Thanks to Katie Wardrobe, here’s is a list of 19 free iPad apps which can promoted creativity and composition.
Thanks to Katie Wardrobe, here’s is a list of 19 free iPad apps which can promoted creativity and composition.
Watch the launch video here: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/houseed_launch.aspx
For Sorry Day (26 May 2011) or for Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June 2011) listen to Black Arm Band’s music on YouTube (www.youtube.com) and discuss the band’s motivation for performing (read on). Listen to Gurrumul Yunupingu’s soulful music (eg. Wiyathul) while doing written work (www.grooveshark.com lets you listen for free).
Black Arm Band has just been asked to perform at the London Olympics in 2012
The aim of Black Arm Band (www.blackarmband.com.au) is: “It is a creative meeting place for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists and producers to develop, perform, promote and celebrate contemporary Australian Indigenous music as a symbol of resilience and hope in the spirit and action of reconciliation.”
http://www.abc.net.au/learn/sing/ This is a listing of all songs printed in ABC "Sing" books from 1975 to 2006. It contains searchable database and links to the ABC shop.
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.
HERE is a link which lists 5 Aboriginal songs, as published in ABC Sing Books. http://www2.abc.net.au/learn/sing/qsearch.asp?search=Aboriginal
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.
Go to resource: An Introduction to Music in Early Childhood Education by Joanne Greata is published by Thomson Delmar Learning, New York, 2006. Read more…
You can view the animation at anz.whymusicmatters.org
The 'Music Matters' campaign has produced an animation inspired by this year's MCUI song, "Different People (Stand Together)". The animation follows the song's evolution, from writing and recording, to the performance by 600,000 school children on 1 November 2012. The animation was designed by Motionlab, a Sydney-based animation studio led by Luke Heise and Aaron Bartlett.
"Being part of this project has been a great experience for the team here at Motionlab. Being lovers of music ourselves, we're proud to get behind a project that supports the future of young Australian musicians," says Luke.
Originating in the UK in 2010, the Music Matters campaign is a collective of people across the music community, including artists, songwriters, labels, managers, publishers and music stores, formed to remind listeners of the value and significance of music, explains MCA's new Board member, Catherine Gerrard, who is a member of the Music Matters Steering Committee and Chair of the Australasian Music Publishers' Association.
"The Music Matters campaign is a fresh and innovative project designed to reawaken our connection to the value of music. The idea for Music Matters and Music: Count Us In to collaborate was warmly embraced from the outset. It makes sense: two real-life examples of the importance of music," she says.
ScoreCleaner Notes ($1) = a new app allows you to hum or sing into your device, and it will write up a score … then let you share it over social media. I haven’t tried it yet, but here’s an article about it: http://www.forbes.com/sites/reuvencohen/2013/05/06/new-app-allows-anyone-to-create-musicial-scores-by-humming-or-singing-no-instruments-required/
“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.”
CALLING ALL GUITARISTS, RECORDER PLAYERS, UKULELE-ISTS…
(and flutes, and violins, and clarinets, and saxophones, and bass guitars, and cellos, and marimbas, and percussion… and any other instrument you like)
Do you play an instrument? Would you like to join a band? Come to ArtPlay in the heart of Melbourne on Sunday 11 November to help us form the biggest band ArtPlay has ever seen or heard!
The event is ‘Jump on the Bandwagon’ and the aim is to see how many musicians – all ages, all playing together – it takes to fill ArtPlay with music. In the course of an hour we will create a brand new piece of music, with help from some of Melbourne’s most inspiring and innovative musicians from the jazz, classical and rock music worlds.
‘Jump on the Bandwagon’ is a Big Jam for the whole family, and everyone is invited – mums, dads, brothers and sisters, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles – and anyone else! You can be any age and of any level of musical experience. More experienced players will learn new music, invent riffs and rhythms, improvise a solo, and work alongside musicians from the MSO, the Australian Art Orchestra, and Melbourne’s diverse freelance scene. First-timers will have the unforgettable experience of being part of a large and tight ensemble – like an orchestra but with a few more electric guitars and a lot more percussion.
BYO instrument or play one of ours on the day.
Jump on the Bandwagon
Sunday 11 November
ArtPlay (Birrarung Marr, behind Federation Square)
11am-12noon and 2pm-3pm (choose one session or come to both – no two sessions are the same)
$10 per family
Bookings – ArtPlay, 96647900
Created and led by Gillian Howell, leader of Big Jams for Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, City of Manningham, and others.
