Music and Other Subjects

a3 – Australian Arts Alive PD (Melb & Sydney 2012)

November 27, 2011

In 2012, a3 – Australian Arts Alive will present four performing arts focused Professional Development workshops for primary classroom and specialist teachers in Melbourne and Sydney.

Visit for more information or to download a registration form.

Start or Revive Your School Choir
Want to make your students sing with glee? Learn simple and effective tricks of the trade to enable you to launch and run a vibrant school choir that students will want to join!

Friday 17 February – 9.30am – 3.30pm

Fun and Easy Dance
So you think you can’t dance? You’ll be amazed at how much fun and how easy these routines are to learn and to teach!

Tuesday 1 May – 4.30 – 6.30pm

Music for Your Classroom
Want to make your curriculum sing? Whatever your skill level, learn how to present music using a fun and integrated approach.

Friday 3 August – 9.30am – 3.30pm

Confident Conducting for Confident Choirs
Need a helping hand? From beat patterns to body language, learn how to take your choir to the next level.

Tuesday 16 October – 4.30 – 6.30pm

Kass Brown

Administrator – PR and Programs

Australian School of Performing Arts

t:  03 9001 1879 or 1800 338 142




Acting Up, A Melodrama (ArtsEdge USA)

June 1, 2010

Go to resource: Acting Up, A Melodrama, published by the Kennedy Center, US, and written by Mary Beth Bauernschub, is a unit based on the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Read more…


aMuse Sample Units

January 11, 2011

Sample Units from Australian Music Educators Assoc (Vic) – under the heading “aMuse VELS Support Documents”


Animal Habitats (ArtsEdge, USA)

December 15, 2009

Go to resource: Animal Habitats (from ArtsEdge Unit, USA) was written by Diane Ambur. Read more…


Artology – applications

March 14, 2013

Dear teachers

Please see below information about a wonderful project that may interest your senior students (Australia-wide). It is a great opportunity to explore your creativity with like-minded students from across all arts disciplines. Please forward to students who may be interested.


Louise Barkl

Artology Remix 2013

Calling all teenagers | Entries close 15 March

How would you like to create a great work of performance art alongside some of Australia’s top performers, writers and other artists?

Artology Remix is a creative program that gives you exactly that opportunity.

If you are a budding artist from ANY art form (Dance, Music, Drama, Visual Arts etc.), we encourage you to apply. You do NOT need to be skilled in all the art forms – you only need to be proficient in at least one.

You will meet inspiring people and create art at the highest level. You will meet like-minded individuals and be mentored at every turn. You will emerge from this program with skills and knowledge you can’t imagine.

All tuition is FREE. If you are 15-20 years old, and passionate about your creativity, apply HERE (

You will meet inspiring people and create art at the highest level. You will meet like‐minded individuals
and be mentored (free) at every turn. You will emerge from this program with skills and knowledge you can’t
Applications are being accepted from students aged 15‐18 from anywhere in Australia. While this
program is designed with high school students in mind, we will also accept applications from older and
younger students who demonstrate strong aptitude and desire to participate.
The workshops will take place during school holidays in April and June/July 2013 as follows:
 WORKSHOP 1: a 10‐day period between 16‐ 25 April; exact dates to be announced
 WORKSHOP 2: a 14‐day period between 29 June ‐13 July; exact dates to be announced
 PERFORMANCE: occurs at the end of the July period at the Art Gallery of NSW in July 2013.

Arts Alive – multi arts online content for Oz teachers

July 19, 2013

Multi-arts online lessons, videos and other free resources, produced by the Songroom.


ArtsEdge Kennedy Centre Music Lesson Plans (USA)

February 15, 2010

Go to resource: ArtsEdge Kennedy Centre Music Lesson Plans (USA) offers dozens of music lesson plans, many of which are integrated with other subjects such as science and maths. Read more…


Baraka lesson idea

May 24, 2012

HERE is a scene from Baraka called “Balinese monkey chant”. Baraka is a feature-length film without any script. Show this scene to a class, and discuss the role of music in eastern cultures, how a film can be created without any scripted text, the importance of music in films … Enjoy!


cinematic musical

March 19, 2012

Watch THIS TEDx YouTube clip about a collaboratively-made film by Daniel Johns (from Silverchair) and Josh Wakely. Discuss how music can be inspired by images, stories and pictures. Discuss how film can be inspired by music.


