Age Range 15 to 18

$10million violin damaged by shark attack

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

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


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

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

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

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

Here are 10 ideas to get you started.


10 free Lion King video clips re. making of

May 9, 2013 This is the first of TEN free YouTube clips about the making of the stage production of the Lion King. Classes might talk about musicals, African music, percussion, music to create moods … ENJOY!


10 Greatest Pianists of All Time (article)

July 15, 2013

Read the free Limelight article HERE


18/3/13 lesson idea

March 16, 2013

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


2012 Sinfonietta Composition Project

March 4, 2012

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

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

More details here:

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


2013 Clarinet + Sax conference

May 22, 2013

11 – 13 July, 2013 – Sydney


2014 Education launch @ Sydney Opera House

September 30, 2013

Watch the launch video here:


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

May 15, 2013

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

Cost $10-$45


10.30- 4.30pm

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

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

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

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

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


26 May 2011 – National Sorry Day

May 25, 2011

For Sorry Day (26 May 2011) or for Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June 2011) listen to Black Arm Band’s music on YouTube ( and discuss the band’s motivation for performing (read on). Listen to Gurrumul Yunupingu’s soulful music (eg. Wiyathul) while doing written work ( lets you listen for free).

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

The aim of Black Arm Band ( is: “It is a creative meeting place for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists and producers to develop, perform, promote and celebrate contemporary Australian Indigenous music as a symbol of resilience and hope in the spirit and action of reconciliation.”


2Cellos – String of Good Luck article

February 3, 2013

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


3 March 2013 – Beethoven Marathon

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

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

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

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

3MBS Beethoven Marathon

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

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


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

May 3, 2011

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


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

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

Celebrate the birthday of Johannes Brahms…

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

And lots more…

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

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

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


3MBS concert ticket offer

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

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

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

Alexander Gavrylyuk in Recital

16 February, 8pm @ Melbourne Recital Centre

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


3MBS education program Saturday morning 8am

January 28, 2011

3MBS education program

Saturday morning 8am

Australia/Melbourne 103.5 FM



January 13, 2011

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

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

3MBS FM 103.5 if you are in Melbourne!


3MBS Kids – taking requests for Classically Kids

August 6, 2011

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

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


4 chord songs from another angle

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


4 chord songs: lesson idea

June 18, 2012

HERE is a YouTube clip of the Axis of Awesome singing dozens of songs with the same chord progression (I  V vi IV). NB: One profanity. HERE is a similar clip with slightly different songs – some of them use the same chord progression but at twice the speed. After watching both, write up the chord progression in C (for keyboard = all white notes): C   G   a minor   F … and in G (for guitars): G   D   e minor   C. Ask students to learn one or other progression, so they can play the majority of pop songs!


41 classroom ideas for using GarageBand

July 23, 2011

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



9 Fun Tools To Make Your Own Songs And Audio Recordings

September 5, 2012

Article link HERE


a cappella singing book

September 27, 2012

This book ”Freeing the Song” is about running a vocal group. It’s full of useful ideas and advice. No sheet music included, just a few musical examples to illustrate points he makes.

For sheet music, consider Tony's other 2 books:

A cappella : rehearsing for heaven, an a cappella choral workbook / Tony Backhouse


Move on up : an a cappella gospel songbook for choirs and quartets / transcribed and
arranged by Tony Backhouse

a3 – Australian Arts Alive

January 23, 2010

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


ABC FM – Music Makers program

January 14, 2013

Past programs of “Music Makers” on ABC Classic FM can be heard here:


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 Sinfonietta podcast

June 20, 2011

For the last 6 years, conductor Richard Gill has been working with the Sydney Symphony’s Education Dept. to encourage young composers to write for Sinfonia, the training orchestra of the Sydney Symphony. Brooke Green spoke to participants of this year’s project and created this collage.

Listen here


ABODA Victoria Concert Band Composition Contest 2012

September 3, 2012

ABODA Victoria Concert Band Composition Contest 2012

ABODA Victoria is now accepting submissions for the ABODA Victoria Concert Band Composition Contest 2012

Category 1: A work for concert band for young players; aimed at Grade Level 1 – 2.

First Prize: $1000 and publication by Brolga Music Publishing; Second Prize: $500; Honourable Mention

Category 2: A work for concert band for more experienced players; aimed at Grade Level 3 – 4.

First Prize: $1000 and publication by Brolga Music Publishing; Second Prize: $500; Honourable Mention

All Entries must be received by 4.00pm, Friday 5 October, 2012

DOWNLOAD Details, Conditions of Entry and Entry form, and Reference Scores from ABODA Victoria:




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


Ace the Audition (article)

November 14, 2012

HERE is an article from November 2012 Music Forum magazine – helping students ace their tertiary music auditions!


Acid Music shortcuts

July 26, 2013

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


Acid Studio 7

December 15, 2009

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


ACMF 2012 results

November 7, 2012

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


ACMF songwriting competition

September 7, 2011

Deadline extended until Friday 9th September 2o11

Categories for Primary and Secondary song-writers


ACO + Dance October 2012

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

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

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

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

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

ACO 2011 Concert Season Program notes

March 19, 2011

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


ACO 2013 education programs

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

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

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

More information about these opportunities and applications are available at


ACO Academy report 2012

August 7, 2012

9 – 13 July 2012

The inaugural ACO Academy gave top-level secondary string students the opportunity to work with ACO musicians in an inspiring week of music-making.

Twenty six students from across regional and metropolitan New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia took part in rehearsals; chamber music sessions; private performances by ACO musicians; a behind-the-scenes look at the ACO; presentations from ACO management staff; a session on careers and pathways in music, and a gala concert at City Recital Hall Angel Place on Friday 13 July, featuring Emily Sun of Mrs Carey’s Concert fame.

The reaction from the audience was enormously enthusiastic and many parents, music teachers and supporters said that this had been a life-changing experience for the students involved.


Sydney String Workshop
Wed 8 Aug, ACO Studio, Circular Quay 1:00pm – 4:00pm
applications closed

Secondary Students Matinee Concert ACO & Sydney Dance
Tue 30 Oct, Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay 12:00pm – 1:30pm
book now

Open Rehearsals for Students with Disability
Mon 8 Oct, ACO Studio, Circular Quay 12pm
Tue 4 December, ACO Studio 12:30pm
enquire now


ACO Education program 2012

November 4, 2011

Read about the ACO Schools’ Program for 2012


ACO Matinee concert Melb Syd June 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACO October 2013 on period wind instruments

April 17, 2013 – short video clips on website


DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No.4


Richard Tognetti Director and Violin
Steven Isserlis Cello

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

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

ACO open rehearsal 2 Aug 2012

May 20, 2012

Open Rehearsal for School Students
Thurs 2 Aug

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


ACO Reef documentary (ABC)

February 22, 2013 ACO is currently touring “The Reef” program around Australia – this 2 minute YouTube clip shows ACO’s multimedia approach – music + waves + technology. Ask students for other ideas re. uniting Art music with nature. View the concert program HERE.


ACO Tour 1 2012 free notes

March 14, 2012

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

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


ACO Tour 2, 2012 – free lesson content

April 20, 2012


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


ACO Virtual – 3D

May 9, 2013

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

Watch the “making of” ACOVirtual HERE


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…


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”


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!



June 12, 2013

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

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

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

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

·         What is racism?

·         Why are people racist?

·         Who experiences racism?

·         Where does racism happen?

·         Why is racism a problem?

·         What can you do?

·         What does the law say?

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

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


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:


Archie Roach – quote to inspire composition

February 17, 2013

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

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


Are apps saving Classical music?

August 30, 2013

Read the article here:

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


articles on Nigel Westlake

January 30, 2011

Westlake articles – click on the link to ‘Articles’ to view many free articles/lectures on Nigel Westlake’s film music


Artists in Residence (Arts Qld)

January 21, 2010

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


Artists in Residence (Tasmania)

January 21, 2010

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


Artists in Schools (NT)

January 21, 2010

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


Artology – applications

March 14, 2013

Dear teachers

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


Louise Barkl

Artology Remix 2013

Calling all teenagers | Entries close 15 March

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

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

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

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

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

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

ArtPlay (Melbourne)

January 23, 2010

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


ArtPlay Big Jam in Melb 11/11/12

October 31, 2012


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

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

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

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

BYO instrument or play one of ours on the day.

Jump on the Bandwagon

Sunday 11 November

ArtPlay (Birrarung Marr, behind Federation Square)

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

$10 per family

Bookings – ArtPlay, 96647900

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


Arts in Education (Arts Victoria)

January 21, 2010

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


Arts Learning Area – NT Curriculum Framework

February 3, 2010

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


Arts Learning Framework, SA (SACSA)

February 2, 2010

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


Arts Queensland

January 21, 2010

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


Arts Tasmania

January 21, 2010

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


Arts Victoria

January 21, 2010

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


arts, culture + me (Arts Qld)

January 21, 2010

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


arts2GO – Regional Arts Victoria

January 23, 2010

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


ArtsEdge (Western Australia)

July 2, 2010

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


ArtsEdge Kennedy Centre Music Lesson Plans (USA)

February 15, 2010

Go to resource: ArtsEdge Kennedy Centre Music Lesson Plans (USA) offers dozens of music lesson plans, many of which are integrated with other subjects such as science and maths. Read more…


March 11, 2010

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


ASME new teacher day & AGM 19/11 (NSW)

November 4, 2011

New Teacher/Graduate PD day at Macquarie University on the 19th of November (daytime) followed by 4.45pm AGM for ASME.

Please feel free to send through any reviews, write ups, events etc, that you consider would be valuable to share with the ASME community. Please note that we are using the google site (below) as our main form of communitcation while the National Executive look to develop a new National site that would host all state and territory chapters.

This session is specifically focusing upon new teachers and recently graduated music
educators. Sessions will relate to curriculum, technology, teaching HSC music, conducting and a
special session presented by recent graduates for new teachers. Board of Studies Inspector Jay
McPherson will also present a session for new teachers as well.


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…


Assignment – reflect on how music preferences effect your identity

July 3, 2011

A free lesson plan from Nick Jaworski designed for Year 9-12 students reflecting on MUSIC & IDENTITY. It involves using Audacity (or other music editing software) to create a 3 minute audio project. This project may suit Challenge-Based-Learning principals.



December 20, 2009

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


auditions – the Australian Voices

September 19, 2011

Now auditioning for 17-35 year old singers.


Aug 6 – video clip

May 19, 2013

Although the content is quite intellectual, the idea of “dry erased” videos to teach music theory is exciting. Watch the clip HERE.


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.



December 20, 2009

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


Aus Flute Convention Oct 4-7, 2013

May 25, 2013

The next Australian Flute Festival will be held in 2013 at the Australian National University School of Music, Canberra.

Supersaver – Registration closes May 31st Register Online

Flute Composition Competition – Entries close June 1 Competition Page


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


Aus Youth Band Open Day 14 Sept 2013

September 8, 2013



Saturday 14 September

Senior Band – 9:00am to 12:00pm

Junior Band – 11.30am to 1:00pm

Parkhill Primary School – Parkhill Drive, Ashwood VIC

Come along and experience Australia’s premier youth marching/concert band in action at our Open Day!

