Age Range 12 to 15

Trop Jr Film Making Course 2013 (Melb)

June 21, 2013

Trop Jr Film Making Course 2013

This course offers young film making enthusiasts (Ages 8 – 15) the chance to learn all the skills needed to enter Australia’s largest short film festival for kids – Trop Jr,

and includes a wonderful module on composing music for the screen.

The Trop Jr Film Making Course is spread over five days which fall over 11 weeks.

During the course, participants will get the inside scoop on scriptwriting, cinematography, sound recording, sound design and original music composition. In their own time they’ll shoot their film while also learning the art of post–production using professional editing facilities and a vocal booth.

Dates: 1 July – 27 September 2013

Monday 1 July, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Thursday 4 July, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Saturday 17 August, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Saturday 7 September, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Friday 27 September, 9.30am – 3.30pm

Cost: $270 for the five day course

For enquiries, please email:

For booking please visit the below link:

Book Now

·         Or phone: 1300 182 183


$10million violin damaged by shark attack

April 3, 2013,tognettis-violin-damaged-in-shark-attack.aspx

If you share this article with anyone else, make sure you read the date it was published!!!


10 Excellent ways to use an Interactive Whiteboard in the Music Classroom

March 13, 2011
10 Excellent Ways To Use An Interactive Whiteboard in the Music Classroom

So you’ve been given an interactive whiteboard (IWB) to use and you know you should be using as more than a simple projector or place to screen videos.  The benefits of incorporating an IWB into your teaching are many: it allows you to create a bank of learning resources that can be used many times across multiple classes, you can replace some of your physical resources with digital versions so you don’t lose them.

Luckily, you don’t need to rewrite your curriculum.  By learning a few IWB basics, you’ll find that many of your current class activities can be adapted for use on an IWB.

Here are 10 ideas to get you started.


10 free Lion King video clips re. making of

May 9, 2013 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!


10 ways to motivate upper primary music

May 25, 2013

This PDF has 10 suggested approaches to pedagogy re. engaging 10-12 year olds in the music classroom – from FunMusicCo.


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. :-)


15 free Carnival of the Animals activities

June 19, 2011

Katie Wardrobe has put together 15 websites to help teach “Carnival of the Animals”


17 Nov 2012: Big Kodaly Day

September 3, 2012

Message from Kodaly Assoc:

Big Kodaly Day – 17 November

Cripps Centre, Caulfield Grammar School, Caulfield Campus, 217 Glen Eira Road, East St Kilda,

After the fantastically inspiring inaugural ‘Big Kodaly Day’ last year, we are very excited that Dr James Cuskelly is able to share more of his expertise with us. James will lead us in the developmental process useful for teaching older beginners. His ability to enthuse and bring about effective learning in students across all ages and abilities is now firmly internationally recognised. His content is sequential and his processes and presentation of ideas are succinct… in a word, brilliant! Plus musicianship & more…

  • This is a one day music seminar aimed at teaching older beginners; middle/upper primary – lower secondary.
  • Learn how to develop a sequential music program which develops musicianship and understanding.
  • Learn powerful questioning techniques and ways to differentiate the curriculum.

Bookings using


18/3/13 lesson idea

March 16, 2013

Watch this YouTube clip with your class (= launch of Neil Finn + Paul Kelly 2013 concert tour) … and suggest the class watch the 9pm live broadcast of the final concert of the tour on YouTube (free). Kelly and Finn are two amazing singer song-writers. Paul Kelly also has an app to explore the link between poetry and lyrics.


19 free iPad apps for musical creativity

March 10, 2013

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


2011 pop song mash-up

December 28, 2011

HERE is a video about DJ EarWorm’s 2011 pop song mash-up.


2012 Sinfonietta Composition Project

March 4, 2012

Welcome to another year of the Sydney Symphony Sinfonietta Composition Project.

To support the project we are holding Professional Learning Seminars in 4 centres – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Hobart at the end of March, 2012. The Sinfonietta Resource Kit is now available to purchase.

More details here:

Rachel McLarin, Education Coordinator, Sydney Symphony (02) 8215 4615


2014 Education launch @ Sydney Opera House

September 30, 2013

Watch the launch video here:


25 May 2013 – regional PD day for music – Orange NSW

May 15, 2013

ASME NSW in conjunction with MusicEDU and ENGADINE MUSIC are bringing PD on the road for an informative and fun filled day of PD in Term 2, 2013 (25 May).

Cost $10-$45


10.30- 4.30pm

This PD will involve presenters from Sydney including ASME NSW Chair Brad Merrick, who will provide an update on ACARA, The Australian Curriculum as well as presenting a session on approaches to teaching performance in the HSC. Following the opening lecture, a series of smaller workshops will be provided for rotation for the delegates and their interest.
A selection of other experienced Sydney teachers will be coming out for the day and will share their expertise with you. The aim will be to provide PD for both classroom and studio teachers. Some of the areas that will be touched upon include: -

• Emerging trends with technology in class including keyboards, computers and apps

• Approaches to developing vocal skills, instrumental skills and repertoire selection

• Teaching activities and resources for the Primary and Lower Secondary Classroom

• Strategies for teaching aural, composition, performance in electives and the HSC


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 ( and discuss the band’s motivation for performing (read on). Listen to Gurrumul Yunupingu’s soulful music (eg. Wiyathul) while doing written work ( lets you listen for free).

Black Arm Band has just been asked to perform at the London Olympics in 2012

The aim of Black Arm Band ( 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.”


2Cellos – String of Good Luck article

February 3, 2013

2Cellos are a pair of Classically trained Croatian Cellists. Read about their second ‘rock’ album in this SMH article.


3 March 2013 – Beethoven Marathon

January 12, 2013
More all-day passes to the 3MBS Beethoven Marathon released

Due to popular demand, 3MBS has released more all-day passes to the 3MBS Beethoven Marathon on Sunday 3rd March at The Edge, Federation Square.

For as little as $75, you can hear 28 of Australia’s finest pianists perform all 32 of Beethoven’s immortal piano sonatas in a single day. Beginning at 9am and finishing at 11pm, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear one of the great cycles in Western music.

Book now before they sell out! Call 1300 182 183 or visit

3MBS Beethoven Marathon

3 March, 9am-11pm @ The Edge, Federation Square

Presented by 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne and sponsored by Kawai, Sofitel Melbourne and Federation Square.


3MBS Classically Kids (radio show) – Saturday morning 9am

May 3, 2011

For 3MBS FM’s Radiothon, Classically Kids is pulling out all the stops on 7th May, 2011…


Our special guest  in the studio with us – and our new composer of the month – is French composer Hector Berlioz. Find out what he’s been up to for the last 140 odd years…

There’ll be a quiz to keep everyone on their toes…

Celebrate the birthday of Johannes Brahms…

We look at another AFL club and try to work out where their theme song came from…

And lots more…

Join Classically Kids this Saturday morning for our Radiothon Special, and if you like what we do, keep us on air by becoming a 3MBS subscriber – call 03 9416 1035.

Every subscriber gets a $30 CD voucher from Thomas’ Music and everyone goes in the draw to win a Bernstein Baby Grand, thanks to Bernie’s Music land.

Classically Kids, 3MBS 103.5FM, Saturdays 8am – 9am with Jacqui and Adam.


3MBS concert ticket offer

January 12, 2013
Special ticket price offer for friends of 3MBS

One of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation, Alexander Gavrylyuk returns to Melbourne on Saturday 16 February, performing works by Bach, Schumann and Mussorgsky’s momentous Pictures at an Exhibition. Winner of the Horowitz, Hamamatsu and Rubinstein International Piano Competitions and an official Steinway artist, Gavrylyuk is one of the most sought after young pianists who has performed with some of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors. Don’t miss this, his only Melbourne recital for 2013.

As a friend of 3MBS, you can purchase tickets to the Melbourne performance for only $59 (normally $75). Simply use the promotional code SCHUMAN when booking online at or by calling 03 9699 333.

Alexander Gavrylyuk in Recital

16 February, 8pm @ Melbourne Recital Centre

Presented by Andrew McKinnon and supported by 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne.


3MBS education program Saturday morning 8am

January 28, 2011

3MBS education program

Saturday morning 8am

Australia/Melbourne 103.5 FM



January 13, 2011

3MBS FM – Program Highlights 3MBS FM is Australia’s leading Community radio station for Fine Music – Classical, Folk and Jazz.

3MBS FM can be streamed live over the internet, making it easy to tune into their “Classically Kids” program from all over the world: Saturday mornings 8-9am (AEST).

3MBS FM 103.5 if you are in Melbourne!


3MBS Kids – taking requests for Classically Kids

August 6, 2011

Step 1. Just get your school, music class, choir or even just one person from your group  to choose a piece of classical or jazz music.
Step 2. Send your request to  -
Step 3. We’ll e-mail you back to let you know when we’ll be playing your request.
Step 4. Tune in and listen! Easy as that. You can listen on the radio (in/around Melbourne) and stream the show online (all over the world).

Classically Kids EVERY Saturday from 8am – 9am on 3MBS 103.5 FM, with Jacqui and Adam


4 chord songs from another angle

June 26, 2013 Four chords … 123 songs … 2 minutes … Mal Webb’s 1-5-6-4 looping melody


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!


41 classroom ideas for using GarageBand

July 23, 2011

Here are 41 FREE ideas from Scott Watson about ways to use GarageBand software in the music classroom. (You may need to login to Google in order to view this file.)



9 Fun Tools To Make Your Own Songs And Audio Recordings

September 5, 2012

Article link HERE


a cappella lesson idea

June 20, 2012

(1) Write “a cappella” on the board. (2) Show students these diverse examples of a cappella music. (3) Ask students to guess the meaning of “a cappella”. Trinity Train I’m a Train Naturally 7

FYI “A cappella” literally means “as if in a chapel”. Practically, it refers to music which is sung by voices (without instrumental accompaniment).


A Great Landscape DVD – worksheet

May 28, 2011

“A Great Landscape” was a 2008 DVD created by 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?

a3 – Australian Arts Alive

January 23, 2010

Go to resource: a3 Australian Arts Alive for schools is a program run by the Australian School of Performing Arts. Read more…


ABC Keys to Music podcasts

February 15, 2011

ABC Keys to Music – listen to a 4-part series of audio podcasts from May 2009. Richard Gill and Graham Abbott discuss the importance of quality school Music Education for all Australian children.

(Scroll down the webpage to the heading “Music Education Series”)


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.


ACARA – curriculum update – The Arts

September 15, 2013

The version of the Arts curriculum provided to Ministers in July 2013 can be viewed here<> Ministers endorsed the Arts curriculum in late July subject to resolution of several matters raised by one state. Issues will be discussed by the ACARA Board in September prior to review by senior education officials from all states and territories. Following this resolution the curriculum will be published on the Australian Curriculum website.


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.


ACCET Choral Conductor Course (Melb) 2012

October 26, 2011

ACCET Choral Conductor Summer School
Monday 16 – Thursday 19 January 2012 @ Xavier College, Kew VIC

Whether of advanced, intermediate or beginner standard conductors will have hands-on conducting tuition every day. In 4 stimulating days there will be opportunity for participants to increase knowledge of training the voice, of warm-ups, diction and rehearsal techniques, building musicality through body movement, and expressing emotion through singing. There will be repertoire sessions especially for primary/children’s choir; for secondary/youth choir; and for community and church choir. All full attendance participants will get a donated package of some 50 choral pieces.

Australian Choral Conductors Education and Training


Acid Music shortcuts

July 26, 2013

Here’s a free list of shortcuts for Acid Music software:


Acid Studio 7

December 15, 2009

Go to resource: Acid Studio 7 allows students to compose songs, record, mix and upload for distribution. Read more…


ACMF 2012 results

November 7, 2012

Click HERE to see the 2012 winners of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation song-writing competition. Congratulations all!


ACMF songwriting competition

September 7, 2011

Deadline extended until Friday 9th September 2o11

Categories for Primary and Secondary song-writers


ACO + Dance October 2012

May 9, 2012
RAMEAU Dances from Dardanus, Les Boréades, Castor et Pollux and others

*Richard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin*
*Rafael Bonachela Artistic Director and Choreographer*
*Sydney Dance Company
*Australian Chamber Orchestra

Wed 31 Oct 12pm-2pm 2012
Sydney Theatre
A mutual passion for Rameau’s perfumed and powerful French Baroque dance
music sparks this new production by Rafael Bonachela and Richard Tognetti.
Rameau’s flair for rhythm and melody, and feeling for choreography, leads
many to name him the greatest-ever ballet composer, certainly the most
influential. Bonachela’s dynamic choreography, innate musicality and
theatricality serve to illuminate this brilliant music, performed live by
the ACO.

This performance will feature and introduction and behind-the-scenes
discussion by Richard Tognetti and Rafael Bonachela, and a question and
answer session at the end of the performance.

Tickets $30. Teachers may book online
or phone 1800 444 444.
Questions? Please contact Sarah Conolan on (02) 8274 3871 or at

ACO 2011 Concert Season Program notes

March 19, 2011

The program notes from ACO’s 2011 concert season contain program notes on interesting 20th century works (by Alex Ross).


ACO 2013 education programs

February 22, 2013
Applications for ACO Education Programs now open!

Applications are now open for our unparalleled education programs, available across Australia.

The Education Program offers students the opportunity to discover the ACO and see Richard Tognetti in concert, play alongside ACO musicians, sit within metres of the ACO whilst it rehearses and learn in-depth about the music that we play.

More information about these opportunities and applications are available at


ACO Education program 2012

November 4, 2011

Read about the ACO Schools’ Program for 2012


ACO Matinee concert Melb Syd June 2012

April 22, 2012
ACO Matinee Concerts for Secondary Students
Two performances exclusively for secondary school students, led by Richard
Tognetti Artistic Director & Lead Violin, Australian Chamber Orchestra and presented by
Francis Merson, Limelight Magazine.

MOZART Symphony K196/121, "La finta giardiniera"
MEALE Cantilena Pacifica
SCHUBERT (arr. Tognetti) String Quartet No.14, "Death and the Maiden"

*Fri 8 Jun 12pm-1.30pm
Sydney - City Recital Hall Angel Place

*Tue 19 Jun 11am-12.30pm
Melbourne – Melbourne Recital Centre

Tickets $20. Teachers can book
or phone 1800 444 444.

During these interactive concerts, students listen for key elements in the
music, while learning about performance and ensemble techniques. A broad
range of repertoire encompassing Mozart, Schubert and the contemporary
Australian composer Richard Meale covers key aspects of the NSW & VIC music
curricula. Specially tailored Teacher Resources are provided with each
booking, providing students with additional insights into the repertoire.
Resources include state-based curriculum notes and exercises, recordings
and scores. Concerts are tailored to the music curriculum for stages 4 and
5 for New South Wales and levels 5, 6 and VCE for Victoria.

ACO October 2013 on period wind instruments

April 17, 2013 – short video clips on website


DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No.4


Richard Tognetti Director and Violin
Steven Isserlis Cello

The Fourth is Brahms’ final and greatest symphony. Here, Brahms takes flight, as he melds the soaring sounds of Romanticism to classical structure in a constantly evolving drama.

Brahms premiered the symphony with a small orchestra of 48 musicians, which he declined to augment. ACO follow his lead and perform with wind instruments from Brahms’ time.
Steven Isserlis is the epitome of the intelligent and passionate cellist. Isserlis first played this concerto as a child. “I used to think it was so joyous,” he says. “As I’ve got older, the more tragic it seems.”

ACO open rehearsal 2 Aug 2012

May 20, 2012

Open Rehearsal for School Students
Thurs 2 Aug

Students sit within metres of the musicians while they rehearse, getting a behind-the-scenes look at how the Orchestra prepares for concerts. After the rehearsal, students are invited to meet the ACO players. Register your students.


ACO Reef documentary (ABC)

February 22, 2013 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.


ACO Tour 1 2012 free notes

March 14, 2012

Tour 1 WA Tour 1 NSW Tour 1 VIC Tour 1 SA Tour 1 QLD Tour 1 ACT

Above are the links to the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s FREE teaching notes and lesson ideas for their 2012 Tour 1. Lesson content is designed for Secondary students.


ACO Tour 2, 2012 – free lesson content

April 20, 2012


Above are the links to the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s FREE teaching notes and lesson ideas for their 2012 Tour 2 (TWO). Lesson content is designed for Secondary students.


ACO Virtual – 3D

May 9, 2013

The Gold Coast Arts Centre is launching ACOVirtual – a 3D experience of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for all ages!

Watch the “making of” ACOVirtual HERE


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. Read more…


Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is a professional orchestra, resident in South Australia.

Read more…


African Drumming workshop – 5 May 2011 – Watsonia VIC

April 25, 2011

A special workshop on African drumming will be held on Thursday 5 May at Watsonia North Primary School in North East Melbourne. If you would like to join this workshop, please email me on


Age of Enlightenment – song writing project

January 25, 2011

Enlightenment Assignment – a Secondary school Music assignment for small groups. Lesson structure, assignment work and marking matrix are all included (free).


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…


AMPAL lyric writing activity (free)

August 6, 2012

FREE RESOURCE HERE: Use these questions to inspire lyric-writing in groups.

  1. Decisions made in the past
  2. Decisions I made when there was an alternative
  3. The best decision I ever made
  4. The worst decision I ever made
  5. Which Way to Go?
  6. Where to in future?
  7. Things in my mind I want to escape from
  8. The best place I’ve ever been
  9. What role music in making decisions?

aMuse Sample Units

January 11, 2011

Sample Units from Australian Music Educators Assoc (Vic) – under the heading “aMuse VELS Support Documents”


animated cartoon of MCUI 2012

October 7, 2012
You can view the animation at

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

animated quiz for tempo terms

June 19, 2013 A fun way for students to teach themselves (or review) correct musical terms for tempo / speed.


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!


Anti-Bullying songs

March 14, 2013 Don’t Laugh At Me Caught in the Crowd (for middle school) It’s OK to be different

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



June 12, 2013

This morning, the Australian Human Rights Commission launched a new online anti-racism resource, What you say matters, to educate and engage young people about racism and to empower them to respond safely when they experience or witness racism.

The resource has been developed after extensive consultation with young people. It includes a hip-hop video clip and online educational content, and is designed to encourage 14-17 year olds to reflect and to act safely in response to incidences of racism at school, in their peer group, sports club or communities. The music video clip features Indigenous hip hop artist Brothablack and was created with the participation of students from James Meehan High School in south western Sydney.

You can find the resource on the “Racism. It Stops with Me’ campaign website (

What you say matters seeks to answer the key questions that young people we surveyed told us they wanted more information about:

·         What is racism?

·         Why are people racist?

·         Who experiences racism?

·         Where does racism happen?

·         Why is racism a problem?

·         What can you do?

·         What does the law say?

We would appreciate any assistance you can provide in promoting the resource through your networks.

What you say matters has been funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) under the National Anti-Racism Strategy.


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.


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:


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.

Read more…


Approaches to Learning and Teaching – The Arts (Music) Level 6 (Vic)

March 8, 2010

Go to resource: Approaches to Learning and Teaching – The Arts (Music) Level 6 (Vic) outlines music standards and activities that could be incorporated in lesson planning.

Read more…


Arab rappers sing revolts

March 25, 2013

Middle Eastern pacifists are writing raps to protest against war. Read the article HERE.


Archie Roach – quote to inspire composition

February 17, 2013

This quote is found under the CD of Archie Roach’s latest album: “Into the Bloodstream“. Read the quote to your students and ask them to write a composition or song in response.

“My recent bouts of illness I’m sure are a result of the Pain of being removed from my family at a young age and more recently the loss of someone I loved so dearly. But Pain can also bring about change in one’s life for the better. We can choose to ignore the Pain until it becomes unbearable or we can do something. You see some events in my life I will never truly get over and the Pain will always be there but I can do something about it. I can write songs, songs about making it to the Top of the Hill no matter how far, songs about not being alone so don’t cry, songs about all of us having a song to sing and songs we can dance to.”


Are apps saving Classical music?

August 30, 2013

Read the article here:

It makes reference to Touch Press iPad apps such as: Beethoven’s 9th, The Orchestra, and a Liszt Sonata (piano) app.


Artists in Residence (Arts Qld)

January 21, 2010

Go to resource: The Artists in Residence program, is run by Arts Queensland and Education Queensland and funded by the Australia Council. Read more…


Artists in Residence (Tasmania)

January 21, 2010

Go to resource: Artists in Residence (air) is run by arts@work (Arts Tasmania), and funded by the Australia Council. Read more…


Artists in Schools (NT)

January 21, 2010

Go to resource: Artists in Schools (AiS) NT is a program run by Arts NT and the Department of Education and Training, NT.   Read more…


Artology – applications

March 14, 2013

Dear teachers

Please see below information about a wonderful project that may interest your senior students (Australia-wide). It is a great opportunity to explore your creativity with like-minded students from across all arts disciplines. Please forward to students who may be interested.


Louise Barkl

Artology Remix 2013

Calling all teenagers | Entries close 15 March

How would you like to create a great work of performance art alongside some of Australia’s top performers, writers and other artists?

Artology Remix is a creative program that gives you exactly that opportunity.

If you are a budding artist from ANY art form (Dance, Music, Drama, Visual Arts etc.), we encourage you to apply. You do NOT need to be skilled in all the art forms – you only need to be proficient in at least one.

You will meet inspiring people and create art at the highest level. You will meet like-minded individuals and be mentored at every turn. You will emerge from this program with skills and knowledge you can’t imagine.

All tuition is FREE. If you are 15-20 years old, and passionate about your creativity, apply HERE (

You will meet inspiring people and create art at the highest level. You will meet like‐minded individuals
and be mentored (free) at every turn. You will emerge from this program with skills and knowledge you can’t
Applications are being accepted from students aged 15‐18 from anywhere in Australia. While this
program is designed with high school students in mind, we will also accept applications from older and
younger students who demonstrate strong aptitude and desire to participate.
The workshops will take place during school holidays in April and June/July 2013 as follows:
 WORKSHOP 1: a 10‐day period between 16‐ 25 April; exact dates to be announced
 WORKSHOP 2: a 14‐day period between 29 June ‐13 July; exact dates to be announced
 PERFORMANCE: occurs at the end of the July period at the Art Gallery of NSW in July 2013.

ArtPlay (Melbourne)

January 23, 2010

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


ArtPlay Big Jam in Melb 11/11/12

October 31, 2012


(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

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


Arts in Education (Arts Victoria)

January 21, 2010

Go to resource: Arts in Education provides links for information on arts education organisations and collaborations. The site is run by Arts Victoria, and includes information about artists placement in schools.


Arts Learning Area – NT Curriculum Framework

February 3, 2010

Go to resource: The Arts Learning Area (NT Curriculum Framework) provides the framework for teaching arts in Northern Territory schools. Read more…


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…


Arts Queensland

January 21, 2010

Go to resource: Arts Queensland is the governmental agency for arts in Queensland. Read more…


Arts Tasmania

January 21, 2010

Go to resource: Arts Tasmania is the government agency that supports arts in Tasmania. Read more…


Arts Victoria

January 21, 2010

Go to resource: Arts Victoria is the government agency that supports arts in Victoria. Read more…


arts, culture + me (Arts Qld)

January 21, 2010

Go to resource: arts, culture + me is a Queensland governmental arts program that encourages young artists to become active. Read more…


arts2GO – Regional Arts Victoria

January 23, 2010

Go to resource: arts2GO programs for school students are run by Regional Arts Victoria. Read more…


February 15, 2011 – US website with lots of free lesson plans, recordings and interactive Music websites


ArtsEdge (Western Australia)

July 2, 2010

Go to resource: ArtsEdge (Western Australia) is a collaboration between the education, arts, and cultural sectors in WA. Read more…


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…


March 11, 2010

Go to resource: is a site developed by Associate Professor Deirdre Russell-Bowie (UWS) and Dr Christopher Klopper (CSU). Read more…


Assessment for Learning

December 29, 2009

Go to resource: Assessment for Learning has been developed by the Curriculum Corporation, and is a site that provides support for designing assessment tasks. Read more…



December 20, 2009

Go to resource: Audacity is a free audio editor and recording software program, available for various operating systems.  Read more…


Aural skills online

November 7, 2012

This website has a free trial version (before paying a monthly access fee). It provides aural exercises to supplement instrumental lessons.


aural training – free online game

April 27, 2011

An audio version of the old-fashioned ‘memory card game’. Match the pairs of notes by using your ears …



December 20, 2009

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


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

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

the guidelines for submission are available on


AUSTA String event 16 June 2013 Brighton Vic

June 4, 2013

Exciting new AUSTA Vic event – World Music Fiesta

Sunday, June 16, 1.00 – 4.00 pm

St Leonards College, 163 South Rd. Brighton East

An afternoon of string workshops in eclectic styles, followed by a concert at 3.30.