Read article HERE
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
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
The provision of classroom music programs to regional Victorian primary schools
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to contribute an article to the Australian Journal of Music Education,
the guidelines for submission are available on www.asme.edu.au/publications
Go to resource: Aussie rhyme and song sinaglong with Matthew Perry by Matthew Perry, and published by Jane Curry Publishing, 2005, is a volume of Australian songs for students aged 0 to 5. Read more…
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…
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
Established in 1989 as a collaborative project between ASME and Associate Professor Robin Stevens (then Research Editor of The Australian Journal of Music Education), BAMER is a database of music education research studies undertaken at Australian universities or by Australian music education researchers at overseas institutions.
The links below let you view the May 2013 version of BAMER. Once the file or page is open, you may search the page to find a particular word of interest.
If you would like to include your own thesis information on the BAMER database, please go to: http://australian-music-ed.info/BAMER/submission_form.php
Christine Anu has set up “Chrissy’s Island Family” to advocate awareness of Torres Strait Island music and traditions.
Aston String Quartet plays a ‘classical interpretation’ of a Cold Play song
Play it to any age-group
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.
Go to resource: Comparing Dalcroze, Orff and Kodaly: choosing your approach to teaching music by Gilles Comeau and published by CFORP, Vanier – Ontario, 1995, is translated from the 1995 thesis by Comeau. Read more…
Go to resource: Cultural Infusion co-ordinates authentic multi-cultural performances, workshops and residencies in Australian schools.
Go to resource: The Curriculum Framework Learning Statement for the Arts is published by the Curriculum Council of WA, 1998. Read more…
Go to resource: Dalcroze Eurhythmics – Music Through Movement : Early Childhood Education Lessons and Ideas for Teachers in Music by Heather Gell and edited by Joan Pope, is published by the Heather Gell Dalcroze Foundation, Callaway International Resource Centre for Music Education, Nedlands WA, 2006. Read more…
Go to resource: Dalcroze Today: an education through and into music by Marie-Laure Bachmann is published by Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1991. Read more…
dlp = discover learn play
This free website is a massive collection of resources for instrumental teachers (and learners) – videos, blogs, advice, etc
For example, here is the dlp page for beginner flute http://springpad.com/#!/dlpmusicprogram/notebooks/flutebeginners/blocks
Here is the dlp pinterest site http://pinterest.com/dlpmusicprogram/music-ed-blogs/
Early Childhood Music Workshop at Hillcrest (Berwick, Vic) on Friday November 4th from 1.00 – 3.00pm. The session is being run by KMEIA and promises to give you some fantastic ideas for things to do with students from kinder up to year 2. Please come along and support this workshop so that we can enjoy more of these kind of opportunities in this area in the future.
What: KMEIA Early Childhood Music Workshop
Theme: The theme of the workshop is “Once Upon A Rhyme….accessible music repertoire for kinder/Music teachers.
When: Friday 4th November, 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Where: Hillcrest Christian College, 500 Soldiers Road, Clyde North (Berwick).
If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me and I can email you a flier.
Kind regards, Mrs Kirsty Graham, Co-ordinator of Junior School Music, Hillcrest Christian College
August 18-19, 2012 @ Kew
LINK HERE to South Australia’s Early Childhood Organisation professional development page.
Barefoot Books has a new animated book video on YouTube for learning about shapes.
Read the article HERE.
|Would you like to attend a Welcome to Music PLAYshop for free? If you or someone you know is connected to an Early Learning Centre, Preschool, Kindergarten or Primary school (in Victoria) and would be willing to host a 2 hour Welcome to Music workshop they will receive 2 free registrations! (up to $118 value!). We need a good space (preferably carpeted) with chairs and maybe tea and coffee facilities. These PLAYshops are a great opportunity for you and your staff to improve your skills – and they are a lot of fun and a great networking opportunity too!
This offer is also avaiiable for our interstate friends but we would need to allow for travel costs etc.
We can also provide half and full day workshops for Early childhood and Primary -please enquire if this interests you and see below for locations and dates already planned.
Phil is also available for regular music classes and/or a one off ‘Funny Phil’s Music Show’ for your centre and we can offer full day PLAYshops and Artists in Schools programs. Please contact us if you are interested and would like to know more.
