18/3/13 lesson idea

March 16, 2013

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


25.7.13 Music education and neuroscience take center stage

July 20, 2013

“You are invited to a live, public webinar on Thursday, July 25, 2013 from 3:30 pm until 4:30 pm ET. [USA time, we think!]

As part of a growing body of research on arts and brain function,  music research has many people listening.  Neuroscience  has helped to demonstrate the work of innovative music-education programs around the country.  One such program, Harmony Project, is an award-winning organization that provides research-based music education to at-risk youth in Los Angeles, California.”


A Great Landscape DVD – worksheet

May 28, 2011

“A Great Landscape” was a 2008 DVD created by 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?

animated cartoon of MCUI 2012

October 7, 2012
You can view the animation at

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

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!


Arts in ed are NOT fluff

August 20, 2013

Check out this six minute video with kids from Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School responding to the statement: “The Arts are extra-curricular and disposable.”

Please share this blog and video so that together we can bring national attention to the vital inclusion of the arts in education and change the perception that the arts are “optional,” “extra” or “fluff.”


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.


BBC Music (UK)

December 15, 2009

Go to resource: BBC Music (UK) provides video performances and information on a range of classical, jazz, world and contemporary music genres. Read more…


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.


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.


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.


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!”


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


doco and recording from USA school post-tragedy

January 17, 2013

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


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.


Find your passion in life and pursue it (video)

March 27, 2011

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


free djembe lesson video

January 4, 2013

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


free online Music curriculum Feb-April 2012

January 20, 2012

Jozzbeat is offering FREE access to its new online Music education software (for 5-13 year olds) from February to April 2012. Click on the above link to find out more information. The program suits classroom teachers without ANY musical background, as well as being fun for music specialists. It requires having a digital projector or interactive whiteboard in the classroom, and giving brief feedback after lessons.


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.


funky strings take on Mission Impossible

January 9, 2013

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


Future issues for Music

July 23, 2013

This YouTube channel has a growing collection of short videos, explaining perspective from around the world re. “sustaining music and engaging communities as we approach 2020 and beyond”.


Glockenspiel Chords & a musical battle on YouTube – lesson idea

March 24, 2011

Great fun for Middle School aged students with glockenspiels (or keyboards) … view it here: (recorder) (glockenspiel) (crockenspiel) (gameboy) (ocarina) (zither) (mobile phone) (squeakaphone)


Hungarian Dance movement & listening lesson video

June 16, 2013 This is one of the best YouTube teaching clips I’ve ever seen. Play it to your primary class, copy the actions, then create your own movement ideas to Hungarian Dance.


Improvisation and Conducting

February 19, 2010

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


Indigenous fusion with AAO

January 9, 2012

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


Indigenous music – Stiff Gins

October 13, 2012

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


interactive classroom music blog

October 9, 2011

This blog, set up by Jozzbeat to discuss the Ramp-Up project, shows what Australian teachers can achieve by sharing their musical questions / comments / videos via an online community.


junk percussion on YouTube

March 24, 2012

THIS YouTube clip of 3 Swedish girls singing “Rudolph” with empty yoghurt tubs for accompaniment is most entertaining!


Karaoke Culture – TED video

June 17, 2011

How does one find authentic creativity? In his last talk before passing away, Malcolm McLaren tells remarkable stories from his own life, from failing school to managing the Sex Pistols. He argues that we’re living in a karaoke culture, with false promises of instant success, and that messiness and failure are the key to true learning.



Kids transformed by Music (TED video)

July 10, 2012
This TED video (10 mins) describes 30 years of Jose Abreu working with El Sistema and at-risk kids.

Kinshasa scratch orchestra

May 19, 2013

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


Lang Lang video clips (piano)

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


Les Mis extended trailer

December 19, 2012

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


LPAS Orff Ensemble – videos

June 26, 2013

This website is a collection of videos of student ensembles Orff-style –


Make Music by TVO Kids

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: Make Music by TVO Kids is an online game about combining and editing musical instruments.

Read more…


Minister Peter Garrett speaks about Music in education

November 30, 2012 Minister Peter Garrett speaks about the importance of music education to all students.


