Age Range 0 to 5

19 free iPad apps for musical creativity

March 10, 2013

www.midnightmusic.com.au/2013/03/free-ipad-music-apps-for-teachers-part-1/

Thanks to Katie Wardrobe, here’s is a list of 19 free iPad apps which can promoted creativity and composition.

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2014 Education launch @ Sydney Opera House


September 30, 2013

Watch the launch video here: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/houseed_launch.aspx

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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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ABC sing books – online index


March 21, 2012
http://www.abc.net.au/learn/sing/

This is a listing of all songs printed in ABC "Sing" books from 1975 to
2006. It contains searchable database and links to the ABC shop.
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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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Aboriginal songs in ABC Sing Books

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

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Ambient Orchestras Disability Program (Vic)

March 4, 2010

Go to resource: Ambient Orchestras (Vic) offer a disability program, consisting of creating and performing music, for those with an intellectual disability.

Read more…

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An Integrated Expressive Arts Program: drama, dance, art, music

December 20, 2009

Go to resource: An Integrated Expressive Arts Program: drama, dance, art, music was written by Wendy Schiller and Ann Veale. Published by the Australian Early Childhood Association, 1989.

Read more…

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An Introduction to Music in Early Childhood Education

February 3, 2010

Go to resource: An Introduction to Music in Early Childhood Education by Joanne Greata is published by Thomson Delmar Learning, New York, 2006. Read more…

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animated cartoon of MCUI 2012

October 7, 2012
You can view the animation at anz.whymusicmatters.org

The 'Music Matters' campaign has produced an animation inspired by this
year's MCUI song, "Different People (Stand Together)".
The animation follows the song's evolution, from writing and recording, to
the performance by 600,000 school children on 1 November 2012.
The animation was designed by Motionlab, a Sydney-based animation studio led
by Luke Heise and Aaron Bartlett.
"Being part of this project has been a great experience for the team here at
Motionlab. Being lovers of music ourselves, we're proud to get behind a
project that supports the future of young Australian musicians," says Luke.
Originating in the UK in 2010, the Music Matters campaign is a collective of
people across the music community, including artists, songwriters, labels,
managers, publishers and music stores, formed to remind listeners of the
value and significance of music, explains MCA's new Board member, Catherine
Gerrard, who is a member of the Music Matters Steering Committee and Chair
of the Australasian Music Publishers' Association.
"The Music Matters campaign is a fresh and innovative project designed to
reawaken our connection to the value of music. The idea for Music Matters
and Music: Count Us In to collaborate was warmly embraced from the outset.
It makes sense: two real-life examples of the importance of music," she
says.
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App: compose by humming


May 15, 2013

ScoreCleaner Notes ($1) = a new app allows you to hum or sing into your device, and it will write up a score … then let you share it over social media. I haven’t tried it yet, but here’s an article about it: http://www.forbes.com/sites/reuvencohen/2013/05/06/new-app-allows-anyone-to-create-musicial-scores-by-humming-or-singing-no-instruments-required/

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Archie & Ruby’s indigenous DVD


January 14, 2013

shop.abc.net.au/products/butcher-paper-texta-black-pbk

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.”

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ArtPlay (Melbourne)

January 23, 2010

ArtPlay is an arts centre in Melbourne that provides school and holiday programs for children and youth. Read more…

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ArtPlay Big Jam in Melb 11/11/12


October 31, 2012

CALLING ALL GUITARISTS, RECORDER PLAYERS, UKULELE-ISTS…

(and flutes, and violins, and clarinets, and saxophones, and bass guitars, and cellos, and marimbas, and percussion… and any other instrument you like)

Do you play an instrument? Would you like to join a band? Come to ArtPlay in the heart of Melbourne on Sunday 11 November to help us form the biggest band ArtPlay has ever seen or heard!

The event is ‘Jump on the Bandwagon’ and the aim is to see how many musicians – all ages, all playing together – it takes to fill ArtPlay with music. In the course of an hour we will create a brand new piece of music, with help from some of Melbourne’s most inspiring and innovative musicians from the jazz, classical and rock music worlds.

‘Jump on the Bandwagon’ is a Big Jam for the whole family, and everyone is invited – mums, dads, brothers and sisters, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles – and anyone else! You can be any age and of any level of musical experience. More experienced players will learn new music, invent riffs and rhythms, improvise a solo, and work alongside musicians from the MSO, the Australian Art Orchestra, and Melbourne’s diverse freelance scene. First-timers will have the unforgettable experience of being part of a large and tight ensemble – like an orchestra but with a few more electric guitars and a lot more percussion.

BYO instrument or play one of ours on the day.

Jump on the Bandwagon

Sunday 11 November

ArtPlay (Birrarung Marr, behind Federation Square)

11am-12noon and 2pm-3pm (choose one session or come to both – no two sessions are the same)

$10 per family

Bookings – ArtPlay, 96647900

http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/artplay/WhatsOn/Pages/SpecialEvents.aspx

Created and led by Gillian Howell, leader of Big Jams for Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, City of Manningham, and others.

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Arts Learning Framework, SA (SACSA)

February 2, 2010

Go to resource: The Arts Learning Framework outlines ideas and outcomes for the teaching of the Arts at all stages of learning according to the South Australian curriculum. Read more…

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Arts-Heavy Pre-schools assist children’s emotional growth

September 21, 2012

Read article HERE

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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. Read more…

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Auralia

December 20, 2009

Go to resource: Auralia is a comprehensive ear-training software package, published by Sibelius. Read more…

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Aus Journal Mus Ed

March 10, 2013

The Australian Journal of Music Education 2012 No. 2 has been released as an e-issue.

The issue covers a diverse range of areas of research including:

Where is music?: A philosophical approach inspired by Steve Dillon

– Georgina Barton and Kay Hartwig

Sharing ownership in multicultural music: A hands-on approach in teacher education in South Africa

– Dawn Joseph

“It all begins with the beat of a drum”: Early Australian encounters with Orff Schulwerk

– Wei Cosaitis and Jane Southcott

Root Tone: A holistic approach to tone pedagogy of western classical flute

– Arya BastaniNezhad

The provision of classroom music programs to regional Victorian primary schools

– Jennifer Heinrich

What Would Peggy Do? 14th Annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address 2012

– Michael Kieran Harvey

The bands culture in Victoria, Australia: Live music benefits career paths, employment and community

– Amanda Watson, David Forrest

City Beats: A creative community partnership initiative at ArtPlay

– Neryl Jeanneret, Robert Brown

The art of pianism meets science, sustainable performance: Use of arm weight

– Barbara James

If you would like to receive a copy of this e-journal or you have any comments on ASME publications

please send a message to publications@asme.edu.au

If you would like to contribute an article to the Australian Journal of Music Education,

the guidelines for submission are available on www.asme.edu.au/publications

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Aussie rhyme and song singalong with Matthew Perry

February 21, 2010

Go to resource: Aussie rhyme and song sinaglong with Matthew Perry by Matthew Perry, and published by Jane Curry Publishing, 2005, is a volume of Australian songs for students aged 0 to 5. Read more…

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Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk Inc (ANCOS)

January 24, 2010

Go to resource: The Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk Inc (ANCOS) is the Australian organisation for Schulwerk music education methodology, and is linked to the Orff Institute in Salzburg. Read more…

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Awards for Excellence in School Music Education – Australia


March 27, 2011

Nominations for the 2011 Awards for Excellence in School Music Education are due to close on Friday, 1st April, 2011. The awards aim to recognise music teachers and school leaders for their exceptional contribution to enhancing the status and quality of music education in their schools.