The following positions are available:

  • woodwind
  • brass
  • percussion

The Australian Youth Band has had many exciting opportunities on the world stage in recent years, including tours to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics, North America in 2010, Malaysia in 2012 and most recently, Shanghai in April 2013.

We have many more local and international performance opportunities in the pipeline.

- Your musical instrument (except for percussionists)
- Music Stand
- Yourself and an enthusiastic attitude!

For further details, please contact

Richard O’Toole: Musical Director
Mob: 0402 912 772   Email:


Aus Youth Classical Music Competition

April 3, 2012
Australian Youth Classical Music Competition
Applications are invited for the 22nd annual Australian Youth Classical Music Competition (formerly the Geelong Advertiser Music Competition).

The Regional Section is open to classical solo musicians aged up to and including 18 years of age as at 1 January 2012.

The National Section is open to classical solo musicians aged 16 to 25 as at 27 April 2012.

Finalists will perform at a public concert on Thursday 25 August at Deakin’s Costa Hall, Geelong competing for prizes up to a value of $21,000.

Applications close 27 Friday April 2012.


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 Brass Quintet – May workshop in Melbourne

April 19, 2011

On Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th May Caulfield Grammar School is hosting the Australia Brass Quintet. Australian Brass Quintet David Elton – Principal Trumpet of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Tristram Williams – International leading young soloist, ensemble musician, improviser and educator. Ben Jacks – Principal Horn of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Michael Bertoncello – Trombonist of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Shannon Pittaway – Bass Trombonist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

There will be opportunities for student workshops and staff professional development with some of Australia’s finest brass musicians. The two days of workshops will finish with a concert to be held in the Cripps Centre at Caulfield Grammar School, 217 Glen Eira Road, East St Kilda.


Australian compositions from the last 25 years

September 26, 2012

The Australian Music Centre has an easy-to-use, free webpage which lists instrumental music from the last 25 years .

A terrific resource – thanks AMC! Email AMC if your instrument is not listed.


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 Flute Festival 2013

January 14, 2013
The repertoire for the Flute, Young Artist and Orchestral Excerpts Competition is now up on the AFF website.

See Competitions page for details. The first round for both competitions is a CD round.

The closing date for entries is 5pm Friday June 28, 2013 (Sydney, Australia time).


Australian Musician Network

February 5, 2012

an online social network for Australian musicians – ask advice, share videos, chat …


Australian National Eisteddfod

May 3, 2011



Ave Mari – Bobby McFerrin

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


Awards for Excellence in School Music Education – Australia

March 27, 2011

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

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

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


Bach competition 2012

May 10, 2012

The Melbourne Recital Centre is happy to announce that the Bach Competition 2012 is now open for entries.

·         Closing Date for Application is Wednesday, 30 May 2012

·         The Final will be held in the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre at 3pm on Sunday, 17 June 2012

The competition guidelines and Application form can be found here –

If you have any competition enquiries, please feel free to email us on –


BAMER – Bibliography of Australian Music Education Research

June 6, 2013

BAMER – Bibliography of Australian Music Education Research

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

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

If you would like to include your own thesis information on the BAMER database, please go to:

BAMER links:


Band Champs Perth 2013

March 10, 2013

29/3 – 1/4


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,


Biggest Orchestra world record 2013

July 14, 2013

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


blog – what we are doing wrong in secondary music

July 3, 2011

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


blog: assessing prior learning in a music classroom

September 5, 2012

Read Thomas J West’s blog HERE


Bobby McFerrin vocal improv lesson on YouTube

April 8, 2011


Brass workshop 4-6 July 2012 (Vic)

June 11, 2012

The event below may be of interest to your students. This is a non- residential camp with some great opportunities and experiences for brass and percussion players.

Note: Registration can be printed at the following link (also contains event info)

Wednesday 4th – Friday 6th July 2012
10am – 3:30pm
Balwyn High School
Balwyn North, VIC


Brass workshop for secondary students (Vic) – 23 July

June 12, 2011

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

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

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

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



cadence writing with a card game

January 26, 2012

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


Chamber Music Competition 2012 (Vic)

February 26, 2012

CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION – the Musical Society of Victoria will conduct a Chamber Music competition for groups of up to six instrumental players up to the age of 23 years on

Sunday May 20th at 2.30 p.m.

Details and entry forms are available on the website at or ring 03 9509 7767.


Chamber Music Competition 2013 Vic

March 4, 2013


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

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

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

For further details see


CHAMBER MUSIC SHORT COURSE for school-age students (Melb)

September 22, 2011

CHAMBER MUSIC SHORT COURSE for school-age students

Students are welcome to participate in this 5 session Chamber Music Course as individuals or as an established group.

Individual students will be assigned to chamber groups based on ability and experience.

The course includes:

Þ      Rehearsal and practice techniques for working in a chamber music group.

Þ      Coaching

Þ      Ensemble exercises (away from instrument)

Þ     Student Concert in final session

CONTACT: Course Director: Robin Baker 0435 073 247

When: Sundays 3.30 – 5pm: 5 sessions:  Oct 16, Oct 23, Nov 13, Nov 20 and Nov 27

Who: Pianists and string players – minimum Grade 6 AMEB standard or equivalent

Where: VCA, 234 St Kilda Rd, Southbank, Melbourne

Cost: $290 per student for the full 5 sessions


Choral participation improves health!

July 19, 2011

Sydney Morning Herald Article

Choral singing makes you happy: survey


Choral repertoire suggestions

January 9, 2013

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


Music: Play for Life


chord stats and lesson idea

June 17, 2012

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


March 7, 2010

Go to resource: is an interactive virtual online guitar.

Read more…


cinematic musical

March 19, 2012

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


Clare Bowditch interviews with prominent musicians

September 18, 2012

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


Clarinet Mega day (Melb) 9 Sept 2012

September 5, 2012

On Sunday 9 Sept 2012, David Griffith is hosting a Clarinet Mega Day here at Monash University which involves 4 leading clarinetists presenting a day of masterclasses, ensembles, panel discussions and a performance.

It is aimed towards more advanced high school students and tertiary level students.

School of Music-Conservatorium, Building 68, Monash University, VIC 3800

tel: (03) 9905 3232


Clarinet Mega day 8/9/13 Melb

August 25, 2013

Clarinet Mega Day: Sunday September 8, 2013

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



CLASAX VCE Masterclass (Vic)

July 28, 2011

The Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Victoria is again holding their
annual VCE masterclass afternoon on Sunday August 7th at 2:30pm at MLC
(Barkers Rd, Kew).

Year 11 and 12 students studying clarinet and saxophone are invited to
apply to play and be workshopped. We are fortunate to have Peter
Rickard, a senior AMEB examiner and Head of Woodwind at Scotch College
as the tutor for the afternoon.

Places will be allocated on a first in, best dressed basis so please
apply soon to avoid disappointment!

Other students, especially those in Year 9 or 10 and contemplating VCE
music, are encouraged to attend as audience members, as is anybody
else who is interested.

All enquiries to Fiona McKellar (


Classical Era: Style School

June 11, 2012
Style School – Ornamentation & Improvisation in the Classical Period

Victorian Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro will be conducted by Richard Gill and performed by Ludovico’s Band on period instruments. This is the first time The Marriage of Figaro has been performed by a period instrument classical orchestra in Melbourne.

They would like to offer upper secondary school students, tertiary students and pre-professional and young professional musicians the unique opportunity to spend two days working alongside these specialists in historically informed performance. Led by Richard Gill and the principal musicians from Ludovico’s Band, students will work on ensemble, text and stylistic interpretation of performing repertoire from this period of music – all in the theatre and on the stage of the Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Places are available for participants currently at AMEB Grade 6 and above. There will additionally be an opportunity for teachers and students to observe the workshops taking place.

  • Wednesday  25 July and Friday  27 July  9:15am – 3:00pm
  • Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
  • $150 for participants
  • $50 for observers
  • $85 for students and teachers (both days)

Places on offer:

Voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, percussion and strings.


For further enquiries please contact Melissa Harris, Education Manager on (03) 9012 6652 or


Classical music apps for all ages (Article)

September 6, 2013


Classical Music Library

December 21, 2009

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


Classical takes on Pop

August 29, 2011


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

Play it to any age-group :-)


Classics for Kids

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: Classics for Kids is a podcast station that streams classical music suitable for children.

Read more…


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

March 4, 2010

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

Read more…


CMER – Centre for Music Education Research

June 20, 2011


Coffs Harbour (free) Media and Youth course March 2012

February 26, 2012

A free course for Coffs Harbour (and surrounds) youth commences on March 5th, 2012 entitled


The course appeals to migrant and refugee youth, as well as other local students. It takes place 3 days per week for 10 months, and is Year 10 equivalent. Content includes digital music editing, sound mixing, multimedia …

For more info: Haridian Ramirez, Outreach Coordinator/Multicultural Contact Officer, North Coast TAFE

Tel: 02 66482416


ColdPlay live @ Apple

April 21, 2013

Watch 20 mins worth of ColdPlay performing live on YouTube. Take notes on stage-craft (actions, moves and dress), how they engage the crowd, what percussion is played, and what makes this live performance so exciting. Suggest students incorporate some of these ideas into their own band performances.


Composing Together (publication)

April 1, 2013

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


Concerto Competition for Strings

June 20, 2011



December 21, 2011

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


Conductor Development Program (VIC) Jan 2012

August 28, 2011

Melbourne Youth Music and Guest Artistic Director Andrew Mott invite 15 to 30 year olds to attend our Conductor Development Program as part of the MYM 2012 Summer School at the Victorian College of the Arts Southbank, January 16 – 20.  The program is ideal for aspiring young conductors or graduate teachers who would like to gain further proficiency in conducting a range of ensemble styles and levels.  The program is primarily based in practical experiences, working with facilitator Dobbs Franks.

The Conductor Development Program will offer aspiring conductors and music educators an invaluable experience, enhancing their conducting technique across a range of musical genres.  During the course of the week, activities will include visits to the various ensembles of the MYM Summer School, meeting the program directors as well as observing and directing wind, jazz and string ensembles at all levels.  Each participant receives significant amounts of podium time working with a dedicated chamber orchestra on substantial repertoire, mentoring sessions to develop essential conducting technique as well as skills development in score preparation, teaching and rehearsal skill.  Admission to the Conductor Development Program is by application only, for ages 15 – 30.  Participants may also be contacted by email requesting a reference from their school / music teacher stating the applicant’s musical skills and previous conducting experience.  Participants should have the ability to read orchestral scores and a basic understanding of conducting patterns.

Dobbs Franks is equally at home conducting symphony, opera, ballet, music theatre or chamber ensembles.  His career spans more than 50 years.  His Australian sojourn includes the Australian premiere of West Side Story (1960), Porgy and Bess (1965) and World Premiere of Richard Meale’s Mer de Glace (1991).  He has been Music Director of the Australian Ballet, Tasmanian Symphony, West Australian Ballet, and Conductor of the Australian Opera, Guest Conductor of all of the Australian and New Zealand symphony orchestras and Head of Music of the Australian Opera Studio.  He has frequently been on television and radio in a variety of roles.  In addition to his many activities in Australia he has performed in 49 of the 50 states of the USA, Canada, Mexico, Scotland, England, Switzerland, Greece, Israel, Korea, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand and New Zealand.  His latest recording is a DVD of Verdi’s Nabucco which he performed and recorded in Tokyo, Japan in September, 2010.