Students, adults and teachers are warmly encouraged to participate.

Three workshop sessions in different styles will run concurrently:

Scottish Fiddle with the founder of the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Judy Turner,

Rock Strings, a contemporary workshop with Ben Hooper, who has worked closely with AUSTA VIC conference favourite Mark Wood,

Balkan Gypsy &Klezmer Strings with Sarah Busuttil, violinist of the esteemed ensemble The Woohoo Review.

Each workshop session will develop a performance piece (or pieces) which will be presented in the afternoon concert. (3.30 – audiences welcome!)

Schools with established world music ensembles or contemporary string groups are welcome to apply to perform at this event.

The day aims to be a colourful representation of some of the fabulous eclectic ensembles currently running in schools.

Cost per student $15, AUSTA members $10

Further details: Karen Kyriakou, 0417 052 677


AUSTA String Festival 28 July 2013 (Vic)

June 21, 2013

Registrations are now open for the AUSTA String Performers Festival, a welcoming, non-competitive performance opportunity for students. String students of all levels are welcome and all performers will receive written feedback and a trophy. Family and friends will make up the audience for each session.

When: Sunday 28th July, 2013 from 9am – 2pm

Where: Scotch College Music Department, Morrison St. Hawthorn.

- Students will be allocated a one hour session time and will stay to watch the entire session.  This will expose your students to different levels and musicians from all around Victoria.

- Performers can rank their preferred session times and we will try to accommodate them as much as possible.

- The performance time limit for each player is 5 minutes.

- Having the accompaniment is not compulsory. A Festival Accompanist is available for students up to AMEB Grade 4 in sessions 1 & 2 only (9am – 11am).  Students are welcome to play without the accompaniment or bring their own pianist.

- String teachers who are not able to attend on the day can still allow their students to perform.

- Once session times are allocated, we will advise you by email of your scheduled performance time.

Entry fee: $15 per performer. Family discount of $10 for each additional child applies.

Audience free of charge.

Registration forms

This is a great opportunity for students to practise performing in a relaxed and friendly environment, with written feedback offered. Please note the date and let your students know.


Enquiries: or 0411 479 313


Australian Art Orchestra listening room (free)

January 15, 2012

HERE is the Australian Art Orchestra’s free listening room where you can listening to recordings of their work. Many are fused with indigenous or multi-cultural music.


Australian Curriculum Corporation

December 29, 2009

Go to resource: The Australian Curriculum Corporation is a one-stop site that provides online links to all Australian curricula. Read more…


Australian Year 7/8 text book

April 20, 2012

“All-Inclusive Music Textbook for Lower Secondary Students” based on Rock Music


Ave Mari – Bobby McFerrin

February 22, 2013 Bobby McFerrin vocalises “Ave Maria” accompaniment while the audience sings the melody :-) Use it to inspire male and female singers.


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:


awareness vs busy-ness

October 7, 2012

Here is a story I cut and paste from FaceBook — only takes a minute to read:

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it

was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?


AYB band for Junior Musicians

April 25, 2011

The Australian Youth Band is entering an exciting new phase, with the establishment of a junior ensemble for young musicians aged 12 -15. Players of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments who have a minimum musical standard of AMEB Grade 2 are encouraged to audition.

Junior Band (JAYB) musicians will have the opportunity to progress through to the Senior Band with the added attraction of international concert tours.

To book an audition time, please contact the band’s Musical Director on 0402-912-772 or


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:

BAMER links:


Band Champs Perth 2013

March 10, 2013

29/3 – 1/4


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!



March 18, 2011

A lesson idea for Friday afternoon with 14 year olds … Beatbox!

Without using vocal chords, students practise making the following sounds:

ch, ss, sh, k & p.

Each student combines these sounds to make drumkit sound effects.

Watch some beat-boxing clips on

Record (audio or video) each student’s beat-boxing efforts – in pairs or individually. Choose some of the students to beat-box into a microphone (attached to an amplifier).


being crazy – essay

October 9, 2011

Watch this advertisement (spoken by Steve Jobs) and write up to a page about creativity, innovation, being ‘crazy’, and how music can help change the world.


Ben Northey – Conducting Workshop

May 28, 2011

Ben Northey is the conductor clinician for a seminar, master class and video workshop for school band directors. We are proud to be able to celebrate Ben’s appointment as Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. This special event is presented by The Grainger Wind Symphony in partnership with the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association (Victoria branch). Ben’s services is provided by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the event is assisted with sponsorship from Allans Music + Billy Hydes.

On Wednesday 8 June, at 5.30pm the public Seminar has Ben talking and answering questions about Exploring the Art of Conducting. At 6.30pm, the full participants have a public Conducting Master Class with Ben as clinician but without piano or any instrumentalists. At 7.30pm finger food is provides free. From 8.30pm each full participant in turn conducts The Grainger Wind Symphony in a public Video Workshop with maestro Northey as clinician.

All three sessions are open to the public. You are all encouraged to come to congratulate Ben for his appointment and learn from his experiences in music and conducting from his youth in Ballarat to his studies at University of Melbourne with John Hopkins and at the Sibelius Academy in Finland.  Entry fee includes membership of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association (Victoria). Apply to come by the due date so catering can be arranged for you

Full participants will conduct in the one hour Master Class a concert band work of their choice, and conduct the same in front of The Grainger Wind Symphony with about 12 minutes of podium time. There is a strict limit of 8 full participants. The first eight places will go to the suitable applicants who pay their fee first. Applications for full participants will close on Friday 1 June.

The venue is the De Young Performing Arts Centre at Carey Baptist Grammar School, 349 Barkers Road, Kew.

Application form, fees and more information can be download from the GWS website,


Big Question blog

April 7, 2013

After watching the Mitra TED talk together (, and discussing the future of learning for today’s teenagers, 12-13 year olds in a Music class were asked to get into groups, devise their own “Big Question” to do with music, and come up with a researched presentation. Grouping was flexible, and open to change. Each group had to appoint a ‘granny’ for encouragement. Presentation format was up to each group.

Questions included:

“Who first invented music?”

“How do people respond to different genres of music?”

“How do disabled people experience music?”

“How has music changed over the last 100 years?”

“How is music education different across the globe?”

After half an hour, any student who was without a group (and therefore without a big question) was teacher-guided to collect photos of unusual instruments to present to the class.

Only a few students took the ‘unusual instrument’ approach. Two students found a superficial answer to their question in 5 minutes and settled on it. The rest worked collaboratively and enthusiastically – even those students who avoid practical music making, which was pleasing!

4 lessons were given for the task – 3 of which were in a computer lab. The level of working noise was greater than normal, but very productive. Most students were on task for the vast majority of the time. Excitement was evident in most students. Collaborative work was predominant, with all students voicing their opinions at various times. Weaker students often found themselves working with stronger peers. Groups changed a little throughout the 4 sessions, finding a better balance. Questions of the teacher were few and far between, having encouraged students to seek answers from their group.

Presentations were predominantly in PowerPoint, with students taking turns to read from the screen. This Project-Based Learning (PBL) or SOLE (Student-Oriented Learning Environment) task formed one of six assessment tasks for the year, under the title of “Self Nominated Project”.

The teacher found the sessions lively and entertaining, having the rare chance to sit back and observe active learning as an interested spectator. From a teaching point of view, the SOLE experiment was fun, energising, painless, and surprisingly easy – students did as much thinking as the teacher, which is my new goal for classroom teaching!


Biggest Orchestra world record 2013

July 14, 2013

world’s biggest orchestra attempt a success – over 7000 Aussie musicians


blog – what we are doing wrong in secondary music

July 3, 2011

A interesting, if comical, pictorial explanation of how to get more money for secondary music AND engage more students.


blog: assessing prior learning in a music classroom

September 5, 2012

Read Thomas J West’s blog HERE


Bobby McFerrin vocal improv lesson on YouTube

April 8, 2011


Bolero Flash Mob

October 6, 2011

This is great fun … On May 2, 2011, the Copenhagen Philharmonic amazed commuters at the Copenhagen Central Train Station, as they created a kind of orchestral “flash mob” – performing Ravel’s famed Bolero, with the musicians gradually assembling in place as the work progresses. The video – which shows not only the assembling orchestra, but also the delighted faces of the commuters – has generated overwhelming interest, and indeed has exceeded the orchestra’s expectations.


Brass workshop for secondary students (Vic) – 23 July

June 12, 2011

A joint workshop between the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School for players of all brass instruments from later primary to VCE level.

Directed by Charles MacInnes (Convenor of Brass, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music), participants will have the chance to be part of a group warm up, learn about brass playing techniques, participate in or observe a performance workshop, as well as take part in a large brass ensemble.

This workshop is open to all school-aged brass students (year 5 upwards) of all ages and levels of experience

WHEN: Saturday 23 July, 10:00am – 4:00pm
WHERE: VCASS, 57 Miles Street, Southbank
HOW MUCH: $40 per participant / $20 per observer (teacher)



Breezin’ Thru Music Theory

April 9, 2011

New, online music theory lessons and drills. You can currently access a free demo of some of the online drill games.


Broadway musicals online

May 20, 2012

A website to find simple info and reviews on musicals, as well as what’s playing on Broadway at the moment.


Build a school in the cloud

March 9, 2013

Watch this TED talk on YouTube 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.


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.


Button Beats free website

February 4, 2012

A bit of fun – create music using an on-screen keyboard or guitar, or using the faces of a 3D cube.


cadence writing with a card game

January 26, 2012

This card game is designed for 14 year old + students who are studying harmony and cadence writing.


Carnegie Hall: interactive Music history

November 7, 2012

This website shows a timeline of African American music (1600-2000). Each era has a link to information, archives and sound samples (sometimes linked to Spend a lesson exploring the timeline with your secondary class. Ask them to write two paragraphs summarising their discoveries.



December 23, 2012

This online site is provided free by the Arts Centre (Melbourne) – encouraging students to mash music and have creative fun.


Cello Wars

April 28, 2013

Try this fun YouTube clip as an ice-breaker at the start of Music class – Would the same battle work on clarinet? Ask the kids for their own ideas on musical parodies.


Challenge-Based Learning

July 20, 2011

One recent trend in education is “Challenge-Based Learning” (CBL) … real-life, relevant, project-based learning (often using Apple software). Read more …


Chamber Music Competition 2013 Vic

March 4, 2013


The Musical Society of Victoria is holding its annual Chamber Music Competition for groups of up to six musicians on May 19th at 2.30 p.m. at the Ewing Memorial Uniting Church, East Malvern.  At least one member of the group must be a current financial member of the Musical Society of Victoria.

First Prize $500; Second Prize $300; plus and Encouragement Award to allow a group one masterclass from a member of the FireBird Trio.

This is an excellent opportunity for musicians to experience Chamber Music in a friendly and supportive environment.

For further details see


Charanga – digital learning community

January 25, 2012

Charanga is a digital learning community for music education – once paid up and subscribed, you have access to digital lesson materials and support.


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


Choral participation improves health!

July 19, 2011

Sydney Morning Herald Article

Choral singing makes you happy: survey


Choral repertoire suggestions

January 9, 2013

Please help colleagues around Australia (and the globe) by recommending repertoire for school choirs via this online form.


Music: Play for Life


chord stats and lesson idea

June 17, 2012

THIS website analysed 1300 pop songs and plotted chord and key frequency, as well as common patterns (eg. which chord usually follows E minor in C major). Ask students to read through the webpage, summarise the findings, and write a song which follows some of the website suggestions.