Teach long and short notes with flash-cards of rainbows and raindrops. Teacher claps a rhythm – student claps it back – student arranges rainbows and raindrops to create the rhythm. Follow link to game and flash-cards here.
This website offers royalty free sound effects and instrument sounds.
Free worksheets from Color in My Piano website. Topics include discovering the piano keyboard, making tetrachords, write scales and chords, applying barlines …
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 …
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:
Each chorister or choral director is invited to join our special drop box folder where access is given to the lyrics, arrangements, audio and in some instances videos of the songs. A facebook page has also been set up for regular news updates. To register, please contact Janie at Janie@welcometomusic.net or phone 1300 769 803 for further information. There are limited places.
*Unless not able due to disability or disadvantage Choir Participation – $10 pp
The choristers and choir leaders have access to:
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 -– www.trybookings.com.au/CNEE
Enquiries – email@example.com or phone 1300 769 803
Go to resource: Heather Gell’s Thoughts on Dalcroze Eurhythmics & Music Through Movement is edited by Joan Pope and published by CIRCME, University of Western Australia in association with the Heather Gell Dalcroze Foundation, Nedlands, WA, c1996. Read more…
Batchelor Press issue a number of CDs and stories for Indigenous education
This website lists free online games and activities for 3-5 year olds & 5-8 year olds:
Draw a tune lite
Mini adventures in Music
Rhythm cat pro
Go to resource: Issues in expressive arts curriculum for early childhood: an Australian perspective. Published in 1996, guest editor Wendy Schiller. Read more…
Part way down the page of Mustech Wiki you’ll find a long list of resources for Interactive Whiteboards in Music education.
www.thumbsup.org.au This website has many free songs, videos, lyrics, lesson plans and other resources to help teach primary aged children about healthy lifestyles and growing up. Surf the many free resources using the ‘Resources’ tabs. Songs are used to communicate positive messages.
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.
An entertaining article by a Primary Music teacher who entertains her students with bubbles, colourful hats and knock-knock jokes … in the interests of keeping students on task.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com for some more ideas.
Wright Stuff Music offers a list of links for fun online music activities (K-12)
Free from ‘Color in My Piano’
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:
Register to be part of it at www.makingmusicbeingwell.org.au
Don’t forget – registration for our biggest school music initiative, Music: Count Us In, opens soon too!
Have you signed up yet to be part of Making Music Being Well?
This national initiative, which takes place from 16 – 22 May, is a collaboration between Music: Play for Life and the Australian Music Therapy Association and it’s all about a grassroots celebration of the links between music making and wellbeing.
When you register to participate – it’s FREE – we’ll send you event posters, stickers and brochures and you’ll get access to lots of downloadable resources including event planning and promotional tips. How you participate is up to you.
The best way to be involved is to take something you may already have planned for that week and hitch it to the national wagon of Making Music Being Well 2011. You don’t have to do something on every day during the week – one event is enough. Your event will be outlined on the MMBW website and you and your group members or students will be helping to shine the national spotlight on an important fact: music is good for you!
Here are a few ideas based on previous years: Open the doors to the community for your rehearsal that falls within the MMBW week and turn it into a free performance. Take your choir or group to a nursing home, hospital or school. Organise a big sing at your workplace. Turn a school assembly into a musical celebration and tell students and parents about the value and benefits of making music. Convene a drum circle in your school playground. Run an open mic session at your local pub or club. Organise a gathering of community music leaders and organisers in your area and discuss how you could pool resources and share skills.
Register to be part of it at www.makingmusicbeingwell.org.au
AND … don’t forget – registration for our biggest school music initiative, Music: Count Us In, opens soon too!
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.
http://musiccountusin.org.au/ Check out the new Music: Count Us In song for 2013. MP3 and teaching kits are ready to use! This year’s song could be the best yet!!
http://youtu.be/TWZBssrijbY Minister Peter Garrett speaks about the importance of music education to all students.
A FREE online tool to help teachers/parents get MORE music in Australian schools.
Just launched – check it out!
Includes case studies from award-winning Australian schools, as well as practical advice on overcoming potential hurdles.
Go to resource: More on Music Instruction of Classroom Teachers: Early Childhood, by Rachel Hocking, was published in the Music Forum Vol. 14, No. 3. Sydney: Music Council of Australia. Read more…
A Brief Survey of Research into the Benefits of Music in Education
Mandy Stefanakis and Assoc Prof Robin Stevens, of the MCA’s working group for a National Strategy for Research in Music Education, have conducted a national and international survey of research in music education to identify research projects demonstrating a broad range of benefits of music education. The references below are to research outcomes supported by research methodology assessed as producing highly reliable results.