Program Fee             $435
Program Structure       30 Hours

9:30am – 3:30pm         Monday 16 – Friday 20 January

Visit and follow the links to Summer School to complete the online registration form.  Applications close 09 September, and placed are limited to ensure maximum contact with ensembles and facilitators.

(03) 9376 8988


Conference notes on Music technology and education

January 7, 2011

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


ConnectEd Arts (NSW)

January 21, 2010

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


contemp flute techniques – Jan 2013

January 23, 2013

Angus McPherson will be available for private lessons on contemporary flute techniques at ‘Flutes and Flutists’ on the 28th and 29th of January.

- Learn and/or refine the techniques required to perform the modern pieces in the new AMEB flute syllabus;

- Learn to circular breathe! Required for such pieces as Robert Dick’s Flames Must Not Encircle Sides and Ian Clarke’s The Great Train Race, this technique can be learnt by anyone and can be broken down into small, easy-to-practise parts;

- Refine your multiphonic playing;

- Develop your tongue rams, singing and playing, harmonics and more!

For more information or to book a lesson contact Angus at or through his Facebook page:


Copyright lesson plan and worksheet

June 13, 2012

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


Creating Instruments at Satisfied Mind (USA)

March 4, 2010

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

Read more…


Creative Arts 7-12 NSW National curriculum help

May 28, 2013



June 23, 2012

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


creative digital tasks for Aussie students (with prizes)

August 1, 2012

Here are a series of digital challenges for students - exciting
opportunities for music students across Australia.

The eTrack challenge gives students the great opportunity: To write
and record an original song that tells a story. The story may be based
on personal experience, a friend, a folklore or fairy-tale.

Winners will be awarded digital prizes from our sponsors Adobe, Wacom
and Scholastic at the exciting ceremony at the Sydney Opera House in

Other opportunities include:
* eProfile challenge: To create an informative and motivating eProfile
about an inspirational person such as a singer, composer, musician,
inventor, instrument maker, producer – anyone who is related to the
music world and inspires the students.

The website is at
> For further information please email


Critical thinking ideas for the Music classroom

October 13, 2012

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


crowd sourced band and choir warm-ups

March 29, 2013

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


Cultural Infusion

December 28, 2010

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


Cultural Infusion: Aboriginal Culture for a day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Curriculum Framework Learning Statement for the Arts (WA)

December 29, 2009

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


Curriculum Press – the Arts

December 29, 2009

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


Curriculum Support – Creative Arts 7-12 (NSW)

February 22, 2010

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


custom built orchestra

February 24, 2013

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

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

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


Degree @ Australian Institute of Music

October 31, 2011

Applications now open for 2012 Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Performance at Australian Institute of Music, NSW.

Click to visit :


Diatonic Harmony worksheet – free

March 6, 2011

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



digital citizenship re. music downloads

October 1, 2011

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


discover. learn. play. website

June 26, 2013

dlp = discover learn play

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

For example, here is the dlp page for beginner flute!/dlpmusicprogram/notebooks/flutebeginners/blocks

Here is the dlp pinterest site



January 23, 2011

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


doco and recording from USA school post-tragedy

January 17, 2013

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


doco: Before the Music dies

May 3, 2013

Here is a trailer of the documentary “Before the Music Dies”. Contains some explicit language. Discusses contradictions and commercialism in the pop industry.


Drum Clinic Melbourne 13/4/13

April 12, 2013



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

Topics covered:

- Listening skills

- Musical application of rudiments

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

- Application of electronic music styles to drum kit.

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

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

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






Drumline PD (VIC): 30 October 2011

September 28, 2011

The D²Drumline is one of Melbourne’s unique entertainment ensembles, providing high impact, visual, precision drumming inspired by the USA based Drum Corps International circuit. It is one of the few ensembles of this kind in Australia.

For more information: Website
Short Promotional Video

Percussion teachers, students or department heads may be interested in the upcoming Drumline Masterclass, which aims to introduce and share this relatively unknown drumming style with an Australian audience.

DATE: October 30th, 2011



Easy planning for the rest of the year

December 2, 2012

Show students the MusicCareer website with its list of ‘careers in music’. Students should choose a career which interests them, and spend the rest of the year undertaking career-related activities, eg. practising (= performer), writing a list of equipment they think school should buy, listening to songs and writing what emotion it evokes (= music therapy), changing songs to words … ENJOY!!!


edna (Education Network Australia) – music resources

February 2, 2010

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


Emerging Composers – senior lesson idea

October 12, 2011

Ask senior student to each choose one composer from the list in this AMC article and to summarise the main points. Students will then share their findings with the rest of the class (verbally or via a blog).


emusictheory – online aural and reading drills

October 19, 2011

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


Encounter – MSO resource

September 16, 2011


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

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

WARNING: Won’t work on Mac computers


Ensembles for VCE graduates (Vic)

October 20, 2011

Ensembles for new school-leavers: A Note for Graduating Year 12 Students.

Do you play an instrument? Have you enjoyed playing in your school band/orchestra?

Perhaps, you might like to join a community music ensemble and continue to make music with your friends.

If so, have a look through the following list of websites and make some enquires as to which group might best suit your needs. (Band, Orchestra, auditioned Stage Band)

Frankston Symphony Orchestra & Mornington Peninsula Chorale

South Eastern Concert Band – look up on Facebook

South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Manningham Concert Band


EQ Australia

December 29, 2009

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


ESL through music (Canada)

March 3, 2010

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

Read more…


explaining Texture

October 12, 2012

This free website explains many different textures in music, all with YouTube clips to offer examples.


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

April 17, 2012

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

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


Finale NotePad

February 4, 2010

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


Find your passion in life and pursue it (video)

March 27, 2011

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


Flame Awards announced 2011

July 22, 2011

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

Visit the Flame Awards website for entry information

Due 22nd August, 2011.


Fleximusic Composer

February 4, 2010

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


Flute Recital and Masterclass April 2012 (Vic)

March 4, 2012

Bart Feller is a professor at the Juilliard School, is Principal Flute of

the New Jersey Symphony and plays with the New York City Opera.

He’s coming out in April for a recital, to give masterclasses and private

lessons. The main event is on Tuesday, April 10th (Easter Tuesday). So

this is great opportunity for your students and yourselves to come along

to hear an amazing player and teacher during the school holidays. PD certificates may be arranged.

For a copy of the brochure, email the following address:

Kelly Williams

De La Salle College



March 11, 2010

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


Free access to Klerrisa Music resources Oct 2012

October 7, 2012

This month (October 2012) Klerrisa Music’s ACCESS site (usually available to paying customers) is FREE to all teachers. Browse through brilliant resources (Middle School to High School) and sample tastes of many different units, lesson plans and worksheets.


free ACO kits 2013

March 4, 2013

Australian Chamber Orchestra school program – free teaching notes, worksheets and activities

Tognetti’s Mozart Tognetti’s Mozart ACT Tognetti’s Mozart NSW Tognetti’s Mozart SA Tognetti’s Mozart VIC Tognetti’s Mozart WA
Richard Tognetti presents ACO2 Richard Tognetti presents ACO2 ACT Richard Tognetti presents ACO2 NSW Richard Tognetti presents ACO2 QLD Richard Tognetti presents ACO2 SA Richard Tognetti presents ACO2 VIC
Barefoot Fiddler Barefoot Fiddler ACT Barefoot Fiddler NSW Barefoot Fiddler QLD Barefoot Fiddler SA Barefoot Fiddler VIC Barefoot Fiddler WA
Brahms Piano Quintet Brahms Piano Quintet NSW Brahms Piano Quintet SA Brahms Piano Quintet VIC Brahms Piano Quintet WA
Andreas Scholl sings Vivaldi Andreas Scholl sings Vivaldi NSW Andreas Scholl sings Vivaldi VIC
Brahms 4 & Steven Isserlis Brahms 4 & Steven Isserlis ACT Brahms 4 & Steven Isserlis NSW Brahms 4 & Steven Isserlis QLD Brahms 4 & Steven Isserlis SA Brahms 4 & Steven Isserlis VIC Brahms 4 & Steven Isserlis WA
Mozart Clarinet Concerto Mozart Clarinet Concerto ACT Mozart Clarinet Concerto NSW Mozart Clarinet Concerto VIC
Brandenburg Concertos Brandenburg Concertos NSW Brandenburg Concertos QLD Brandenburg Concertos VIC

free app: Pitch

January 10, 2013

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


Free AYMC in Armidale NSW

July 19, 2012
Australian Youth Music Council

Free Music Careers Workshop
Armidale NSW, 25th August

Free Music Careers Workshop in Armidale
On the 25th of August, the Australian Youth Music Council (AYMC) will be
holding a music industry careers day in Armidale as part of its national
workshop series.

The workshop will include industry speakers ranging from record labels to
academics, with trivia prizes, free food, and an interactive game that
exposes people to a wide range of music industry scenarios. The day is
designed to engage personal & professional knowledge for anyone who aspires
to develop their career in the music industry.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

This free event will take place at the Old Teachers College in Armidale,
NSW, running from 12pm to 5pm. Catering & trivia prizes provided thanks to
our sponsors.

Keep an eye on for details of other workshops being held in
Sydney, Brisbane & more.

free chord analysis of pop songs

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


free djembe lesson video

January 4, 2013

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


free documentaries online – music

September 21, 2011

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


free fingering charts – band instruments

June 22, 2011

Free fingering charts for band instruments are found here.


free Jazz workshop Stonnington May 2013

March 17, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>· Allan Browne ( NMIT, Monash University)

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

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

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

Please see full event and registration details below:

Workshop Date: Thursday May 23, 2013

Time: 1:30pm to 3pm

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

(melways ref. 59, C7)

Registration: Chapel Off Chapel: 8290 7000 or

Enquiries: email Rae Sedergreen:

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

Regards, Peter Redden – Coordinator Arts, Culture and Events


Free kit re. minimalism

July 29, 2013

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


free lesson content re. new curriculum

March 19, 2013

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


free lesson plans / powerpoints

June 22, 2011

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


free Melb Con concerts May 2012

May 7, 2012

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

Friday 25 May, 11:00am

Brass and Strings Ensemble Concert

Ideal for: Years 7 – 12

Duration: approx 70 minutes

Venue: Melba Hall, Royal Parade, Parkville

More information:

Saturday 26 May, 7:30pm

Wind Symphony and String Ensemble Concert

Ideal for: Years 5 – 12

Duration: approx 75 minutes

Venue: BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

More information:

Monday 28 May, 2:00pm

Percussion Ensembles Concert

Ideal for: Years 5 – 12

Duration: 50 minutes

Venue: Victorian College of the Arts, Southbank

More information:

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


free MTRS UK resources – film music & composition

November 6, 2011

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

Thanks to MTRS in UK for sharing :-)


FREE Music Forum magazine (Year 12+)

August 12, 2012

Music Forum 18.4 (August 2012 edition) is now online. It contains a special supplement on careers and tertiary study in music and, for a limited time, it is available to all schools in Australia, regardless of whether they receive the paper version. Please can you pass this information on to the schools and teachers in your jurisdiction or membership. It is of special interest to secondary students, their music teachers, and careers advisors.