March 7, 2010

Go to resource: is an interactive virtual online guitar.

Read more…


cinematic musical

March 19, 2012

Watch THIS TEDx YouTube clip about a collaboratively-made film by Daniel Johns (from Silverchair) and Josh Wakely. Discuss how music can be inspired by images, stories and pictures. Discuss how film can be inspired by music.


Clare Bowditch interviews with prominent musicians

September 18, 2012

Sign up (free) to Clare’s mailing list to receive access to insightful interviews – the 1st 2 interviews are with Missy Higgins and Gotye.


Clarinet Mega day 8/9/13 Melb

August 25, 2013

Clarinet Mega Day: Sunday September 8, 2013

Monash University School of Music invites all clarinet players to the Clarinet Mega Day II. Come along for a day of all of things clarinet. Featuring masterclasses with leading professionals, orchestral excerpt class, warm up session, vendor exhibits, panel discussions, VCE masterclasses and join in with a performance of the Monash Clarinet Mega Day Clarinet Choir.



Classical music apps for all ages (Article)

September 6, 2013


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…


Classical takes on Pop

August 29, 2011


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

Play it to any age-group :-)


classically trained pop musicians

December 10, 2012

Two Croatian cellists were classically trained and are now touring with Elton John. Watch their YouTube clips and discuss with your class how a solid, musical training at school can lead to all kind of performance adventures later in life!


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…


Classics for kids – free worksheets

June 22, 2011

Dozens of free, colourful worksheets on well-known Classical / Romantic / 20th century works. Most include pictorial listening guides.


Classroom percussion resource

August 16, 2012

KTPercussion provides percussion charts for classroom and music teachers at a small cost. The arranger is Australian.


clever music videos pinterest Katie Wardrobe

December 10, 2012

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


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…


CMER – Centre for Music Education Research

June 20, 2011


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.


composing on computers in the classroom

April 29, 2012

Read blog post at the above link about the benefits of using computers to help students compose.


Composing Together (publication)

April 1, 2013

“Minds on Music” – This textbook enhances preservice and practicing music educators’ understanding of ways to successfully engage children in music composition. It offers both a rationale for the presence of composition in the music education program and a thorough review of what we know of children’s compositional practices to date. Minds On Music offers a solid foundation for planning and implementing composition lessons with students in grades PreK-12.


computers: just for fun

May 20, 2012

Here are a couple of website  … just for fun … last 5 mins of a lesson?



December 21, 2011

Just for fun, watch Mr Bean conducting a Christmas band – a good introduction to rubato?!?


Conference notes on Music technology and education

January 7, 2011

Go to resource: Conference notes by Katie Wardrobe (Midnight Music) on Music, technology and education. Includes presentations on Sibelius, Groovy, Audacity, Acid and podcasting.


ConnectEd Arts (NSW)

January 21, 2010

Go to resource: ConnectEd Arts is a program run by Arts NSW that provides subsidies for school arts excursions, and funds education programs run by arts organisations. Read more…


connecting classical and pop music – free lesson plan

April 27, 2011


contemp US music / interview video clips

March 19, 2012

A brand of American coffee-shop has uploaded music videos and interviews with its featured musicians HERE.


Copyright lesson plan and worksheet

June 13, 2012

This lesson plan and worksheet, provided by Bev Babbage (Toormina High School), is written for secondary students, but could be adapted to Year 5-6 as well. It starts with Gotye’s hit song (which uses public domain AND copyright materials) and leads towards contemplation of media piracy. THANKS BEV!


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.


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

(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


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’.


Creating Instruments at Satisfied Mind (USA)

March 4, 2010

Go to resource: Creating Instruments at Satisfied Mind (USA) is a site that provides instructions on how to make various instruments.

Read more…


Creating new stuff

February 21, 2010

Go to resource: Creating new stuff, published by Noteable, focuses on composition for 11 to 15 year old students. Read more…


Creative Arts 7-12 NSW National curriculum help

May 28, 2013



June 23, 2012

Primary and Secondary students are encouraged to sing / dance / play a song, record it, and send it to Generation One. The aim is to start classroom conversations on indigenous issues and reconciliation. A free classroom kit is available on CD.


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

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
> For further information please email


Cricket songs

December 10, 2012

Play these three songs to your class, and ask them to guess the common thread (= cricket). Baggy Green Bradman

“I Made 100 in the backyard at Mum’s” by Greg Champion


Critical thinking ideas for the Music classroom

October 13, 2012

THIS article has practical suggestions for promoting Critical Thinking skills in the music (and instrumental teaching) classroom – both primary and secondary.


crowd sourced band and choir warm-ups

March 29, 2013

FunMusicCo is creating a resource full of warm-ups (band or choir). They want teachers to contribute. Contributing teachers will receive a free copy.


Cuban students turn to music for a financial future

February 5, 2013 Show this YouTube clip to students, and make a list of music-related jobs in our society.


Cultural Infusion

December 28, 2010

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


Cultural Infusion: Aboriginal Culture for a day

March 8, 2012
Aboriginal Culture for a Day is Touring in your State!
Introduce and immerse your students to one of the oldest living cultures in the world, with Cultural Infusion’s returning Indigenous artists, Alan Harris and his family, also known as Western Creation.

As members of the Noongar tribe and the Bibbulmann clan, Western Creation are one of the most inspiring Indigenous groups currently performing. Western Creation promotes reconciliation and understanding between all people in Australia.

Using many aspects of Aboriginal culture, including dance, music, song, art and history, Western Creation bring Australia’s Indigenous people into the hearts and minds of their audiences.

Program fee: $10 + gst per student, minimum
150 students Duration: 9.00am – 3.00pm approx.

Suits Primary schools – other Aboriginal concerts available for Secondary schools.

Program fee: $4.50 + gst per student, minimum
140 students Duration: 50 mins.

Regional VIC – 21 – 25 May
28 May – 1 June
4 – 8 June
SA –
18 – 22 June
– 2 – 13 July – Extended dates due to high demand!


CUP DANCE lesson with MCUI song 2011

July 7, 2011


An Orff-inspired plastic cup dance to go with “We’ve Got the Music” MCUI 2011. Thanks to Kristie Fudge (SA) for the free offering. The document also includes lesson plans for teaching the song.

click here for download link


Cup Songs

February 18, 2013

Watch this YouTube clip, then ask groups of students to create their own ‘plastic cup rhythms’ and music.


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…


Curriculum Press – the Arts

December 29, 2009

Go to resource: Curriculum Press is run by the Curriculum Corporation and provides suitable resources (books, dvds, websites) for use in schools across a wide range of subject areas, including The Arts. Read more…


Curriculum Support – Creative Arts 7-12 (NSW)

February 22, 2010

Go to resource: Curriculum Support – Creative Arts 7-12 (NSW) is a NSW Department of Education and Training site that provides further resources for the teaching of the creative arts in NSW schools. Read more…


custom built orchestra

February 24, 2013

Explorations in sound, technology, recording techniques and instrument design by Diego Stocco.

“I always been fascinated by the raw musical power that an orchestra can express, so, after creating a series of videos where I’m performing a multi-track piece with an instrument I designed, I decided to take the concept a step farther and create my own orchestra made of unusually unique instruments.

The project started by handcrafting a diverse selection of instruments, then I wrote a composition where I could fit them all in and finally performed each part. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it!”


Deaf Singing and Signing

October 17, 2012 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.


Deaf wrapper sings with sign (article)

June 25, 2012–deaf-rapper-feels-the-music-and-sings-by-signing

An article about a professional rapper who is deaf.

His message to the world: “Nothing is impossible. If you have a dream, hold on to it and work hard to make it true. Don’t wait for tomorrow!”


Diatonic Harmony worksheet – free

March 6, 2011

free worksheet – suit middle to upper secondary Music students, working with chord creation theory



Diego Stocco – custom built orchestra

February 17, 2013

“I always been fascinated by the raw musical power that an orchestra can express, so, after creating a series of videos where I’m performing a multi-track piece with an instrument I designed, I decided to take the concept a step farther and create my own orchestra made of unusually unique instruments.

The project started by handcrafting a diverse selection of instruments, then I wrote a composition where I could fit them all in and finally performed each part.”


Difficult Year 7 classes – practical ideas

July 6, 2011

Crescendo Music offers a file full of practical ideas for tricky Year 7 Music classes.


digital citizenship re. music downloads

October 1, 2011

A US appeals court reinstated a $US675,000 (AUS $659,115) verdict against a Boston University student who illegally downloaded 30 songs and shared them on the internet. Read full article here. Now is a good time to discuss responsible music downloading with teenagers. Why Music Matters website has a series of animated videos about Australian bands which emphasise that writing/recording music is their sole source of income. Watch and discuss with your students. Ask students when was the last time they paid for an MP3 download or music CD.


discover. learn. play. website

June 26, 2013

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!/dlpmusicprogram/notebooks/flutebeginners/blocks

Here is the dlp pinterest site



January 23, 2011

Dismuke - a website dedicated to music of the early 20th century, including early recordings.


doco and recording from USA school post-tragedy

January 17, 2013

A 3 minute documentary showing the ‘making of’ Somewhere Over the Rainbow – a track by Sandy Hook students to help keep the memories of loved ones alive. Music therapy in many ways.


double bass YouTube instructional

April 10, 2011

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.


Drum Clinic Melbourne 13/4/13

April 12, 2013



Paul and Konrad invite you to the inaugural drum clinic at the newly established Blackburn Academy on Saturday 13 from 12:30-2PM.

Topics covered:

- Listening skills

- Musical application of rudiments

- The XBOX music challenge, time management for younger students.

- Application of electronic music styles to drum kit.

- The Dream Gig, how to organise your musical life and aims.

- Double drums, writing and performance for two drum kits.

You can also follow the event at The Blackburn Academy Facebook site.






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!!!


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…


Emirates Musical Journey (symbols)

May 11, 2011

Visit the above website, click on “View Emirates Musical Journey” and show students the animated video clip. It shows cartoons of global cities, which are created out of musical symbols.

Show students a page of musical symbols (or write many symbols on the whiteboard), and ask them to create pictures from musical symbols.


emusictheory – online aural and reading drills

October 19, 2011

Check out this website for free online aural music skill drills and notation practice for students.


Encounter – MSO resource

September 16, 2011


This free website from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra offers and interactive tour of the orchestra, using Stuart Greenbaum’s score “90 minutes”.

Explore the orchestra, the conductor, the score and the composer – a lesson or two worth of content – let your students explore and arrange the score.

WARNING: Won’t work on Mac computers


end-of-project sharing

February 14, 2012

An interesting blog post HERE

It references a book called Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity


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.


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…


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…


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!


Every Chance to Learn – Curriculum Framework for ACT Schools

February 2, 2010

Go to resource: Every Chance to Learn – Curriculum Framework for ACT Schools, published by the ACT Government, provides a framework for government and non-government schools to plan and implement curriculum. Read more…



September 15, 2013

A new app is coming: Exemplifi. It allows you to choose music, insert questions and comments throughout the song, and teach it.


Face the music: Which way to go (free lesson plans)

April 17, 2012

Face the Music: Which Way To Go‘ is an engaging education module aimed at both informing of, and developing empathy towards, student responsibilities as copyright users and owners. It is aimed at English and music students from years seven to ten.

After downloading the files, start with ‘face the music which way to go’.


FaceBook page sharing student Music work

March 19, 2011

An American Music teacher shares his students’ recordings and digital music creations on a FaceBook page.

Listen to & read some of the examples for lesson ideas!


film music lesson idea

June 13, 2012

Ask students to brainstorm then write 5-6 different types of film music in their books. Source/diagetic, background/mood underscore, mickey-mousing/dramatic underscore, pre-composed, theme, character. THIS document may help. Listen to various YouTube or movie clips and ask students to guess each category of film music.


Finale NotePad

February 4, 2010

Go to resource: Finale NotePad is a downloadable program that introduces teachers and students to music notation software and is recommended for composition students. Read more…


Find your passion in life and pursue it (video)

March 27, 2011

A 5 minute video summary of a presentation given by Michael Griffen to students re. multiple intelligences.


