Age Range 8 to 12

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:

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·         Or phone: 1300 182 183


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‘Welcome to Music’ Professional Learning ‘Play’shops 2013

April 12, 2013

Welcome to Music Professional Learning ‘Play’shops 2013

Presented by Susie Davies-Splitter and Phil Splitter and joined with Heather Monro in Ringwood and Denise Gagne in Ballarat – *see below


Easy to teach new and favourite songs, rhymes, dances, musical stories and instrumental activities

Enhance learning across the curriculum

Utilise ‘Orff Schulwerk’ principles to inspire, excite and motivate children to remember, understand and love music

Hands on and practical activities that focus on creativity

Build teacher confidence

Participate in active and enjoyable music making that is appealing and immediately accessible


Susie is a music and movement educator, accredited Orff practitioner, jazz musician and award winning composer. Phil is a songwriter, performer, musician and educator. Susie and Phil have presented and conducted professional development for teachers throughout Australia and around the world. They have developed the very popular and award winning ‘Welcome to Music’ Series of CD’s, books, choral range, musicals and story books which is enjoyed extensively by teachers, parents and children of all ages. Last year they launched the not for profit organisation ‘Hearts in Harmony Community Music’ to help build healthy communities through inclusive music for all ages, abilities, faiths and cultures and to raise the awareness of the importance of active music making in schools and communities around Australia.

*In Ringwood, Heather Monro from Kids Music Company ( joins Susie and Phil

** In Ballarat, Denise Gagne from Canada ( joins Susie and Phil


·         Suitable for: Primary classroom, primary specialist teachers and tertiary students

·         Date/s: All workshops take place between April to September on Saturdays except Bendigo

·         Times: 9.30am – 3.30pm

·         Locations: Bendigo (23/4 & 24/4 7-9pm) Hampton (11/5) Corio (20/7) *Ringwood (27/7) **Ballarat (3/8) and Hamilton (7/8)

·         Cost: $99 (Early bird rate) – includes morning tea, comprehensive notes, $10 gift voucher & certificate

For more information phone Janie on 1300 769 803 or


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 March 2013 Singing Classroom PL Vic

March 6, 2013

The next exciting event in the aMuse 2013 PL calendar is a full-day “The Singing Classroom” workshop.

A PL designed to encourage primary teachers to sing more regularly with their classes. The workshops aim to build teacher confidence, provide a range of resources and to model skills in teaching songs.

If you’re interested, please come along.

If you know someone who would be interested, please pass this info on.

Monday, March 18

10.00am – 3.00pm

Statewide Resource Centre

150 Palmerston Street, Carlton

$100 per person

$40 for tertiary students

Lunch and morning tea provided


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.


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.


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!


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?

A Song for Miles (app)

October 6, 2012

THIS app ($5.50) tells an interactive, musical story of Soul Music through the eyes of a child.


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…


a3 From Page to Stage

March 17, 2013

From Page to Stage
Professional Development Workshop

Join Sally Gawley as she takes music from the page all the way to the stage in this exciting professional development workshop presented by a3 – australian arts alive.

Content includes:

·         Fun and achievable repertoire ideas including two take home pieces

·         Approaches to teaching

·         Simple choreography

·         Performance polish techniques


Sally Gawley began her music career in the jazz department at the Adelaide Conservatorium and is now one of the Australian Girls Choir’s National Music Coordinators. Sally has taught voice to individual singing students at schools in Adelaide, Melbourne and Canada and has led choirs as large as 1200 – both trained and groups of non singers alike. Sally’s forte is bringing songs to life and creating performances on large and small scales.


·         Suitable for: Primary classroom and primary specialist teachers

·         Date: Friday May 24

·         Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm

·         Location: Kew East Uniting Church – Normanby Road, Kew East

·         Cost: $220 – includes morning tea and lunch

·         Accreditation: This workshop is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching

For more information or to download a registration form visit the a3 website or phone 03 9001 1879.


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”)


ABC sing books – online index

March 21, 2012

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

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.


Aboriginal language and songs (Primary resources)

April 10, 2012

The Muurrbay Language Centre sells resources to support Indigenous language learning, which include a Song Book in Gumbaynggirr language. Gumbaynggirr land covers a large section of NSW Mid-North coast. Also for sale is Barriyala – a 3 part language work book, which includes songs from the Gumbaynggirr Song Book.

Barriyala: Let’s Work


Aboriginal songs in ABC Sing Books

April 26, 2013

HERE is a link which lists 5 Aboriginal songs, as published in ABC Sing Books.


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


ACMF songwriting competition

September 7, 2011

Deadline extended until Friday 9th September 2o11

Categories for Primary and Secondary song-writers


ACO Education program 2012

November 4, 2011

Read about the ACO Schools’ Program for 2012


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 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 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


Acoustical Science (ArtsEdge USA)

June 1, 2010

Go to resource: Brass Instruments and Pitch, Percussion Instruments and Pitch, String Instruments and Pitch, & Woodwind Instruments and Pitch are four lessons that cover how to make basic musical instruments. Read more…


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…


Adventures in Music with the Recorder

December 20, 2009

Go to resource: Adventures in Music with the Recorder was developed in 1997 by Ubisoft. 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


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…


aMuse Sample Units

January 11, 2011

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


Amy Burns USA teacher blog

January 26, 2011

Amy Burns blog – a blog of ideas and links from Amy Burns – an American Primary Music teacher


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

December 20, 2009

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

Read more…


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)


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 3 (Vic)

March 8, 2010

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

Read more…


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

March 8, 2010

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

Read more…


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…


Archie & Ruby’s indigenous DVD

January 14, 2013

Butcher Paper, Texta, Black Board and Chalk is the culmination of 15 years work of Aboriginal singer songwriter Ruby Hunter with support from her life partner Archie Roach. This stunning children’s song book is full of beautiful illustrations and an accompanying music CD and informative DVD.