They can find it at

The magazine is password protected. ID and password are both schoolmusic and access will be free until October 31.

Also for a limited time, we are offering a special discounted membership of the Music Council of Australia to school teachers and schools. Membership for addresses within Australia includes our quarterly print magazine, Music Forum, and access to the online version. Normal fee is $59. The discount for the joining year is a special offer, until October 31 only, of $39.

They can get the discount by joining online: Go to, click on JOIN MCA and then BECOME A MEMBER. Sign up as a NEW MEMBER. Then go to the bottom of the page to the DISCOUNT box. In the Coupon box, enter the code schoolmusic then follow through as instructed.

Alternatively they can join by mail, phone or fax as is made possible on the online site. Or they can phone 03 9507 2315.


free Music History & Theory website

June 21, 2011

A free website with comprehensive information on Music Theory.


free music resources e-book

January 10, 2012

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


free music theory

December 29, 2012

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


free music theory website

June 22, 2011

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


free online music theory

January 28, 2013

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


free piano solos

May 17, 2013

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


free podcasts and activity sheets on Music fundamentals

March 8, 2011

Dr Watson’s podcasts – a MASSIVE and free resource from an American lecturer in music, which has dozens of podcasts, many of which have free lesson guides and activity sheets attached. Topics include “what music means to me”, “repetition in music”, “bad boys in classical music”, “modality” …


free posters for intermed music theory

January 28, 2013


free powerpoint: History of Rock’n'Roll

April 24, 2012

THIS FREE RESOURCE is a powerpoint presentation of well over 100 slides. It comes from THIS website. THANKS!

Give students a copy of the powerpoint (perhaps edit it down a bit first). Ask them to create a timeline or their own powerpoint to show 60 years of Rock’n'Roll history.


FREE Pro Tools workshop (Vic) – June 23

June 12, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

RSVP is essential.
Please call JUDY on 9808 8988


free resources from Deborah Smith

February 25, 2012

Print off a few of these FREE theory sheets (or give the link to your students) and let your students choose what to work on next lesson. Suits middle / upper secondary music students.


free sample lesson plans (Australian)

September 22, 2011

Here is a free lesson from Klerrisa Music re. Mashing Up 2 Bruno Mars songs which have the same chord progression.

If you sign up to the Klerrisa mailing list, you get free access to a dozen more free sample lessons (Middle school & Secondary).


free Saxophone workshop

August 1, 2011

George Garzone – Saxophone Workshop
Thursday 11th August, 7pm
@ Melbourne Brass & Woodwind Showrooms
578 North Road, Ormond VIC 3204

Cost: FREE!

Please reserve your place early, space is limited.
or contact Nick Taylor Ph: 0402 776 495


free SFX and instrument samples – SOUNGLE

January 27, 2013

This website offers royalty free sound effects and instrument sounds.


free traditional Music Education e-text

July 14, 2011 “Understanding Basic Music Theory”

This course includes a review of common notation and an introduction to the physics behind music theory, as well as the basic concepts of music theory and a few slightly advanced but very useful topics, such as transposition.


free uke tuner (app)

October 7, 2012

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


free vocab list – free lesson ideas

July 19, 2012

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

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


free workshop Werribee – Orch Vic

June 27, 2012




31st July & 1st August 2012

Wyndham Cultural Centre


Orchestra Victoria’s Education Workshops offers students, community musicians and music teachers unique opportunities not offered in regional Victoria by any other professional orchestra. Workshops aim to enhance participants’ skills through direct interaction with professional musicians and conductors.

Education Workshops provide secondary music students, teachers and adult musicians the opportunity to work intensively with professional performers/teachers who are specialists in their field. The two-day student workshops sees young local musicians rehearsing and performing alongside Orchestra Victoria musicians, who act as mentors, under the direction of a professional conductor. During the workshops, professional learning sessions for local music teachers with the conductor are also provided.

All workshops culminate in a community concert providing an opportunity for students to share their memorable experience and achievements with family, friends and the wider community. Performing alongside Orchestra Victoria musicians, the concert brings together young people and the wider community to celebrate local community talent and take part in an exciting, fresh and community driven initiative.

·         Secondary students who play flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass or orchestral percussion;

A standard of AMEB Grade 4 is preferred but applications for AMEB Grade 3 students are encouraged to apply also (it is not necessary to have completed the exam).

For further information please ring 9694 3600 or at

Toby Frost

Education & Community Coordinator

Ph:  9694 3677

Mob: 0412 254 053


free YouTube star in a day workshop Sept 9 (Sydney)

September 5, 2012
Grab the last spots in a FREE One-Day Workshop this Sunday presented by YouTube and AFTRS for 16-18 year old creators of new media (9 Sept 2012).
- Want to start generating YouTube content but don’t know where to start?
- Already on YouTube and looking to build your audience?
- What about trends, collaboration and analytics?
Taking place this Sunday at Google HQ in Sydney, this FREE, exclusive and one-day only YouTube workshop will see Martin Brown, Head of National at AFTRS OPEN, along with YouTube experts and Christiaan and Nick from Bondi Hipsters, hosting sessions on content production and how to make the most of your YouTube productions.
You will learn about: Next generation content – Broadening your opportunities as a YouTube creator- Getting your start on YouTube – Building your channel and audience – Scripting your ideas -Camera, lighting and sound techniques – The rules of production.
WHO: 16-18 year olds / COST: FREE. Places limited to 80 / DATE: Sunday September 9, 2012 TIME: 9:00 am -5:00pm / WHERE: Google Australia, Sydney, NSW

Fresh Ideas for secondary music (course – Vic)

June 27, 2012


Presented by aMuse in conjunction with Arts Centre Melbourne

Featuring Nick Peterson

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

• Mastering Rhythm

• Amazing insights to revitalise music lessons

• An Introduction To The Concepts Of Music

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



Monday 27 August


9.00am – 3.30pm




Digital Learning Hub

Arts Centre Melbounre

(Located in The Australian Ballet Centre, Southbank)

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


Full Pitcher – Music for Special Needs (UK)

March 4, 2010

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

Read more…


funky strings take on Mission Impossible

January 9, 2013

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


funny orchestral allocation map

September 27, 2012

Just for fun – a flow-chart for allocating instruments to personalities


Future career in music – class discussion

October 9, 2011

These guiding questions come from AYMC:

1. What is it about music that makes you want to be a musician or work in the Arts? 2. What is your dream musical job? 3. Would you expect to get paid for your Arts activities? and/or Do you expect to find alternative income to financially support your Arts activities?  Why? 4. (depending on answer 3)  Who will pay you for your
Art, either directly/indirectly, and will this be enough money?  and/or What alternative employment will you find, and how will this affect your Arts practice? 5. What skills do you need to acquire in order to achieve the answers to Question 4?


February 4, 2010

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


Generations in Jazz (SA)

May 15, 2011

Music, Competitions and James Morrison – in South Australia


Global Conservatory – distance education from NY

September 13, 2011

Manhattan School of Music has instituted a groundbreaking distance learning program — the first of its kind at a major conservatory — devoted to exploring the use of state-of-the-art videoconference technology for music education and performance.

Use the internet to take 50 minute classes with your students, or to undertake professional learning for yourself / your community.


Gondwana National Choral School 2013

August 7, 2012


I am writing to you from Gondwana Choirs – Australia’s national choral organisation under the direction our internationally renowned Artistic Director and Founder, Lyn Williams OAM. Our programs are developed to foster the future of Australian choral music.

NATIONAL CHORAL SCHOOL 2013 is a two-week intensive experience to be held in January 2-13 (Sydney). Young musicians gather from all states and territories to participate in one of our three programs –

·         SING

·         CONDUCT

·         COMPOSE

Our four national choirs include -

·         Gondwana Chorale

·         Gondwana Voices

·         Gondwana Singers

·         Junior Gondwana

Participation in our January National Choral School may allow choristers to perform domestically and internationally throughout the year. We have many exciting development and touring opportunities planned for next year and more information can be found at our website (information below) or in our NCS 2013 material.

Our choristers, composition students and conducting interns always have a fabulous time at national Choral School. It is a unique experience for like-minded young people to develops their professional skills and to enhance and share their musical abilities.

We ask that you take the time to view our Gondwana National Choral School video –

Please read the information you receive and distribute it to appropriate candidates. More information can be found at our website or on Facebook – Gondwana National Choirs.


Good Ear

March 3, 2010

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

Read more…


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

January 22, 2010

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


Gotye via YouTube orchestra

August 25, 2012


Grainger Wind Symphony – New Players Scholarship

August 6, 2011

Do you have outstanding Year 12 woodwind, brass, percussion or string bass players in your school?

Expand their horizons and pass this information on to them today! Applications close next Friday, August 12th!

The Grainger Wind Symphony Young Players Scholarship

The Grainger Wind Symphony Young Players Scholarship is an annual scholarship open to young woodwind, brass, percussion and string bass players. The scholarship seeks to encourage talented young musicians to pursue their interest in wind music beyond secondary school. By raising awareness of the strong community music scene in Melbourne, the Grainger Wind Symphony hopes to engage a whole new generation of musicians in this proud tradition.

Opportunities for your students

Every music teacher hopes to instill in their students a love of music that is carried beyond the boundaries of school life. Why not give your students the very best of opportunities and help them carry their passion forward into post-secondary school life? The Grainger Wind Symphony Young Players Scholarship is the ideal platform for your high-achieving students to practise performing their program before a panel, become accustomed to the audition process and receive feedback on their performance, whilst encouraging them to continue pursuing music beyond secondary school.

Opportunities for your school

Each successful applicant will perform a solo work in one of Grainger Wind Symphony’s upcoming concerts. To help support the school that supported them, we will provide 25 tickets to their secondary school. What better way is there to engage your up-and-coming players and reignite their passion in music than seeing someone they look up to performing alongside a top ensemble?

For more information, please visit our website at


Great Relief Senior

March 11, 2010

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


GrooveShark – free online music listening

May 25, 2011

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

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

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

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


Guide: Re-mixing without getting sued

December 23, 2012

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


guitar tutor PowerPoint

May 5, 2013

Educators around the world are looking toward popular music as a way of ‘engaging kids’ who otherwise would never be likely to pursue a musical instrument in school, let alone in adult life.

This website offers a new method of learning useful-level guitar. The backing tracks are based on special chords that allow simple one to three fingered ’shapes’ to fit in well – no muffled notes, no special re-tunings!.

This is a Creative Commons free resource that can be downloaded and used in whatever way you want. Although simple enough for an individual learner it probably works best if a trained teacher gets you started following the tutorial. Teachers can use the system for other instruments as well as guitar..

Just download the 5mb zip file listed at left and open it as a PowerPoint (.pptx). Open full-screen so that you can click on the embedded midi files and view the animations showing finger positions for chords.