Multicultural Perspectives in Music

February 22, 2010

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


multicultural pop unit

January 27, 2013

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

POLYGENETICS: Multi-cultural Pop Music influences

Paul Simon / Graceland Africa concert

Yothu Yindi – Treaty

The Corrs – Breathless

Zumba –

Bohemian Rhapsody –

Muppets version:

KPop – Gangnam Syle???

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

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

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

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

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

Freddie Mercury and his duet with Spanish Opera singer.

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

Inner Circle – Bad Boys (=reggae beat)


Music Room

February 21, 2010

Go to resource: Music Room, by Rob Fairbairn, Mark Leehy, and Kevin O’Mara, and published by Bushfire Press, consists of six levels for primary students. Read more…


Music to treat ADHD?

March 10, 2013 Jane O’Brien (BBC) explores how music may one day be used as mental health medicine.


Music: Count Us In – wikispace

June 14, 2011

This year’s wiki site for ‘Music Count Us In’ is up and running. So far there are lyrics, scores, mp3’s, a sing-along movie and  a karaoke movie. Keep looking because more resources will be added over the next weeks. Just follow this free link:

Hope you enjoy it, Sally


Musica Surfica worksheet

September 6, 2013

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

A preview of the DVD can be seen HERE


National Indigenous Music Awards 2013

August 19, 2013 “Song of the Year 2013″ “Film clip of the Year 2013″

Jessica Mauboy has won National Artist of the Year

More info:


NSW schools in concert (choral)

May 15, 2013

THIS clip shows Monday night’s Sydney Town Hall concert of 600 govt secondary school students singing Mozart’s Requiem, with NSW Combined Schools Orchestra. Brett Weymark did a brilliant job conducting on 13/5/13, as organised by the Arts Unit, NSW.


Paul Kelly interview

April 25, 2013

Following the release of his 19th album and a biopic of his life, Paul Kelly spoke to the BBC’s Tom Donkin about the art of storytelling, and borrowing from the giants of literature.


Paul Kelly streamed live 18 March 2013 9pm

March 11, 2013

For Paul Kelly’s last concert of the season, he will be streaming live from the Opera House concert … to YouTube!

Message from Paul Kelly:
Get some popcorn, get some drinks, gather your pals. On Monday 18th March YouTube will be streaming FINKEL live from the Sydney Opera House.

9 PM (AEDT) sharp. Neil, Elroy, Dan, Zoe and I will be singing it up for our last show! PK


Paul Kelly the movie – free teaching kit

February 17, 2013

“Stories of Me” was released in 2012. It is is a documentary about the life and career of the acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly. The film explores the relationship of Kelly’s art to his life and personal journey, and the hurdles he faced along the way. It also shows the way that Kelly’s work has been informed by Australian society and his work has in turn given voice to the experiences of many Australians, and at times the life of the nation

A free teaching kit can be downloaded FREE from THIS WEBSITE (after first creating a free login & password). It is designed for Year 11 and 12.


Peter and the Wolf ballet video

February 24, 2013

Here is a live student ballet of Peter and the Wolf (in 4 YouTube segments) from 2012.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4


Playing for Change (Mark Johnson)

January 8, 2013

Combining music and musicians from around the world … Playing For Change (Peace through Music) is a movement to connect the world through music. – the making of the movie - interview and clips from the movie


pop songs with additional instruments

May 19, 2013

Talk with your class about which instruments might be added to pop songs. Here are some ideas: Moves like Jagger (whistling); Baker St (synth, sax, congas); You’re the Voice (bagpipes); I Will Wait (banjo); Feel So Good (trumpet). Are there any instruments that could NOT be used in pop songs?


Pure Drop ABC video and lessons

February 15, 2011

Pure Drop – high quality audio and video footage (free) from the ABC & AFC & Federal Government, complete with free lesson plans and worksheets. Topics include Indigenous Music and World Music


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


Reconcile Jukebox

July 19, 2013—music/reconcile-jukebox – currently under re-construction

“The Reconciliation Jukebox is a selection of songs provided by artists who support the reconciliation movement. These artists gave us songs to share with you because each of them feels it is one way they can participate in the reconciliation process.”


