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Welcome to Music Professional Learning ‘Play’shops 2013
Presented by Susie Davies-Splitter and Phil Splitter and joined with Heather Monro in Ringwood and Denise Gagne in Ballarat – *see below
Easy to teach new and favourite songs, rhymes, dances, musical stories and instrumental activities
Enhance learning across the curriculum
Utilise ‘Orff Schulwerk’ principles to inspire, excite and motivate children to remember, understand and love music
Hands on and practical activities that focus on creativity
Build teacher confidence
Participate in active and enjoyable music making that is appealing and immediately accessible
Susie is a music and movement educator, accredited Orff practitioner, jazz musician and award winning composer. Phil is a songwriter, performer, musician and educator. Susie and Phil have presented and conducted professional development for teachers throughout Australia and around the world. They have developed the very popular and award winning ‘Welcome to Music’ Series of CD’s, books, choral range, musicals and story books which is enjoyed extensively by teachers, parents and children of all ages. Last year they launched the not for profit organisation ‘Hearts in Harmony Community Music’ to help build healthy communities through inclusive music for all ages, abilities, faiths and cultures and to raise the awareness of the importance of active music making in schools and communities around Australia.
*In Ringwood, Heather Monro from Kids Music Company (www.kidsmusiccompany.com.au) joins Susie and Phil
** In Ballarat, Denise Gagne from Canada (www.musicplay.ca) joins Susie and Phil
· Suitable for: Primary classroom, primary specialist teachers and tertiary students
· Date/s: All workshops take place between April to September on Saturdays except Bendigo
· Times: 9.30am – 3.30pm
· Locations: Bendigo (23/4 & 24/4 7-9pm) Hampton (11/5) Corio (20/7) *Ringwood (27/7) **Ballarat (3/8) and Hamilton (7/8)
· Cost: $99 (Early bird rate) – includes morning tea, comprehensive notes, $10 gift voucher & certificate
For more information phone Janie on 1300 769 803 or email@example.com
|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.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJkUKcNcfR0 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% off PD course fee if booked this term (term 1, 2011)
Today I told Year 8 that teenagers today learn ‘heaps’ from YouTube … I handed out keyboards … and pressed ‘play’ on THIS YouTube clip. All I had to do was wander around the class admiring their progress, and making a few corrections.
Katie Wardrobe has put together 15 websites to help teach “Carnival of the Animals”
Message from Kodaly Assoc:
Big Kodaly Day – 17 November
Cripps Centre, Caulfield Grammar School, Caulfield Campus, 217 Glen Eira Road, East St Kilda,
After the fantastically inspiring inaugural ‘Big Kodaly Day’ last year, we are very excited that Dr James Cuskelly is able to share more of his expertise with us. James will lead us in the developmental process useful for teaching older beginners. His ability to enthuse and bring about effective learning in students across all ages and abilities is now firmly internationally recognised. His content is sequential and his processes and presentation of ideas are succinct… in a word, brilliant! Plus musicianship & more…
Bookings using http://tinyurl.com/3cjlk9z
The next exciting event in the aMuse 2013 PL calendar is a full-day “The Singing Classroom” workshop.
A PL designed to encourage primary teachers to sing more regularly with their classes. The workshops aim to build teacher confidence, provide a range of resources and to model skills in teaching songs.
If you’re interested, please come along.
If you know someone who would be interested, please pass this info on.
Monday, March 18
10.00am – 3.00pm
Statewide Resource Centre
150 Palmerston Street, Carlton
$100 per person
$40 for tertiary students
Lunch and morning tea provided
Thanks to Katie Wardrobe, here’s is a list of 19 free iPad apps which can promoted creativity and composition.
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).
SATURDAY MAY 25, 2013
KINROSS WOLLAROI MUSIC CENTRE – ORANGE
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
For Sorry Day (26 May 2011) or for Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June 2011) listen to Black Arm Band’s music on YouTube (www.youtube.com) and discuss the band’s motivation for performing (read on). Listen to Gurrumul Yunupingu’s soulful music (eg. Wiyathul) while doing written work (www.grooveshark.com lets you listen for free).
