Sample Units from Australian Music Educators Assoc (Vic) – under the heading “aMuse VELS Support Documents”
Assessment in Music: Principles and Practices
International Assessment Symposium
July 16-17, 2013
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
Call for Papers
Please click here for information.
Go to resource: The Curriculum Framework Learning Statement for the Arts is published by the Curriculum Council of WA, 1998. Read more…
Each of the Arts has a number of units designed to complement the National Curriculum. Scroll to the bottom and choose “Music”!
Go to resource: Hands on Music Outcomes: a practical teachers guide to implementing the curriculum framework curriculum guides & progress maps joyfully in the classroom, by Sue Noonan, is published by Rossendale Press, Exmouth WA, 2005. This volume is intended for primary teachers and comes with an accompanying disc. It contains music activities and guides for assessment.
Use SoundCloud and blogging to give students feedback on recorded performances / compositions. Read more HERE.
A team of Music staff at Carey Baptist Grammar School, Junior School Kew, is conducting a review of our music instrumental report format.
We are seeking expressions of interest from schools that have developed an effective instrumental reporting template. We would appreciate any relevant material that you feel may contribute to our review process, such as rubrics, templates or other assessment tools. We are particularly interested in designing a format which caters for beginner, intermediate and advanced Junior School students (P-6). We are happy to share the results of this project with all interested schools.
Please email Pauline Thomson, Coordinator of Orchestral Strings, Carey Grammar, Kew, by Friday 20th May.
Go to resource: Integrating the arts: twelve school-based experiences, published by the Department for Education and Children’s Services, SA, 1997, gives twelve case best-practice case studies for the teaching of the arts in schools. Read more…
The 2011 (free) Teaching Kit for “We’ve Got the Music” just went online. It features free lesson ideas and teaching resources for Primary and Middle School classes, as well as brilliant ideas for inclusion and special needs. It is designed for generalist classroom teachers and music teachers alike.
All feedback welcome. Bring on 1st September 2011!!
If you haven’t signed up, please do, then you’ll be able to view the Teaching Kit.
MusicTime! Great Classroom Ideas for Years 5 – 8
Presented by Dr Ros McMillan
Want to finish Semester 1 fired with enthusiasm for Term 3? This workshop, designed for teachers of students in Years 5 – 8, will provide participants with a wealth of ideas for units of work as well as one-off activities that will appeal to students from upper primary to junior secondary.
This is not an easy group to cater for as many Year 7s will experience music for the first – and last! – time in their lives in this school year, while Year 8 students can be one of the most difficult age-groups to engage in music-making of any kind. Upper primary school students, too, are not always the amenable students of earlier years, with most of them having strong views on what makes music as a school subject ‘good’.
Thus, Year 5 – 8 teachers face the difficult task of planning a curriculum that is enjoyable and relevant for their students as well as fulfilling to teach. At the same time they may be required to provide music classes for a one-year, or even one-semester, subject that their school administration believes is all that students need to continue the study of music in later school years.
Working with typical classroom resources, participants at this workshop will be assisted to plan stimulating and rewarding lessons for students of all abilities. Through a variety of hands-on activities, teachers will be shown how to fulfil the requirements of the new Australian Curriculum, one in which a rich, creative and coherent curriculum is at the centre.
Friday 24 June
9.30am – 3.30pm
Statewide Resources Centre
150 Palmerston Street, Carlton
Melway reference — Map 2B:H6
Lunch is provided
Ros McMillan has been teaching and researching music education for almost 50 years, including 20 years at the University of Melbourne where she was Senior Lecturer then Head of Music Education, and 13 years as Director of Music at the PresbyterianLadies’ College, Melbourne. For the last decade she has been writing music workbooks for teachers and students with over 10,000 students using her books. Ros is a keyboard player, specialising in improvisation.
www.musicatschool.co.uk 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:
http://australianmusiceducators.ning.com/ 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.
New Zealand Curriculum Exemplars – several exemplar lessons for Primary and Secondary School Music (New Zealand)
Teacher Book & CD for VCE Music Performance Units 1-4
Theory & Aural Comprehension
Contains two Practice Examinations for each Units 1, 2 and 3 PLUS four Practice Examinations for Unit 4.
Covers all question types as found in the VCE Music Performance Written and Aural examinations
Teacher’s book contains all student dictations with missing parts on right hand pages (with permission to photocopy student pages) and full dictations (answers) on facing left hand pages
All dictations on the CD have been recorded using artificially produced sounds (i.e. similar to those used in the VCE Music Performance Written and aural examinations)
All dictations with the relevant count-ins
Recommended Retail Price $99.95 (ISBN 978-0-9775597-5-6)
Full product and pricelist attached or available from: www.dsmusic.com.au
TeachersNetwork.org – an excellent website (by US teachers for teachers) with free lesson plans. Most lessons require computers as a resource or tool for quality Music lessons – from Bach to Rap! Some lessons include rubrics for assessment.
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.
Deb Smith is running a 4 day course for VCE Music students (Melbourne) 11-14th April 2011
This 4 day course provides a comprehensive overview of the aural skills & musicianship required for VCE Music Performance. Using a range of tools such as rhythmic syllables, solfege & the voice, students will gain a thorough understanding of scales, keys, melody, rhythm, chords & chord progressions.
Booking form available from http://www.dsmusic.com.au/events.htm
Use GarageBand or other music software to create fun music exams for secondary students. This site provides a free example of a Year 10 Music exam.