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



Flame Awards announced 2011

July 22, 2011

FLAME AWARDS: This year’s theme is: ‘creative and engaging ways of delivering music education’. Entries are open to Primary and Secondary schools across Australia in 2011.

Visit the Flame Awards website for entry information

Due 22nd August, 2011.


flash freeze – lesson idea

October 26, 2011

Watch the Bellingen Youth Environment group stage their “freeze” protest against plastic bags in NSW. Listen to the accompanying song “Change” (written and recorded by a Year 10 student) and brainstorm what other types of protest this song might accompany. Make a list of other songs which ares well-suited to peaceful protests.


Flexible Ensemble pieces – Australian

February 15, 2013

Australian company “Thorp Music” has written a series of graded Flexible Ensembles which teachers can adapt to their instrument combination –

Charts include pop tunes, Baroque melodies and traditional Australian songs.


Fleximusic Composer

February 4, 2010

Go to resource: Fleximusic Composer is a downloadable software program that allows students and teachers to record, mix, create, and edit compositions. Read more…


Flight of the Conchords

August 27, 2012

The comedy duo behind Flight of the Conchords, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, have released a new single on iTunes to help raise money for children suffering from a life-threatening illness. The song was part of a Cure Kids’ Red Nose Day comedy event that took place on August 24 in New Zealand.

The song, “Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)” draws on McKenzie’s and Clement’s inspiration after sitting down with a group of quick-witted rhyming children, including some from the Clyde Quay School in their hometown, Wellington.



March 11, 2010

Go to resource: Fortissimo!, written by Roy Bennett and published by Cambridge UP, covers musical concepts such as performing, composing, listening, analysing music. Read more…


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.


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

Free activity on composer bios

April 27, 2011

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


free app: Pitch

January 10, 2013

NSW Music teacher has created THIS free app on Pitch – thanks Greg Thwaites!


free beginner cello music

December 10, 2012

free beginner cello music at

free easy cello Christmas carols at


free beginner guitar resources

August 10, 2011

free resources here

great (free) chord chart posters at this website


free beginner keyboard tutor

December 29, 2012 This website features FREE songs in a logical sequence for learning to play keyboard AND read music at the SAME time. I use it with Year 7 students, but it suits younger and older students as well! Songs with GREEN dots are free — blue dots require payment. Many songs have accompaniments as well.


free Brass workshop for Boroondara schools

November 5, 2012

Would you like to educate your students about brass music?

Do you want to encourage more students to pick up a brass instrument?

Hawthorn Band is offering a free educational concert to schools in the City of Boroondara.



free chord analysis of pop songs

June 17, 2012 This website has analysed the chord progression for many recent pop songs. They are colour coded to match Roman numerals to chord names, and also show how quickly each chord changes. The chords are also easily transposed (one click).


free computer game: NoteNames

March 1, 2012

This link allows you to download (free) a computer game for learning note names.


free djembe lesson video

January 4, 2013

Once you sign in (free), you will receive a link (via email) to watch 3 free video lessons on basic djembe technique.


free documentaries online – music

September 21, 2011

This website offers dozens of free musical documentaries – from hip hop to jazz, from metal to latin. Plenty of lesson content here!


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!


free fingering charts – band instruments

June 22, 2011

Free fingering charts for band instruments are found here.


Free guitar chord images

August 20, 2013

Katie Wardrobe has shared (for free) her guitar chord images with us all! THANKS :-)

The website includes free ideas re. using the guitar chord images.


free Jazz workshop Stonnington May 2013

March 17, 2013

Jazz Workshop: It Don’t Mean A Thing If it Ain’t Got That Swing

The City of Stonnington is delighted to invite secondary music students of all ages to attend a one-off Jazz Workshop with some of Australia’s most respected and admired Jazz musicians.

This workshop will be an examination into the art of swinging with educators:

>· Bob Sedergreen (ex VCA, Conservatorium of Melbourne, RMIT, NMIT)

>· John Morrison (Musical Director – Generations in Jazz, Mt Gambier)

>· Jacki Cooper (B.Mus. Jazz Voice – Adelaide University)

>· Gareth Hill (ANU Canberra, Instrumental teacher Wesley College)

>· Allan Browne ( NMIT, Monash University)

>· Mal Sedergreen (Director Stage Bands/Instrumental teacher Balwyn High School and Lauriston Girls’ School)

This FREE workshop will be a wonderful opportunity for music students and teachers alike, and any interested observers to acquire these skills (please bring instruments). The workshop coincides with Stonnington Jazz 2013, a 10-day festival of jazz music featuring Australia’s finest jazz performers.

Following the workshop, later that night as part of Stonnington Jazz 2013, there will a very special concert featuring the lecturers from the workshop and members of the current Stonnington Youth Jazz Initiative with Allan Browne and Bob Sedergreen. Bob Sedergreen’s Come Together Band brings together musicians from across Australia and from different musical backgrounds in a special one-off performance.

Please see full event and registration details below:

Workshop Date: Thursday May 23, 2013

Time: 1:30pm to 3pm

Venue: Malvern Town Hall – corner of High St & Glenferrie Rd, Malvern

(melways ref. 59, C7)

Registration: Chapel Off Chapel: 8290 7000 or

Enquiries: email Rae Sedergreen:

The City of Stonnington is proud to support the development and future of young artists.

Regards, Peter Redden – Coordinator Arts, Culture and Events


Free kit re. minimalism

July 29, 2013

This kit (written by James Humberstone) is designed for secondary music students. It includes references to minimalism, Satie, Humberstone, Riley, Reich & Cage.


free lesson content re. new curriculum

March 19, 2013

Each of the Arts has a number of units designed to complement the National Curriculum. Scroll to the bottom and choose “Music”!


free lesson plans / powerpoints

June 22, 2011

A Secondary Music & Technology teacher is here sharing resources with the rest of us :-)


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 …


free MCUI resources 2011

July 27, 2011

If you are looking for free online resources to help teach the Music Count Us In song, just follow this link.

Keep checking- more resources added regularly!


free Melb Con concerts May 2012

May 7, 2012

Three upcoming free concerts that may be of interest for your staff and students:

Friday 25 May, 11:00am

Brass and Strings Ensemble Concert

Ideal for: Years 7 – 12

Duration: approx 70 minutes

Venue: Melba Hall, Royal Parade, Parkville

More information:

Saturday 26 May, 7:30pm

Wind Symphony and String Ensemble Concert

Ideal for: Years 5 – 12

Duration: approx 75 minutes

Venue: BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

More information:

Monday 28 May, 2:00pm

Percussion Ensembles Concert

Ideal for: Years 5 – 12

Duration: 50 minutes

Venue: Victorian College of the Arts, Southbank

More information:

Bookings for the Friday and Monday concerts can be made through Anastasia – email or phone 03 8344 3673.


free MTRS UK resources – film music & composition

November 6, 2011

Lots of units of work (including audio tracks) for studying many topics, including film music with Year 7-8… 20th century composition with Year 11-12 … using GarageBand … atonal music … much more (free!)

Thanks to MTRS in UK for sharing :-)


free music resources e-book

January 10, 2012

HERE you can download Katie Wardrobe’s new e-book – it’s a book about free music resources on the internet. ENJOY!


free music theory

December 29, 2012

THIS free, interactive music theory website moves from basic beginner music theory to 4 part harmony writing and cadences.


free music theory website

June 22, 2011

A comprehensive source (online) for music theory information, suited to secondary students.


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!


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.


free online music theory

January 28, 2013

All lessons, activities and practise test (grades 1-5 ABRSM music theory) are free online … or you can print them for a small fee.


Free online song-teaching site

July 6, 2011

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 requesting a Jozzbeat login.



free piano solos

May 17, 2013

This website offers dozens of free pieces of piano music – all graded and categorised!


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” …


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 :-)


free posters for intermed music theory

January 28, 2013


free practice pages & sticker print-out

October 9, 2011

FunMusicCo has provided us (free) with a weekly practice chart and printable sticker sheet to inspire students to practise this term

click here for free resource link


FREE Pro Tools workshop (Vic) – June 23

June 12, 2011

On Thursday June 23rd Future Music will be running a FREE  PD session on the new PRO TOOLS 9.
This is an introduction to the new recording software which is now simpler to use and is much less expensive than before.

PRO TOOLS is an industry standard used in TV, movie and recording studios everywhere. The version for schools use has the same technology, but is appropriate for classroom particularly in a VCE and VET application, it can now be used directly with Sibelius.

The presenter for this PD is Peter Wardrobe from AVID, who will introduce you to the process in an easy to understand non technical form. We will record using MIDI and audio. Part of the session will take place in a professional recording  studio, where you can get up close to the real environment.

The session will finish around 6pm and we will round off with drinks and light refreshments. There is no charge for this session.

The address for this PD is:
2a Florence St (off Huntingdale road)

RSVP is essential.
Please call JUDY on 9808 8988


free Rhythm Clock lesson & resources

February 9, 2012

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.


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).


free scores – starting school ensembles

March 6, 2013

An easy way to start a mixed school ensemble or band or string group – free charts!


free SFX and instrument samples – SOUNGLE

January 27, 2013

This website offers royalty free sound effects and instrument sounds.


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 …


free theory worksheets

February 9, 2012

Free printable worksheets on making chords


free uke tuner (app)

October 7, 2012

For those of you now addicted to ukuleles in the classroom (after the Music: Count Us In 2012 free teaching kit), HERE is a free app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad for tuning ukes. ENJOY!


free vocab list – free lesson ideas

July 19, 2012

Show students a section of THIS free Musical vocab list. Give students 5 minutes to select 10 unknown words and memorise their meaning. Discuss different methods of remembering (taking a visual photo, saying the words to a repeating rhythm, putting each word into 3 different sentences, writing out definition, etc).

Look at THIS word list, and highlight the words you can define already. Use Google to find 10 more definitions.


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!


free worksheets – naming notes and intervals

January 10, 2012

HERE are some free worksheets from – 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.


free workshop at your school (Vic)

September 3, 2012

We would like to invite you to host a FREE Music Count Us In/The Singing Classroom workshop at your school during September or October.

Here’s a final reminder of the opportunity to have a workshop in your school.

Bookings are filling fast – we already have more than last year!

Please send an expression of interest asap if you are interested.

The workshops will be 1.5 half hours long, run after school and open to all of your staff as well as other teachers in your area. Each participant will receive a resource booklet packed with useful songs, action songs, games and composition ideas, which includes this year’s MCUI song – and a CD!

This year’s workshops will be delivered by Susie Davies-Splitter and Sue Arney.

Below is a list of dates that we are available to come to your school/venue to run a workshop. All dates are open – we have indicated dates which would be best for us to come to country areas, however everything is negotiable and we are happy to discuss options.

Please let me know asap if you would like to book one of the dates below to host a workshop in your school.

Warm regards,

Sue Arney

Project Officer

Association of Music Educators


Tuesday 11

Wednesday 12

Thursday 13

Friday 14

Tuesday 18

Wednesday 19 (country)

Thursday 20 (country)

Friday 21


Monday 8 (country)

Tuesday, 9

Wednesday 10

Thursday 11

Friday 12

Tuesday 16

Wednesday 17

Thursday 18

Friday 19

Monday 22 (country)

Tuesday 23

Thursday 25

Friday 26


Fresh Ideas for secondary music (course – Vic)

June 27, 2012


Presented by aMuse in conjunction with Arts Centre Melbourne

Featuring Nick Peterson

aMuse, in conjunction with Arts Centre Melbourne is pleased to present an engaging day of practical, fun and invigorating activities and ideas for teaching secondary music featuring composer, author, performer and educator Nick Peterson. Nick will introduce some ground-breaking teaching ideas for secondary music teachers that will be interactive and amusing. Nick will focus his sessions around his books published by Nelson Cenage with topics including:

• Mastering Rhythm

• Amazing insights to revitalise music lessons

• An Introduction To The Concepts Of Music

• Who said listening lessons can’t be fun!?



Monday 27 August


9.00am – 3.30pm




Digital Learning Hub

Arts Centre Melbounre

(Located in The Australian Ballet Centre, Southbank)

Further details about this workshop can be found on the aMuse website.


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…


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)?


funky strings take on Mission Impossible

January 9, 2013

This fun YouTube clip is great to share with students of all ages – funky string players hamming up Mission Impossible theme.


