Music Theory and History

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.


A Song for Miles (app)

October 6, 2012

THIS app ($5.50) tells an interactive, musical story of Soul Music through the eyes of a child.


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.

animated quiz for tempo terms

June 19, 2013 A fun way for students to teach themselves (or review) correct musical terms for tempo / speed.


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!


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.


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.


Breezin’ Thru Music Theory

April 9, 2011

New, online music theory lessons and drills. You can currently access a free demo of some of the online drill games.


Build a school in the cloud

March 9, 2013

Watch this TED talk on YouTube with Middle School students. Then ask them to self-organise into groups (with internet access) and pursue their own choice of ‘big question’ to do with music.


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.


Carnegie Hall: interactive Music history

November 7, 2012

This website shows a timeline of African American music (1600-2000). Each era has a link to information, archives and sound samples (sometimes linked to Spend a lesson exploring the timeline with your secondary class. Ask them to write two paragraphs summarising their discoveries.


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


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…


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.


Classics for Kids Lesson Plans (USA)

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: Classics for Kids Lesson Plans (USA) are classical music lesson plans designed for students aged 5 to 11 years of age.

Read more…


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


Diatonic Harmony worksheet – free

March 6, 2011

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



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.


explaining Texture

October 12, 2012

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


Fanfare Series

March 11, 2010

Go to resource: The Fanfare Series, written by Tim Cain and published by Cambridge UP, is suitable for primary school students. Read more…


fly-swatting rhythm game

November 7, 2012

THIS blog suggests a game for tapping out rhythms using fly-swatters! Thanks FunMusicCo



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 activity on composer bios

April 27, 2011

This fun, free worksheet, asks students to fill in a mock job application, requiring biographical details of a composer. The website includes biographical information and other fun activities.


free app: Pitch

January 10, 2013

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


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 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 History & Theory website

June 21, 2011

A free website with comprehensive information on Music Theory.


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 quizzes

September 13, 2011

Go to this link: Ray Foo … Click on “Music Games/Quizzes” half way down the left side to find dozens of free online quizzes and games to drill music theory. Send students to this page and let them explore – learning through games.


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 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 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 Rhythm Clock lesson & resources

February 9, 2012

FunMusicCo has prepared a video tutorial on how to prepare and use a rhythm clock (suits primary and perhaps Year 7). All the files you might need are also free on the website.


free theory exercises

April 15, 2013

Beginner theory sheets -


free theory worksheets

November 4, 2011

Free worksheets from Color in My Piano website. Topics include discovering the piano keyboard, making tetrachords, write scales and chords, applying barlines …


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 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 worksheet for teaching intervals

November 14, 2012

FunMusicCo provides a free video on teaching intervals HERE – ideally using an IWB. A free student worksheet can also be found HERE. Thanks for sharing, FunMusicCo!


free worksheets – naming notes and intervals

January 10, 2012

HERE are some free worksheets from – naming notes and intervals in bass and treble clef. Make up a booklet for students to work through when they have a few spare minutes at a time.


game with canons!

March 18, 2013

Watch Sharon Roffman’s video to inspire primary classroom games with rounds / canons.


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…


Great Relief Junior

March 11, 2010

Go to resource: Great Relief Junior, published by Noteable, is a textbook suitable for students self-teaching (eg when teachers can’t attend classes). Read more…


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…


Happy Anniversary! Middle Schools Concerts Education Kit (TQO)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: Happy Anniversary! Middle Schools Concerts Education Kit (from The Queensland Orchestra) is a kits on the music of three composers celebrating anniversaries in 2009: Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn.

Read more…


Haunting Music (ArtsEdge USA)

July 2, 2010

Go to resource: Haunting Music (ArtsEdge USA) is a six-lesson unit that focuses on program music through exploration of ’spooky’ orchestral works by Berlioz and Saint-Saens. Read more…


Heavy Metal meets Vivaldi

August 15, 2013


History of Rock (app)

October 6, 2012

THIS “History or Rock” app should save me a lot of time when preparing this term’s unit on Rock Music. ($5.50) We will look at one decade each week. I will pick out a song from each decade and encourage the Musical Futures groups to learn that song each week.


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


How deafness affected Beethoven’s music: article

January 13, 2012

Read it HERE


Ideas for using musical flash cards

November 19, 2012

Read the blog 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).


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…


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:


JMRO – Journal of Music Research Online

April 8, 2011

an MCA publication -

Journal of Music Research Online this refereed journal includes music education research


lesson starter (animation)

February 20, 2013 the history of music with texta drawings


Listening Mat (TQO)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: The Listening Mat (published by The Queensland Orchestra) is a double-paged list of musical elements often heard in orchestral music.

Read more…


make-your-own song to remember the eras of music

December 28, 2011

HERE is a YouTube attempt to make a song about the characteristics of classical music periods — careful, as there as some swearing near the end. Brainstorm the characteristics of different musical eras (write them on the board). Challenge your students to create a better song about periods of music.