Where research reports are available online, links have been given. Otherwise, readers can seek them through the list of references at the end of this report.
Music provides the opportunity for aesthetic experiences. An aesthetic knowledge can be described as a deep perceptual understanding in which the senses, the emotions and cognition are combined to make meaning through the experiences of creating, making and interpreting aesthetic forms. (See Australian Curriculum: The Arts, 2013; Seidel et al )
Personal, Social, Cultural Expression and Identity Formation
Music through performance and creative experiences provides a means for personal expression, communication and personal, social and cultural identity formation (See McPherson and Welch, 2012; Damasio, 2012; Bowman; Australian Curriculum: The Arts; Seidel et al; Dissanayake; Bresler; Storr; 1992; Green, 2011; Hargreaves et al, 2012; Gupta; Campbell et al 2008; McPherson et. al, 2012; Stefanakis)
Music contributes to students’ personal well-being through developing self-image, self-confidence, self-esteem, etc. (see Deasy; National Association for Music Education, President’s Committee on the Arts and in the Humanities; Seidel et al.)
With the introduction of more precise techniques to scan different areas of the brain, there has been a massive interest and increase in the amount of neurological research into brain function when engaged in a whole range of musical activities from passive listening to performing on individual instruments. Research specifically shows that both older and newer areas of the brain inclusive of sensory-motor, emotions, cognition, fine motor, equilibrium, aural centres, and both hemispheres of the brain are used to varying degrees and in different ways when engaged in musical activity with dependence on a range of factors. These include gender, age and experience of the musician, the task being undertaken, for example aural, performance, conducting, individual task, group task, and even the kind of music or sound used in a study. Additionally there are variations among individuals.
Importantly, evidence demonstrates that there is a more pervasive effect on the development of the brain (brain plasticity) when a child starts learning an instrument than learning that takes place as an adolescent or adult, but there is still plasticity in the adult brain. Sustained, structured practice with delineated outcomes enhances this plasticity. (Of note is the work of Levitin, 2012; Damasio, 2012; Evans et al, 2009; Hodges, 1996; Hodges and Gruhn, 2012; Juslin and Sloboda, 2001; Merrett and Wilson, 2012; Peretz and Zatorre, 2003; Asbury and Rich, Winner and Hetland)
Music contributes to students’ cognitive development including abstract thinking, aural and spatial awareness, verbal understanding (see above)
Music contributes to students’ kinetic / motor skill development (see above)
Music contributes to students’ creativity when engaged with composing, arranging, improvising tasks which call upon the individual or group to imagine, plan, organise, experiment with and develop sound in an abstract way (see Barrett and Tafuri, 2012; Harwood and Marsh, 2012; Seidel et al; Arts Ed Search, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities).
Learning Outcomes across Disciplines
It is still not fully understood why, but music enhances learning in a range of non-musical domains. Current thinking centres around the fact that music stimulates so many different brain regions, or that it motivates learning through the brain chemical ‘rewards’ (such as dopamine hits), the joy that music provides, (McCarthy) or that the social connections and self-esteem it establishes in students has a carry-over effect. Although the reasons are not fully understood there is a great deal of evidence to show that there is a correlation between music learning and enhanced abilities in a range of areas:
· Music contributes to students’ rational thinking—reasoning, critical thinking, logistical thinking and interpretive skills (see McGarity, 1986)
· Music contributes to learning in other knowledge and skill areas such as numeracy, literacy (see Bahr, 1996; Geoghegan, 1993)
· Music contributes to students’ concentration, memory, time management. A plethora of short-term and longitudinal studies, particularly in the US, demonstrate these effects as a result of Arts Education and the suggested sources list many of these studies (see Burnaford, Arts Ed Search, Fiske, Deasy, Nafme for the above).
Social Cohesion and Skills
Music connects people through sound, so that there is a sense of physical and emotional camaraderie and shared experience. It is what is most unique about the musical experience (see Todd, 2002; Brown, 2000; McNeill, 1995). This ‘shared sound’ leads to a greater sense of communication with others, team cooperation and enhances social confidence (see Welch and McPherson, 2012).