There will be up to eleven teacher Awards and up to two school leader Awards. Each recipient of an Award will receive a certificate and a cheque for $5,000, which is intended to be used to further their professional learning related to music education.

All details about the 2011 Awards, including Guidelines, and nomination forms are available on the website at:

http://musicawards.asme.edu.au/

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BAMER – Bibliography of Australian Music Education Research

June 6, 2013

BAMER – Bibliography of Australian Music Education Research

Established in 1989 as a collaborative project between ASME and Associate Professor Robin Stevens (then Research Editor of The Australian Journal of Music Education), BAMER is a database of music education research studies undertaken at Australian universities or by Australian music education researchers at overseas institutions.

The links below let you view the May 2013 version of BAMER. Once the file or page is open, you may search the page to find a particular word of interest.

If you would like to include your own thesis information on the BAMER database, please go to: http://australian-music-ed.info/BAMER/submission_form.php

BAMER links:

www.musiceducation.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/BAMER_May_2013.pdf

www.musiceducation.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/BAMER_May_2013.htm

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Catch a Song

February 3, 2010

Go to resource: Catch a Song: a developmental music program by Deanna Hoermann and Doreen Bridges, illustrated by Bruce Treloar, was published by Holmes McDougall Australia-Dominie, Brookvale NSW, 1988. Read more…

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CEO Creative Arts Primary Curriculum (NSW)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: The CEO Creative Arts Primary Curriculum (NSW) is the arts curriculum for NSW Catholic schools.

Read more…

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Children, meaning-making and the arts

February 3, 2010

Go to resource: Children, meaning-making and the arts, edited by Susan Wright, is published by Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest NSW, 2003. Read more…

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Childrens Music Portal (USA)

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: The Childrens Music Portal (USA) is a free portal that offers links to resources for children’s music.

Read more…

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Chrissy’s Island Family


October 15, 2012

Christine Anu has set up “Chrissy’s Island Family” to advocate awareness of Torres Strait Island music and traditions.

christineanu.com.au/chrissys-island-family/

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Classic Kids (various)

February 19, 2010

Go to resource: Classic Kids (various) is a collection of Classical music recordings that are suitable for children. Read more…

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Classical music apps for all ages (Article)

September 6, 2013

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2013/09/apps_for_all_ages_introduce_classical_music_through_videos_art_and_games.html

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Classical Music Library

December 21, 2009

Go to resource: The Classical Music Library is an online resource that gives subscribers access to most Western classical recorded pieces (over 450000 tracks). Read more…

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Classical takes on Pop


August 29, 2011

YOUTUBE LINK HERE

Aston String Quartet plays a ‘classical interpretation’ of a Cold Play song

Play it to any age-group :-)

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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.

Read more…

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Clinical Applications of Music Therapy in Developmental Disability, Paediatrics and Neurology

March 4, 2010

Go to resource: Clinical Applications of Music Therapy in Developmental Disability, Paediatrics and Neurology is edited by Tony Wigram and Jos De Backer, and published by J. Kingsley Publishers, 1999.

Read more…

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CMER – Centre for Music Education Research


June 20, 2011

http://cmer.arts.usf.edu/

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Comparing Dalcroze, Orff and Kodaly: choosing your approach to teaching music

January 24, 2010

Go to resource: Comparing Dalcroze, Orff and Kodaly: choosing your approach to teaching music by Gilles Comeau and published by CFORP, Vanier – Ontario, 1995, is translated from the 1995 thesis by Comeau. Read more…

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Cultural Infusion


December 28, 2010

Go to resource: Cultural Infusion co-ordinates authentic multi-cultural performances, workshops and residencies in Australian schools.

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Curriculum Framework Learning Statement for the Arts (WA)

December 29, 2009

Go to resource: The Curriculum Framework Learning Statement for the Arts is published by the Curriculum Council of WA, 1998. Read more…

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Dalcroze Australia

January 23, 2010

Go to resource: Dalcroze Australia is the official Dalcroze association in Australia and offers courses for teachers. Read more…

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Dalcroze Eurhythmics – Music Through Movement : Early Childhood Education Lessons and Ideas for Teachers in Music

January 24, 2010

Go to resource: Dalcroze Eurhythmics – Music Through Movement : Early Childhood Education Lessons and Ideas for Teachers in Music by Heather Gell and edited by Joan Pope, is published by the Heather Gell Dalcroze Foundation, Callaway International Resource Centre for Music Education, Nedlands WA, 2006. Read more…

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Dalcroze Eurhythmics in Today’s Music Classroom

January 24, 2010

Go to resource: Dalcroze Eurhythmics in Today’s Music Classroom by Virginia Hoge Mead, is published by Schott Music Corporation, New York, c1994. Read more…

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Dalcroze Today: an education through and into music

January 24, 2010

Go to resource: Dalcroze Today: an education through and into music by Marie-Laure Bachmann is published by Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1991. Read more…

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discover. learn. play. website

June 26, 2013

www.dlpmusicprogram.com/dlpforums/index.php?pages%2Fnotebooks%2F

dlp = discover learn play

This free website is a massive collection of resources for instrumental teachers (and learners) – videos, blogs, advice, etc

For example, here is the dlp page for beginner flute http://springpad.com/#!/dlpmusicprogram/notebooks/flutebeginners/blocks

Here is the dlp pinterest site http://pinterest.com/dlpmusicprogram/music-ed-blogs/

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Early Childhood Music – teacher workshop (Vic)


November 4, 2011

Early Childhood Music Workshop at Hillcrest (Berwick, Vic) on Friday November 4th from 1.00 – 3.00pm.  The session is being run by KMEIA and promises to give you some fantastic ideas for things to do with students from kinder up to year 2.  Please come along and support this workshop so that we can enjoy more of these kind of opportunities in this area in the future.