Hal Leonard Choral Reading Days – Feb 2013

January 13, 2013

Click HERE for more info.


Hands-on Harpsichord and Piano workshop (Melbourne)

March 13, 2011

Attention Music Teachers and Pianists!

There are still some places left to play in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s Hands On Harpsichord and Fortepiano day on Saturday 19 March – pianists and piano students of all ages are very welcome to attend.

WHEN: Saturday 19 March, 10:00am – 3:00pm
WHERE: Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Gate 12, The University of Melbourne, Royal Parade, Parkville
COST: Free
CONTACT: Anastasia Russell-Head – or 8344 3673


Hearts in Harmony Community Music 2013

March 4, 2013

Message from “Welcome to Music” :

Dear music friends,

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

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

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

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

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

The four songs are:

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

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

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

The choristers and choir leaders have access to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking forward to your involvement

To see the fliers click on these links

For bookings

Facebook –

Enquiries – or phone 1300 769 803


Hearts in Harmony with Richard Gill

May 3, 2013

Message from Susie Davies-Splitter:

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

With special guest RICHARD GILL OAM

Dear aMuse friends,

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

The workshops – Come along and participate in inclusive music making for all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Workshops include ‘Music for Mini’s’ with Heather Monro from Kids Music Company, ‘Folk Dancing from around the world’ with Audrey Fine, ‘Sing your heart out’ with Susie Davies-Splitter and Phil Splitter, ‘Marimbas and wacky instruments’ with Jon Madin and ‘Singing’ with Richard Gill.

‘Time to Sing’ Concert – 2.30-3.45 – Performances include various school and community music groups, GTR-Good Times Roll Band and featuring the ‘Hearts in Harmony’ massed and intergenerational choir, including over 200 choristers made up of local schools, community groups, individuals and families conducted by special guest RICHARD GILL OAM.

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

HHCM massed and intergenerational choir – Choir Call – Expression of Interest – This unique choir is for all ages and abilities including school choirs, adult community choirs, families and individuals. Four songs are chosen by an expert panel in different styles and languages. The minimum requirement is to learn the melody line of each song and some simple movements and attend the rehearsal at 9.45am on the day of the concert. More advanced choristers are encouraged to purchase the sheet music and learn the harmony parts. Each school and community choir leader/conductor is invited to attend one further rehearsal on Sunday 22nd Sept.

Volunteers - Would you like some excellent and free professional development? – Volunteers are required from 8am to 5pm and attend all workshops and the concert. Tasks include: Setting up and packing up, registration, setting up equipment and instruments, meeting and greeting, guiding and directing people between locations, security, stage hands for concert etc.

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

For bookings -–

Facebook –


Help with Sibelius 7 software

July 26, 2013

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


Hints re. jazz bands

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


History of Rock – interactive website

December 23, 2012

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


History of Rock MOOC starts 15/5/13

April 25, 2013


HotChalk music lesson plans (USA)

February 15, 2010

Go to resource: HotChalk (USA) is a site that offers lesson plans, grouped according to different disciplines and age ranges, including music. Read more…


How to learn an instrument digitally

March 25, 2013

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


HSC Music (NSW)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: Music for Years 11 to 12 (NSW) is published by the Department of Education and Training NSW.

Read more…


Idea of North @ Illawarra Music Fest 2013

May 20, 2013

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

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

IDEA OF NORTH a cappella vocal group @ The Regent Theatre

Keira Street, Wollongong NSW, Australia

All ages

Ideas on giving ONLINE assessment feedback

January 9, 2012

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


Illegal Harmonies (Andrew Ford) podcasts Jan 2012

January 1, 2012

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

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


Improvisation and Conducting

February 19, 2010

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


in2arts (Qld)

January 21, 2010

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


Indigenous fusion with AAO

January 9, 2012

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


Indigenous music – Stiff Gins

October 13, 2012

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


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

May 3, 2011

Indigenous Musicians get to POP!

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

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

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

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

For more information and an application form please:


Instant Lessons (Aus publications)

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


Instrument Bingo

March 11, 2010

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


Instrumental Music Teaching Resource

December 13, 2009

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

Read more…


International Song Writing Competition 2012

June 4, 2012

There is a category for U18 song-writers (“teen” category). Please note that there is a $30+ application fee.


Intro to VCE Music 24/3/13

February 10, 2013


Deborah Smith presents an interactive lecture and workshop
for students studying VCE Music Performance (Units 1 & 2 or 3 & 4).

Using a range of tools such as rhythmic syllables, solfege & the voice,
Deborah will provide an overview of the Theory and Aural comprehension
(Outcome 3 – Musicianship) components of VCE Music Performance
along with advice on how to learn and improve in all these areas:
Scales & Modes | Intervals | Melody & Melodic Dictation
| Rhythm & Rhythmic Dictation | Chords & Chord Progressions –
what you need to know and how to make sure you do! |

Venue: Victoria University, Level 11, Room 1, 300 Flinders St, Melbourne 3000
Date: Sunday 24th March 2013
Time: 9.30am until 4pm
Cost: Early Bird Special $70 per student. Payment must be made by 8th March.
After this date price is $90 per student.
Fee includes morning tea and a comprehensive set of notes.
Students should provide their own lunch.
Teachers accompanying a class attend for free.
No refunds will apply after 15 March.

Information/booking form pdf:


iPad & Technology in Music Education

March 5, 2011

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


iPad + orchestra concert (article)

February 9, 2012

This newspaper article talks about composing music for student iPads, to be played with a professional orchestra!


iPad app teaching ideas

March 23, 2012

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

PIANO IN A FLASH APP : chord charts

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

Rhythm Cat

Middle School: learning to tap basic rhythms


iPad apps

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

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


iPad apps for music teachers and performers

January 13, 2012

Read the article HERE


IT and Music education e-book

February 14, 2012

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


IWB resources

January 7, 2011

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


Jam Hub (Intelliware)

September 21, 2010

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


Jazz interviews

October 26, 2011

dozens of interviews with Jazz musicians


Jersey Boys

January 11, 2011

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


JMC Creative Industries Sept 2013

August 25, 2013

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

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

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

Head to to register now!


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

April 12, 2013

Join Jane Rutter for a mass ‘Flute Chanting Choir’

When: Monday, April 15 at 11am

Where: on the steps of The Concourse in Chatswood

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

The glamorous flautist divides her time between Sydney and Paris.

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

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

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

Feel your breathing deepen. Hear your sound become richer.

Feel vibrations of sound permeate every inch of your body.

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

Please arrive 20 mins early for set up.

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

For more information please contact Meldi Arkinstall, Meldi Publicity:

0413 548 985 or


Katie Noonan: high tech teaching over the net

December 6, 2012

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


Katie Wardrobe – teacher training courses in Music & computers

January 7, 2011

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


KET lesson plans and resources (US)

February 15, 2011

KET – this website provides free Music lesson plans for 5-18 year olds. NOTE: Some of the content requires additional KET resources (videos).


Kinshasa scratch orchestra

May 19, 2013

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



September 21, 2010

Go to resource: Kiravanu is an opera written by James Humberstone and Mary Elizabeth, specifically designed for children and integrated with the curriculum. Read more…


Kita Performing Arts Company (Victoria)

January 23, 2010

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


Klezmer workshop (Melb) March 26, 2013

March 17, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date: Tuesday 26th March

Time:  7pm – 9.45pm

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

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

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

Travel Tips

Tram    Three minute walk from tram 19, Sydney Road.

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

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

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


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


Kodaly workshop @ NECOM 20-21 October 2012

March 19, 2012

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

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

Enquiries can be directed to Inge Southcott via email:


Lang Lang video clips (piano)

March 22, 2013 Lang Lang is a flamboyant young pianist with plenty of showmanship. He pulls huge crowds, and plays Classical music. Watch some YouTube clips with your class and discuss what makes him so appealing to audiences around the world.


learn ukulele online

April 15, 2013


Les Mis extended trailer

December 19, 2012

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


lesson plan on Contemp Melbourne Trio

March 20, 2011

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

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

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

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

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


lesson starter (animation)

February 20, 2013 the history of music with texta drawings


life after MCUI – what now?

November 9, 2012

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


List of free Music education resources online

June 3, 2011

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


Little Book of Music for the Classroom

January 14, 2013

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

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

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


Live Binder of online music resources

September 5, 2012

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


live performance requests (Vic)

July 28, 2011

VCE Music teachers – do you have a request for a live performance of Australian works?

Fed Square and Patma Music ( will present a new education series in 2012, with a focus on Australian music.

Please e-mail me directly if you would like to hear any particular compositions in live performance (pre-1910 and/or twentieth-century Australian music).

Concerts will be held in May and September 2012, and will be supported with teacher resources.  Feel free to send me any comments or suggestions for programming to suit your students’ needs.

Regards, Cindy Thomas
Cindy Thomas | Fed Square Pty Ltd
Program Manager – Education


Logic Studio (Apple)

February 16, 2010

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


Making Music Being Well

April 25, 2011

Have you signed up yet to be part of Making Music Being Well?

This national initiative, which takes place from 16 – 22 May, is a collaboration between
Music: Play for Life and the Australian Music Therapy Association and it’s all about a grassroots celebration of the links between music making and wellbeing.

When you register to participate – it’s FREE – we’ll send you event posters, stickers and brochures and you’ll get access to lots of downloadable resources including event planning and promotional tips.

How you participate is up to you.  The best way to be involved is to take something you may already have planned for that week and hitch it to the national wagon of Making Music Being Well 2011. You don’t have to do something on every day during the week – one event is enough. Your event will be outlined on the MMBW website and you and your group members or students will be helping to shine the national spotlight on an important fact: music is good for you!

Here are a few ideas based on previous years:

  • Open the doors to the community for your rehearsal that falls within the MMBW week and turn it into a free performance.
  • Take your choir or group to a nursing home, hospital or school.
  • Organise a big sing at your workplace.
  • Turn a school assembly into a musical celebration and tell students and parents about the value and benefits of making music.
  • Convene a drum circle in your school playground.
  • Run an open mic session at your local pub or club.
  • Organise a gathering of community music leaders and organisers in your area and discuss how you could pool resources and share skills.

Register to be part of it at

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


Making Music Being Well – 16 to 22 May, 2011

April 19, 2011

Have you signed up yet to be part of Making Music Being Well?

This national initiative, which takes place from 16 – 22 May, is a collaboration between Music: Play for Life and the Australian Music Therapy Association and it’s all about a grassroots celebration of the links between music making and wellbeing.

When you register to participate – it’s FREE – we’ll send you event posters, stickers and brochures and you’ll get access to lots of downloadable resources including event planning and promotional tips. How you participate is up to you.

The best way to be involved is to take something you may already have planned for that week and hitch it to the national wagon of Making Music Being Well 2011. You don’t have to do something on every day during the week – one event is enough. Your event will be outlined on the MMBW website and you and your group members or students will be helping to shine the national spotlight on an important fact: music is good for you!