Black Arm Band has just been asked to perform at the London Olympics in 2012
The aim of Black Arm Band (www.blackarmband.com.au) is: “It is a creative meeting place for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists and producers to develop, perform, promote and celebrate contemporary Australian Indigenous music as a symbol of resilience and hope in the spirit and action of reconciliation.”
2Cellos are a pair of Classically trained Croatian Cellists. Read about their second ‘rock’ album in this SMH article.
Saturday morning 8am
Australia/Melbourne 103.5 FM
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!
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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!
You are invited to participate in a classroom music workshop and an ongoing research project at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. 6-7 September, 2012 @ Gippsland, Vic.
The workshop is free and your participation include:
· Musical Futures resources
· Networking opportunities
· Lunch and refreshments
· The opportunity to be involved in a dynamic program and be part of the research group that assists in is rollout in Australian schools.
For more information, visit the Musical Futures website www.musicalfuturesaustralia.org or call Ken Owen on 0411 694 710
FYI “A cappella” literally means “as if in a chapel”. Practically, it refers to music which is sung by voices (without instrumental accompaniment).
“A Great Landscape” was a 2008 DVD created by www.vea.com.au and is available via Click View. It discusses Indigenous self-expression through music, focussing on a Hip Hop band.
If you want to show this 36 min video to your class for Reconciliation Week (or any other week), here are some possible questions:
Name a famous Indigenous Australian band – “Yothu __________________________ ” Name a famous Indigenous Australian Hip Hop band? ________________ and the Young ___________________________ Do Indigenous people own their land? If not, then what is the relationship between Indigenous people and the land? How does music support Indigenous identity? What do lyrics describe in Indigenous music? What is empowerment? Music and song allow indigenous people to share _________________ with a wider community and audience. Clapping and click sticks are ___________ - phones Didgeridoos are ____________ - phones In the past, who was NOT allowed to play didgeridoo, according to sacred law? Is Indigenous Australian history always written down? What political issues do contemporary Indigenous artists address? How can music be used as a means of protest? What type of band was “No Fixed Address”? Reggae, Folk, Pop or Hip Hop? When did Archie Roach come to fame, with the song “Took the Children Away”? During the Sydney 2000 Olympics, what did “Midnight Oil” have written on their costumes? Why? Who is Shane Howard? “Solid Rock” was the first Pop song to feature the didgeridoo. About what were the lyrics written? What prevents some Indigenous artists from accessing mainstream venues (at times)? What is CAAMA?
THIS app ($5.50) tells an interactive, musical story of Soul Music through the eyes of a child.
From Page to Stage
Professional Development Workshop
Join Sally Gawley as she takes music from the page all the way to the stage in this exciting professional development workshop presented by a3 – australian arts alive.
· Fun and achievable repertoire ideas including two take home pieces
· Approaches to teaching
· Simple choreography
· Performance polish techniques
Sally Gawley began her music career in the jazz department at the Adelaide Conservatorium and is now one of the Australian Girls Choir’s National Music Coordinators. Sally has taught voice to individual singing students at schools in Adelaide, Melbourne and Canada and has led choirs as large as 1200 – both trained and groups of non singers alike. Sally’s forte is bringing songs to life and creating performances on large and small scales.
· Suitable for: Primary classroom and primary specialist teachers
· Date: Friday May 24
· Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
· Location: Kew East Uniting Church – Normanby Road, Kew East
· Cost: $220 – includes morning tea and lunch
· Accreditation: This workshop is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching
For more information or to download a registration form visit the a3 website or phone 03 9001 1879.
ABC Keys to Music – 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”)
http://www.abc.net.au/learn/sing/ This is a listing of all songs printed in ABC "Sing" books from 1975 to 2006. It contains searchable database and links to the ABC shop.
Aboriginal stories about life and life-cycles revolve around 4 different natural elements.
Sun, Moon, Water, Land
Divide your class into 4 groups, each labelled Sun, Moon, Water or Land. In 15 minutes they will choose classroom instruments and/or sound sources to depict their label … Each group performs to the rest of the class … Discuss and decide upon a logical order for the soundscape sections … Perform all 4 sections in their order.