Music provides a vocational outcome for some students (McPherson and Welch, 2012).
Barrett, M. S. and Tafuri, J. (2012) ‘Creative Meaning-Making in Infants’ amd Young Children’s Musical Cultures’ in McPherson, G. and Welch, G. (Eds.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Music Education Volume 1. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Bahr, N. (1996). Relationships between Musicianship and Mathematical Skill. MEd thesis, University of Queensland, Queensland.
Brown, S. (2000) ‘The “Musilanguage” Model of Music’, in N. L. Wallin, B. Merker, and S. Brown (Eds.) The Origins of Music (pp. 271-300). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Campbell, P. Connell, C., and Beegle, A. (2008) ‘Adolescents Expressed Meanings of Music in and Out of School,’ in Journal of Research in Music Education. Fall 2007, Volume 55, Number 3, pp.220 – 236.
Damasio, A. (2012) Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain. New York: Vintage.
Evans, A. C., Forgeard, M., Hyde, K. L., Lerch, J., Norton, A., Schlaug, G. and Winner, E. (2009) ‘Effects of Musical Training on Structural Brain Development: A Longitudinal Study,’ in The Neurosciences and Music III: Disorders and Plasticity: Annual New.York Academy of Sciences. 1169: 182–186.
Geoghegan, N. (1993). Possible Effects of Early Childhood Music on Mathematical Achievement. MA thesis, Macquarie University, New South Wales.
Green, L. (Ed.) (2011) Learning, Teaching and Musical Identity: Voices Across Cultures. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Hargreaves, D. J., MacDonald, R. and Miell, D. (2012) ‘Musical Identities Mediate Musical Development,’ in McPherson, G. and Welch, G. (Eds.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Music Education Volume 1. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Harwood, E. and Marsh, K. (2012) ‘Children’s Ways of Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom,’ in McPherson, G. and Welch, G. (Eds.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Music Education Volume 1. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Hodges, D. (1996) ‘Human Musicality,’ in Hodges, D. (Ed.) Handbook of Music Psychology. San Antonio: Institute for Music Research.
Hodges, D. and Gruhn, W. (2012) ‘Implications of Neurosciences and Brain Research for Music Teaching and Learning,’ in McPherson, G. and Welch, G. (Eds.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Music Education Volume 1. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Juslin, P. and Sloboda, J. (Eds.) (2001) Music and Emotion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Levitin, D. J. (2012) ‘What Does it Mean to be Musical?’ in Neuron 73, February 23, pp. 663 – 637.
McDonald, L. M. M. (1999) The Response to Classroom Music Experiences of Students who have Learning Difficulties and/or Behaviour Problems. MEd research paper, Deakin University, Victoria.
McGarity, B.M. (1986) Relationships among Cognitive Processing Styles, Musical Ability and Language Ability. MEd thesis, University of New England, New South Wales.
McNeill, W. (1995) Keeping Together in Time: Dance and Drill in Human History.
Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
McPherson, G. E., Davidson, J. W., & Faulkner, R. (2012) Music in Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development and Identity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
McPherson, G. E., and Welch, G. (Eds.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Music Education Volumes 1 and 11. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Merrett, D. and Wilson, S. (2012) ‘Musicianship and the Brain,’ in Brown, A. (Ed.) Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
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This advocacy site is chock-full of reasons why parents should insist on a musical education for ALL children. ENJOY!
This article talks about the connections between primary music and the mainstream curriculum (including anti-bullying). Prue has written a song with accompanying booklet called “It’s OK to be different”. You can view a sample HERE.
Go to resource: Music in childhood: from preschool through the elementary grades, written by Patricia Shehan Campbell and Carol Scott-Kassner. Read more…
On April 12th 2011, a dozen talented teenage singer-songwriters were mentored by John Foreman, Claire Bowditch, Holly Throsby, Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc) and Kavyen Temperley (Eskimo Joe).
The result was the 2011 song for Music. Count Us In (1st September 2011).
Watch this space for free lesson plans, free MP3 material, free Professional Development (for teachers) and free instrumental arrangements. Let’s get more music in more Australian schools!! www.musiccountusin.org.au
Read more at the website: www.melbournerecital.com.au/musicplay
MusicPlay is an exciting summer holiday music festival for children and families @ Melbourne Recital Centre. Over several days MusicPlay aims to encourage young music lovers and their families to immerse themselves in music through an array of interactive concerts and musical activities.