Here are a few ideas based on previous years: Open the doors to the community for your rehearsal that falls within the MMBW week and turn it into a free performance. Take your choir or group to a nursing home, hospital or school. Organise a big sing at your workplace. Turn a school assembly into a musical celebration and tell students and parents about the value and benefits of making music. Convene a drum circle in your school playground. Run an open mic session at your local pub or club. Organise a gathering of community music leaders and organisers in your area and discuss how you could pool resources and share skills.

Register to be part of it at

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


Margaret Schofield Scholarships (Vic)

October 19, 2011

Applications for the 2012 Margaret Schofield Scholarship are now open until Monday 31 October 2011.

For information regarding the Scholarship:


Carole Lander
Manager, Information Services

Phone 03 9651-4328


massed singing with Year 9 (boys!)

February 23, 2011

Ann Lierse has shared a list of repertoire used by boys during Year 9 and 10 massed choral lessons at Melbourne High School (2010). Many thanks for sharing, Ann!

Sample of repertoire for Massed Singing

Night and Day – Cole Porter                          Thriller – Michael Jackson

Don’t dream its over – Neill Finn                   Dancing in the storm – Boom Crash

The Rain – Kassey Chambers                         Africa – Toto

At the end of the day – Schonberg                 All Night, All day – Traditional

All that Jazz – John Kanter                            The Vagabond – Vaughan Williams

Oh Pretty Women – Roy Orbison                 All that Jazz – John Kanter

Bridge over troubled water – Paul Simon       Violet Hill – Coldplay

Foxy Lady – Hendrix                                      The Ballad of Swiney Todd – Sondheim

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Derek Sharon           Orpheus Lament – Gluck

Selections from Pirates of Penzance – Gilbert and Sullivan

Nessum Dorma – Puccini                               Finlandia – Sibelius

Pilgrim’s Chorus – Wagner                             Requiem – Mozart

Carmina Burina – Orff                                    Les Miserables – Schoenberg

Chorus of the Hewbrew Slaves – Verdi          A Tribute to Foster – Grainger

Officer Krurpke – Bernstein                           The Masochism Tango – Lehrer


Matthew Hindson website

November 11, 2012

Explore the music and methods of Australia’s Matthew Hindson HERE thanks to Musica Viva.


May 23, 2013 free Jazz workshop (Vic)

May 3, 2013

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

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

>> of all ages to attend a one-off

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

>> musicians.

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

>> educators:

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

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

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

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

>> · Allan Browne ( NMIT, Monash University)

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

>> School and

>> Lauriston Girls’ School)

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

>> teachers alike, and any

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

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

>> jazz music featuring

>> Australia’s finest jazz performers.

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

>> 2013, there will a very special

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

>> current Stonnington Youth

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

>> Come Together Band

>> brings together musicians from across Australia and from different

>> musical backgrounds in a special

>> one-off performance.

>> Please see full event and registration details below:

>> Workshop Date: Thursday May 23, 2013

>> Time: 1:30pm to 3pm

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

>> (melways ref. 59, C7)

>> Registration: Chapel Off Chapel: 8290 7000 or

>> Enquiries: email Rae Sedergreen:

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

>> young artists.

>> Regards,

>> Peter Redden

>> Coordinator Arts, Culture and Events


MCUI 2012 : note time

September 18, 2012

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

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


MCUI 2012 article in the Age

January 10, 2013


MCUI 2012 for student orchestra

October 30, 2012

Watch THIS video of Bellingen Youth Orchestra rehearsing “Different People”. With the class, make a list of the positive effect music has on children’s lives. Ask students for their ideas to add to that list.


MCUI 2013 – oh oh oh!

June 19, 2013 Check out the new Music: Count Us In song for 2013. MP3 and teaching kits are ready to use! This year’s song could be the best yet!!


MCUI instrumental parts now online (FREE)

August 15, 2012

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

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

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


MCUI song writers needed for 2012

May 9, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download the brief here.


Medea: Sasha Waltz and guests – Education Kit

January 22, 2010

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


Meet the Music 15/2/13 Sydney

February 10, 2013

The Meet the Music workshop is coming up next Friday (FEB 15, 2013)


2-5pm Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

Presenters: Richard Gill, Kim Waldock

Accredited for teachers through the NSW Institute of Teachers

·         Registration Opens in Opera House foyer from 1pm

·         Students will be required to cloak school bags

·         Coffee available for purchase from the Campos Outlet next to the cloak room

·         Teacher resource materials and Concert  tickets will be distributed on the day

Richard will unpack the composition style of a number of the works in our 2013 season focusing upon the techniques of motivic development and orchestration from Haydn to Adès

Kim will unpack Australian works by Ledger and Koehne

A really good seminar for Elective music students – whether or not they are
attending the concert series.


Melb Festival of Brass 2012

April 26, 2012

In September 24-28 we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary Melbourne

International Festival of Brass.

We are selling full passes for secondary students for only $150 which will

enable them to bring their instrument and be involved in warm up sessions,

masterclasses, recitals and seminars with some of the worlds very best

brass players. These events will be at the Australian National Academy of

Music in South Melbourne.

Artists include; Mnozil Brass (Ensemble – Austria), Oystein Baadsvik (Tuba

- Norway), Wycliffe Gordon (Trombone – USA), Radovan Vlatkovic (Horn -

Croatia), Rex Richardson (Trumpet – USA), James Morrison, Australian Brass

Quintet and Ross Irwin Invitational All Star Big Band.

For all tickets and information go to

Join us at www.facebook/brassfest


Melb School Bands and Strings Festival 2012

April 26, 2012

CONTACT: Sam Cooke, Festival Administrator -

REGISTRATION: 27 April – 11 May 2012

DESCRIPTION: Melbourne School Bands and Strings Festival

Wednesday 8 – Saturday 25 August 2012

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

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


Melb Symphony Education Week 2012

May 7, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Melb Youth Chorus

April 27, 2013


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

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

Introducing Melbourne Singers of Gospel

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

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

Project Description

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

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

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

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

For more information, please contact:

Sandra Sanders, Youth Chorus Manager at, 0401 766 348


Melbourne Con: short courses 2012

April 10, 2012

Classical Singing
Monday evenings, 30 April – 25 June

Aimed at beginning and relatively untrained singers, this 8-week course will develop your skills, technique and knowledge in the art of classical singing, unleashing hidden intuitive skills and training new understandings.
Cost: $255
Venue: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Royal Parade, Parkville

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Performance and Presentation Skills
Monday evenings, 14 May – 2 July

This 7-week workshop is open to all musicians who want to overcome performance anxiety and explore, understand and expand their skills in performing confidently.
Cost: $355
Venue: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Royal Parade, Parkville

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Voice Workshop for Secondary Students
Friday 4 May

Featuring masterclass opportunities, group ensemble singing, warm-up and Feldenkrais workshop with MCM teaching staff, this is a day not to be missed for the serious singing student!
Cost: $55
Venue: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Royal Parade, Parkville

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VCE Rhythm Workshop
Saturday 19 May

VCE students… are your rhythmic skills lagging? Come along to a fun-filled day to sharpen your rhythmic ‘chops’.
Cost: $90
Venue: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Royal Parade, Parkville

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Guitar Workshop for Secondary Students
Saturday 16 June

Featuring masterclass opportunities, ensemble practice, interaction with students and staff from the Conservatorium, and a special workshop on Brazilian guitar music, as well as the chance to perform in a twilight concert in Melba Hall, this is a day not to be missed for the serious guitar student!
Cost: $55
Venue: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Royal Parade, Parkville

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VCE Analysis Workshop
Monday 2 July

Designed for VCE Music Performance students, this 2.5-hour workshop will give you tools and strategies to assist you with the Analysis component of the Unit 4 study design.
Cost: $50
Venue: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Royal Parade, Parkville

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All courses are designed for adults and teenagers aged 14 years and over.

University of Melbourne staff and students are entitled to a discount of 20% off all short course fees.

University of Melbourne alumni are entitled to a discount of 10% of all short course fees.

Enquiries: 03 8344 3673 or email:


Melbourne Festival 2011 – Education

August 6, 2011

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

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

To download a copy of the Secondary Schools Brochure, Booking Form and Education Resource Packs visit<> .


Melbourne International Arts Festival

January 22, 2010

Go to resource: The Melbourne International Arts Festival is held in October each year. Read more…


Melbourne Recital Centre – Education program

March 13, 2011


The Melbourne Recital Centre offers many concerts & events (some free) to suit Secondary School Music students.

Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt Street, Southbank
Box Office: 03 9699 3333

MaryRose Harrison
Education Co-ordinator
T:    +61 (0)3 9207 2631
M:    0413 863 552


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

January 22, 2010

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


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra schools program 2012

December 13, 2011

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra offers a spectrum of concerts for school students, designed to inspire active participation in music. All the information is now available on the MSO’s website, along with downloadable booking forms and the 2012 concert diary; schools will also receive a MSO Education and Community Outreach brochure at the start of Term 1, 2012. If you have further questions please contact 03 9626 1198, or email


Melbourne Youth Music

January 22, 2010

Go to resource: Melbourne Youth Music (MYM) offers programs and performances to children and young people. Read more…


Melody Bingo

March 11, 2010

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


Mentorship – Yoda & the Jedi

June 14, 2013

Read the ABODA blog by Luke Gilmour here:


Met Opera HD in schools

June 12, 2013

Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series features opera performances transmitted live from the Met stage to movie theatres around the world – and to students, teachers, and administrators across USA.

Free worksheets on opera and ballet can also be found on the Met’s website:




many more free teaching resources here:


Mike Brewer in Melbourne (working with choirs)

February 21, 2011

Fantastic PD opportunity!
Come & watch the engaging, energetic, charismatic Mike Brewer (UK) working with secondary school choirs
Thursday March 10th at BMW Edge from 10-5pm with an evening concert 6:30pm-7:30pm
Place are limited & PDcertificate will be provided for VIT
$100 for the day – cheaper than flying to London.
Don’t miss out – contact Claire Preston at


Mind Matters

December 29, 2009

Go to resource: Mind Matters is a national health initiative for secondary schools funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Read more…


minimalist composition workshop for students (Melb)

May 28, 2012

QATSI Experience Workshop workshop at the Digital Learning Hub at Arts Centre Melbourne is coming up very soon. In August 2012 the Phillip Glass Ensemble conducted by Michael Riesman comes to Melbourne to play the score live for the three powerhouse Godfrey Reggio films Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance, Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation and Naqoyqatsi: Life as War

They are running a 5 session workshop over June and July that involves participants composing a piece of music in the minimalist style and then producing a piece of video to go with the music. Please see the website below for a more detailed explanation of the workshop. It would suit students from Yr. 9 upwards with an interest in composition and/or video, film making or just any student with a general interest in music and video production. The sessions are on Saturdays and Monday evenings at the following times:

Session Dates

Saturday 9th June: 10am – 4pm

Monday 18th June: 5pm – 8pm

Saturday 23rd June: 1pm – 4pm

Monday 16th July: 5pm – 8pm

Saturday July 21st: 10am – 4pm


Workshop Sessions only: $250 General Public              $200 Student (with ID)

Discount ticket price for The Qatsi Trilogy concerts (bookable with workshop sessions): $25

For more information please contact Amy Bennett at the Digital Learning Hub on 9281 8015 or


Mixcraft – PC music software

June 3, 2011

Apple computer users love GarageBand software for making music.