What: KMEIA Early Childhood Music Workshop

Theme: The theme of the workshop is “Once Upon A Rhyme….accessible music repertoire for kinder/Music teachers.

When: Friday 4th November, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Where: Hillcrest Christian College, 500 Soldiers Road, Clyde North (Berwick).

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me and I can email you a flier.

Kind regards, Mrs Kirsty Graham, Co-ordinator of Junior School Music, Hillcrest Christian College

kirsty.graham@hillcrest.vic.edu.au

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Early Childhood Music Day (Vic) ECCPA


November 6, 2011

www.vosa.org/events/?action=detailed&ID=181

August 18-19, 2012 @ Kew

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Early Childhood Music Education (ISME)


February 3, 2010

Go to resource: Early Childhood Music Education (ECME) is under the International Society for Music Education (ISME) umbrella. Read more…

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Early Childhood Organisation of SA


November 6, 2011

LINK HERE to South Australia’s Early Childhood Organisation professional development page.

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Early Childhood: Shape learning song


October 30, 2011

Barefoot Books has a new animated book video on YouTube for learning about shapes.

Watch it here

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Early music lessons = lifelong benefits


September 21, 2012

Read the article HERE.

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Early Music lessons have longtime benefits: Article

September 27, 2012

Read the article HERE.

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Early Stage 1 Music Resources (NSW)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: Early Stage 1 Music Resources are published by the Department of Education and Training (NSW).

Read more…

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edna (Education Network Australia) – music resources

February 2, 2010

Go to resource: edna – music resources offers 128 resources for school music teachers and is published by the Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations, Australian Government. Read more…

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EQ Australia

December 29, 2009

Go to resource: EQ Australia (Education Quarterly Australia) is a print/online magazine for teachers, published by the Curriculum Corporation. Read more…

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ESL through music (Canada)

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: ESL through music (Canada) is a site that offers links to resources suitable for integrating music activities with ESL objectives.

Read more…

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free Early Childhood workshop


February 10, 2013
Would you like to attend a Welcome to Music PLAYshop for free? If you or someone you know is connected to an Early Learning Centre, Preschool, Kindergarten or Primary school (in Victoria) and would be willing to host a 2 hour Welcome to Music workshop they will receive 2 free registrations! (up to $118 value!). We need a good space (preferably carpeted) with chairs and maybe tea and coffee facilities. These PLAYshops are a great opportunity for you and your staff to improve your skills – and they are a lot of fun and a great networking opportunity too!

This offer is also avaiiable for our interstate friends but we would need to allow for travel costs etc.

We can also provide half and full day workshops for Early childhood and Primary -please enquire if this interests you and see below for locations and dates already planned.

Phil is also available for regular music classes and/or a one off ‘Funny Phil’s Music Show’ for your centre and we can offer full day PLAYshops and Artists in Schools programs. Please contact us if you are interested and would like to know more.

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free intro to rhythm game (early childhood)


November 4, 2011

Teach long and short notes with flash-cards of rainbows and raindrops. Teacher claps a rhythm – student claps it back – student arranges rainbows and raindrops to create the rhythm. Follow link to game and flash-cards here.

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free musical instrument snap


October 2, 2011

Hello Music Land has uploaded FREE snap cards (with musical instruments) to print out for early childhood music.

There are also cartoon colouring-ins of instruments & a colourful poster on the Hello Music Land website.

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free SFX and instrument samples – SOUNGLE


January 27, 2013

www.soungle.com

This website offers royalty free sound effects and instrument sounds.

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free theory worksheets


November 4, 2011

Free worksheets from Color in My Piano website. Topics include discovering the piano keyboard, making tetrachords, write scales and chords, applying barlines …

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Full Pitcher – Music for Special Needs (UK)

March 4, 2010

Go to resource: Full Pitcher – Music for Special Needs (UK) provides links to information about implementing music programs and activities for students with disabilities.

Read more…

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GrooveShark – free online music listening

May 25, 2011

http://grooveshark.com/

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 …

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Hearts in Harmony Community Music 2013


March 4, 2013

Message from “Welcome to Music” :

Dear music friends,

We would like to invite you, your students, and their families and friends to be part of our our Hearts in Harmony Community Music (HHCM) Day on Sunday 5th of May at the Australian Catholic University in Fitzroy, as participants or volunteers (wonderful professional development) or as part of the massed intergenerational choir. Read all the details below and see the links to the general flier and choir call.

The workshops – Come along and participate in inclusive music making for all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Workshops include ‘Music for Mini’s’ with Heather Monro from Kids Music Company, ‘Drum for Fun’ with percussionist Steve D from Playwork Oz and ‘Magic and marimbas’ with entertainer extraordinaire, Phil Melgaard.

‘Time to Sing’ Concert – 2.15-3.30 – Performances include various school and community music groups, GTR-Good Times Roll Band and featuring the ‘Hearts in Harmony’ massed and intergenerational choir, including over 200 choristers made up of local schools, community groups, individuals and families conducted by musicians and educators Susie Davies-Splitter & Phil Splitter.

‘All In’ Finale – within a part of Steve and Phil’s workshops, you will learn an easy marimba and drum accompaniment to an in common popular song. Once learnt, you are invited to choose one of these accompaniment groups, join our ‘All In’ rehearsal and then perform in the ‘All In finale’ at the concert.

HHCM massed and intergenerational choir – Choir Call – Expression of Interest – This unique choir is for all ages and abilities including school choirs, adult community choirs, families and individuals. Four songs are chosen by an expert panel in different styles and languages. The minimum requirement is to learn the melody line of each song and some simple movements (*if possible) and attend the rehearsal at 9.30am on the day of the concert. More advanced choristers are encouraged to purchase the sheet music and learn the harmony parts. Each school and community choir leader/conductor is invited to attend one further rehearsal on Sunday 14th April 2-4pm. (venue to be confirmed).

The four songs are:

  • ’Time to Sing’ – original and uplifting round ’Dodi Li’ – Hebrew
  • ’Tshotsholosa’ – African ’La Bamba’ – popular – Spanish

Each chorister or choral director is invited to join our special drop box folder where access is given to the lyrics, arrangements, audio and in some instances videos of the songs. A facebook page has also been set up for regular news updates. To register, please contact Janie at Janie@welcometomusic.net or phone 1300 769 803 for further information. There are limited places.