Our concerts on the big stage pack a big punch while our Pop Kids concerts feature popular music genres all providing a fun and interactive experience to inspire the child within everyone.
Melbourne Recital Centre’s foyers come alive with a range of free, fun and interactive experiences. Activities include amazing sound installations and face painting available all day!
Go to resource: The New York Philharmonic Orchestra Interactive Kid’s Site offers interactive online music games about orchestral instruments, composition, composers, musicians, and conductors.
http://australianmusiceducators.ning.com/ is an Australian discussion forum for music educators. It was set up with the intent of discussing ideas on classroom band programs, but it really is a forum for discussion on any aspect of Australian music teaching from P-12. At present there is a small group of members, but I am hoping to build it up and draw on a wide range of professional knowledge and experience.
This group is completely FREE (in a monetary sense, not a moral or metaphysical sense).
Please come along and check it out. The page is run as a ning, which is basically a social network with a particular focus. It is great for online discussion, linking of video and photo and has facility for you to blog. All you need to do is create an account.
Music: Count Us In resources include (free) braille music charts and videos of kids signing Auslan while singing the annual song. www.musiccountusin.org.au You may need to sign up (for free).
There’s a deaf percussionist who feels the music through her feet (YouTube)
- she even appeared on Sesame St playing mallet percussion.
Show YouTube clips of kids playing music who are of a similar age or younger (4 year djembe player, 3 year old conducting Beethoven, suzuki violinists, etc). Ask a student to stand up and mime as if doing karaoke.
Brainstorm on ways to communicate, and what we communicate (including mime, car horns and sirens). Make some car horn and sirens with voices. Get into pairs and do a miming
game (person A mimes while person B is the mirror). Give them instruments and try the same game. Grab instruments / chop sticks / pencils and try to communicate different emotions or messages.
“Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox (nothing to do with music, but an awesome bok
Ordered in progressive difficulty
Go to resource: Orff NSW is a non-profit organisation that supports teachers in music education, and is the NSW branch of the national association for Schulwerk methodology.
Their site has links to membership details, workshops, conferences, and further professional learning.
Free, animated song-book (video) of the classic children’s song “Over in the Meadow”. One of many animated book / songs on the Barefoot Books website.
Go to resource: Overview of Early Childhood Music Education Research by Dr Peter De Vries and Dr Greg Hurworth gives an outline of available research and directions for future advocacy. Read more…
click here for free sample: Pack Away Song and activity
Musical Child sells songs and activities for Early Childhood Music. They also run teacher training workshops.
“We value the traditional repertoire of children’s nursery songs and nursery rhymes.
We have great presenters.
We understand the value of live music.”
Ask students to choose a photo from THIS amazing page, and plan a soundscape or composition using any instruments. Once shared with the class, do “speed improvisation” – the teacher chooses a photo, and the entire class responds to the photo with whatever instrument/s they can reach.
“Pinterest became popular with educators because it was a wonderful way to share ideas using links, pictures and information. Perform a search for music education on Pinterest, and you will have an endless list. However, perform a more detailed search and you will find some great resources.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z78Mzkl9rTk Please watch this with your classes – the video shows a young disabled girl making amazing progress with regular music sessions.
The first powerpoint has some examples of early childhood / lower primary songs and teaching ideas. It starts with a cute tree which illustrates how music fits into the various components of a child.
The second powerpoint on this site is an advocacy presentation for music education in schools.
The following ideas come from musicroomburns.net
Advocating in these following small ways will get you noticed by the parents and the community:
A free online publication – Psychology of Music
Sometimes Audacity (a free program) can be used to create Karaoke tracks, removing vocals from a pop song.
More information HERE. Thanks for the lead, Katie Wardrobe.
“Give Me Excess of it” – Richard Gill’s memoirs (released Nov 2012).
“Richard Gill is one of Australia’s best-known – and best-loved – musical figures. His career has taken him from teaching music in Sydney’s western suburbs to Music Director of the Victorian Opera, and along the way an involvement with almost every major opera company and orchestra in Australia.
What truly distinguishes Richard is his passion and enthusiasm for spreading not just the joy of music, but its myriad benefits. He is our greatest musical educator, and his life’s work – alongside his other roles – has been advocating music in our education system, and furthering the development of those who’ve gone on to choose music as a vocation. He brings music to life, and his knowledge and deep enjoyment of his subject is as inspiring and enlightening to a class of primary school students as it is to the cast of a major opera.
