Instrumental Music

$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 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


15 free Carnival of the Animals activities

June 19, 2011

Katie Wardrobe has put together 15 websites to help teach “Carnival of the Animals”


15 Oct FREE info session / PD @ Melbourne Con (Vic)

September 26, 2011



You are invited to a special public seminar led by Professor Gary McPherson, Director, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Presenting evidence-based approaches to music performance teaching, this presentation is a preview of the exciting new Master of Music (Performance Teaching) program.

Music educators, undergraduate music students, and those wishing to teach instrumental music in the future are encouraged to come and experience some of the innovative teaching that will feature in this course, as well as find out essential information and ask questions.

Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

TIME & DATE: Saturday 15 October 2.30pm

VENUE: Melba Hall Melbourne Conservatorium of Music The University of Melbourne Gate 12, Royal Parade Parkville

COST: FREE – bookings are essential

BOOKINGS: Anastasia Russell-Head or 03 8344 3673

COURSE INFORMATION: au/grad/mmusperfteach


2013 Clarinet + Sax conference

May 22, 2013

11 – 13 July, 2013 – Sydney


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 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 interview with William Barton (didj player)

July 3, 2011

William Barton
William Barton
William Barton is Australia’s foremost Didjeridu performer and an international cultural ambassador to audiences throughout the world. A musician who seemingly crosses the wide bound from traditional indigenous music to modern day classical presentation with ease.

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


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”)


ABRSM in Australia

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: ABRSM in Australia is the local Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music representative.

Read more…


Ace the Audition (article)

November 14, 2012

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


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 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


Acoustical Science (ArtsEdge USA)

June 1, 2010

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


Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is a professional orchestra, resident in South Australia.

Read more…


Adventures in Music with the Recorder

December 20, 2009

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


AMEB – Australian Music Examinations Board

December 20, 2009

Go to resource: The AMEB is the most widely-used examinations system in Australia for music, speech and drama.

Read more…


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.


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.


February 15, 2011 – US website with lots of free lesson plans, recordings and interactive Music websites


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:


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 Art Orchestra listening room (free)

January 15, 2012

HERE is the Australian Art Orchestra’s free listening room where you can listening to recordings of their work. Many are fused with indigenous or multi-cultural music.


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 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 Music Centre

December 20, 2009

Go to resource: The Australian Music Centre (AMC), located at the Rocks in Sydney, is a comprehensive resource for Australian music. Read more…


Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS)

December 20, 2009

Go to resource: ANATS is the professional association for singing teachers in Australia. Read more…


Australian National Eisteddfod

May 3, 2011



AYB band for Junior Musicians

April 25, 2011

The Australian Youth Band is entering an exciting new phase, with the establishment of a junior ensemble for young musicians aged 12 -15. Players of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments who have a minimum musical standard of AMEB Grade 2 are encouraged to audition.

Junior Band (JAYB) musicians will have the opportunity to progress through to the Senior Band with the added attraction of international concert tours.

To book an audition time, please contact the band’s Musical Director on 0402-912-772 or


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 on instrumental practice

July 3, 2011

Scroll down for tips on how to practise better. Ideas to share with your students. By Robert Duke.


Bolero Flash Mob

October 6, 2011

This is great fun … On May 2, 2011, the Copenhagen Philharmonic amazed commuters at the Copenhagen Central Train Station, as they created a kind of orchestral “flash mob” – performing Ravel’s famed Bolero, with the musicians gradually assembling in place as the work progresses. The video – which shows not only the assembling orchestra, but also the delighted faces of the commuters – has generated overwhelming interest, and indeed has exceeded the orchestra’s expectations.


Boomerang Jam

January 24, 2010

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


Brass Bedlam (Vic incursion)

November 18, 2011

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

Book now for 2012.


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)



busking for Beethoven

March 28, 2013

Play this film clip of “Best Coin” to your class … discuss why people respond emotionally to music … then discuss ways they could create their own flash mob in your community.


Cello Wars

April 28, 2013

Try this fun YouTube clip as an ice-breaker at the start of Music class – Would the same battle work on clarinet? Ask the kids for their own ideas on musical parodies.


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


Chinese Instruments (ArtsEdge USA)

June 1, 2010

Go to resource: Chinese Instruments is a two-lesson unit published by ArtsEdge, Kennedy Center (USA) and written by Mary Beth Bauernschub. Read more…


March 7, 2010

Go to resource: is an interactive virtual online guitar.

