have an epiphany that the region is much safer than they had imagined. As they drive back down the Iraqi hills, the scenery is the same but the background music is fun and light.

LESSON IDEA: Watch the Top Gear episode up until the Iraqi hills re-appear. Pause each time music is played and discuss the mood and instrumentation of the background music. Finally, discuss the effect that music has on our perception of TV images.

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Top Secret Drum Corps

January 9, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkXXdIowJx0 Precision drumming and good fun to watch! The Swiss Top Secret Drum Corps (Edinburgh Military Tattoo) in August 2012. Play it to your class, and talk about the importance of “practice makes perfect” in music.

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Torres Strait Islander song with actions


February 26, 2012

Deb Smith has written up a Torres Strait song HERE along with a series of challenging actions. Suits middle school students.

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Trivia-night-style lesson plan


August 27, 2011

Organise students into table groups. Inform them you will play 5 pieces of music from 5 different centuries (1600’s 1700’s 1800’s 1900’s 2000’s). Use iTunes library or GrooveShark to play 5 very different pieces of music. Each team must discuss (quietly) which century belongs to each piece of music. Score 2 points for each correct century or 2 points for being 100 years either side. Score 1 bonus point for every correct reason given for answer!

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TropFest winner – fun lesson idea


May 17, 2011

On Sunday 20 February 2011, Damon Gameau took out first prize for the 19th annual Movie Extra Tropfest in front of crowds of 150,000 nationwide. The film was titled “ANIMAL BEATBOX”. It creates a type of beat-box using only animal words – verbal percussion of sorts!

Watch the YouTube clip of Animal Beatbox (giggle and smile) then ask students to come up with a list of animals with 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 syllables. Next, they can form groups to create a poem, rap, beat-box or verse. Finally, practise saying the animal beat-box creation over a djembe beat, drum-kit beat or electronic loop. ENJOY!!

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TV themes lesson idea


November 30, 2011

Play some of the free (MP3) TV themes from THIS website, and ask teams of students to guess the TV show. Encourage students to sing along and make musical comments. Write up the notes for “I Dream of Jeannie” (D A A G B A G C A A G B A G D A A G B A G C) to play on glockenspiel or keyboard. Next, ask students to suggest (other) TV shows with good music or theme songs. Then, show THIS YouTube clip of a medley of TV themes and THIS YouTube clip. Finally, ask students to string together their own medley of TV themes.

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uJam – creating pop music online


July 24, 2011

http://www.ujam.com/

Online song-creation … start by humming a melody into the computer … choose instruments, styles, form … publish a song :-)

A lesson plan of its own – since the webpage guides you through each selection.

NB: You will need to create a login.

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Ukulele resource


February 24, 2012

THIS free lesson plan link is a teaser for a new Ukulele method book.

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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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unusual instrument: Hang


January 14, 2013

THIS YouTube clip shows a street musician playing the HANG. Show it to students, then make a list of other unusual instruments. Finally, ask groups of students to design an unusual instrument which uses reclaimed / recycled materials.

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Venn instruments lesson


February 15, 2012

Bring 2 instruments into the classroom (I used cello and guitar). Ask the students to find similarities and differences. Students should put the characteristics into a Venn digram (= 2 over-lapping circles, with the over-lapping portion being for the common characteristics) in pairs or individually. Play a CD in the background, which features the two instruments you have chosen. Suits middle school students.

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VOSA – Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association


January 2, 2011

Go to resource: VOSA (Vic Orff Schulwerk Assoc) Resources, articles, ideas and lesson plans for incorporating the Orff approach to Music education (hands-on percussion and ensembles). Resources are split into two sections: Early Childhood resources (aged 0 – 8) & ages 9+. Also includes ideas for Music and movement.

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Wallace & Gromit – create the music

November 25, 2012

THIS website takes you to free downloads of film clip (MP4), script, storyboard and teaching ideas (PDF). Australian students cannot enter the competition, but can certainly enjoy the process. Suits Middle School.

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Waltzing Matilda – lesson idea

March 5, 2011

Waltzing Matilda free historical resources – LESSON IDEA: explore the content on the Music Australia webpage (old sheet music and old jazz recordings of “Waltzing Matilda”) … listen to and discuss the differences between the old recordings (found at the bottom of the webpage) and the way “Waltzing Matilda” is performed/sung today

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We’ve Got the Music – learning online

June 28, 2011

We’ve got the Music & Music: Count Us In online resources are up and going, Jozzbeat-style. They are accessed via this page:

www.jozzbeat.com/MCUI2011/home

Jozzbeat will give each school a free log-in (after the school has registered for Music: Count Us In at www.musiccountusin.org.au)

OR

Existing customers of Jozzbeat that come through as MCUI registrees can just use their existing JozzBeat website password/username to access the resources.

Grab a group of kids, log on, learn the song, add some percussion, and have a fun lesson :-)

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What music can do for your students? – lesson idea


July 5, 2012

Ask students what positive effects music education might have on them … watch THIS YouTube clip from the movie “Mr Holland’s Opus” … see if students can add to the list of positive effects … hopefully they come up with words like: listening, empathy, imagination, perseverance, fun …

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whistling activity!


May 19, 2013

Use the new release song “Moves like Jagger” by Maroon 5 to inspire classes to practise their whistling!  Ask students to draw the shape of the whistled melody in the air. Try to figure out the notes on a keyboard. Experiment with half the class singing and half the class whistling any tune!

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Wrap-up video for MCUI 2012


November 30, 2012

http://youtu.be/pAV-fJOl0J4 Watch this well-edited video with your class, then discuss the benefits of music-making to students and teachers. Make a list of songs that make kids feel happy and positive. Brainstorm why massed singing makes us all feel special on the inside!

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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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www.musicgames.us – online music education games


June 12, 2011

www.musicgames.us/

Online music games. Play air guitar, drum beats and be a DJ.

Lesson idea: Let students loose on this website, and ask them to screen-shot their creations or take notes on what they learn.

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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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