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.


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…


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)


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 Australia website resource

March 5, 2011

free resource site – Music Australia website presents free information, old-style sheet music, and recordings on archived Australian topics such as “Beach and Bush” & “Waltzing Matilda”.


Music Composition (ArtsEdge USA)

June 1, 2010

Go to resource: First Rhythmic Composition is a lesson plan written for 11 to 13 year olds, published by the Kennedy Center, US. Read more…


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.

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:


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:


National Library (Canberra) music manuscript days for students

January 19, 2012
Music Makers (ages 7–12)

See famous composers’ manuscripts and relive their creative process through hands-on music making.

Friday 20 January, 1 pm
Tuesday 31 January, 10.30 am
Conference Room, $15

National Library of Australia, Canberra.


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 Education publications

January 22, 2012

HERE is a selection of textbooks and resources re. music education, as used by some Australian universities.


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.


Northern Tour Education Kit (TQO)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: The Northern Tour Education Kit (by The Queensland Orchestra) is a kit that supports the 2009 concerts ‘Words and Music’ and examines what music conveys (stories, emotions etc).

Read more…


notespelling free worksheets

June 19, 2013


online e-text for Music Appreciation

July 14, 2011 “Sound Reasoning”

“Sound Reasoning” is a web-based, introductory music appreciation course. It features an explanation, followed by a relevant musical audio quote.

This e-text offers a new approach to music appreciation for adults or 17-18 year old students, focusing on style-independent concepts. While the course concentrates primarily on Western classical and modern music, the concepts that are introduced apply to music of any style or era. The goal of “Sound Reasoning” is to equip you with questions that you may ask of any piece of music, thereby creating a richer and more comprehensive understanding of music both familiar and unfamiliar.


online glossary

July 5, 2012

This (free) online music glossary could be used for classroom games. Any ideas?


Opus music theory – free worksheets

February 5, 2013

Ordered in progressive difficulty


partly free Music Tutor ‘app’

November 4, 2011


piano teacher’s blog

March 1, 2012

This website has tips on teaching music theory and piano teaching advice.


Powerhouse Museum teacher notes

April 15, 2013

A while ago, the Powerhouse Museum ran an exhibition called “Spinning Around”. HERE are the free teaching notes – Australian pop music and recording technologies.


Primary music ideas for classroom (FREE!)

July 31, 2012

LINK HERE – thanks to Midnight Music!

Amy Burns is an experienced elementary music teacher at Farhills Country Day School in New Jersey and the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom (highly recommended).

Amy’s writes about her classroom activities and also about the professional development workshops she runs at Elementary Music/Music Technology. She also has a website where she uploads notes from her conference presentations and maintains lists of useful links for Smartboard (interactive whiteboard) resources and more.

Amy has started curating collections of links on the visual sharing site Pinterest [this is something I'm finding very useful too. In the future I'll be writing a post about Pinterest and how you can use it to keep track of resources. You can find me on Pinterest here] and has boards that feature music she has used in her 2011-2012 concerts, iPad apps she uses in her PreK-Grade 3 classes and websites she uses in class.

Allison Friedman

Allison Friedman is a general music, chorus and band teacher at South Salem Elementary School and she maintains two websites: one contains student work, links and class information and the other is a wiki set up to share her interactive whiteboard resources, links and other files with music teachers.

Units of work for her general music classes can be found on the General Music page (follow the links to each year level). She also has links to the digital media work she has done with students, including podcasts, videos and pictures.

Teacher resources include worksheets and lesson ideas and a long list of Smartboard resources

Karen Garrett

Karen Garret – from Central Park School in Birmingham Alabama – is well-known for her Music Tech Teacher website containing excellent music games and quizzes. Most of the games were tailor-made my Karen herself, but they are available to use for free from her site. Popular games include Fling The Teacher – a hangman-style quiz game in which correct answers contribute pieces to trebuchet which “flings the teacher” once completed – and Hoop Shoot – a quiz in which a correct answer allows you to try your luck shooting a basketball into a hoop.

In addition, Karen shares an extensive collection of lesson plans, complete with objectives, correlation to national standards and step-by-step instructions. The lesson plan collection can be found here.

Cherie Herring

I first came across Cherie online while I was researching ideas for using interactive whiteboards in the music classroom. Cherie has contributed a number of resources to the SMART Exchange (the Smartboard file-sharing website). Cherie has her own blog – Just A Little More: Musings about music and technology – where she publishes Smartboard Notebook lesson files (use them as inspiration if you have a different type of IWB), interactive music site links, and iPad resources.

Like Amy Burns, Cherie is using Pinterest to curate her useful links and she has 60 boards that inlaced links for music iPad appsmusic education and many more!