Give Me Excess of It is Richard’s memoir, tracing his life from school days to the highs (and lows) of conducting and directing an opera company. It’s warm, extremely funny, highly opinionated, occasionally rude (where warranted) and always sublimely full of the love of music.”
If you’d like to share your lesson ideas, lesson plans, term planners, great music ed. websites or anything else to do with Music Education for 0 – 18 year olds, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
THANKS IN ADVANCE for helping out colleagues across Australia
we are hoping you will help us to choose songs for the Best of The ABC Sing Book.
The 2014 Sing Book will be a compilation of the best 50 songs from 1970 to 2010 and we would like to invite you to vote for your favourites.
The process is very simple and we hope you can spare a few minutes to help make the collection a true reflection of the best songs.
1. Vote for your favourite 20 songs by filling in the numbers 1 to 20 on our attached excel document (1 being your most favoured)
1b. Choose up to 50 songs and no need to put them in order. Just put
“X” next to the songs you choose and return the spreadsheet.
by Monday 27th August
3. Send this on to any of your colleagues who also love SING. Give them a chance to take part and help us to create a more representative collection.
Rhonda Macken (Sing Co-ordinator) and John Kane (Sing Music Producer).
The above website links to the 2011 prize-winners of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation song-writing competition. Categories catered for students aged 5 through to 18. LESSON IDEA: Listen to the winning songs (from the website) for each class’s age-category and discuss the strengths and musical elements of each winning song.
The first of SSO's accredited Professional Learning for Primary Music teachers will be held at Haberfield Public School based on the repertoire of the Schools Concerts held at the ABC, Ultimo. Using Orchestral Music effectively in the Classroom (Early Stage 1-3) ABC Schools Concerts Stages 1 www.sydneysymphony.com/education/schools/stage_1/ Saturday 10 March 9.30am-3pm Registration from 9am Haberfield Public School, Denman Ave, Haberfield This course is accredited with the NSW Institute of Teachers and will be presented by two very experienced primary teachers, Rita Fin and Vanessa South. Whether or not you are bringing your students to the ABC Concert Series this year, the course should provide you with a number of activities and resources to use in your classroom. The course is designed for specialist and non-specialist music teachers.
For more details see our website: www.sydneysymphony.com/education/professional_learning_program/professional_learning_seminars/
Go to resource: Teaching rhythmics: principles and guidelines for teachers of Dalcroze eurhythmics by Elizabeth Vanderspar, is published by the Dalcroze Society, London, 2005, and is recommended by Dalcroze Australia.
Go to resource: The Creative Arts: a process approach for teachers and children by Linda Carol Edwards is published by Merrill, Boston, 5th edition 2010. Read more…
Go to resource: The Great Australian Songbook – celebrating 100 years of classic songs for Aussie kids, published 2000 by ABC Music, is a CD of Australian songs suitable for children. Read more…
Go to resource: The rhythm inside : connecting body, mind, and spirit through music by Julia Schnebly-Black and Stephen Moore, is published by Rudra Press, Portland, Oregon, c1997, and is recommended for teachers by Dalcroze Australia. It has a section on Dalcroze exercises.
Go to resource: The Unfolding Human Potential: an exploration of the teaching of eurhythmics by Mary Brice, and published by Editions Papillon, Geneva, 2004, examines the methodology of Dalcroze. Read more…
Toccata blocks are concrete resources to assist students (from aged 4 – 104) when learning to read rhythms. www.toccatablocks.com/
A quick update on Music: Count Us In 2012:
The TV promo starts to air around the country next week. Watch it here.
Go to resource: VOSA (Vic Orff Schulwerk Assoc) Resources, articles, ideas and lesson plans for incorporating the Orff approach to Music education (hands-on percussion and ensembles). Resources are split into two sections: Early Childhood resources (aged 0 – & ages 9+. Also includes ideas for Music and movement.
We’ve got the Music & Music: Count Us In online resources are up and going, Jozzbeat-style. They are accessed via this page:
Jozzbeat will give each school a free log-in (after the school has registered for Music: Count Us In at www.musiccountusin.org.au)
Existing customers of Jozzbeat that come through as MCUI registrees can just use their existing JozzBeat website password/username to access the resources.
Grab a group of kids, log on, learn the song, add some percussion, and have a fun lesson