*Unless not able due to disability or disadvantage Choir Participation – $10 pp

The choristers and choir leaders have access to:

  • A mix of four songs including original and multi cultural repertoire – including the lyrics and some sheet music, audio and video clips
  • Acclaimed conductors, musicians and music educators
  • Professional band to accompany the singers
  • Performance in a prestigious venue
  • Participation in rehearsal/s
  • Professional learning for choir leaders
  • An opportunity to sing and make friends from many different backgrounds, abilities, ages, faiths and cultures
  • An opportunity to participate in interactive music workshops
  • An opportunity to increase confidence and foster a love of music
  • To enhance health and well being through participation in community singing

Volunteers – Would you like some excellent and free professional development? – Volunteers are required from 8am to 5pm

and attend the workshops and the concert. Tasks include: Setting up and packing up, registration, setting up equipment and

instruments, meeting and greeting, guiding and directing people between locations, security, stage hands for concert etc.

Choristers are also required for the following HHCM events – Concert – ‘What a wonderful world’ at Glen Eira Town Hall on Sat 15th June 7.30pm (Rehearsal for choir leaders Sun 19th May 11-1pm)

HHCM day Sun 6th Oct 9.30-3.30 at MLC – (Rehearsal for choir leaders Sun 22nd Sept)

General Information – Children under 12 are only $5, full time secondary and tertiary students and concession holders are just $10 and for the employed it’s only $20 for the full day! There are also family tickets at $25.

Looking forward to your involvement

To see the fliers click on these links

http://www.welcometomusic.net/attachments/flier-5.5.13-final-.pdf

http://www.welcometomusic.net/attachments/choir-call-final.pdf

For bookings -www.trybookings.com.au/CNEE

Facebook – www.facebook.com.au/heartsinharmonycommunitymusic

http://youtu.be/Q8UOQQvGulA http://youtu.be/1bxuaZDj0oI

Enquiries – janie@welcometomusic.net or phone 1300 769 803

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Heather Gell’s Thoughts on Dalcroze Eurhythmics & Music Through Movement

January 24, 2010

Go to resource: Heather Gell’s Thoughts on Dalcroze Eurhythmics & Music Through Movement is edited by Joan Pope and published by CIRCME, University of Western Australia in association with the Heather Gell Dalcroze Foundation, Nedlands, WA, c1996. Read more…

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Homemade Instruments

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: Homemade Instruments is a site that gives instructions for the crafting of instruments from everyday materials.

Read more…

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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. Read more…

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I Can (Cathy Blair)

September 21, 2010

Go to resource: I Can by Cathy Blair is a book of songs for early-childhood and infants students. Read more…

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Indigenous CDs


September 30, 2013

Batchelor Press issue a number of CDs and stories for Indigenous education

http://batchelorpress.com/

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Indigenous music – Stiff Gins

October 13, 2012

These two YouTube clips feature the gorgeous music of the Stiff Gins, sung in Indigenous language.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8Iz2nyy6F4 Yandool

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikilFioL9SQ with Sydney Children’s Choir at TEDx

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Instrumental Music Teaching Resource


December 13, 2009

Go to resource:  Instrumental Music Teaching Resource was written by Amanda R Watson and published by the Australian Society for Music Education.

Read more…

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interactive music sites for 3-8 year olds


June 26, 2013

This website lists free online games and activities for 3-5 year olds & 5-8 year olds:

www.makingmusicprayingtwice.com/kids-activities/music-education-links

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iPad apps


June 12, 2013
These are the music education apps used by teacher Dan Leopold on a regular basis with classes. Some are free, some are not:

The Voice
Sound Prism
Node Beat
Toca Band
Knobs mini
Draw a tune lite
Sound brush
LoopsequeKids
Launch pad
Musyc
Piano Tutor
Music Hero
Mini adventures in Music
Piano DX
Treble Game
IGuitar
HearitNoteit
Piano meter=20
Mode ground=20
Piano man
Pluto piano
Young Genius
Recorder Master
Staff practice=20
Symphonies
MSO learn
Classical kids
Recorder Free
Guitar free
Music keys
Music intervals=20
Music tones
Music notes
ExplOrium
StringMaster
Rhythm cat pro
Piano mania
Sound beam
Good ear
ABC music
Pitches
Memodies
Song board
Dust buster

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Issues in expressive arts curriculum for early childhood: an Australian perspective

December 20, 2009

Go to resource: Issues in expressive arts curriculum for early childhood: an Australian perspective. Published in 1996, guest editor Wendy Schiller. Read more…

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IWB resources

January 7, 2011

Part way down the page of Mustech Wiki you’ll find a long list of resources for Interactive Whiteboards in Music education.

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Jimmy Little – free Indigenous resources


December 28, 2012

www.thumbsup.org.au This website has many free songs, videos, lyrics, lesson plans and other resources to help teach primary aged children about healthy lifestyles and growing up. Surf the many free resources using the ‘Resources’ tabs. Songs are used to communicate positive messages.

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Jozzbeat

December 28, 2010

Go to resource: Jozzbeat produces classroom Music, ensemble and percussion resources. Their ‘JellyBeans’ series features large format notation books for 4 part percussion (or IWB resource) with CD accompaniment tracks and lesson suggestions. Jozzbeat also offers Professional Development school workshops.

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Keeping Primary students engaged in Music


June 19, 2011

An entertaining article by a Primary Music teacher who entertains her students with bubbles, colourful hats and knock-knock jokes … in the interests of keeping students on task.

http://theapple.monster.com/training/articles/858-keeping-students-engaged-in-music

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Kodaly workshop @ NECOM 20-21 October 2012


March 19, 2012

The Armidale Chapter of the Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia in association with NECOM will be holding another exciting workshop at Old Teachers College on the weekend of October 20-21 this year.  Two wonderful teachers, Judith Johnson and Tim Sherlock are the presenters this year. Judith Johnson is the author of many texts used by music teachers throughout Australia. She has 30 year’s experience using Kodaly ‘s method in schools and recently retired from the School of Music at the University of Queensland where she also taught aural musicianship and classroom methodology to teachers in training. Her vast experience and delightful personality will make this a very special learning experience. Teachers attending the weekend will receive 10 hours of accredited PD and Judith will take a  special stream concentrating on early childhood methodology – a wonderful introduction for those new to Kodaly methods.

Tim Sherlock is a renowned choral conductor, composer and teacher in Brisbane. He regularly teaches at the January Kodaly Summer schools. His interest is in composing and arranging for choral ensembles and his works are in great demand by children’s, youth and adult choirs. There will be a choral reading session during the weekend of some of Tim’s music. He will also give a special workshop on composition for Year 11 students preparing for the HSC.

Enquiries can be directed to Inge Southcott via email: ingesinger@bigpond.com

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life after MCUI – what now?