Non-Apple users might like “Mixcraft” for recording, editing and looping music.


Mixcraft software free tutorial online

September 27, 2012


Mock Auditions JMC (Melb)

March 9, 2013

Message from JMC Academy re. Mock Auditions

We know that auditions can be daunting experiences for students, and we’re hoping that we can help ease their fears by organising mock auditions for Year 11 and 12 students. We’re happy to travel to your school with our Head of Music, to conduct mock auditions, offering constructive criticism to students hoping to pursue music. We will also be organising auditions at schools for students during the year – we’ve found that when this makes students more comfortable – but are also happy to audition students at our Melbourne campus! To book mock auditions and auditions, or for further information on our Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance),  please contact Maria Duarte on 03 9624 2915 or email


MoMu – creating Music on iPhones

February 15, 2011

MoMu - This paper discusses an open source platform for creating Music on iPhones, as created at Stanford University.



July 22, 2011

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.


More Than Opera (Victoria)

January 22, 2010

Go to resource: More Than Opera (Victoria) is a Melbourne-based ensemble that aims to provide accessibility to opera.

Read more…


Mornington Peninsula Choral Festival 2012

April 26, 2012

6th Annual Mornington Peninsula Choral Festival – “Harmonies Unite”

This unique event is a celebration of choral singing on the Mornington Peninsula.

There are five events taking place in the beautiful surrounds of Toorak College and The Peninsula School, Mt Eliza.

Festival Day – featuring Community, Church and School Choirs.

Saturday 2 June, 2.00-5.00 pm in the Toorak College Music Centre and other venues.

Adults – $12; concession – $6; children – free.

Refreshments will be available.

“Let’s Sing” Concerts for School Choirs

Monday 28 May, Tuesday 29 May, Wednesday 30 May  and Thursday 31 May- 7.00 – 9.00 pm in The Ansett Hall, The Peninsula School.

Adults and concession- $6; children free

For more information phone – Sue Gilbert at the Peninsula School – 9788 7839 or email –


mozART group & re-arranging lessons

August 24, 2011

Watch this YOUTUBE CLIP of the MozART Group from Poland. It is an entertaining collage of Classical String Quartets re-interpreted :-)

Now choose a Classical piece of music (Google search for the Classical Top 100) or nursery rhyme and change it drastically … into pop, funk, country, metal, etc. You may wish to write lyrics to go with the Classical melody.       OR

Choose a piece of pop music and arrange it for a classical ensemble. Start by putting the vocal line into an instrument, then find chords to go underneath.

HINT: Google search for the song name + free + midi. You may well be able to save a midi file from the internet, which will open in Finale / Audacity / Sibelius, etc.


MSV Chamber Music Competition (Vic)

May 7, 2012


The Musical Society of Victoria will hold a Chamber Music competitions for instrumental groups of up to six people on Sunday May 20th at Ewing Memorial Uniting Church, EAST MALVERN at 2.30 p.m.

Entries close on May 4th.  Further details are available on our website: under AWARDS/Chamber Music.

Or contact the General Secretary on 03 9509 7767



January 1, 2011

Go to resource: Music Teacher Resource Site (UK) MTRS is a free website designed for UK Music teachers – lots of free lesson plans and online resources


Multicultural Perspectives in Music

February 22, 2010

Go to resource: Multicultural Perspectives in Music is a NSW Department of Education and Training site, and a collaboration between the NSW Creative Arts Unit, Musica Viva Australia, and Sirocco. Read more…


multicultural pop unit

January 27, 2013

Here are some songs to use within a unit on multicultural influences on pop music:

POLYGENETICS: Multi-cultural Pop Music influences

Paul Simon / Graceland Africa concert

Yothu Yindi – Treaty

The Corrs – Breathless

Zumba –

Bohemian Rhapsody –

Muppets version:

KPop – Gangnam Syle???

Grace Jones’ remake of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire has techno, country and reggae influences –

The Blind Boys of Alabama’s - Amazing Grace = African-American + English spiritual + rock

Truth Hurts’ “Addictive” = R&B tune + hip hop beat + Hindu sample

Shakira is Columbian with a Lebanese father (hence Arabic influences).

“Whenever, Wherever” – pop melodies, spaghetti-western guitars, rock rhythms and Latin undercurrents.

Freddie Mercury and his duet with Spanish Opera singer.

Stay Stay Stay – Taylor Swift (ukulele) Over the Rainbow / Wonderful World (ukulele)

Inner Circle – Bad Boys (=reggae beat)


Mus Ed literature review

June 10, 2013

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

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

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

Aesthetic development

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

Personal, Social, Cultural Expression and Identity Formation

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

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

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

Brain Function

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

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

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

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


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

Learning Outcomes across Disciplines

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

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

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

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

Social Cohesion and Skills

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MuseScore software tips

January 26, 2011

MuseScoreTips - MuseScore is free software for music notation – this site gives tutorials, shortcuts and tips


Music Advocacy Top 10 (for parents)

September 26, 2012

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


Music and Music Theatre workshops Vic

May 25, 2013

Over the July holidays, the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music have four Music / Music Theatre workshops for students:

VCE Analysis Workshop

2 July, 2013, Southbank

Designed for VCE Music Performance students, this 2.5-hour workshop will give students tools and strategies to assist them with the Analysis component of the Unit 4 study design.

Pop Song Writing Bootcamp

1 – 5 July, 2013, Southbank

Students will be introduced to a range of concepts behind writing a great song – from lyrics to hooks and melodies, as well as touching on the business side of song writing. Students will explore these concepts while creating their own songs and performing them in a live recording concert on the final day. Minimum age 15 years.

Music Theatre Audition Workshop

6 July, 2013, Southbank

This workshop will cover all elements of the music theatre audition. Sessions on choosing and preparing songs and monologues (both Shakespeare and contemporary) will fill students’ kit bag with essential knowledge and practical exercises and the day will end with a full dance call that will follow the format of a dance audition.

Ironwood Developing Artists Chamber Music School

1 – 6 July, 2013, Southbank

The program focuses on classical string chamber music repertoire, including the string trios, string quartets and string quintets by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and their contemporaries. The program is unique in Australia by bridging the gap between student and professional performance for musicians working in historically informed performance, and offers exceptional study and performance opportunities, directed by Ironwood’s specialist musicians. This program is suitable for senior secondary music students, university music students, early career professionals, music teachers, advanced amateurs and professional musicians. Minimum age 16 years.

Click on the hyperlinks above for more information, or visit:


Music and the City (Melb) 17/4/13 event

March 30, 2013

A new opportunity for string and wind musicians in Melbourne:

Music and the City are hosting their first Melbourne event on 17th April 2013. Music and the City was formed in London in 2008 to connect musicians who share an interest in musical performance with like-minded others. The concept and evenings were so popular in London that we have decided to bring the event to Melbourne!

We host soirées, each themed differently, which enable participants to learn from and socialise with their peers and experienced musicians. The evenings comprise a mix of socialising, professional performances, chamber music and ensemble coaching, culminating in a performance by the participating musicians.

Please note that this event is not just for musicians, it’s also for guests who’d like to watch the music and fun unfold and to enjoy a glass of wine!

More information can be found on the MATC website, or by email to

Time Out has reviewed the event here:

And if you’re on Facebook, you can find our page here:

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

See you on the 17th April at Music and the City!


Director – Music and the City


Music can change your perception

May 24, 2012

Read this article as a class (HERE) . Discuss the implications of the article (ie. beware what you listen to, as it can change your view on the world). Brainstorm a list of bands / pieces that make students feel happy, and another list that brings your mood down. Then read THIS ARTICLE about how Top 40 Pop music has been getting slower & sadder. Brainstorm the reasons why this might be.


Music Career advice (article)

November 1, 2012

Career Advice MF Nov 2012 This article can also be read in Music Forum magazine.

Read the article HERE.


Music Career wiki (free)

January 9, 2012

HERE is some free advice on being a musician in 2012 – from the Music Career wiki.


Music Education at (USA)

February 9, 2010

Go to resource: Music Education at (USA) is a listing of lesson plans submitted by teachers and endorsed by academics. Read more…


Music in Action

February 10, 2010

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


Music in the virtual sphere

September 30, 2013

ACO Virtual is launched is Australia – read the article in The Age (link above)

Forthcoming dates
Sydney Opera House Studio: 21–23 Oct and 27–29 Oct 2013
The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie: 31 Jan – 24 Feb 2014
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery: 21 Mar – 20 Apr 2014
Camden: 24 May – 1 Jun 2014
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale: 26 Jun – 27 Jul 2014
Manly Art Gallery and Museum: 27 Mar – 26 Apr 2015

SCHOOLS RESOURCES Login and password available from


Music makes you smarter … and better behaved!

March 24, 2012

Read this article about how Drumskool in the UK (ages 5-18) is even reducing crime.


Music Matters campaign

October 26, 2011

Watch these videos with your students. They aim to inform kids of the work that goes into creating & recording Australian pop songs. The underlying message is that we should purchase music rather than copy music.


Music Painting

July 21, 2011

A cute 4 minute video to share with any year level.

After watching the movie, ask your class to create some more musical artwork.


Music Production Schools

September 5, 2012

This website is a great reference for students interested in the editing and engineering side of sound / music / audio. It includes study paths and average salary for different types of Music Production jobs.


Music Skills for Classroom Teachers

February 9, 2010

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


Music Theatre course (Melb) Jan 2012

December 13, 2011

MYM is seeking more males aged 15-30 for it’s Summer School in Musical Theatre (16-20 January, 2012). For more info, visit or call 03 9376 8988.


Music theory exam coaching (Vic)

July 28, 2011

Do you have any students who need extra help or coaching for their theory exam?
… practice written theory exams for grades 1,2,3 and 4 theory students
(Grade 5 students can be accommodated depending on vacancies).

There are sessions available on Saturday 13th and Saturday 20th August 2011 and will be held in Mt Eliza.
Group sessions commence at 10am and 2pm and normal theory exam length will apply.
Papers will be supplied, marked and commented on for improvement
Costs are Grade 1 – $30, Grade 2 – $35, Grade 3 – $40 and Grade 4 – $45c
These sessions have previously been an enormous help for teachers who don’t have the necessary time
They are conducted by fully qualified piano teachers lead by Bev Woodford

If interested please email Bev Woodford on


Music Treasures Consortium

October 9, 2011

View original manuscripts from centuries of famous composers – free and and online.


Music. Count Us In (MCUI)

February 4, 2010

Go to resource: Music. Count Us In is a music advocacy event that draws attention to the value of music education in schools. Read more…


Music. Count Us In 2011 – song written

April 15, 2011

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

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

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


Music: Count Us In 2012 has been launched

July 27, 2012

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

FREE teaching kit and lesson plans are coming VERY soon.


Musica Surfica worksheet

September 6, 2013

The following worksheet is for use with ACO’s DVD”Musica Surfica” which explores the expressive tendencies of surfing and Classical music! Suits ages 10-18.

A preview of the DVD can be seen HERE


Musica Viva

December 2, 2009

Go to resource: Musica Viva provides around 2500 professional music concerts to venues across Australia.

Read more…


Musica Viva Forum podcasts

March 8, 2011

free podcasts – Musica Viva held a discussion forum in February 2011 on the topic of Arts Education in Australia. They recorded the sessions and have made them available online as a 4-part podcast. Click on the arrow on the far right of each clip to download it (for later listening) OR listen online to each podcast.


Musical Society Vic competitions 2012

July 19, 2012

The Musical Society of Victoria has forthcoming competitions for: 18 Years and Under Piano/Strings/Woodwind/Brass; 18 Years and Under Ron McNicol Vocal Award; Armstead Singing Award and Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial Award for Piano/Wind/Strings.

Entries for all these awards close on July 26th, 2012.  Please check the website for details and conditions of entry

0 – free UK website for Music teachers

May 3, 2011 is a free website of Secondary Music teaching ideas, lesson plans and worksheets from UK Music teachers.

For example, here is a worksheet for Year 7’s learning about how orchestral players are seated:


MusicCareer website & lesson idea

November 15, 2012

Send students HERE to read about career paths for musicians. In pairs, they should make note of 10 surprising facts. Share these with the class.


MusicCareer wiki

July 4, 2011

Soon to be launched is a wiki for advice and information regarding careers in the music industry – a portal and source of information to help music people, especially artists, develop their careers.



January 13, 2011

Musiclopedia – an A to Z directory of websites re. Music Genres, Recording Artists, Orchestras etc.


March 8, 2010

Go to resource offers lessons on music theory, aural training, and other tools such as chord calculators. Read more…


Musition and Auralia software

August 16, 2012

There are new versions of music theory and aural training software (Musition and Auralia) as well as case studies:


MYM Band Camps Jan 2012 (Melb)

December 13, 2011

Melbourne Youth Music’s 2012 Summer School, running from Monday 16 – Saturday 21 January at the Victorian College of the Arts, offers four separate bands, conducted by Monte Mumford, Stephen Hardie, Amy Wert and Tanya Bethune.  Join Summer School Artistic Director Andrew Mott for an intensive week of exciting music, new friends and great fun!  We still have vacancies in all bands, particularly bassoons and low brass. For more info: or phone 03 9376 8988.


MYM Bands Festival June 2012 (Vic)

February 24, 2012

Melbourne Youth Music is currently calling for expressions of interest from school and community ensembles who wish to be considered for inclusion in MYM’s 2012 Bands Festival.  The MYM Bands Festival began in 2005 and has since then grown to become one of the premier performance opportunities for bands in Melbourne.  The Festival is a non-competitive and non-graded event designed to celebrate banding in Melbourne with concert bands, jazz ensembles and also brass bands of all standards encouraged to perform.  During the course of each festival we welcome more than 600 performers on stage from across Regional and Metropolitan Victoria.  One of the best parts of this event is seeing students and teaching colleagues observe and support each other so attentively in rehearsal and performance.

In 2012, the MYM Bands Festival will again be held at the spectacular BMW Edge Federation Square, and is proudly presented by MYM in partnership with Fed Ed!, Federation Square’s Education Program.  For those who have taken part before, please note that due to availability of venue, the festival has moved one week later to fall on the first weekend in June.

2012 MYM Bands Festival Performances:

CONCERT 1  |  Saturday 2 June, 1:00pm

CONCERT 2  |  Saturday 2 June, 7:00pm

CONCERT 3  |  Sunday 3 June, 12:00pm

CONCERT 4  |  Sunday 3 June, 5:00pm

Each concert has a duration of 2 hours and will feature four bands.

Participation is free – if you would like to take part, please email MYM as soon as possible with some brief details of your band along with any special requirements you may have.  For ease of scheduling, please indicate a 1st and 2nd preference for concert performance dates and times from the information provided.  Once groups are finalised, they will issue a draft schedule for the festival which will allow each ensemble a 20 minute sound check ahead of their allocated performance.  Please be aware that each ensemble will need to provide at least one stage hand to setup the stage for their requirements, who will be assisted by a member of MYM staff.  Bands should provide their own transport to / from the venue as well as arrange for any supervision of ensemble members where required.  Each guest ensemble will be invited to prepare 20 minutes of repertoire as well as present a spoken introduction to their program.  Tickets for friends and family to attend concerts will be on sale from four weeks prior to the festival through MYM’s box office.

Melbourne Youth Music

T: 03 9376 8988


MYM looks for tutors 2013

September 16, 2012

Message from MYM:

Melbourne Youth Music is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified instrumental teachers who would like to join our education team as part of our 2013 Summer School.

Our 2013 Summer School will assemble a team of more than 65 highly skilled, specialist music educators from school and community music programs, and professional ensembles in Victoria, and we’d like to hear from you!

Your participation as an instrumental tutor at our Summer School will not only see you unleash the creativity of more than 700 students who participate from across Victoria, but also give you access to the collegial environment at MYM where you can network, share ideas, support your colleagues and foster closer working relationships within the music community.

We’re looking for tutors in all instruments at all levels, from beginner to advanced.  I would particularly welcome expressions of interest from teachers in Regional Victoria, outer metropolitan areas and from MYM Alumni who would like to play their part!

The 2013 Summer School will run from January 14 to 19, held at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne campus in Southbank.  All tutorial staff should hold VIT registration or current Working With Children accreditation.

In order to be considered, please email me with your contact details, a brief covering letter and curriculum vitae to, you may also like to include your preference for ensemble type or student level in your cover letter to help us match you with the right ensemble.

For more information, please visit or contact our office (03) 9376 8988.  You can also follow the link below to read our Summer School e-brochure.  Lastly, if you have any students who you believe would benefit by participating in our Summer School program, please encourage them to visit our website as applications close Friday September 21.


MYM Summer School Jan 2012

December 13, 2011

Melbourne Youth Music’s 2012 Summer School is running from Monday 16 – Saturday 21 January 2012 at the Victorian College of the Arts. The Summer School Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra still have vacancies for most instruments, particularly horn, viola and double bass. Visit for more information.


National Curriculum endorsed

July 31, 2013

“At a meeting of all Education Ministers via TelePresence today, the first national Arts curriculum for Foundation to Year 10 (F-10) and the first national Geography curriculum for senior secondary were endorsed.”


National Drumline Camp 2012

August 7, 2012

D2 and the DAA are excited to announce the National Drumline Camp 2012.

The camp will be an exciting weekend of Marching Percussion for experienced Drumliners and those who are new to marching percussion alike. Attendees will be broken up into skill based ensembles to ensure they receive tuition tailored to their skill level, and all ages are welcome.

We have been lucky enough to secure to amazing head instructors in the form of Matt Cocking (Madison Scouts, 1994 – Div 1 DC1) and Mat Duniam (Centre Snare, Sydney Olympic Marching Band) who will be working with all groups throughout the weekend.

For more information, please do not hesitate to visit or get in touch with us at


Naxos Music Library

December 21, 2009

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


new app: The Orchestra

December 6, 2012

$15 app for iPad – scores with flashing cursors synchronised with video footage of orchestra playing … plus interviews with instrumentalists …

“Interactive exploration of orchestral music and instruments.”

This app presents eight specially filmed performances, featuring extended extracts from:

Haydn Symphony No 6
Beethoven Symphony No 5
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Debussy Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune
Mahler Symphony No 6
Stravinsky The Firebird
Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra
Salonen Violin Concerto, soloist Leila Josefowicz


new books – Instant Lessons in Music – Australian

April 2, 2011

Fresh off the printing press – Instant Lessons in Music (Vols 3, 4 & 5) – photocopiable /digital lessons designed to enhance school Music programs OR leave for Emergency teachers (without the need for musical competency) – suits 11-16 year old Music classes – written by an Australian teacher for Australian students.

Vol 3: Music in Australia

Vol 4: Everyday musicality

Vol 5: Theory, composition & song-writing


New Millenium Records: Classroom

January 13, 2011

New Millenium Records – a rich resource for free lesson content. Most lessons are paragraphs of typed information embedded with free audio files or video clips to support the text.


New music teaching ideologies

July 3, 2011

A blog about NEW ways to teach Year 6 – 12 classroom music. Includes philosophical discussion AND free lesson plans.


New playlist to help young people recover from trauma

November 20, 2012

Red Cross has joined with national youth broadcaster triple j to develop a recovery playlist of new music and expert advice to help people who have experienced trauma.

Red Cross National Recovery Coordinator, Kate Brady, said recovering from a traumatic event, such as a bushfire, flood or medical emergency, can be a long and difficult process with particular challenges for teenagers and young adults.

“Our experience in the aftermath of disasters like the Black Saturday bushfires is that people aged 12 to 25 need dedicated resources to help them engage in the recovery process,” said Ms Brady.

“We have partnered with triple j to produce the playlist which is full of new music, recovery messages from well known triple j identities and advice from a number of experts.”


New York Philharmonic Orchestra Interactive Kid’s Site

March 3, 2010

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

Read more…


new youth orchestra: Dandenong Ranges 4-5 Oct 2012

September 3, 2012

Dandenong Ranges Music Council is coordinating a school holiday workshop for young instrumental players, to pilot a Ranges Youth Symphony Orchestra, at Upwey High School on October 4th and 5th 2012.

It is open to instrumental players from primary and secondary schools who are AMEB Grade 3 to 4 or equivalent, who play violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, oboe, timpani & percussion.

The Conductor is the wonderfully inspirational Patrick Burns with Orchestra Manager and String Specialist Rosie Burns assisting.


NEW: Dandenong Youth Brass Band

June 11, 2012

The City of Greater Dandenong Band is excited to announce the establishment of the Dandenong Youth Brass Band! This fun and enthusiastic band is open to brass players and percussionists under 25 years old and of any musical ability.

The mission of the Dandenong Youth Brass is to provide musical education and performance opportunities to young musicians in South-East Melbourne whilst developing their pride, self-esteem and discipline that they will carry throughout their lives. The band will be lead by Fletcher Mitchell, a full time musician who has experience in classroom and instrumental music teaching, as well as conducting community and school bands all over Australia.

This is an ideal opportunity to further musical skills taught in school music programs, to continue playing and performing after leaving school, or to take up a brass instrument as a beginner! It is sure to be an immensely enjoyable and rewarding venture, however with limited places and instruments available please contact us today to register your interest!

Registration Night – Come along to meet the team and try out all the instruments!

6.00 to 7.30pm Wednesday 13th June

Dandenong Community Arts Centre

Corner Robinson and Walker Streets, Dandenong

First Rehearsal – Receive your instrument and have a blow!

6.00 – 7.30pm Wednesday 18th July

Dandenong Community Arts Centre

Corner Robinson and Walker Streets, Dandenong

Rehearsals – Will be held weekly thereafter the above time and location during the school term

To find out more contact the Musical Director, Fletcher Mitchell on:

H: 5979 7028     M: 0410 322 021     E:

Alternatively, check out our website:


Nigel Westlake – Antarctica – lecture

January 30, 2011

lecture on Antarctica by Westlake – a detailed lecture on Westlake’s film music to the movie Antarctica


NING for Music Educators (Australian)

April 25, 2011 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.