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.


games to inspire instrumental practice

April 17, 2012

This website offers some free games for inspiring multiple repetitions when learning new pieces. Other parts of the webpage offer advice re. practising an instrument at home.

HERE is a free e-book re. how to practice.

The author has also written a book (for purchase).



February 4, 2010

Go to resource: GarageBand is a downloadable software program by Apple that assists with music creation and podcasts. Read more…


GarageBand 11 – free tutorial

March 3, 2012

I just got a fright when I tried to use the new GarageBand ‘11 – where had the loops gone? I found them again via THIS FREE TUTORIAL on YouTube.


GarageBand unit document

October 9, 2012

THIS blogging music teacher provides us with a free handout – a unit outline and planner for middle school students writing film music in GarageBand. THANKS!


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.


Getting an unwanted tune out of your head!

March 31, 2013


getting boys to sing

April 27, 2011

A really positive (UK) article about getting middle school boys to sing!


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


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: (recorder) (glockenspiel) (crockenspiel) (gameboy) (ocarina) (zither) (mobile phone) (squeakaphone)



May 29, 2012

Gotye wins ’song of the year’ in APRA 2012 music awards. More awards listed here:


Gondwana Indigenous Choir

June 26, 2013


good bad ugly – a game for band

February 5, 2013


Good Ear

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: Good Ear is a free online aural training program that covers basic aural requirements such as recognition of intervals, chords and cadences.

Read more…


Goran Bregovic, Tales & Songs for Weddings & Funerals – Education Kit

January 22, 2010

Go to resource: Goran Bregovic – Tales & Songs for Weddings & Funerals education kit is provided through the Melbourne International Arts Festival site, and was performed at the festival in 2008. Read more…


Gotye via YouTube orchestra

August 25, 2012


Graham Answerth: school percussion program

May 7, 2012


One of the most enjoyable means for introducing primary aged students to serious music is by them playing the full range of mallets instruments: vibraphone, xylophone, marimba, glockenspiel, chromatic floor standing metallophone and more.

Graham’s program has been in play for 23 years. Frequent access to instruments is important and  children will have them playing and exploring the sounds, harmonies and melodies and rhythms on an almost daily basis.

The music is tuneful and full of joy.

For further information on this percussion program fro schools, contact Graham Answerth at or phone 03 59624682


Great Relief Junior

March 11, 2010

Go to resource: Great Relief Junior, published by Noteable, is a textbook suitable for students self-teaching (eg when teachers can’t attend classes). Read more…


Great Relief Senior

March 11, 2010

Go to resource: Great Relief Senior, published by Noteable, is a set of self-taught lessons suitable for senior students. Read more…


GrooveShark – free online music listening

May 25, 2011

A free service (blocked to many students, but usually available to teachers) whereby you can listen to and playlist thousands of songs for free, while you are online.

Download is not possible (nor would it be ethical!).

Not a complete repertoire as yet – for instance you won’t find music of the recent Royal Wedding, or anything from the “Black Arm Band”.

You WILL find many indigenous / Aboriginal artists on GrooveShark: Gurrumul Yunupingu, Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, didgeridoo music, “Rough Guide to Australia Aboriginal Music”, Saltwater Band, Yothu Yindi …


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.


Guide: Re-mixing without getting sued

December 23, 2012

MCA cannot verify any truth in this website, but it’s a provocative read!


Guitar Chord Families & Progressions – lesson

March 28, 2011

free lesson plan on Guitar chord families


guitar tutor PowerPoint

May 5, 2013

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.


Hal Leonard Choral Reading Days – Feb 2013

January 13, 2013

Click HERE for more info.


Happy Anniversary! Middle Schools Concerts Education Kit (TQO)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: Happy Anniversary! Middle Schools Concerts Education Kit (from The Queensland Orchestra) is a kits on the music of three composers celebrating anniversaries in 2009: Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn.

Read more…


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. Read more…


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 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

For bookings

Facebook –

Enquiries – or phone 1300 769 803


Hearts in Harmony with Richard Gill

May 3, 2013

Message from Susie Davies-Splitter:

Hearts in Harmony Community Music (HHCM) day Sunday 6th October, 2013 at MLC (Vic)

With special guest RICHARD GILL OAM

Dear aMuse friends,

We invite you and your students and their families and friends to join our HHCM day on Sunday 6th of October at the Methodist Ladies College, Kew as participants or volunteers (wonderful professional development) or as part of the massed intergenerational choir. Read all the details below and see the general flier attached.

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, ‘Folk Dancing from around the world’ with Audrey Fine, ‘Sing your heart out’ with Susie Davies-Splitter and Phil Splitter, ‘Marimbas and wacky instruments’ with Jon Madin and ‘Singing’ with Richard Gill.

‘Time to Sing’ Concert – 2.30-3.45 – 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 special guest RICHARD GILL OAM.

‘All In’ Finale – within a part of the workshops, you will learn an easy marimba and dance accompaniment to an in common popular song. Once learnt, you are invited to choose one of these 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 and attend the rehearsal at 9.45am 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 22nd Sept.

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

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.

For bookings -–

Facebook –


Heavy Metal meets Vivaldi

August 15, 2013


Help with Sibelius 7 software

July 26, 2013

Here are some free tips re. Sibelius 7 software from Music Technology Matters


Hints re. jazz bands

June 17, 2012 … hints for jazz band conductors … hints for jazz band students and parents


history of music clip – today with Pentatonix

April 22, 2013 This video clip of 3 a cappella singers starts with gregorian chant, the focuses on 1900 – 2010’s. Watch with your class and ask for suggestions of changes in music through time.


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.


History of Rock – interactive website

December 23, 2012

The Arts Centre has provided a fun, interactive site to learn more about Australian Rock music and its history.


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…


How to learn an instrument digitally

March 25, 2013

Read the article HERE (includes lists of apps and websites).


Idea of North @ Illawarra Music Fest 2013

May 20, 2013

ABC interview (with songs at the start and end of podcast) at:

Idea of North are appearing at the Illawarra Music Festival on Sunday 26 May, 2013, holding a workshop in the afternoon at 2pm and a concert at 5pm.

IDEA OF NORTH a cappella vocal group @ The Regent Theatre

Keira Street, Wollongong NSW, Australia

All ages

Ideas on giving ONLINE assessment feedback

January 9, 2012

Use SoundCloud and blogging to give students feedback on recorded performances / compositions. Read more HERE.


Illegal Harmonies (Andrew Ford) podcasts Jan 2012

January 1, 2012

ABC Classic FM is re-broadcasting Andres Ford’s series on 20th century music (Illegal Harmonies) at 9.05am on January mornings …. or you can listen to podcasts HERE.

If you use a Mac computer, download a program (free) called Flip4Mac, then download the podcasts from the “Windows Media” links (which are .asx files).


Improvisation and Conducting

February 19, 2010

Go to resource: Improvisation and Conducting from a Dalcroze Workshop in Thailand 2008, run by Sandra Nash, demonstrates Dalcroze music and movement activities for music students of different stages. Read more…


In Tune film clip – anti-piracy

May 2, 2012

This free resource (video) promotes the value of Australian contemporary music, hoping to disuade students from copying music and respect copyright. Other anti-piracy resources HERE.


in2arts (Qld)

January 21, 2010

Go to resource: in2arts is run by Arts Queensland, and is a search engine that provides links to arts for children in Queensland. Read more…


Indigenous CDs

September 30, 2013

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


Indigenous fusion with AAO

January 9, 2012

THIS YouTube channel of Australian Art Orchestra shows interplay between Indigenous Australian singers and musicians from the Australian Art Orchestra. Play video/s to students and ask them to compare the treatment of melody/pitch and duration/rhythm. Which aspects are similar, different and interesting? When both groups play together, which aspects of music create unity? How is the fusion of the two groups achieved?


Indigenous music – Stiff Gins

October 13, 2012

These two YouTube clips feature the gorgeous music of the Stiff Gins, sung in Indigenous language. Yandool with Sydney Children’s Choir at TEDx


Indigenous Musicians get to POP! – workshop May 2011 (Vic)

May 3, 2011

Indigenous Musicians get to POP!

Thanks to funding received through Arts Victoria’s Community Partnerships, Cultural Infusion is proud to present I.P.O.P. (Indigenous People Out Performing). An exciting new initiative for Melbourne’s emerging Indigenous musicians there will be three sets of workshops delivered during this year focusing on exciting public outcomes.

Up and coming Indigenous musicians who are selected for the program will be given a special opportunity to explore their creative ideas and develop them into polished, recordable tracks. Participants are encouraged to make the most of the free recording sessions and performance opportunities, where they will be able to showcase their song to a wider audience. Guiding them through musical elements ranging from song writing, music production to performance skills is acclaimed Indigenous musician, Joe Geia.

Joe Geia is a renowned singer-songwriter who composed the iconic album Yil Lull from which songs have been re-recorded by the likes of Paul Kelly, Archie Roach and Jimmy Barnes. Hailing from North Queensland, Geia is of Murri Aboriginal heritage. His first album Yil Lull, released in 1988, received widespread critical acclaim and speaks volumes on our national identity.

Places in these workshop series are based on the merit of applicants. Applications are still open for the next series of workshops starting Tuesday 17th May 2011 from 6pm – 8pm. These workshops are running with the support of The Gathering Place in Maribrynong and will be delivered at the phoenix youth Centre in Footscray with the final performance being part of the Indigenous Youth Forum at The Gathering Place on the 24th June.

For more information and an application form please:


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).


Informality the key to get students to tune in – article

October 9, 2011

This article from The Age (2010) describes one Victorian school’s success with Musical Futures –  Year 7 & 8.


Instant Lessons (Aus publications)

January 17, 2013 These 5 volumes of “Instant Lessons in Music” have handy worksheets to photocopy … give to emergency teachers, and extend / catch up some students. Suits Year 5 – Year 11. Covers music theory, music in Australia, song-writing, composition and personal responses.


Instrument Bingo

March 11, 2010

Go to resource: Instrument Bingo, written by Cheryl Lavender and published by Jenson Publications, combines musical knowledge with the game of bingo. Read more…


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…


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.


Integrating the arts: twelve school-based experiences

February 2, 2010

Go to resource: Integrating the arts: twelve school-based experiences, published by the Department for Education and Children’s Services, SA, 1997, gives twelve case best-practice case studies for the teaching of the arts in schools. Read more…


interactive map of music styles

April 23, 2012

THIS is a new, free resource from ‘music machinery’. Zoom in & out to explore dozens of musical styles. Click on a style to hear an example!! Spend part of a lesson letting students discover different styles of music.

Next, explore this AUDIO DOT TO DOT. Why do students think each artist is connected??


internet tools for Middle School Music

September 15, 2013

Read the blog HERE.


iPad & Technology in Music Education

March 5, 2011

blog link – a frequently updated blog of ideas on how to use iPad (and other technology) in Music Education


iPad app teaching ideas

March 23, 2012

Here are some iPad (and iPhone) apps, either free or inexpensive, which I can see being useful for secondary music teachers…

PIANO IN A FLASH APP : chord charts

FLASH MUSIC: flash cards for a few basic instruments
Year 7 intro and revision
Beginner Guitar : Marty YouTube clips and sign up for access to 900 lessons
Classical 1: famous excerpts from 100+ famous classical tunes
Year 9&10 trivia and guess
MSO learn : Take Your Seat
Year 7: highlights each section within Grainger work, play entire work first then highlight each section, take notes on preprinted book while working through each instrument
Classical Guitar: experiment with simple cord progressions with common
chords year 8&9&10
Touch music : explore the power of rhythm by changing only rhythm of famous songs
Year 7&8 guess the song with random taps
Thum Drum : mostly novelty
Teach Question and Answer with two students year 7&8
Melody Com : composes with rhythm blocks
Year 7&8&9&10 to intro composition
Music Tool : plays diff chords and shows circle of fifths
Year 9&10 aural chords
Guitar lick of the day: advanced guitarists
1 on 1
Key Wiz: find note name or keyboard note for one or both staves , requires a little setup
Year 7&8 extension individually
Flash cards: has fifty plus music definitions
Guess, write, check
Karajan Beginner: aural tests
year 9&10 chord types and intervals
WI orchestra
Year 7 compose & learn about orch timbres

Rhythm Cat

Middle School: learning to tap basic rhythms


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
Launch pad
Piano Tutor
Music Hero
Mini adventures in Music
Piano DX
Treble Game
Piano meter=20
Mode ground=20
Piano man
Pluto piano
Young Genius
Recorder Master
Staff practice=20
MSO learn
Classical kids
Recorder Free
Guitar free
Music keys
Music intervals=20
Music tones
Music notes
Rhythm cat pro
Piano mania
Sound beam
Good ear
ABC music
Song board
Dust buster


iPad apps for musicians

October 6, 2012

Many of the iPad apps mentioned in THIS list would suit classroom Music teaching for all ages.