November 9, 2012

Is your school still buzzing after last week’s HUGE music-making session? Now is the time to apply for musical professional learning funding for 2013. Learn the guitar or ukulele. Join a community choir. Enrol in an Orff or Kodaly course (Primary classroom music pedagogy). Enquire about Musical Futures (Middle School). Subscribe to online resources through Jozzbeat or Musica Viva. Register for ECCPA (Early Childhood Music). Investigate MEP (Canberra). Book the Singing Classroom (Vic). Browse the More Music Toolkit … or email schools.mpfl@mca.org.au for some more ideas.

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List of free Music education resources online


June 3, 2011

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

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

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making concrete tools to teach theory and piano technique


November 4, 2011

Use foam blocks and toy monkeys to help teach music to young children. Read more here …

Free from ‘Color in My Piano’

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Making Music Being Well


April 25, 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

Don’t forget – registration for our biggest school music initiative, Music: Count Us In, opens soon too!

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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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MCUI 2012 : note time


September 18, 2012

Music: Count Us In (1st November) will take place at 12.30pm AEST in 2012. Please check your calendars.

There are lots of new, free resources on the website – including cartoons, interviews and videos. Great lesson material.

www.musiccountusin.org.au

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MCUI 2012 article in the Age


January 10, 2013

www.theage.com.au/entertainment/music/children-voice-their-concern-over-music-education-20121101-28m2g.html

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MCUI 2013 – oh oh oh!

June 19, 2013

http://musiccountusin.org.au/ Check out the new Music: Count Us In song for 2013. MP3 and teaching kits are ready to use! This year’s song could be the best yet!!

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

January 22, 2010

Go to resource: The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is a professional orchestra and offers education programs to schools. Read more…

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Merrily, merrily: a book of songs and rhymes for babies and young children

February 4, 2010
Go to resource: Merrily, merrily: a book of songs and rhymes for babies and young children, compile by the Nursing Mothers’ Association of Australia, and illustrated by Lois Molina, was published in Nunawading, Victoria, 1983. Read more…
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Minister Peter Garrett speaks about Music in education

November 30, 2012

http://youtu.be/TWZBssrijbY Minister Peter Garrett speaks about the importance of music education to all students.

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MORE MUSIC TOOLKIT


July 22, 2011

A FREE online tool to help teachers/parents get MORE music in Australian schools.

http://moremusictoolkit.org.au/

Just launched – check it out!

Includes case studies from award-winning Australian schools, as well as practical advice on overcoming potential hurdles.

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More on Music Instruction of Classroom Teachers: Early Childhood

February 21, 2010

Go to resource: More on Music Instruction of Classroom Teachers: Early Childhood, by Rachel Hocking, was published in the Music Forum Vol. 14, No. 3. Sydney: Music Council of Australia. Read more…

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Mus Ed literature review


June 10, 2013

A Brief Survey of Research into the Benefits of Music in Education

Mandy Stefanakis and Assoc Prof Robin Stevens, of the MCA’s working group for a National Strategy for Research in Music Education, have conducted a national and international survey of research in music education to identify research projects demonstrating a broad range of benefits of music education. The references below are to research outcomes supported by research methodology assessed as producing highly reliable results.

Where research reports are available online, links have been given. Otherwise, readers can seek them through the list of references at the end of this report.

Aesthetic development

Music provides the opportunity for aesthetic experiences. An aesthetic knowledge can be described as a deep perceptual understanding in which the senses, the emotions and cognition are combined to make meaning through the experiences of creating, making and interpreting aesthetic forms. (See Australian Curriculum: The Arts, 2013; Seidel et al )

Personal, Social, Cultural Expression and Identity Formation

Music through performance and creative experiences  provides a means for personal expression, communication and personal, social and cultural identity formation (See McPherson and Welch, 2012;  Damasio, 2012; Bowman; Australian Curriculum: The Arts; Seidel et al; Dissanayake; Bresler; Storr; 1992; Green, 2011; Hargreaves et al, 2012; Gupta; Campbell et al 2008; McPherson et. al, 2012; Stefanakis)

Music provides an opportunity to experience and differentiate emotional responses (see Juslin and Sloboda, 2001; Hodges; Storr, 1992; Seidel et al)

Music contributes to students’ personal well-being through developing self-image, self-confidence, self-esteem, etc. (see Deasy; National Association for Music Education, President’s Committee on the Arts and in the Humanities; Seidel et al.)

Brain Function

With the introduction of more precise techniques to scan different areas of the brain, there has been a massive interest and increase in the amount of neurological research into brain function when engaged in a whole range of musical activities from passive listening to performing on individual instruments. Research specifically shows that both older and newer areas of the brain inclusive of sensory-motor, emotions, cognition, fine motor, equilibrium, aural centres, and both hemispheres of the brain are used to varying degrees and in different ways when engaged in musical activity with dependence on a range of factors. These include gender, age and experience of the musician, the task being undertaken, for example aural, performance, conducting, individual task, group task, and even the kind of music or sound used in a study. Additionally there are variations among individuals.

Importantly, evidence demonstrates that there is a more pervasive effect on the development of the brain (brain plasticity) when a child starts learning an instrument than learning that takes place as an adolescent or adult, but there is still plasticity in the adult brain. Sustained, structured practice with delineated outcomes enhances this plasticity. (Of note is the work of Levitin, 2012; Damasio, 2012; Evans et al, 2009; Hodges, 1996; Hodges and Gruhn, 2012; Juslin and Sloboda, 2001; Merrett and Wilson, 2012; Peretz and Zatorre, 2003; Asbury and Rich, Winner and Hetland)

Music contributes to students’ cognitive development including abstract thinking, aural and spatial awareness, verbal understanding (see above)

Music contributes to students’ kinetic / motor skill development (see above)

Creativity

Music contributes to students’ creativity when engaged with composing, arranging, improvising tasks which call upon the individual or group to imagine, plan, organise, experiment with and develop sound in an abstract way (see Barrett and Tafuri, 2012; Harwood and Marsh, 2012; Seidel et al; Arts Ed Search, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities).

Learning Outcomes across Disciplines

It is still not fully understood why, but music enhances learning in a range of non-musical domains. Current thinking centres around the fact that music stimulates so many different brain regions, or that it motivates learning through the brain chemical ‘rewards’ (such as dopamine hits), the joy that music provides, (McCarthy) or that the social connections and self-esteem it establishes in students has a carry-over effect. Although the reasons are not fully understood there is a great deal of evidence to show that there is a correlation between music learning and enhanced abilities in a range of areas:

·         Music contributes to students’ rational thinking—reasoning, critical thinking, logistical thinking and interpretive skills (see McGarity, 1986)

·         Music contributes to learning in other knowledge and skill areas such as numeracy, literacy (see Bahr, 1996; Geoghegan, 1993)

·         Music contributes to students’ concentration, memory, time management. A plethora of short-term and longitudinal studies, particularly in the US, demonstrate these effects as a result of Arts Education and the suggested sources list many of these studies (see Burnaford, Arts Ed Search, Fiske, Deasy, Nafme for the above).