The Muurrbay Language Centre sells resources to support Indigenous language learning, which include a Song Book in Gumbaynggirr language. Gumbaynggirr land covers a large section of NSW Mid-North coast. Also for sale is Barriyala – a 3 part language work book, which includes songs from the Gumbaynggirr Song Book.
HERE is a link which lists 5 Aboriginal songs, as published in ABC Sing Books. http://www2.abc.net.au/learn/sing/qsearch.asp?search=Aboriginal
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 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 www.choralconductors.org.au
Deadline extended until Friday 9th September 2o11
Categories for Primary and Secondary song-writers
http://www.aco.com.au/whats_on/event_detail/brahms4 – short video clips on website
DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No.4
Richard Tognetti Director and Violin
Steven Isserlis Cello
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
A special workshop on African drumming will be held on Thursday 5 May at Watsonia North Primary School in North East Melbourne. If you would like to join this workshop, please email me on email@example.com.
Sample Units from Australian Music Educators Assoc (Vic) – under the heading “aMuse VELS Support Documents”
Amy Burns blog – a blog of ideas and links from Amy Burns – an American Primary Music teacher
Go to resource: An Integrated Expressive Arts Program: drama, dance, art, music was written by Wendy Schiller and Ann Veale. Published by the Australian Early Childhood Association, 1989.
ANCA Victoria is pleased to invite you to the State Choral Festival
‘SING IN THE CITY’ on 16 – 18 September 2011. Registration is now
open for this exciting choral event.
SING IN THE CITY is a unique opportunity for the Choral Community to come
together and do what they do best – SING!
Join us as three of Australia’s legendary choral conductors and two of
our country’s most successful singing teachers share their insights and
talents. This Festival has something for every stage of development of the
choral musician: singers from age 10 to 100, choral conductors, singing
teachers, educators, music students and everyone who enjoys the beauty of
voices raised in song!
You can choose to come as an individual or get your choir to come along;
if you’re a conductor, come and sing or observe rehearsals with a chance
to learn about singing issues from leading teachers. Our three streams will
feature Australian music for Primary students, the best of current
repertoire for Secondary Schools and a complete performance of the Mozart
Requiem in the Community Stream. Repertoire is listed in the brochure.
The Professional Development Stream will offer workshops in breathing,
posture for choirs, a Q&A session with our conductors and a chance to
observe them in action.
• Primary Choir Stream
Conductor: Mark O’Leary (Founder and Director of the Young Voices of
Venue: VCA School of Music
Cost: $300 per choir or $50 per individual
• Secondary Choir Stream
Conductor: George Torbay (Hailed by The Sydney Morning Herald as ‘one of
Australia’s leading musical lights’)
Venue: St John’s Southgate
Cost: $300 per choir or $50 per individual
• Community Choir Stream
Conductor: Margaret Pride (Music Director for Collegium Symphonic Chorus
Venue: BMW Edge @ Fed Square
Cost: $300 per choir or $75 per individual
• Professional Development Stream
Presenters: Ron Morris (Speech Pathologist, Audiologist and Counter
Tenor), and Anna Connolly (Senior Lecturer in Voice at the Melbourne Conservatorium of
Venue: To be advised
Cost: $150 per participant (includes BOTH days)
REGISTRATION & MORE INFORMATION
To download a brochure go to
Online registrations can be made via the link http://tinyurl.com/5szumhe
Registration closes 1 August 2011.
Creative Music & Movement education (Orff)
You can view the animation at anz.whymusicmatters.org
The 'Music Matters' campaign has produced an animation inspired by this year's MCUI song, "Different People (Stand Together)". The animation follows the song's evolution, from writing and recording, to the performance by 600,000 school children on 1 November 2012. The animation was designed by Motionlab, a Sydney-based animation studio led by Luke Heise and Aaron Bartlett.
"Being part of this project has been a great experience for the team here at Motionlab. Being lovers of music ourselves, we're proud to get behind a project that supports the future of young Australian musicians," says Luke.