Tanya LeJeune

Tanya is a Kodaly specialist from Colorado and blogs about her music classroom at Teaching Elementary Music: Tanya’s Blog. Tanya also has a collection of ideas for Kodaly teachers using interactive whiteboards – including videos of students in action – at her other blog: The Kodaly Aspiring Music Classroom.


primary music vocab ideas

July 19, 2012 This webpage suggests vocab to be used by music teachers up to Year 5. (Beware American terms like “half note” and “eighth note”). How much of this language can you build into your own conversations with students?


Puzzles and Stuff

March 11, 2010

Go to resource: Puzzles and Stuff, published by Noteable, are designed to reinforce musical concepts and musical vocabulary. Read more…


random lessons using YouTube

January 27, 2013

THIS link takes you two random uses of YouTube in music-related lessons. If you have suggestions, PLEASE email them to schools.mpfl AT


revision questions for high school music

July 5, 2012

A British site for reviewing upper secondary music content with quizzes and online games.


Rhythm Bingo

March 11, 2010

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


teaching Italian terms via mobile phones

December 7, 2011

HERE is a free worksheet from FunMusicCo which uses mobile phones (alpha-numeric buttons) to help students to learn the definitions of Italian terms. After completing the sheet, students could create their own worksheet using mobile phone buttons.

HERE is a free video explaining how to use the worksheet.


Teaching the Blues – 41 free tips!!!

October 17, 2012

Thanks to Midnight Music, HERE are 41 tips and free resources for teaching 12 bar blues to students of all ages.


TES connect – free teaching resources

January 10, 2011

Go to resource: TES Connect collates free teacher-created resources from UK. This link is for Secondary Music resources and links. You will need to sign up to view resources – signing up is free and simple.


The Classical Music Navigator (USA)

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: The Classical Music Navigator (USA) introduces students to information about classical music through familiar/notable works and composers, determined by relevance.

Read more…


the pedal piano

April 23, 2012

A little known instrument from the Classical period is the pedal piano – like 2 grand pianos joined at the hip. Read more HERE.


The Symphony – an interactive guide

October 26, 2011

An interactive guide to the Symphony and orchestral composers – including an interactive timeline.


Toccata Blocks for teaching rhythm theory

May 30, 2013

Toccata blocks are concrete resources to assist students (from aged 4 – 104) when learning to read rhythms.


tracking Australian-ness through pop music

September 19, 2011

Here are some suggestions of songs which have a particularly Australian flavour. Teach the chord progressions of each chorus (guitar / ukulele / keyboard) to your class. Discuss from which decade each song came, and why it feels Australian.

Skyhooks – Living in the 70’s (1975), Joe Dolce – Shaddup You Face (1980), Men at Work – Down Under (1981), Paul Kelly – From St Kilda to Kings Cross (1985), Midnight Oil – Beds are Burning (1987), Yothu Yindi – Treaty (1991 remix), Hunters and Collectors – Holy Grail (1992), any song from Gurrumul Yunupingu’s 2008 album – Gurrumul.

More info on Australian pop music: “Playlisted” by Craig Mathieson


Trivia-night-style lesson plan

August 27, 2011

Organise students into table groups. Inform them you will play 5 pieces of music from 5 different centuries (1600’s 1700’s 1800’s 1900’s 2000’s). Use iTunes library or GrooveShark to play 5 very different pieces of music. Each team must discuss (quietly) which century belongs to each piece of music. Score 2 points for each correct century or 2 points for being 100 years either side. Score 1 bonus point for every correct reason given for answer!


TROVE – research tool

September 13, 2011

National Library of Australia has a new online catalog called TROVE – research for books, journal, video, audio, websites, pictures and more. You can even click through the website to purchase many of the items, if you wish.


VCE Music Analysis Workshops: Monday 26 September

August 20, 2011

Returning by popular demand!

After our first workshops on the analysis component of the VCE Music Performance exam sold out, we are pleased to announce a further two workshops in the September school holidays.

Adam Yee will take students through a through a range of practical strategies for the VCE Music Performance examination sections B & C: listening and analysis, in a 2.5-hour workshop designed for both year 11 and 12 students.

Participants from the July workshop gave extremely positive feedback:

  • Monday 26 September:
  • Morning workshop: 10:00am – 12:30pm
  • Afternoon workshop (repeat of morning session): 1:30 – 4:00pm
  • $50 per student

Enrolments and further information:


Year 11 music resources: TONALITY

January 10, 2013

Greg Thwaites has scooped together lots of free video resources on THIS webpage (re. tonality in music).


Year 12 lesson: history of music on YouTube

December 29, 2011

Play THIS YouTube clip of a string quartet playing music from 300+ years of history — how many titles can they write down — and from what period is each piece? Finally, ask students to make their own list of famous, representative pieces from each era / period.


YouTube helps teach the History of Western Art Music

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The history of music from Medieval to post WW II. Presented as text and related YouTube video/audio clips. A series of lessons, in effect!