Social Cohesion and Skills

Music connects people through sound, so that there is a sense of physical and emotional camaraderie and shared experience. It is what is most unique about the musical experience (see Todd, 2002; Brown, 2000; McNeill, 1995). This ‘shared sound’ leads to a greater sense of communication with others, team cooperation and enhances social confidence (see Welch and McPherson, 2012).

Music contributes to students’ social skills—communication with others, social confidence, team cooperation, leadership potential, etc. (see Stevenson and Deasy, McCarthy).

Music has therapeutic applications in relation to mental, physical and social disabilities (Stevenson and Deasy, Gupta, Catterall et al., Schlaug, McDonald, 1999; Stacey, 1983; Weidenbach, 1981).

Music provides a vocational outcome for some students (McPherson and Welch, 2012).

REFERENCES

Barrett, M. S. and Tafuri, J. (2012) ‘Creative Meaning-Making in Infants’ amd Young Children’s Musical Cultures’ in McPherson, G. and Welch, G. (Eds.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Music Education Volume 1. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Bahr, N. (1996). Relationships between Musicianship and Mathematical Skill. MEd thesis, University of Queensland, Queensland.

Brown, S. (2000) ‘The “Musilanguage” Model of Music’, in N. L. Wallin, B. Merker, and S. Brown (Eds.) The Origins of Music (pp. 271-300). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Campbell, P. Connell, C., and Beegle, A. (2008) ‘Adolescents Expressed Meanings of Music in and Out of School,’ in Journal of Research in Music Education. Fall 2007, Volume 55, Number 3, pp.220 – 236.

Damasio, A. (2012) Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain. New York:  Vintage.

Evans, A. C., Forgeard, M., Hyde, K. L., Lerch, J., Norton, A., Schlaug, G. and Winner, E. (2009) ‘Effects of Musical Training on Structural Brain Development: A Longitudinal Study,’ in The Neurosciences and Music III: Disorders and Plasticity: Annual New.York Academy of Sciences. 1169: 182–186.

Geoghegan, N. (1993). Possible Effects of Early Childhood Music on Mathematical Achievement. MA thesis, Macquarie University, New South Wales.

Green, L. (Ed.) (2011) Learning, Teaching and Musical Identity: Voices Across Cultures. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Hargreaves, D. J., MacDonald, R. and Miell, D. (2012) ‘Musical Identities Mediate Musical Development,’ in McPherson, G. and Welch, G. (Eds.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Music Education Volume 1. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Harwood, E. and Marsh, K. (2012) ‘Children’s Ways of Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom,’ in McPherson, G. and Welch, G. (Eds.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Music Education Volume 1. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Hodges, D. (1996) ‘Human Musicality,’ in Hodges, D. (Ed.) Handbook of Music Psychology. San Antonio: Institute for Music Research.

Hodges, D. and Gruhn, W. (2012) ‘Implications of Neurosciences and Brain Research for Music Teaching and Learning,’ in McPherson, G. and Welch, G. (Eds.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Music Education Volume 1. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Juslin, P. and Sloboda, J. (Eds.) (2001) Music and Emotion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Levitin, D. J. (2012) ‘What Does it Mean to be Musical?’ in Neuron 73, February 23, pp. 663 – 637.

McDonald, L. M. M. (1999) The Response to Classroom Music Experiences of Students who have Learning Difficulties and/or Behaviour Problems. MEd research paper, Deakin University, Victoria.

McGarity, B.M. (1986) Relationships among Cognitive Processing Styles, Musical Ability and Language Ability. MEd thesis, University of New England, New South Wales.

McNeill, W. (1995) Keeping Together in Time: Dance and Drill in Human History.

Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.

McPherson, G. E., Davidson, J. W., & Faulkner, R. (2012) Music in Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development and Identity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

McPherson, G. E., and Welch, G. (Eds.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Music Education Volumes 1 and 11. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Merrett, D. and Wilson, S. (2012) ‘Musicianship and the Brain,’ in Brown, A. (Ed.) Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Peretz, I. and Zatorre, R. J. (Eds.) (2003) The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music. New York: Oxford University Press.

Stacey, B.J. (1983) Music Education and the Hearing-Impaired Child:  An Experimental Program. MMus thesis, University of Queensland, Queensland.

Storr, A. (1992) Music and the Mind. New York: Free Press.

Todd, N., Lee, C. and O’Boyle, D. (2002) ‘A Sensorimotor Theory of Temporal Tracking and Beat Induction’. Psychological Research, Volume 66, Number 1 / February pp: 26 – 39.

Weidenbach, V.G. (1981) Music in the Education of the Young, Multiply Handicapped Deaf / Blind Children. MA thesis, Macquarie University, New South Wales.

Welch, G. F. & McPherson, G. E. (2012) ‘Introduction and Commentary: Music Education and the Role of Music in People’s Lives,’ in McPherson, G. and Welch, G. (Eds.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Music Education Volume 1. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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Music Advocacy Top 10 (for parents)


September 26, 2012

This advocacy site is chock-full of reasons why parents should insist on a musical education for ALL children. ENJOY!

http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/advocacy/toptenparents.html

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music and anti-bullying (Prue Whoo article)


February 1, 2012

http://www.pruewhoo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Bullying-Anti-Discrimination-July-2011.docx.pdf

This article talks about the connections between primary music and the mainstream curriculum (including anti-bullying). Prue has written a song with accompanying booklet called “It’s OK to be different”. You can view a sample HERE.

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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. Read more…

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Music in Action

February 10, 2010

Go to resource: Music in Action is a magazine published by the Australian Music Association. Read more…

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Music in childhood: from preschool through the elementary grades

December 21, 2009

Go to resource: Music in childhood: from preschool through the elementary grades, written by Patricia Shehan Campbell and Carol Scott-Kassner. Read more…

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Music Lifesavers

February 21, 2010

Go to resource: Music Lifesavers by Nita Temmerman and Graeme Askew, was published by Ashton Scholastic, 1990. Read more…

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Music Skills for Classroom Teachers

February 9, 2010

Go to resource: Music Skills for Classroom Teachers, by Robert Winslow, Shelley Wiest and Leon Dallin, is published by McGraw Hill, Boston, 2001. Read more…

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Music, movement and the young child

January 24, 2010

Go to resource: Music, movement and the young child, by Heather Gell, is published by Australasian Publishing Company, Sydney, 1973 (New Revised Edition). Read more…

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Music. Count Us In 2011 – song written


April 15, 2011

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

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

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

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Music: Count Us In 2012 has been launched

July 27, 2012

www.musiccountusin.org.au

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

FREE teaching kit and lesson plans are coming VERY soon.