Rhythmic Workshop Part 1

February 19, 2010

Go to resource: Rhythmic Workshop Part 1 from a Dalcroze Workshop in Thailand 2008, run by Sandra Nash, demonstrates Dalcroze music and movement activities for music students of different stages. Read more…


Rhythmic Workshop Part 2

February 19, 2010

Go to resource: Rhythmic Workshop Part 2 from a Dalcroze Workshop in Thailand 2008, run by Sandra Nash, demonstrates Dalcroze music and movement activities for music students of different stages. Read more…


Study, Stress & Music (video)

March 27, 2011

Michael Griffin presents a 5 minute video summary of a presentation designed for school students (and staff), re. listening to music while studying – including styles of music that are helpful to study/learning & when music can hinder.


Sydney Symph PL video

April 7, 2013 Lots of short clips from Sydney Symphony’s teacher training sessions and school concerts – lots of teaching ideas in the video.


TED video on Music & Passion

June 17, 2011

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

Watch the video here


TED: Music

January 8, 2013

Musical Ideas Worth Sharing (YouTube)

TEDxAldeburgh Overview – the YouTube clip is a teaser for a series of TEDx talks on musical topics


TED: One Man Orchestra of the Imagination

January 26, 2011

Andrew Bird is a one man band and composer. He gives a talk (video clip) for TED conference.


The Curse of the Gothic Symphony

April 18, 2012

4MBS FM has been involved in the making of this concert and documentary for 28 years.

Read more here:



The Singing Revolution

July 4, 2012

“The Singing Revolution” movie trailer HERE … a documentary film about Estonian people using the power of massed singing to achieve political independence in 1991. More info HERE.


Took the Children Away – Indigenous music and history

March 5, 2011

Archie Roach’s song “Took the Children Away” has been adopted by Canadian indigenous people, as the lyric content (Australia’s Stolen Generation) has parallels in Canadian Indian history.

Lesson plan idea: Read and discuss Archie Roach’s lyrics … watch the YouTube clip which puts Australian historical and indigenous images to “Took the Children Away” … watch the YouTube clip which puts Canadian historical images to the same song … discuss any other countries which could borrow Roach’s song to apply to their own national history.

YouTube (Australian images & the emotional trailer from the movie “Rabbit Proof Fence”)

YouTube (Canadian images)


Top Secret Drum Corps

January 9, 2013 Precision drumming and good fun to watch! The Swiss Top Secret Drum Corps (Edinburgh Military Tattoo) in August 2012. Play it to your class, and talk about the importance of “practice makes perfect” in music.


tuning the band with Sesame St

August 8, 2013


tutorial on using Sibelius to create worksheets

March 8, 2011

Katie Wardrobe tutorial – how to make worksheets (easily) with Sibelius


TV: Artscape

July 18, 2012

Artscape: Dr Sarmast’s Music School

Currently available on ABC iView (free) in 2 episodes:

“Melbourne-based Afghan musicologist Dr Ahmad Sarmast, returns to Kabul after 15 years, with a dream to create the first national institute of music and return their musical rights back to the children of Afghanistan.”


Ukulele orchestra

January 26, 2013

The “Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain” (currently in Australia) have provided free video tutorial and sheet music for “Hot Tamales” via their website.


Unblocked student viewing of YouTube clips

March 23, 2011

There’s a new way to let students view YouTube clips online … The teacher copies the URL address from a YouTube clip, pastes it onto the website, clicks “create”, and it creates a new webpage (which students can view) with the YouTube clip on its own (without ads or comments). Copy and paste the newly create URL address and give it to your students.

Here’s an example I entered into ViewPure of ACO playing to surfing footage …

HINT: Don’t click on the “Download” button (bottom of ViewPure screen) – it is only advertising!


Victor Borge: What does a conductor do?

October 6, 2012

Comedian Victor Borge entertains us with this YouTube clip: What Does a Conductor Do?


Vox choir on YouTube

June 6, 2013

Need to inspire teenagers to sing in choir? Try this YouTube clip from Battle for the Choirs, Australia:


Wallace & Gromit – create the music

November 25, 2012

THIS website takes you to free downloads of film clip (MP4), script, storyboard and teaching ideas (PDF). Australian students cannot enter the competition, but can certainly enjoy the process. Suits Middle School.


YouTube – string players being funny

November 6, 2011

Here are some amusing (string) clips to share with students of all ages:

(1) I Will Survive (2) Pachelbel’s Canon (3) Titanic by MozART Group & while you’re having fun … (4) Hedwig’s Theme on Wine glasses