Originating in the UK in 2010, the Music Matters campaign is a collective of people across the music community, including artists, songwriters, labels, managers, publishers and music stores, formed to remind listeners of the value and significance of music, explains MCA's new Board member, Catherine Gerrard, who is a member of the Music Matters Steering Committee and Chair of the Australasian Music Publishers' Association.
"The Music Matters campaign is a fresh and innovative project designed to reawaken our connection to the value of music. The idea for Music Matters and Music: Count Us In to collaborate was warmly embraced from the outset. It makes sense: two real-life examples of the importance of music," she says.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTNVXlirF4Y Don’t Laugh At Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIDarYJHCpA Caught in the Crowd (for middle school)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOpx7VBeel0 It’s OK to be different
Play these three songs to kids, and ask what the common theme is. (anti-bullying & accepting difference)
ScoreCleaner Notes ($1) = a new app allows you to hum or sing into your device, and it will write up a score … then let you share it over social media. I haven’t tried it yet, but here’s an article about it: http://www.forbes.com/sites/reuvencohen/2013/05/06/new-app-allows-anyone-to-create-musicial-scores-by-humming-or-singing-no-instruments-required/
Go to resource: Approaches to Learning and Teaching – The Arts (Music) Level 3 (Vic) outlines music standards and activities that could be incorporated in lesson planning.
Go to resource: Approaches to Learning and Teaching – The Arts (Music) Level 4 (Vic) outlines music standards and activities that could be incorporated in lesson planning.
Go to resource: Approaches to Learning and Teaching – The Arts (Music) Level 5 (Vic) outlines music standards and activities that could be incorporated in lesson planning.
“Butcher Paper, Texta, Black Board and Chalk is the culmination of 15 years work of Aboriginal singer songwriter Ruby Hunter with support from her life partner Archie Roach. This stunning children’s song book is full of beautiful illustrations and an accompanying music CD and informative DVD.
Many of the songs were written through song writing and music workshops held by Ruby Hunter and Archie Roach with children from across Cape York. The songs reflect the beliefs, pride, aspirations and issues of many clan groups and Aboriginal communities, from the coastal savannahs of Kowanyama to the towering rainforests of Lockhart River, as seen through the eyes of Aboriginal children and songwriters.”
THIS article in the Canberra times includes an awesome photo of nearly 2000 kids singing outside Parliament House, Canberra.
A European Network Conference on Education of Contemporary Music – from Kindergarten to Generation 50+ in the frame of the “Weimar Spring Festival of Contemporary Music”
That is the artmusfair.EDUCATION from 28 April until 01 May 2011 in Weimar
New Music for New Audiences, under this motto the European Composers’ Forum initiates the first special issue of the ARTMUSFAIR network conferences, named artmusfair.EDUCATION 2011, as part of the XII. Weimar Spring Festival of Contemporary Music. German and European actors and experts from the music scene (composers, musicians, etc.) and music education (teachers, university lecturers, audience developers, etc.) are invited to join together in the three-day networking conference from 28 April until 01 May 2011 in Weimar to take part in round tables, workshops, project presentations and concerts, to update each other on their skills, experiences and different backgrounds to consequently forward the important field of teaching contemporary music in a modern education context.
CALLING ALL GUITARISTS, RECORDER PLAYERS, UKULELE-ISTS…
(and flutes, and violins, and clarinets, and saxophones, and bass guitars, and cellos, and marimbas, and percussion… and any other instrument you like)
Do you play an instrument? Would you like to join a band? Come to ArtPlay in the heart of Melbourne on Sunday 11 November to help us form the biggest band ArtPlay has ever seen or heard!
The event is ‘Jump on the Bandwagon’ and the aim is to see how many musicians – all ages, all playing together – it takes to fill ArtPlay with music. In the course of an hour we will create a brand new piece of music, with help from some of Melbourne’s most inspiring and innovative musicians from the jazz, classical and rock music worlds.