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MusicPlay Children’s Festival 18-22 January 2012, Melbourne


November 27, 2011

Read more at the website: www.melbournerecital.com.au/musicplay

MusicPlay is an exciting summer holiday music festival for children and families @ Melbourne Recital Centre. Over several days MusicPlay aims to encourage young music lovers and their families to immerse themselves in music through an array of interactive concerts and musical activities.

Our concerts on the big stage pack a big punch while our Pop Kids concerts feature popular music genres all providing a fun and interactive experience to inspire the child within everyone.

Melbourne Recital Centre’s foyers come alive with a range of free, fun and interactive experiences. Activities include amazing sound installations and face painting available all day!

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Naxos Music Library

December 21, 2009

Go to resource: The Naxos Music Library is an online library of over 550000 tracks of music including classical, jazz, world, nostalgia, Chinese music, rock and pop, and other genres of music. Read more…

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New York Philharmonic Orchestra Interactive Kid’s Site

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: The New York Philharmonic Orchestra Interactive Kid’s Site offers interactive online music games about orchestral instruments, composition, composers, musicians, and conductors.

Read more…

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NING for Music Educators (Australian)

April 25, 2011

http://australianmusiceducators.ning.com/ is an Australian discussion forum for music educators.  It was set up with the intent of discussing ideas on classroom band programs, but it really is a forum for discussion on any aspect of Australian music teaching from P-12.  At present there is a small group of members, but I am hoping to build it up and draw on a wide range of professional knowledge and experience.

This group is completely FREE (in a monetary sense, not a moral or metaphysical sense).

Please come along and check it out.  The page is run as a ning, which is basically a social network with a particular focus.  It is great for online discussion, linking of video and photo and has facility for you to blog.  All you need to do is create an account.

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non-verbal communication unit (lower primary)


August 7, 2012

Music: Count Us In resources include (free) braille music charts and videos of kids signing Auslan while singing the annual song. www.musiccountusin.org.au You may need to sign up (for free).

There’s a deaf percussionist who feels the music through her feet (YouTube)
- she even appeared on Sesame St playing mallet percussion.

Show YouTube clips of kids playing music who are of a similar age or younger (4 year djembe player, 3 year old conducting Beethoven, suzuki violinists, etc). Ask a student to stand up and mime as if doing karaoke.

Brainstorm on ways to communicate, and what we communicate (including mime, car horns and sirens). Make some car horn and sirens with voices. Get into pairs and do a miming
game (person A mimes while person B is the mirror). Give them instruments and try the same game. Grab instruments / chop sticks / pencils and try to communicate different emotions or messages.

“Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox (nothing to do with music, but an awesome bok
about multiculturalism!!!)

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Opus music theory – free worksheets


February 5, 2013

http://www.opusmusicworksheets.com/free-music-theory-worksheets/

Ordered in progressive difficulty

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Orff NSW

January 24, 2010

Go to resource: Orff NSW is a non-profit organisation that supports teachers in music education, and is the NSW branch of the national association for Schulwerk methodology.

Their site has links to membership details, workshops, conferences, and further professional learning.

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Orff Schulwerk Association of South Australia


January 24, 2010

Go to resource: The Orff Schulwerk Association of South Australia is a non-profit organisation that supports teachers in music education, and is the SA branch of the national association for Schulwerk methodology. Read more…

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Over in the Meadow – animated book


June 10, 2011

Free, animated song-book (video) of the classic children’s song “Over in the Meadow”. One of many animated book / songs on the Barefoot Books website.

www.barefootbooks.com/story/childrens-crafts-activities/over_in_the_meadow_video/?utm_source=US%2BConsumer%2B&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Over%2Bin%2Bthe%2BMeadow%2B

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Overview of Early Childhood Music Education Research (MPFL)

February 3, 2010

Go to resource: Overview of Early Childhood Music Education Research by Dr Peter De Vries and Dr Greg Hurworth gives an outline of available research and directions for future advocacy. Read more…

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Pack Away song – free sample – Early Childhood


September 16, 2011

click here for free sample: Pack Away Song and activity

Musical Child sells songs and activities for Early Childhood Music. They also run teacher training workshops.

“We value the traditional repertoire of children’s nursery songs and nursery rhymes.
We have great presenters.
We understand the value of live music.”

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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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Pinterest


May 19, 2013

ARTICLE LINK HERE

“Pinterest became popular with educators because it was a wonderful way to share ideas using links, pictures and information. Perform a search for music education on Pinterest, and you will have an endless list. However, perform a more detailed search and you will find some great resources.”

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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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PowerPoints on Early Childhood music ideas & Primary music advocacy


July 4, 2011

http://crescendo.com.au/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=91&Itemid=32

The first powerpoint has some examples of early childhood / lower primary songs and teaching ideas. It starts with a cute tree which illustrates how music fits into the various components of a child.

The second powerpoint on this site is an advocacy presentation for music education in schools.

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practical ideas for Music Ed advocacy

April 8, 2011

The following ideas come from musicroomburns.net

Advocating in these following small ways will get you noticed by the parents and the community:

  • Posting students’ works on websites
  • Sending students’ musical creations home to parents via CDs
  • Inviting parents into the music classroom to participate with their children
  • Having your ensembles perform in the community
  • Attending community events so parents see the music teacher participating in the community
  • When your music students participate in community events or some sort of competitions, write a press release to the local newspaper
  • Ask the Board if the students can perform at the beginning of the meeting
  • And there are so many more ideas that would be more specific to your situation
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Psychology of Music – online


April 19, 2011

http://pom.sagepub.com/

A free online publication – Psychology of Music

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Removing Vocals


November 21, 2012

Sometimes Audacity (a free program) can be used to create Karaoke tracks, removing vocals from a pop song.

More information HERE. Thanks for the lead, Katie Wardrobe.

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Resourcing the Curriculum – Arts (WA)

February 2, 2010

Go to resource: Resourcing the Curriculum – Arts (WA) is a government website offering support for the implementation of arts teaching in schools. Read more…

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Rhythm, Music & Education

January 24, 2010

Go to resource: Rhythm, Music & Education by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, published by the Dalcroze Society, London (originally in 1921) sets out the Dalcroze methodology for music education. Read more…

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Richard Gill: Memoirs

December 28, 2012

www.panmacmillan.com.au/display_title.asp?ISBN=9781742611617&Author=Gill,%20Richard

“Give Me Excess of it” – Richard Gill’s memoirs (released Nov 2012).