IT and Music education e-book

February 14, 2012

A new edition of Practical Technology for Music Education has been created and is in the iBookstore textbook format.  The new book contains a number of new chapters, more links, and some interactive features (mainly as an attempt to see how those features work).  The book is currently under review by Apple, and when it is released, a link to the book will be provided.  The price of the enhanced and expanded first edition will be $4.99.


IWB in music – new ideas

August 15, 2013

Some great ideas from Katie Wardrobe on digitising your music resources and creating your own IWB resources.


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.


Jam Hub (Intelliware)

September 21, 2010

Go to resource: Jam Hub by Intelliware is for electronic instruments, and is useful for rock band rehearsing in the classroom. Read more…


Jam Trax

February 4, 2010

Go to resource: Jam Trax, created by Sony, is a software program for children that enables music creation of contemporary songs, including rock, pop, and hip hop styles. Read more…


Jam2Jam – online collaborative composition

March 1, 2011

Jam2Jam – inexpensive software for online, collaborative composition (without the need for instrumental skills)


James Humberstone

July 24, 2013

James is a well-known music technology educator and composer. His website includes free samples of school ensemble music as well as conference presentation notes.


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 asking for the JellyBeans chart access. ENJOY!!!


Jersey Boys

January 11, 2011

Jersey Boys (the musical) has compiled free, high quality lesson plans for teachers. The resource includes lesson content for Drama, Music, English, Art, Dance and History.


JMC Creative Industries Sept 2013

August 25, 2013

Come along to one of JMC Academy’s introductory workshops in the September school holidays and learn what a career in the creative industries would look like.

The workshops are a great opportunity to check out the JMC Academy campus while getting a taste of what studying your passion with Australia’s leading Creative Industries provider is like.

The workshops are designed for high school students and cost just $10 for the day (inclusive of lunch). Places are strictly limited so make sure you register and pay online now to secure your spot.

Head to to register now!


Join Jane Rutter for a mass ‘Flute Chanting Choir’ 15/4/13

April 12, 2013

Join Jane Rutter for a mass ‘Flute Chanting Choir’

When: Monday, April 15 at 11am

Where: on the steps of The Concourse in Chatswood

Jane is inviting flute, recorder, wind and Didgeridoo players of every age and standard to join her. The mass wind group will act as a “Zen Choir”, playing simple long notes in harmony, setting up a vibration of connection and joy. The piece they will play is based on a French Flute exercise.

The glamorous flautist divides her time between Sydney and Paris.

The flute is the oldest instrument known to man, dating back some 40,000 years.

Flutes have been made from wood, bone, crystal, glass, silver, gold, metal and clay, and were used by cavemen to communicate.

Tap into the primeval quality of your instrument as you play long sustained notes and surround yourself with a shimmering wall of sound!

Feel your breathing deepen. Hear your sound become richer.

Feel vibrations of sound permeate every inch of your body.

This exciting event launches Jane’s ‘Live at Lunch’ series at The Concourse, which comprises monthly concerts over 6 months.

Please arrive 20 mins early for set up.

Participants who register by April 11 will receive one free ticket to Jane Rutter’s exclusive performance of ‘French Kiss – an Australian in Paris’ on Wednesday, April 17 at 12.30pm at the Concourse.

For more information please contact Meldi Arkinstall, Meldi Publicity:

0413 548 985 or



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.


junk percussion on YouTube

March 24, 2012

THIS YouTube clip of 3 Swedish girls singing “Rudolph” with empty yoghurt tubs for accompaniment is most entertaining!


Katie Noonan: high tech teaching over the net

December 6, 2012

Katie Noonan and Musica Viva are using video-conferencing and Google + to connect music students across geographical boundaries.


Katie Wardrobe – teacher training courses in Music & computers

January 7, 2011

Go to resource: Midnight Music and Katie Wardrobe run workshops for teachers who want to integrate computers with Music education.  She also offers workshops to students.


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).


Keyboard Evolution & Studio Sessions free info

August 25, 2012

Invitation to TWO special workshops for years 7-9 music
Thusday 30 August
2.30~4.30pm AND 5.00~7.00pm

Statewide Resource Centre
150 Palmerston St, Carlton

An opportunity to see two effective complementary programs first hand within a classroom setting

Keyboard Evolution™ – Making Compulsory Music Fun! (2.30pm~4.30pm)

Keyboard Evolution program is designed for the first year of high school (although also suits upper primary) and caters for both elementary and advanced music students being in the same class simultaneously. Additionally the program offers extension work for the advanced students to ensure they are engaged in the classroom activity without the teacher having to write a separate program for them.

  • Keyboard/technology orientation for the classroom
  • Course structure and resources
  • Individual/Group ensemble performance
  • Extension work and extra activities
  • Easy integration of ICT to the classroom

Introducing Studio Sessions™ for Junior High School (5.00pm~7.00pm)

Studio Sessions™ is a program with multiple delivery options for teachers. Each of the sessions is able to be executed within the classroom setting using keyboards, computers or recordable device such as the JamHub. This allows the majority of schools to integrate at least one hardware solution per Session – or up to three depending on the schools’ resources. Additionally the 10 Session outline can be completed intensively over one term, or spread out over 6 or 12 months.

The 10 Session program is divided into three themes: Be a Music Producer; Be an Audio Engineer and Be a Film Composer.

Within the course, students experience an introduction to more advanced music techniques including sampling, looping, multi-track recording, sequencing and creating special effects. Simultaneously, students are learning and participating in the key curriculum requirements through Performance, Listening, Composition and Music Production. Studio Sessions™ consists of student workbook, and website resources for both student and teachers including video clips, backing tracks and extension material.

  • Course structure, technology/software requirements for the classroom
  • Overview of Studio Sessions book and internet resources
  • Individual/Group ensemble performance
  • Extension work and extra activities
  • Easy integration of ICT to the classroom

This workshops will include an overview of each program and all the resources as well as hands on application of the 10 Keyboard Evolution Sessions and the 10 Studio Sessions.
You don’t have to be a keyboard player to attend however the sessions will be interactive!

There is no cost, but registration is essential. PD attendance certificates will be available.

The event details are:

Date: Thursday August 30
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm AND 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Where: Statewide Resource Centre
150 Palmerston St, Carlton
(Melway reference — Map 2B:H6)

To attend please Register Online or email your name, school and contact phone number to or call Music EDnet on 1300 723 700

The 2 workshops complement each other and you are encouraged to attend BOTH, however you may choose to attend either.


Keyboard Evolution – FREE PD – 29 May 2012 Melb

May 28, 2012

Keyboard Evolution workshop in Melbourne on Tuesday 29 May … an opportunity to see this effective program first hand within a classroom setting.

The Keyboard Evolution program is designed for the first year of high school (although also suits upper primary) and caters for both elementary and advanced music students being in the same class simultaneously. Additionally the program offers extension work for the advanced students to ensure they are engaged in the classroom activity without the teacher having to write a separate program for them.

This workshop will include an overview of the program and all it’s resources as well as hands on application of the 10 Keyboard Evolution Sessions.

  • Keyboard/technology orientation for the classroom
  • Course structure and resources
  • Individual/Group ensemble performance
  • Extension work and extra activities
  • Easy integration of ICT to the classroom

You don’t have to be a keyboard player to attend however the session will be interactive!

There is no cost, but registration is essential. PD attendance certificates will be available.

The event details are:

Date: Tuesday May 29

Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm OR 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Where: Statewide Resource Centre

150 Palmerston St, Carlton

(Melway reference — Map 2B:H6)

To attend register online <>


Kinshasa scratch orchestra

May 19, 2013

The members of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste – the world’s only all-black orchestra – are self-taught and started out playing homemade instruments. Now the band’s founder is to be given a major international accolade.



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. Read more…


Kita Performing Arts Company (Victoria)

January 23, 2010

Kita Performing Arts Company is an ensemble based in Melbourne and operates throughout Victoria to present traditional and contemporary Asian music and dance. Read more…


Klezmer workshop (Melb) March 26, 2013

March 17, 2013

KLEZMER WORKSHOP for all instruments March 26th ( for you and your students )

with The London Klezmer Quartet (recently sold out Melbourne Recital Centre ) and Ernie Gruner and

A 100% participatory workshop with the London Klezmer Quartet and Melbourne’s own Ernie Gruner where you can learn klezmer tunes and  dances and more about the interaction between the two.

You’ll have the chance to learn the celebratory and soulful music of Jewish Eastern Europe, focusing on melody, rhythm and ‘groove’, and the dance steps.

The workshop caters for instrumentalists and dancers – and for people who would like to do both! All instruments and ages welcome.

People with an interest in folk dancing but who don’t play an instrument are very welcome.

Musicians should be comfortable playing their instruments and be able to find notes with ease.

Date: Tuesday 26th March

Time:  7pm – 9.45pm

Cost $35 / $25 (conc.) for musicians and $25 / $22 (conc.) for dancers

Venue: Harry Atkinson Harry Art and Craft Centre, Coburg Lake Reserve, Lake Grove, off Gaffney Street, Coburg North, VIC 3058

Booking Essential:   Advance booking online at If unable to book online please contact Angela Nauck (contact details below)

Travel Tips

Tram    Three minute walk from tram 19, Sydney Road.

Bus     Five minute walk from bus route 525 and 526 on Murray Road.

Train   Ten minute walk to Batman train station, Upfield line.

Parking Car park, shared with Lake Reserve, for 50 cars. Car park will be locked at 10pm


Angela Nauck  (LKQ tour manager) Tel: 0405 409903 email: OR Ernie Gruner on – note Ernie’s new email address!


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:


land-fill harmonic – instruments from rubbish

December 11, 2012

This video teaser is for an up-coming documentary on South American orchestra made from rubbish. Very inspiring! Also view HERE.


Lang Lang video clips (piano)

March 22, 2013 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.


last period – just for fun – composition

August 8, 2011

Isle of Tune website

Create a video-game-type composition where trees and houses = musical tones … cars = players


learn ukulele online

April 15, 2013


Les Mis extended trailer

December 19, 2012

Les Miserables has been turned into a movie (with Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe) retaining the original music. Watch the extended trailer HERE – they describe the way the singers sing live during the filming, with a live pianist on-site.


lesson plan on Contemp Melbourne Trio

March 20, 2011

Listen to the  ABC podcast (listen here) of ‘Golden Fur’ – a Melbourne Trio playing “Parallel Collisions” at a live concert.

As the music is playing, ask students for suggestions re. what instruments are being played … and in what manner! There are many really unusual techniques employed in this piece.

Students with access to the internet can then create a Word or OneNote page with information on the trio ‘Golden Fur’ (use Google and and the way in which they play traditional instruments in a contemporary way.

Finally, create a group composition or soundscape which uses unusual techniques of playing classroom instruments. HAVE FUN!!

PS Feel free to record the class creation and email it to


lesson starter (animation)

February 20, 2013 the history of music with texta drawings


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


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.



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 for some more ideas.


List of free Music education resources online

June 3, 2011

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


list of ways to write one beat

May 22, 2011


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.


Little Book of Music for the Classroom

January 14, 2013

Article: “Music and the Mind” by Nina Jackson:

“The Little Book of Music for the Classroom” (also by Nina Jackson, pub. Crown House) is a comprehensive resource encouraging generalist classroom teachers to use music to assist learning and memory. Various lists of instrumental music are matched to activities – enhancing fact memorisation, creating a relaxed classroom, motivation to learn, problem solving, etc.