Read more…


Clarinet & Sax PD (Vic)

June 13, 2012

Professional Development Day

Clarinet and Saxophone Teachers

9:30am to 4:30pm-Saturday, September 8, 2012

Carey Grammar,

349 Barkers Road, Kew

Please contact JoAnn Griffiths on 0407 247 410 or at for a flyer/registration form

Session 1

Motivating Students and Teachers-Rochelle Umansky. Ms. Umansky is a

registered psychologist, a former secondary teacher and Monash

University counselor.  She delivers workshops on topics such as self

management skills. She is the creator of the SMARTS program designed

for students who are seeking to achieve academic success.  She is

known for her warmth, humour and professionalism.

Session 2

A  Discussion into the Essential differences between Clarinet

and Saxophone Technique -Jason Digby, Carey Grammar


Session 3

Beginners Books, Ensemble Music-Michael Jongebloed, Fine Music

Session 4

Mouthpieces, Reeds, Breathing, Embouchure-Brian Ebert, Melbourne Brass

and Woodwind

Session 5

Display and presentation of the new Yamaha clarinet-Cameron Tait


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 (


Classic Kids (various)

February 19, 2010

Go to resource: Classic Kids (various) is a collection of Classical music recordings that are suitable for children. Read more…


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 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 – free worksheets

June 22, 2011

Dozens of free, colourful worksheets on well-known Classical / Romantic / 20th century works. Most include pictorial listening guides.


Classroom percussion resource

August 16, 2012

KTPercussion provides percussion charts for classroom and music teachers at a small cost. The arranger is Australian.


Community Orchestra Conference: 22 Sept 2012

August 22, 2012

Annual Conference for Community Orchestras: 22nd September 2012 in Sydney, run by Music in Communities Network.


Concerto Competition for Strings

June 20, 2011


contemp music suggestions for class bands (Musical Futures)

January 21, 2012

THIS NING is an online meeting place for teachers to suggest repertoire for class bands (Year 3-10): Pick a few songs, and ask groups of student to learn them by ear or using the internet. Give them 6 weeks and see what happens!


Cool Cats: the red hot recorder course

February 21, 2010

Go to resource: Cool Cats: the red hot recorder course by Jeff Mead and published by Bushfire Press, is a three level recorder course for primary students. Read more…


Create a drum melody – “We’ve Got the Music”

June 19, 2011

Use the 3 main notes from the chorus of this year’s MUSIC: COUNT US IN program song “We’ve Got the Music” to create a 3-tone drum melody.

(1) Group your classroom drums or classroom percussion or junk percussion into three different groups (high, middle and low)

(2) Allocate the lowest drums to B-flat, the middle drums to C and the highest drums to E-flat.

(3) Re-create the chorus melody on 3 different drums: “Get on your feet, feel your heartbeat, we’ve got the music. We’re not too proud to sing it out loud, we’re not afraid to use it.”

Try the activity aurally, playing along with the MP3 found at

(4) Write the drum tune on the board using letters: L = low drums, M = medium drums, H = high drums

LM  LM  L MM M      M  M  LH  M

ML  M  M ML   LM   M            MMMM   LH    M

(5) If your school has signed up for “Music: Count Us In”, then you can access the free backing-track (‘For Teachers’ section) and play the drum melody along with the chorus.

This lesson was inspired by “Izo Beat” from Islington Public School


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 Musical Experiences

February 4, 2010

Go to resource: Creative Musical Experiences, by Robert Smith, is published by RIC Publishing, WA, 2006. Read more…


Crowd-sourced Symphony in UK

September 15, 2013

General public have contributed to this “symphony” using an app – sharing sounds which are formed into a symphony.


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!”


Dalcroze Australia

January 23, 2010

Go to resource: Dalcroze Australia is the official Dalcroze association in Australia and offers courses for teachers. Read more…


Diego Stocco – custom built orchestra

February 17, 2013

“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.”


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


double bass YouTube instructional

April 10, 2011

An instructional video on playing orchestral excerpts on Double Bass, as performed by Hal Robinson.

The visual quality is very raw, but the Double Bass sound is amazing.

A good video to show Middle School students who are studying instruments of the orchestra.


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


Eric Dunan (jazz) interview