“Richard Gill is one of Australia’s best-known – and best-loved – musical figures. His career has taken him from teaching music in Sydney’s western suburbs to Music Director of the Victorian Opera, and along the way an involvement with almost every major opera company and orchestra in Australia.

What truly distinguishes Richard is his passion and enthusiasm for spreading not just the joy of music, but its myriad benefits. He is our greatest musical educator, and his life’s work – alongside his other roles – has been advocating music in our education system, and furthering the development of those who’ve gone on to choose music as a vocation. He brings music to life, and his knowledge and deep enjoyment of his subject is as inspiring and enlightening to a class of primary school students as it is to the cast of a major opera.

Give Me Excess of It is Richard’s memoir, tracing his life from school days to the highs (and lows) of conducting and directing an opera company. It’s warm, extremely funny, highly opinionated, occasionally rude (where warranted) and always sublimely full of the love of music.”

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share an idea


October 24, 2011

If you’d like to share your lesson ideas, lesson plans, term planners, great music ed. websites or anything else to do with Music Education for 0 – 18 year olds, please email schools.mpfl@mca.org.au

THANKS IN ADVANCE for helping out colleagues across Australia :-)

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Sing Along Midis and Lyrics from children’s movies

February 9, 2010

Go to resource: Sing Along Midis and Lyrics is a site hosted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Services (USA) and features songs from well-known children’s movies. Read more…

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Sing Book 2014


August 22, 2012

we are hoping you will help us to choose songs for the Best of The ABC Sing Book.

The 2014 Sing Book will be a compilation of the best 50 songs from 1970 to 2010 and we would like to invite you to vote for your favourites.

The process is very simple and we hope you can spare a few minutes to help make the collection a true reflection of the best songs.

1.     Vote for your favourite 20 songs by filling in the numbers 1 to 20 on our attached excel document (1 being your most favoured)

OR

1b. Choose up to 50 songs and no need to put them in order. Just put

“X” next to the songs you choose and return the spreadsheet.

2. Return this to the following email address: johnkane@bigpond.net.au

by Monday 27th August

3. Send this on to any of your colleagues who also love SING. Give them a chance to take part and help us to create a more representative collection.

Many thanks

Rhonda Macken (Sing Co-ordinator) and John Kane (Sing Music Producer).

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Songs for Teaching (USA)

February 9, 2010

Go to resource: Songs for Teaching is an American website that offers downloadable songs for teaching various non-music subjects, integrating music into learning tasks. Read more…

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Spotlight on assessment in music education (USA)

March 4, 2010

Go to resource: Spotlight on assessment in music education (USA) was published by MENC in 2001.

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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 10 March 2012 for Primary Classroom teachers


February 21, 2012
The first of SSO's accredited Professional Learning for
Primary Music teachers will be held at Haberfield Public School based on the
repertoire of the Schools Concerts held at the ABC, Ultimo.

Using Orchestral Music effectively in the Classroom (Early Stage 1-3)
ABC Schools Concerts Stages 1
www.sydneysymphony.com/education/schools/stage_1/
Saturday 10 March 9.30am-3pm

Registration from 9am
Haberfield Public School, Denman Ave, Haberfield

This course is accredited with the NSW Institute of Teachers and will be
presented by two very experienced primary teachers, Rita Fin and Vanessa
South.

Whether or not you are bringing your students to the ABC Concert Series this
year, the course should provide you with a number of activities and
resources to use in your classroom. The course is designed for specialist
and non-specialist music teachers.
For more details see our website:
www.sydneysymphony.com/education/professional_learning_program/professional_learning_seminars/
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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. Read more…

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Teaching Music Magazine

February 19, 2010

Go to resource: Teaching Music Magazine is a periodical published by MENC (Music Educators National Conference, USA) and is available online via subscription. Read more…

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Teaching rhythmics: principles and guidelines for teachers of Dalcroze eurhythmics

January 24, 2010

Go to resource: Teaching rhythmics: principles and guidelines for teachers of Dalcroze eurhythmics by Elizabeth Vanderspar, is published by the Dalcroze Society, London, 2005, and is recommended by Dalcroze Australia.

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The Arts Assessment Map (Vic)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: The Arts Assessment Map provides student work samples that are at different levels of achievement.

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The Creative Arts: a process approach for teachers and children

February 3, 2010

Go to resource: The Creative Arts: a process approach for teachers and children by Linda Carol Edwards is published by Merrill, Boston, 5th edition 2010. Read more…

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The Great Australian Songbook – celebrating 100 years of classic songs for Aussie kids

February 19, 2010

Go to resource: The Great Australian Songbook – celebrating 100 years of classic songs for Aussie kids, published 2000 by ABC Music, is a CD of Australian songs suitable for children. Read more…

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The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (NSW)


February 16, 2010

Go to resource: The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (NSW), located at Penrith in Sydney’s west, offers music education programs for schools and instrumental tuition. Read more…

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The rhythm inside : connecting body, mind, and spirit through music

January 24, 2010

Go to resource: The rhythm inside : connecting body, mind, and spirit through music by Julia Schnebly-Black and Stephen Moore, is published by Rudra Press, Portland, Oregon, c1997, and is recommended for teachers by Dalcroze Australia. It has a section on Dalcroze exercises.

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The Song Room

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. Read more…

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The Unfolding Human Potential: an exploration of the teaching of eurhythmics

January 24, 2010

Go to resource: The Unfolding Human Potential: an exploration of the teaching of eurhythmics by Mary Brice, and published by Editions Papillon, Geneva, 2004, examines the methodology of Dalcroze. Read more…

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Toccata Blocks for teaching rhythm theory


May 30, 2013

Toccata blocks are concrete resources to assist students (from aged 4 – 104) when learning to read rhythms.   www.toccatablocks.com/

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tuning the band with Sesame St

August 8, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha5UCMUCKhQ&feature=youtu.be

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TV promo for MCUI … & free PD / PL


September 18, 2012

A quick update on Music: Count Us In 2012:
The TV promo starts to air around the country next week. Watch it here.


FREE professional learning is being provided to primary teachers all over Australia, via videoconference or face to face sessions. Register your school, then email us here and we’ll put you in touch with the right person in your area.

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Victorian Essential Learning Standards – The Arts

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) for The Arts set out the structure of arts learning in Victorian public schools.

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Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association


January 24, 2010

Go to resource: The Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association is a non-profit organisation that supports teachers in music education, and is the Victorian branch of the national association for Schulwerk methodology. Read more…

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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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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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West Australian Orff Schulwerk Association


January 24, 2010

Go to resource: The West Australian Orff Schulwerk Association is a non-profit organisation that supports teachers in music education, and is the WA branch of the national association for Schulwerk methodology. Read more…

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West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) is a professional orchestra resident in Western Australia.

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