‘Jump on the Bandwagon’ is a Big Jam for the whole family, and everyone is invited – mums, dads, brothers and sisters, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles – and anyone else! You can be any age and of any level of musical experience. More experienced players will learn new music, invent riffs and rhythms, improvise a solo, and work alongside musicians from the MSO, the Australian Art Orchestra, and Melbourne’s diverse freelance scene. First-timers will have the unforgettable experience of being part of a large and tight ensemble – like an orchestra but with a few more electric guitars and a lot more percussion.
BYO instrument or play one of ours on the day.
Jump on the Bandwagon
Sunday 11 November
ArtPlay (Birrarung Marr, behind Federation Square)
11am-12noon and 2pm-3pm (choose one session or come to both – no two sessions are the same)
$10 per family
Bookings – ArtPlay, 96647900
Created and led by Gillian Howell, leader of Big Jams for Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, City of Manningham, and others.
Go to resource: Arts in Education is published by the Australia Council 2004. This document outlines arts curricula in each state, and provides links to the bodies who develop and monitor these.
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.
Cultural infusion together with Reservoir Views Primary School will work in partnership on a one year arts project that explores and celebrates the cultural diversity of the school community thanks to Arts Victoria.
A series of artists and artistic personnel from Cultural Infusion will work collaboratively throughout the year with students, teachers and parents at Reservoir Views Primary School in various art-forms (including physical theatre, dancing, song writing/singing, visual art, puppetry and multimedia) with the end result being a performing arts production that will feature at the school’s end of Term 3 Concert.
Components of the production will also feature alongside the work of professional artists at the 2012 Australia Day Concert that is viewed by an audience of over 10,000 people. We will keep you posted as this exciting project progresses.
ArtsAlive.ca – US website with lots of free lesson plans, recordings and interactive Music websites
ArtsMmad page – after signing in (free) you will have free access to bundles of free Music posters, song sheets and MP3 recordings
Music for Your Classroom – Professional Development Workshop
a3 – australian arts alive is proud to present ‘Music for Your Classroom’. We are delighted to announce that this full day workshop will be presented by Mark Puddy. Mark has worked in music education for the past 25 years and is a renowned choral clinician, composer and arranger. Mark has over 60 published works, many of which are performed by the Australian Girls Choir as well as school and community choirs nationally and internationally. Mark is also regularly invited to present at Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk workshops.
Content will include:
· Fun games and activities involving tuned and un-tuned percussion, simple rounds, singing activities and drama
· Introduction to musical concepts using simple games and activities: dynamics, tone colour, duration, rhythm, metre, pitch and structure
· Preparing simple and effective assembly performances
· Great resources – where to find the right music
· How to teach singing even if you are not a confident singer
· Engaging kids using contemporary ‘beats’
· Incorporating tuned and untuned percussion into your classroom performances
· Integrating music into other Key Learning Areas
Each registered participant will take home a resource booklet with outcomes oriented classroom activities, warm ups, two age-appropriate songs with sheet music and word sheets for use at their school and a CD with learning and backing tracks
Friday August 3, 2012
9.30am – 3.30pm
Kew East Uniting Church – Normanby Road, Kew East, VIC
For more information or to download a registration form visit www.aspagroup.com.au/a3 or phone 03 9001 1879
This website has a free trial version (before paying a monthly access fee). It provides aural exercises to supplement instrumental lessons.
An audio version of the old-fashioned ‘memory card game’. Match the pairs of notes by using your ears …
The Australian Journal of Music Education 2012 No. 2 has been released as an e-issue.
The issue covers a diverse range of areas of research including:
Where is music?: A philosophical approach inspired by Steve Dillon
Georgina Barton and Kay Hartwig
Sharing ownership in multicultural music: A hands-on approach in teacher education in South Africa
It all begins with the beat of a drum: Early Australian encounters with Orff Schulwerk
Wei Cosaitis and Jane Southcott
Root Tone: A holistic approach to tone pedagogy of western classical flute
The provision of classroom music programs to regional Victorian primary schools
What Would Peggy Do? 14th Annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address 2012
Michael Kieran Harvey
The bands culture in Victoria, Australia: Live music benefits career paths, employment and community
Amanda Watson, David Forrest
City Beats: A creative community partnership initiative at ArtPlay
Neryl Jeanneret, Robert Brown
The art of pianism meets science, sustainable performance: Use of arm weight
If you would like to receive a copy of this e-journal or you have any comments on ASME publications
please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to contribute an article to the Australian Journal of Music Education,
the guidelines for submission are available on www.asme.edu.au/publications
Our program song has been recorded and is now up on the website for your listening pleasure. There are already 500 schools registered to take part in this year’s program which will unite more than half a million students in the performance of ‘We’ve Got The Music’ on Thursday, 1st September at 11.30am. Don’t forget participation in the program is FREE. The audio files, arrangements, lyric sheet and classroom activity kit: it’s all downloadable once you register your school.