80-120 beats per minutes is often the best choice, as is avoiding lyrics. Find out more:


Live Binder of online music resources

September 5, 2012

Surf through the tabs of this ‘online binder’ for music teachers:


Logic Studio (Apple)

February 16, 2010

Go to resource: Logic Studio by Apple is a software program that enables music recording, editing, mixing, and performance. Read more…


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?


LOTE or ESL lesson ideas in Music

March 19, 2011

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


make a didgeridoo

February 15, 2011

free instructions on making a didgeridoo (didjeridu) from PVC pipe


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 …)


make-your-own song to remember the eras of music

December 28, 2011

HERE is a YouTube attempt to make a song about the characteristics of classical music periods — careful, as there as some swearing near the end. Brainstorm the characteristics of different musical eras (write them on the board). Challenge your students to create a better song about periods of music.


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

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


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

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


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!


Marimba Music Making WITH JON MADIN

April 19, 2011

Marimba Music Making  WITH JON MADIN

Date    Thursday 2 June 2011
Time    9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue    150 Palmerston Street, CARLTON
Cost    $130 members/$190 non-members

An amazing smorgasbord of ideas for hands-on music making using marimbas and many other Jon Madin’s ingeniously created instruments. Suitable for any primary or lower secondary music teaching environment. Would be suitable for primary generalists. You will go away with a wealth of repertoire and activity ideas.

About Jon
Jon Madin is a trained classroom music teacher with a background in a wide variety of music-making. His experience includes playing in folk/rock bands, multi-cultural bands, orchestra and early music consorts. He also leads family music workshops and bush dances.

He has also worked extensively in musical instrument design – marimbas in particular, as well as many other experimental musical instruments.

For further information about Jon Madin, check out the Marimba Music website:

Kevin Kelley
Executive Officer
Association of Music Educators (Vic) Inc
150 Palmerston Street
CARLTON Victoria 3053

Phone 03 9349 1048
Fax 03 9349 1052


Mark O’Leary choral repertoire

January 10, 2011

Mark O’Leary and Young Voices of Melbourne publish high quality choral Music suitable for school choirs.


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. Elephant Song medley from Moulin Rouge (a mash-up) 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.

Adam Hills has put the words of the real Australian Anthem to ‘Working Class Man’

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


May 23, 2013 free Jazz workshop (Vic)

May 3, 2013

>> RE: Jazz Workshop: It Don’t Mean A Thing If it Ain’t Got That Swing

>> The City of Stonnington is delighted to invite secondary music students

>> of all ages to attend a one-off

>> Jazz Workshop with some of Australia¹s most respected and admired Jazz

>> musicians.

>> This workshop will be an examination into the art of swinging with

>> educators:

>> · Bob Sedergreen (ex VCA, Conservatorium of Melbourne, RMIT, NMIT)

>> · John Morrison (Musical Director – Generations in Jazz, Mt Gambier)

>> · Jacki Cooper (B.Mus. Jazz Voice – Adelaide University)

>> · Gareth Hill (ANU Canberra, Instrumental teacher Wesley College)

>> · Allan Browne ( NMIT, Monash University)

>> · Mal Sedergreen (Director Stage Bands/Instrumental teacher Balwyn High

>> School and

>> Lauriston Girls’ School)

>> This FREE workshop will be a wonderful opportunity for music students and

>> teachers alike, and any

>> interested observers to acquire these skills (please bring instruments).

>> The workshop coincides with Stonnington Jazz 2013, a 10-day festival of

>> jazz music featuring

>> Australia’s finest jazz performers.

>> Following the workshop, later that night as part of Stonnington Jazz

>> 2013, there will a very special

>> concert featuring the lecturers from the workshop and members of the

>> current Stonnington Youth

>> Jazz Initiative with Allan Browne and Bob Sedergreen. Bob Sedergreen¹s

>> Come Together Band

>> brings together musicians from across Australia and from different

>> musical backgrounds in a special

>> one-off performance.

>> Please see full event and registration details below:

>> Workshop Date: Thursday May 23, 2013

>> Time: 1:30pm to 3pm

>> Venue: Malvern Town Hall – corner of High St & Glenferrie Rd, Malvern

>> (melways ref. 59, C7)

>> Registration: Chapel Off Chapel: 8290 7000 or

>> Enquiries: email Rae Sedergreen:

>> The City of Stonnington is proud to support the development and future of

>> young artists.

>> Regards,

>> Peter Redden

>> Coordinator Arts, Culture and Events


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.


MCUI 2012 article in the Age

January 10, 2013


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.


MCUI 2013 – oh oh oh!

June 19, 2013 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!!


MCUI 2013 trailer

May 7, 2013

Watch the new trailer for Music: Count Us In 2013 HERE


MCUI instrumental parts now online (FREE)

August 15, 2012

Music: Count Us In 2012 song parts for ALL school instruments are now online:

Obtaining a login is free and easy for Australian schools (and home-schools). If there are parts or arrangements you would like, but cannot find, please email:

All parts may be played along with the radio version of “Different People (Stand Together)”. ENJOY!!


MCUI song writers needed for 2012

May 9, 2012

Minister Garrett has given the green light for Music: Count Us In 2012 and he has committed four years of funding!

This year’s culminating day is Thursday, 1st November.

Want to have more than half a million Australians sing YOUR song?  Write a song that’s catchy, optimistic and upbeat and yours could be the Song That Stops Australia for Music: Count Us In 2012.

You will receive a $1000 fee for use of your song in the program and a high-profile Australian performer will record it and visit your school. As the Program Songwriter you will also attend one of the culminating media events, all expenses paid.

You may work on your own, with co-writer/s or even write a song as a whole class exercise.

But you must work quickly, because we need your submission by 5.00 pm Friday, 25th May.

Download the brief here.


Medea: Sasha Waltz and guests – Education Kit

January 22, 2010

Medea: Sasha Waltz and guests was a work performed at the 2009 Melbourne International Arts Festival. Read more…


Meet the Orchestra app

August 15, 2012

This iPad app cost about $2, and occupied most of Year 7 music class yesterday. It works through every instrument of the orchestra (by family) with 4 different audio samples for each instrument, alongside factual info.


Melb School Bands and Strings Festival 2012

April 26, 2012

CONTACT: Sam Cooke, Festival Administrator -

REGISTRATION: 27 April – 11 May 2012

DESCRIPTION: Melbourne School Bands and Strings Festival

Wednesday 8 – Saturday 25 August 2012

The MSBSF is one of Australia’s biggest and most prestigious events for school musicians, with over 8,000 students from metropolitan Melbourne, country Victoria and interstate participating each year. Commencing in 1989 with just over 20 bands, the festival has grown to include an enormous 240 concert bands, jazz ensembles and string groups. It aims to support music education for school students, and provides schools with the opportunity to work with a leading international educator as Chief Adjudicator.

The festival format consists of three basic activities. Ensembles perform works from prescribed music lists with educational focus that allow students to experience music composed specifically for this idiom. The students also partake in listening to other groups within their section perform, and take part  in a tutorial activity best suited to their category and experience. As well as a performance goal for ensembles, the festival also provides professional development opportunities and an experience to perform in one of Melbourne’s finest performance venues, Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University. In 2012, the festival will take place from 8 to 25 August with an exciting gala concert on the final night. We warmly extend the invitation to all members of the public to attend the sessions and gala concert. More information can be found on our website


Melb Symphony Education Week 2012

May 7, 2012

This June the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will open the doors of the Melbourne Town Hall to over 10,000 school students, parents and teachers for the Orchestra’s Education Week a week solely dedicated to  sharing the joy of music-making through the first-hand experience of live orchestral music.

Across five days, the Orchestra will present 13 concerts for audiences of all ages, including a full spectrum of interactive and educational concerts for school students. From Classic Kids with best-selling children’s entertainer and movie star, Jay Laga’aia, right through to Ears Wide Open with eminent Music Educator, Richard Gill, there really is something for everyone.

Following his innovative concert presentations with the MSO in 2011, UK music educator, Paul Rissmann, will return to Melbourne to host Meet the Orchestra and Meet the Music, two stimulating age-specific programs which offer insight into great orchestral repertoire. Paul has devised and led projects for the BBC Proms, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Conducted by the MSO’s Associate Conductor, Benjamin Northey, Meet the Music, for secondary school students, will dissect some of the biggest symphonic scandals in history. It will also feature the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year, saxophonist, Nicholas Russoniello, who will be appearing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for the very first time.

Meet the Orchestra, for primary school students, will feature works themed around musical ‘Heroes and Rogues’ and include another of Paul’s signature audience participation pieces (for many, a highlight of last year’s program).

Comprehensive teaching resources have been created for Meet the Orchestra and Meet the Music, and are available for download on the MSO website. Additionally, primary school teachers booking into Meet the Orchestra are invited to join Paul Rissmann for a day of Professional Development specially created to cater for primary school music teachers and generalist teachers with limited musical knowledge on Friday 1 June 2012. Bookings for this VIT-registered PD can be made by calling 03 9626 1198.

Concert tickets for students are available for as little as $10 ($8 for Classic Kids) and teachers attend all Education Week concerts for free. For more information, please phone the MSO Education Department on 9626 1198 or visit and follow the tabs to Education Week.


Melb Youth Chorus

April 27, 2013


Making singing work with secondary school students is never easy! Both the National Review of School Music and my own PhD research have highlighted the many problems surrounding singing in Australian secondary schools, including: low participation rates, maintaining student motivation and the poor level of teacher training.

I’d like to help get your students excited about choral singing and hopefully more motivated to participate in your school choral programs. With the help of the City of Port Phillip and in partnership with several youth-oriented organisations, we aim to assemble a youth chorus of 80 secondary students.  We will offer the students the   experiences of socialising, learning and performing in two professionally managed concerts with top class musicians as well as mixing with tertiary students from the areas of music, events and hospitality.  On top of that, we will put them on stage with a 90-voice community gospel choir to back them up and help them feel “the big sound” experience.

Introducing Melbourne Singers of Gospel

MSG is an adult choir community of 90 voices rehearsing and performing in the City of Port Phillip continuously since 2003. The choir performs songs of soul and purpose in the Gospel, Soul and Motown traditions with jazz-blues accompaniment from The Soul Train. MSG is directed by Darren Wicks and managed by a committee of management. The choir is secular.

Darren is a VIT-registered secondary teacher with postgraduate qualifications and 20 years teaching experience.

Project Description

Each year, amongst its other engagements, MSG stages two major concerts. MSG’s 29 June concerts are called SOULFOOD and will be held at St Kilda Town Hall. The theme for these concerts is engaging youth in performance making. Alongside MSG, Soul Food will feature:

  • the MSG youth chorus
  • Sweethearts, an all female, 20-piece neo soul school band studying Certificate IV Music based at Geelong’s Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College.
  • SKYS / HEAT (Hospitality Employment and Training) based in St Kilda and South Melbourne
  • JMC Academy (tertiary study in Creative Industries) based in South Melbourne.

As a special part of its youth engagement approach, MSG is putting the call out to secondary schools in the City of Port Phillip and surrounding regions to create a chorus of 80 students to learn a repertoire of 6 songs.

There is no financial cost to the school but a small fee to students to cover staff, music and venue costs.

For more information, please contact:

Sandra Sanders, Youth Chorus Manager at, 0401 766 348


Melbourne Festival – ed resource packs

June 20, 2011

Melbourne Festival 6-22 October 2011

“For 2011 we will be producing four Education Resource Packs that will be available for free download from our website.  They are packed full with information including teaching notes, classroom activities, assessment suggestions, links and other unique insights.”


Melbourne Festival 2011 – Education

August 6, 2011

Of particular interest to Music Educators will be the Australian debut of Sun Rings presented by The Kronos Quartet – an artistic commission by NASA that is an amalgam of chamber music, hypnotic visuals and sounds of deep space as recorded by the Voyager spacecraft.
The Festival provides opportunities for schools to engage with the arts and supports teachers with free educational resource packs to use in the classroom. If you book as a secondary school group then tickets are just $15 per student, with one free teacher ticket with every 10 students attending.

There are also a variety of fantastic free events to be enjoyed by all ages including Angels-Demons. Parade  and Cacophony: The Art of