Many of the songs were written through song writing and music workshops held by Ruby Hunter and Archie Roach with children from across Cape York. The songs reflect the beliefs, pride, aspirations and issues of many clan groups and Aboriginal communities, from the coastal savannahs of Kowanyama to the towering rainforests of Lockhart River, as seen through the eyes of Aboriginal children and songwriters.”


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.


Article: Students hit right notes (MCUI 2012)

November 2, 2012

THIS article in the Canberra times includes an awesome photo of nearly 2000 kids singing outside Parliament House, Canberra.


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 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…


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 action

December 20, 2009

Go to resource: arts action, published by the Department of Education and Training (NSW) is a CD-rom created to supplement the NSW K-6 Creative Arts Syllabus.  Read more…


Arts Alive – multi arts online content for Oz teachers

July 19, 2013

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


Arts in Education

December 20, 2009

Go to resource: Arts in Education is published by the Australia Council 2004. This document outlines arts curricula in each state, and provides links to the bodies who develop and monitor these.


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 program closes Indigenous gap in 1 year (article)

November 30, 2012

Read more here:


Arts Queensland

January 21, 2010

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


Arts Victoria

January 21, 2010

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


Arts Victoria + Cultural Infusion = Extended School Residency Project

May 4, 2011

Cultural infusion together with Reservoir Views Primary School will work in partnership on a one year arts project that explores and celebrates the cultural diversity of the school community thanks to Arts Victoria.

A series of artists and artistic personnel from Cultural Infusion will work collaboratively throughout the year with students, teachers and parents at Reservoir Views Primary School in various art-forms (including physical theatre, dancing, song writing/singing, visual art, puppetry and multimedia) with the end result being a performing arts production that will feature at the school’s end of Term 3 Concert.

Components of the production will also feature alongside the work of professional artists at the 2012 Australia Day Concert that is viewed by an audience of over 10,000 people. We will keep you posted as this exciting project progresses.


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…

0 free resources (Primary)

March 3, 2011

ArtsMmad page – after signing in (free) you will have free access to bundles of free Music posters, song sheets and MP3 recordings


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…


Aug 3 Melbourne – Mark Puddy PL

May 28, 2012

Music for Your Classroom – Professional Development Workshop

a3 – australian arts alive is proud to present ‘Music for Your Classroom’. We are delighted to announce that this full day workshop will be presented by Mark Puddy. Mark has worked in music education for the past 25 years and is a renowned choral clinician, composer and arranger. Mark has over 60 published works, many of which are performed by the Australian Girls Choir as well as school and community choirs nationally and internationally. Mark is also regularly invited to present at Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk workshops.

Content will include:

·         Fun games and activities involving tuned and un-tuned percussion, simple rounds, singing activities and drama

·         Introduction to musical concepts using simple games and activities: dynamics, tone colour, duration, rhythm, metre, pitch and structure

·         Preparing simple and effective assembly performances

·         Great resources – where to find the right music

·         How to teach singing even if you are not a confident singer

·         Engaging kids using contemporary ‘beats’

·         Incorporating tuned and untuned percussion into your classroom performances

·         Integrating music into other Key Learning Areas

Each registered participant will take home a resource booklet with outcomes oriented classroom activities, warm ups, two age-appropriate songs with sheet music and word sheets for use at their school and a CD with learning and backing tracks


Friday August 3, 2012

9.30am – 3.30pm

Kew East Uniting Church – Normanby Road, Kew East, VIC

For more information or to download a registration form visit or phone 03 9001 1879


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 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 National Council of Orff Schulwerk Inc (ANCOS)

January 24, 2010

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


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.


award winning lesson plan (upper primary)

August 10, 2011

access free, award-winning lesson plan here

This lesson plan is for upper primary students – read a book (as a class), draw each chapter, choose music to accompany the mood of each chapter, create a class movie.


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:


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:


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!


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


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.


Boomerang Jam

January 24, 2010

Go to resource: Boomerang Jam by Susie Davies-Splitter and Phil Splitter, is published by Two Up Music Education, 2000. Read more…


Boomwhackers workshop VIC 19 June 2013

May 17, 2013


Benefits of Participation:

  • Learn everything about Boomwhackers;
  • Learn the Art of using those simple tuned percussion instruments;
  • Learn how to bring students together as a musical ensemble, develop their rhythmic accuracy, valuable ensemble skills and the same time have a lots of fun;
  • Share great ideas of using Boomwhackers in classroom and Percussion ensemble program;
  • Develop teaching techniques, strategies and creative skills;
  • Gain valuable teaching tools and resources.

Date: 19 June 2013, Wednesday

Place: Australian Percussion Academy

Address: 143 Wells Street, South Melbourne

Time: 9.30 am – 1.40 pm


Teachers – $132 (Incl.GST)

Teachers PAS Members – $121 (Incl.GST)

Students – $110 (Incl.GST)

To book this event please go to:

Brass Bedlam (Vic incursion)

November 18, 2011

Brass Bedlam: A mad-cap, educational romp through history using brass instruments, song and verse.

Book now for 2012.