So listen to the song, register now and get your school community on board!
Go to resource: The Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk Inc (ANCOS) is the Australian organisation for Schulwerk music education methodology, and is linked to the Orff Institute in Salzburg. Read more…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgvJg7D6Qck Bobby McFerrin vocalises “Ave Maria” accompaniment while the audience sings the melody Use it to inspire male and female singers.
This lesson plan is for upper primary students – read a book (as a class), draw each chapter, choose music to accompany the mood of each chapter, create a class movie.
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:
HERE is a scene from Baraka called “Balinese monkey chant”. Baraka is a feature-length film without any script. Show this scene to a class, and discuss the role of music in eastern cultures, how a film can be created without any scripted text, the importance of music in films … Enjoy!
Ben Northey 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, www.graingerwindsymphony.asn.au.
After watching the Mitra TED talk together (http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud.html), and discussing the future of learning for today’s teenagers, 12-13 year olds in a Music class were asked to get into groups, devise their own “Big Question” to do with music, and come up with a researched presentation. Grouping was flexible, and open to change. Each group had to appoint a ‘granny’ for encouragement. Presentation format was up to each group.
“Who first invented music?”
“How do people respond to different genres of music?”
“How do disabled people experience music?”
“How has music changed over the last 100 years?”
“How is music education different across the globe?”
After half an hour, any student who was without a group (and therefore without a big question) was teacher-guided to collect photos of unusual instruments to present to the class.
Only a few students took the ‘unusual instrument’ approach. Two students found a superficial answer to their question in 5 minutes and settled on it. The rest worked collaboratively and enthusiastically – even those students who avoid practical music making, which was pleasing!
4 lessons were given for the task – 3 of which were in a computer lab. The level of working noise was greater than normal, but very productive. Most students were on task for the vast majority of the time. Excitement was evident in most students. Collaborative work was predominant, with all students voicing their opinions at various times. Weaker students often found themselves working with stronger peers. Groups changed a little throughout the 4 sessions, finding a better balance. Questions of the teacher were few and far between, having encouraged students to seek answers from their group.
Presentations were predominantly in PowerPoint, with students taking turns to read from the screen. This Project-Based Learning (PBL) or SOLE (Student-Oriented Learning Environment) task formed one of six assessment tasks for the year, under the title of “Self Nominated Project”.
The teacher found the sessions lively and entertaining, having the rare chance to sit back and observe active learning as an interested spectator. From a teaching point of view, the SOLE experiment was fun, energising, painless, and surprisingly easy – students did as much thinking as the teacher, which is my new goal for classroom teaching!
This is great fun … On May 2, 2011, the Copenhagen Philharmonic amazed commuters at the Copenhagen Central Train Station, as they created a kind of orchestral “flash mob” – performing Ravel’s famed Bolero, with the musicians gradually assembling in place as the work progresses. The video – which shows not only the assembling orchestra, but also the delighted faces of the commuters – has generated overwhelming interest, and indeed has exceeded the orchestra’s expectations.
Benefits of Participation:
Date: 19 June 2013, Wednesday
Place: Australian Percussion Academy
Address: 143 Wells Street, South Melbourne
Time: 9.30 am – 1.40 pm
Teachers – $132 (Incl.GST)
Teachers PAS Members – $121 (Incl.GST)
Students – $110 (Incl.GST)
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Brass Bedlam: A mad-cap, educational romp through history using brass instruments, song and verse.
Book now for 2012.