Cool Cats cross arts adventures

February 21, 2010

Go to resource: Cool Cats cross arts adventures, published by Bushfire Press for primary students, is a four level series designed to teach integrated arts courses, including music, dance, drama, media, and visual art. Read more…


Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts

December 21, 2009

Go to resource: Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts by Claudia Cornett (2006) is a textbook specifically for classroom teachers. Read more…


Education in the Arts: Teaching and Learning in the Contemporary Curriculum

February 3, 2010

Go to resource: Education in the Arts: Teaching and Learning in the Contemporary Curriculum, edited by Christine Sinclair, Neryl Jeanneret and John O’Toole, is published by Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2009. Read more…


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.


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…


Inclusion and the Arts (SA)

March 7, 2010

Go to resource: Inclusion and the Arts (SA) is a Curriculum Services area in the Department of Education and Children’s Services, South Australia.

Read more…


Integrating music into the classroom

February 4, 2010

Go to resource: Integrating music into the classroom, by William Anderson and Joy Lawrence, is published by Wadsworth Publishing, California, 1991. Read more…


Integrating Music with curriculum (Phil Tulga)

January 7, 2011

Go to resource: Phil Tulga presents a list of interactive activities and lesson plans which combine Music with Science, Language and Maths.


Integrating the arts: twelve school-based experiences

February 2, 2010

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…


Italian beginner language CD of songs

March 13, 2011

Cavallo Capers – a newly released  CD BUONGIORNO SIGNORA, containing 13 original songs, a song book, lyric charts and an activity book for beginner Italian language (LOTE).


Jersey Boys

January 11, 2011

Jersey Boys (the musical) has compiled free, high quality lesson plans for teachers. The resource includes lesson content for Drama, Music, English, Art, Dance and History.


Lesson to intro opera

July 10, 2013

Not sure how to introduce opera to a primary class? Choose a comic opera with crazy plot (Magic Flute). Ask a handful of volunteers to act out the plot with some costumes while the teacher reads the plot. Then play some excerpts of the opera on YouTube. (Thanks to MPA Forum @ SOH for the idea!)


Logs Have Life Inside

July 29, 2013

This free teaching kit uses an original song to deliver a sustainability and environment message to primary school children:


Mind Matters

December 29, 2009

Go to resource: Mind Matters is a national health initiative for secondary schools funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Read more…


MMADD about the Arts

February 3, 2010

Go to resource: MMADD about the Arts: an introduction to primary arts education, by Deirdre Russell-Bowie, is published by Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest NSW, 2nd edition 2009. Read more…


Mozart’s music has lots of numbers!

April 22, 2013

Read the article HERE


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…


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


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.


Sing and Dance Around the World (Greg Gilpin)

September 21, 2010

Go to resource: Sing and Dance Around the World is written by Greg Gilpin and published by Heritage Music Press (2006). Read more…


Songs for Teaching (USA)

February 9, 2010

Go to resource: Songs for Teaching is an American website that offers downloadable songs for teaching various non-music subjects, integrating music into learning tasks. Read more…


Speed = distance / time singing video

July 19, 2013

A fun (or funny) video using song to recall a formula


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.


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.


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.


Waltzing Matilda – lesson idea

March 5, 2011

Waltzing Matilda free historical resources – LESSON IDEA: explore the content on the Music Australia webpage (old sheet music and old jazz recordings of “Waltzing Matilda”) … listen to and discuss the differences between the old recordings (found at the bottom of the webpage) and the way “Waltzing Matilda” is performed/sung today


Year 8 Film Music

October 6, 2011

Here are some links I’ve created with ViewPure to allow students to view/listen to scenes from various films:

Shrek: Hallelujah Harry Potter: Hedwig’s Theme (no visuals) Moulin Rouge: Elephant scene Shrek: Dance Party Top Gun: Highway to the Danger Zone Man from Snowy River: the descent

Lesson ideas: describe how the music matches the images, try to figure out melody/chords, listen for mash-ups, discuss whether the music was written to match the film scene (or vice versa).