Facilities, Equipment and Venues

2014 Education launch @ Sydney Opera House

September 30, 2013

Watch the launch video here: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/houseed_launch.aspx


a worrying future for Arts institutions

June 27, 2012


This ABC news segment from June 2012 highlights WAAPA and other tertiary music institutions who are struggling with budget cuts.


BER hall tenants – barter?

May 7, 2011

Community music-making groups are interested in bartering music workshops, tutoring or free tickets in return for reduced / free rent of new BER school halls.

Email    schools.mpfl@mca.org.au    for further information.


Classroom Acoustics (USA)

March 4, 2010

Go to resource: Classroom Acoustics is an online booklet published by the Acoustical Society of America, and gives information on acoustical considerations in classroom design.

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Collarts – VCA PD program

March 13, 2011

Collarts PD Program for 2011

The Australian College of the Arts | Ausmusic College is pleased to announce its 2011 PD program commencing from Tuesday April 5th. Each of the PD Days are focused on providing hands-on opportunities for music teachers, especially teachers of VCE and VET.

Term 1

Tuesday April 5th 2011 Check 1, 2 – Live Sound
Term 2
Friday June 10th - Recording techniques
Friday Jun 17th - Songwriting and stagecraft

Term 3
Friday August 5th - Post production
Friday August 12th - Using technology in performance

Term 4
Friday December 9th - Education Partners 2012 Preview – see what’s new from Collarts in 2012

Check 1, 2 – Live Sound Workshop kicks off the 2011 PD program

Join our Collarts education team and two industry experts – production manager and front-of-house audio engineer Glenn Helmot (John Farnham, James Morrison, Deborah Conway etc) along with leading session guitarist Simon Patterson (Hey, Hey Band, Lou Rawls, Kate Ceberano, Bonnie Raitt, James Morrison etc) to get the knowledge, tricks and tips on how to create and produce a great performance. With a combined 50 years of industry experience Glenn and Simon can show you how to get the best out of your production gear – whether in front of, or behind the microphone.

Teachers will leave with:

  • Knowledge, tips and tricks on how to maximise your schools music production equipment to create a a great sound
  • Tools and activities to develop your performance and production students skills and get them working together
  • Performance tips on getting your sound off stage and to the audience

Being part of the Collarts PD program for 2011 is simple:

To register visit http://www.collarts.edu.au/education-partners/professional-development

or email info@collarts.edu.au

or call 03 9281 8898

Bookings are essential.

Cost: $99 for teachers (no charge for Collarts Education partner schools) – lunch is included

The Collarts PD Day program takes place at Collarts, 55 Brady Street, South Melbourne commencing at 10am and finishing at 3pm.

Monique Boggia
Education Manager
Australian College of the Arts | Ausmusic College
55 Brady St., South Melbourne
Email mboggia@collarts.edu.au
Ph +613 9281 8898


Generations in Jazz (SA)

May 15, 2011


Music, Competitions and James Morrison – in South Australia


Instrumental Music Service Handbook (SA)

March 4, 2010

Go to resource: The Instrument Music Service Handbook (SA) provides information about the IMS program in South Australia, including information about instrumental hire and the implementation of instrumental tuition in schools.

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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…



September 21, 2010

Go to resource: Jands is a company that can assist with creating auditoriums in schools. Read more…


MCA Knowledge Base

February 22, 2011

Knowledge Base – a searchable treasure chest of articles and information on all topics to do with the Music Sector in Australia. Use the search bottom in the far left column to search (ie. type ‘education’ in the search box).

Music-related topics include education & training, copyright, funding, venues, research and information services.


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
E:    maryrose.harrison@melbournerecital.com.au


Middle School: practical music-making with digital assistance

May 20, 2011


SoundHouse is an Australian resource-writer, student workshop and Professional Development provider, specialising in multi-media.

The above link will give you more information about on-line resources to help teach classroom guitar, percussion/drum, keyboard and practical theory ($199 per year) or email    info@soundhouse.org.au


Music Education Spaces in Schools (USA)

March 4, 2010

Go to resource: Music Education Spaces in Schools (USA) is a list of links provided by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.

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MusTech (USA)

February 21, 2010

Go to resource: MusTech (USA) is a music education website that specifically focuses on music technology. It was established in 2006 by Professor Joseph Pisano.

Read more…


School of Instrumental Music (WA)

February 2, 2010

Go to resource: The School of Instrumental Music (WA) offers instrumental music education to over 400 primary and secondary government schools in Western Australia, and is under the Department of Education, WA. Read more…


The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (NSW)

February 16, 2010

Go to resource: The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (NSW), located at Penrith in Sydney’s west, offers music education programs for schools and instrumental tuition. Read more…


VSMF – Vic School Music Festival 2013

March 20, 2013

Victorian School Music Festival

The VSMF invites school bands and orchestras to perform in some of Victoria’s premier performing spaces – BMW Edge, Iwaki Auditorium and the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre!! Come and present the results of all that hard work and dedication of ensemble rehearsals, and experience the thrill of performing for your peers.

Regional schools in Victoria’s North (and beyond) are welcome to come to Wangaratta and perform at the fabulous Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, or come to Melbourne – the choice is yours. There will be performances you won’t want to miss!

The festival provides schools with the opportunity to work with leading music educators as Chief Adjudicator. Watch your students transform as an adjudicator works with them (perhaps even repeating what you say…?) and see their eyes light up when they realise how well they can play when working together for the same goal.

It’s the full sensory experience; Young people making music, listening to themselves and their peers making music, watching how it can be done differently and analysing their own performance afterwards by listening to the recording provided. Teachers can measure how their students change when under the pressure of a real performance.

VSMF Dates:

Orchestra Section
May 29, 30, 31 & June 1
Iwaki Auditorium

Jazz Ensemble Section
July 22, 23 & 25th
The Edge, Federation Square

Concert Band Section
August 2, 5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19 & 20
The Edge, Federation Square

August 9
Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre