Vocal Music

18 March 2013 Singing Classroom PL Vic


March 6, 2013

The next exciting event in the aMuse 2013 PL calendar is a full-day “The Singing Classroom” workshop.

A PL designed to encourage primary teachers to sing more regularly with their classes. The workshops aim to build teacher confidence, provide a range of resources and to model skills in teaching songs.

If you’re interested, please come along.

If you know someone who would be interested, please pass this info on.

http://www.amuse.vic.edu.au/PL2013/singingclassroom2013_allday.htm

Monday, March 18

10.00am – 3.00pm

Statewide Resource Centre

150 Palmerston Street, Carlton

$100 per person

$40 for tertiary students

Lunch and morning tea provided

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25 May 2013 – regional PD day for music – Orange NSW


May 15, 2013

ASME NSW in conjunction with MusicEDU and ENGADINE MUSIC are bringing PD on the road for an informative and fun filled day of PD in Term 2, 2013 (25 May).

Cost $10-$45

SATURDAY MAY 25, 2013
KINROSS WOLLAROI MUSIC CENTRE – ORANGE

10.30- 4.30pm

This PD will involve presenters from Sydney including ASME NSW Chair Brad Merrick, who will provide an update on ACARA, The Australian Curriculum as well as presenting a session on approaches to teaching performance in the HSC. Following the opening lecture, a series of smaller workshops will be provided for rotation for the delegates and their interest.
A selection of other experienced Sydney teachers will be coming out for the day and will share their expertise with you. The aim will be to provide PD for both classroom and studio teachers. Some of the areas that will be touched upon include: -

• Emerging trends with technology in class including keyboards, computers and apps

• Approaches to developing vocal skills, instrumental skills and repertoire selection

• Teaching activities and resources for the Primary and Lower Secondary Classroom

• Strategies for teaching aural, composition, performance in electives and the HSC

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3 a cappella workshops (Melb) 2012


May 28, 2012

Amuse presents three a cappella workshops

featuring Amelia Alder and Chris Blain of Vocal Australia

WORKSHOP 1: GETTING STARTED

Date: Wednesday 27 June

Includes introduction to a cappella styles and introduction to beat-boxing / vocal percussion.

INTRODUCTION TO A CAPPELLA

We will delve into the history of unaccompanied singing, whilst exploring its current incarnations in an interactive session. We will cover many styles of vocal harmony, using demonstration pieces to feel first hand what the differences are. We will also examine uses of a cappella music in current popular media – a great avenue through which to get your students and/or choristers enthused about singing.

INTRODUCTION TO BEAT-BOXING / VOCAL PERCUSSION

One of the most striking differences between the a cappella of yester-year and today’s exciting offerings is the use of vocal and body percussion. We will examine the basics of how to create sounds and construct rhythmic patterns with just the voice. We will look at the production of basic drum kit sounds, learn some modes of notation, and examine some great teaching methods through creative group activities.

You should attend this workshop if:

You have or would like a strong choral music program at your school or in your community

You would like to get more boys involved in singing programs at your school or in your community

You would like some tips on how to engage students and singers with vocal harmony

You enjoy singing vocal harmony and would like to know more

If you’re not sure whether this session is right for you, please email info@vocalaustralia.com

WORKSHOP 2: ARRANGING FOR A CAPPELLA

Date: Thursday August 2

An exploration of some proven methods for arranging contemporary a cappella in four – eight parts as well as an interactive workshop devise new original arrangements.

ARRANGING METHODS

Explore some proven methods for arranging contemporary a cappella in four – eight parts. We will explore the whole process from conception to completion with an interactive example piece through a step by step process. Explore handy tips on software use, resource collection, support avenues and more.

VOCAL MIXUP

Vocal MIXUP is an interactive workshop to put our new arranging methods to good use. Participants will work in groups to devise original arrangements of well-known a cappella songs using the skills they have learned in the arranging session. No prior experience or scoring or notation required.

You should attend this workshop if:

You enjoy singing vocal harmony and would like to know more

You would like to be able to arrange music that appeals your class, group or choir

You have a basic knowledge of music theory

You would like to speed up and refine your arranging process

You would like assistance in teaching your year 12 music students

If you’re not sure whether this session is right for you, please email info@vocalaustralia.com

WORKSHOP 3: SONGWRITING

Date: Wednesday 14 November

A complete  package that explores the process of writing, arranging, scoring and performing original a cappella music from start to end. Participants will work in groups to explore, devise and create original songs which will be arranged into 4-8 part harmony and performed for exploratory purposes. We will explore solid processes for everything from brain-storming themes to texturing vocal backing parts.

You should attend this workshop if:

You enjoy singing a cappella music and would like to write your own

You have tried to write songs in the past but have got “stuck” along the way

You have a basic knowledge of music theory

You would like support and tips on writing original music

If you’re not sure whether this session is right for you, please email info@vocalaustralia.com

COST (per workshop)

$130.00 (members)

$190.00 (non-members)

TIME

9.30am – 3.30pm

VENUE

Statewide Resources Centre

150 Palmerston Street, Carlton

Melway reference — Map 2B:H6

Booking essential

Lunch is provided

DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM <http://amuse.vic.edu.au/PL2012/acappella2012.pdf>

About Vocal Australia

Vocal Australia aims to develop, grow, support and nurture the a cappella singing scene in Australia, through the production and provision of education, events and resources. Vocal Australia sees an improved and developed Australian culture and community, which embraces expression and creativity through group harmony singing.

Vocal Australia’s Key Goals:

  • To develop and promote the      vocal music scene in Australia;
  • To connect groups and      singers, fostering collaboration and competition;
  • To support new and      established a cappella groups with musical, planning, business, touring      and performing assistance;
  • To grow the Australian a      cappella scene through education programmes in schools, universities and      communities; and
  • To promote the best of      Australia vocal music internationally.

Biographies of the directors, Amelia Alder and Chris Blain, plus further information about Australian a cappella can be found at: http://vocalaustralia.com/about-us/

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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  -   3mbskids@gmail.com
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

www.3mbs.org.au

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a cappella singing book


September 27, 2012

www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/product/freeing-the-song-an-approach-to-directing-vocal-groups

This book ”Freeing the Song” is about running a vocal group. It’s full of useful ideas and advice. No sheet music included, just a few musical examples to illustrate points he makes.

For sheet music, consider Tony's other 2 books:

A cappella : rehearsing for heaven, an a cappella choral workbook / Tony Backhouse

http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/product/a-cappella-rehearsing-for-heaven-an-a-cappella-choral-workbook

&

Move on up : an a cappella gospel songbook for choirs and quartets / transcribed and
arranged by Tony Backhouse

http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/product/move-on-up-an-a-cappella-gospel-songbook-for-choirs-and-quartets
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a cappella workshops (Vic)


July 19, 2012

aMuse presents two more a cappella workshops

featuring Amelia Alder and Chris Blain of Vocal Australia

ARRANGING FOR A CAPPELLA

Date: Thursday August 2

An exploration of some proven methods for arranging contemporary a cappella in four – eight parts as well as an interactive workshop devise new original arrangements.

ARRANGING METHODS

Explore some proven methods for arranging contemporary a cappella in four – eight parts. We will explore the whole process from conception to completion with an interactive example piece through a step by step process. Explore handy tips on software use, resource collection, support avenues and more.

VOCAL MIXUP

Vocal MIXUP is an interactive workshop to put our new arranging methods to good use. Participants will work in groups to devise original arrangements of well-known a cappella songs using the skills they have learned in the arranging session. No prior experience or scoring or notation required.

You should attend this workshop if:

You enjoy singing vocal harmony and would like to know more

You would like to be able to arrange music that appeals your class, group or choir

You have a basic knowledge of music theory

You would like to speed up and refine your arranging process

You would like assistance in teaching your year 12 music students

If you’re not sure whether this session is right for you, please email info@vocalaustralia.com

SONGWRITING

Date: Wednesday 14 November

A complete  package that explores the process of writing, arranging, scoring and performing original a cappella music from start to end. Participants will work in groups to explore, devise and create original songs which will be arranged into 4-8 part harmony and performed for exploratory purposes. We will explore solid processes for everything from brain-storming themes to texturing vocal backing parts.

You should attend this workshop if:

You enjoy singing a cappella music and would like to write your own

You have tried to write songs in the past but have got “stuck” along the way

You have a basic knowledge of music theory

You would like support and tips on writing original music

If you’re not sure whether this session is right for you, please email info@vocalaustralia.com

COST (per workshop)

$130.00 (members)

$190.00 (non-members)

TIME

9.30am – 3.30pm

VENUE

Statewide Resources Centre

150 Palmerston Street, Carlton

Melway reference — Map 2B:H6

Booking essential

Lunch is provided

DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM <http://amuse.vic.edu.au/PL2012/acappella2012.pdf>

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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 www.aspagroup.com.au/a3 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

e:  kbrown@aspagroup.com.au

w:  www.aspagroup.com.au

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a3 From Page to Stage


March 17, 2013

From Page to Stage
Professional Development Workshop


Join Sally Gawley as she takes music from the page all the way to the stage in this exciting professional development workshop presented by a3 – australian arts alive.

Content includes:

·         Fun and achievable repertoire ideas including two take home pieces

·         Approaches to teaching

·         Simple choreography

·         Performance polish techniques

Presenter

Sally Gawley began her music career in the jazz department at the Adelaide Conservatorium and is now one of the Australian Girls Choir’s National Music Coordinators. Sally has taught voice to individual singing students at schools in Adelaide, Melbourne and Canada and has led choirs as large as 1200 – both trained and groups of non singers alike. Sally’s forte is bringing songs to life and creating performances on large and small scales.

Details

·         Suitable for: Primary classroom and primary specialist teachers

·         Date: Friday May 24

·         Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm

·         Location: Kew East Uniting Church – Normanby Road, Kew East

·         Cost: $220 – includes morning tea and lunch

·         Accreditation: This workshop is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching

For more information or to download a registration form visit the a3 website or phone 03 9001 1879.

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ABC sing books – online index


March 21, 2012
http://www.abc.net.au/learn/sing/

This is a listing of all songs printed in ABC "Sing" books from 1975 to
2006. It contains searchable database and links to the ABC shop.
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ACCET Choral Conductor Course (Melb) 2012


October 26, 2011

ACCET Choral Conductor Summer School
Monday 16 – Thursday 19 January 2012 @ Xavier College, Kew VIC

Whether of advanced, intermediate or beginner standard conductors will have hands-on conducting tuition every day. In 4 stimulating days there will be opportunity for participants to increase knowledge of training the voice, of warm-ups, diction and rehearsal techniques, building musicality through body movement, and expressing emotion through singing. There will be repertoire sessions especially for primary/children’s choir; for secondary/youth choir; and for community and church choir. All full attendance participants will get a donated package of some 50 choral pieces.

Australian Choral Conductors Education and Training    www.choralconductors.org.au

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ANATS Make your Body Sing, Sept 2013 (Vic)


August 31, 2013

ANATS is pleased to present an inspiring weekend workshop that explores the relationship between singing and the body.

September 7 & 8

Lowther Hall AGGS, Essendon

With special guest presenter from Brisbane, the highly popular Ron Morris will present a 2 day foundation course in the Accent Breathing Method. Supplementary sessions will include vocal anatomy, vocal physiotherapy and tai-chi.

wendygftodd@optusnet.com.au

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ArtsMmad.com free resources (Primary)

March 3, 2011

ArtsMmad page – after signing in (free) you will have free access to bundles of free Music posters, song sheets and MP3 recordings

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auditions – the Australian Voices


September 19, 2011

www.theaustralianvoices.com/audition

Now auditioning for 17-35 year old singers.

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Aug 3 Melbourne – Mark Puddy PL


May 28, 2012

Music for Your Classroom – Professional Development Workshop

a3 – australian arts alive is proud to present ‘Music for Your Classroom’. We are delighted to announce that this full day workshop will be presented by Mark Puddy. Mark has worked in music education for the past 25 years and is a renowned choral clinician, composer and arranger. Mark has over 60 published works, many of which are performed by the Australian Girls Choir as well as school and community choirs nationally and internationally. Mark is also regularly invited to present at Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk workshops.

Content will include:

·         Fun games and activities involving tuned and un-tuned percussion, simple rounds, singing activities and drama

·         Introduction to musical concepts using simple games and activities: dynamics, tone colour, duration, rhythm, metre, pitch and structure

·         Preparing simple and effective assembly performances

·         Great resources – where to find the right music

·         How to teach singing even if you are not a confident singer

·         Engaging kids using contemporary ‘beats’

·         Incorporating tuned and untuned percussion into your classroom performances

·         Integrating music into other Key Learning Areas

Each registered participant will take home a resource booklet with outcomes oriented classroom activities, warm ups, two age-appropriate songs with sheet music and word sheets for use at their school and a CD with learning and backing tracks

Details:

Friday August 3, 2012

9.30am – 3.30pm

Kew East Uniting Church – Normanby Road, Kew East, VIC

For more information or to download a registration form visit www.aspagroup.com.au/a3 or phone 03 9001 1879

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Aussie rhyme and song singalong with Matthew Perry

February 21, 2010

Go to resource: Aussie rhyme and song sinaglong with Matthew Perry by Matthew Perry, and published by Jane Curry Publishing, 2005, is a volume of Australian songs for students aged 0 to 5. Read more…

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Ave Mari – Bobby McFerrin


February 22, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgvJg7D6Qck Bobby McFerrin vocalises “Ave Maria” accompaniment while the audience sings the melody :-) Use it to inspire male and female singers.

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Barbershop – Blenders Youth Chorus – Queensland


August 17, 2011

A note from Jonathan Albertini:

The Blenders youth chorus (BYC) is located on the Gold Coast in Ashmore.  It is a passion of mine to increase awareness on the Gold Coast and local schools and get more young men singing this wonderful art form of barbershop.  My vision is to see barbershop being taught in the school curriculum.  New Zealand has a wonderful Barbershop program in their curriculum for all schools (even more so in the United States).  I think the youth need to start getting more involved in a Capella singing and barbershop.  There is the potential to build many youth choruses around Australia and there are regular barbershop competitions to test their skills on the big stage and get great performing experience.  It is a very social hobby and they will make many friends. There are even opportunities to travel internationally and compete in USA competitions.

At present I have been organising (free of charge) for a barbershop youth quartet to perform at school assemblies to students and show them that “singing is cool” for boys.  The schools absolutely loved our performances and now want us to return to run workshops for the boys!  I am very excited about this and I would love to build on this even more.  We are a not-for-profit organisation.  I simply want to see barbershop grow in Australia and reach out to young men who like to sing.

Jonathan Albertini – Musical Director

Mobile – 0407 933 305

Website - www.youth.theblenders.com.au

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Bobby McFerrin vocal improv lesson on YouTube


April 8, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTB58ZmnudA&feature=youtube

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Catch a Song

February 3, 2010

Go to resource: Catch a Song: a developmental music program by Deanna Hoermann and Doreen Bridges, illustrated by Bruce Treloar, was published by Holmes McDougall Australia-Dominie, Brookvale NSW, 1988. Read more…

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Cheeky Possums – Primary musicals

March 18, 2011
A new website for original, Australian primary school musicals, with high quality backing tracks, fun scripts and lyrics and lots of extra resources. www.cheekypossummusicals.com.au
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Childrens Music Portal (USA)

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: The Childrens Music Portal (USA) is a free portal that offers links to resources for children’s music.

Read more…

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Choral Music for kids


January 10, 2011

Ideas for Primary choirs and how to choose music and repertoire.

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Choral participation improves health!

July 19, 2011

Sydney Morning Herald Article

http://news.smh.com.au/national/choral-singing-makes-you-happy-survey-20080710-3cyg.html

Choral singing makes you happy: survey

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Choral repertoire suggestions


January 9, 2013

Please help colleagues around Australia (and the globe) by recommending repertoire for school choirs via this online form.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dEprUnptZU45TXA2ak5kZ09rUXlMQUE6MQ

THANKS!

Music: Play for Life

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Choral Summer Schools Jan 2014 (Vic)


September 8, 2013

Here are four enriching summer schools to enhance your teaching in 2014

Improve your choral conducting for 2014

Australian Choral Conductors Education and Training Summer School is for full days from 20 – 23 January at Xavier College, Kew.

It will give inspiration and new skills for conductors from early in career to advanced. International leader is Dr Axel Theimer – Austria/USA, a professional singer as well as model conductor and educator, joined by a strong Australian leadership team.

Read more at www.choralconductors.org.au

Sing For Life Choir

Sunday 19 full day, and Tuesday 21 eve, January, 2014 - St Catherine’s School and Xavier College.

A choral singing experience for conductors and skilled singers, in rehearsal with Dr Axel Theimer. Learning by singing with, and observing, a master teacher of choirs.

Read more at www.choralconductors.org.au

Piano Accompanist Summer School

Monday 20 – Thursday 23 January in the mornings, Xavier College.

Pianist and collaborative artist Lisa Breen will lead the school, assisted by Irina Cherkasski and Robin Baker in group tuition. Playing examination syllabus music will be the focus. For developing senior students through to professionals.

Read more www.choralconductors.org.au

Choral Singer Training Summer School

Monday 20 – Thursday 23 January in the mornings, Xavier College.

This school is for choristers needing to advance a wide range of skills – breathing, tone, sight-reading, aural skills, diction and more. For choristers with basic to intermediate starting skills.

Read more www.choralconductors.org.au

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choral workshops 2013 – Mark O’Leary


March 19, 2013

MESSAGE FROM MARK O’LEARY:

Here are the details of my choral workshops for 2013. Let me know if you would like me to send you a registration form.

Melbourne Friday 3rd May 2013

Primary Choirs for Beginners

See Workshops Introduction for workshop description.

10.00am – 3.00pm

Friday 3rd May 2013

DC Bricker Social Room (Princes Park)

Beech Street, Caulfield South

$105.00 per person

This workshop is designed for those working with primary school or primary aged choirs who have little or no experience. If you are full of enthusiasm but are not sure if you are doing it quite right, then this workshop is for you. This is a practical workshop covering areas such as how to get kids singing, how to teach songs effectively, how to make it fun and how to make it sound good.  We will also look at what songs to sing in the first year, how to plan a rehearsal and how to make the choir look good on stage. Lastly we will learn some basic conducting tips so that you will feel more comfortable about waving your arms around in the front of the choir.

Melbourne Thursday 30th May 2013

Just (Choral) Conducting

10.00am – 3.00pm

Thursday 30th May 2013

Caulfield Park Pavillion

Balaclave Road, Caulfield

$105 per person

A full day workshop for those who would like to improve their choral conducting technique and increase their understanding of the conductor’s role in the art of choral music making. Topics covered will include:

• Basic conducting patterns, and ways to practice them

• Starting and stopping

• Cueing

• Indicating dynamics & phrasing

• Score preparation

• Methods of introducing new songs

• Hints on rehearsal technique

• Suitable for those working at primary or secondary level.

Melbourne Friday 31st May 2013

How to Run a (Better) Primary School Choir

10.00am – 3.00pm

Friday 31st May 2013

DC Bricker Social Room (Princes Park)

Beech Street, Caulfield South

$105.00 per person

This is a full day workshop for those working with Primary School choirs or with young choirs in the community. The workshop covers a wide range of areas including :

• Getting started (decisions that need to be made, planning for success)

• Keeping up momentum (administering a good programme, keeping kids motivated)

• Planning rehearsals

• Teaching kids to sing (vocal development)

• Selecting and obtaining appropriate repertoire

• Developing music reading skills

•  What to sing?

• Songs and singing games for beginning choirs

• Songs for established choirs

• Developing part-singing

Best wishes

Mark

Mark O’Leary

Young Voices of Melbourne

ABN 65 175 035 512

www.yvm.com.au

1 Anthony St

Ormond 3204

Australia

phone: +61 3 95785459

fax: + 61 3 95767430

mobile: 0418 327426

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ChoralWiki

March 3, 2010

Go to resource: ChoralWiki has over 11000 public domain choral scores by over 1550 different composers.

Read more…

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Cornish Fisherman singing harmonies


December 26, 2011

THIS YouTube clip shows a group of friends (all Cornish fishermen in the UK) singing the beautiful harmonies they come up with while fishing. Real-life sea-shanties!

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Creative Musical Experiences

February 4, 2010

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

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doco and recording from USA school post-tragedy

January 17, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLhsmFHa2vM

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.

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ESSENTIAL READING for Music: Count Us In 2012


October 10, 2012

TIME: This year’s performance time is Thursday 1st November, at 12.30pm AEDT (It will be 9.30am in the West).


WEBSTREAM: There will be just ONE live webstream this year, from outside Parliament House. John Foreman and Peter Garrett will be there, with 1800 school students from the ACT and other special guests. We will start the broadcast 30 minutes before the 12.30pm Big Sing. Just hook an internet-access computer up to a data projector or white screen, go to  www.musiccountusin.org.au and follow the instructions on the home page. If you’re still not sure about what to do, check the FAQs here.

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For all teachers who have signed up (free) for MCUI 2012, there is now access to Music Pods – FREE short video segments to help you teach the song :-)  View a sample HERE.

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Ex-Cathedra Singing Playgrounds

March 27, 2011

A UK education program which trains primary school students to lead singing games in the playground – with cross-curricular results!

http://www.youthmusic.org.uk/case_studies/Ex_Cathedra_singing_playgrounds.html

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free iPad choir (Melb)


February 10, 2013

Attention Singing Teachers, Choir Conductors and all Choral Enthusiasts,

Arts Centre Melbourne invites you to experience a new way to participate in Choral Singing with our iPad Choir.

Step 1              Register Your Interest

Step 2              We deliver the music to your iPad

Step 3              Practice at home with sheet music that plays back (or don’t practice if it’ll make the event more fun!)

Step 4              Come to the one off event and sing your heart out!

We hope to have a wide cross-section of Melbourne’s Choral Community represented, and it’s a great opportunity to sing in the Riverside Mezzanine performance area of the redeveloped Hamer Hall.

Venue:              Riverside Mezzanine in Hamer Hall

Time:                12.30pm

Dates:              Thursday 14 March

Duration:           1 hour

Cost:                free – but you must register to participate

To register call 9281 8748 or email ipadchoir@artscentremelbourne.com.au

You can visit the event page here.

Please note, this event is for adults and not school children, unless they have particular skill in this area.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Joshua Cowie
Digital Educator
Arts Centre Melbourne
T +61 3 9281 8748
F +61 3 9281 8618
E joshua.cowie@artscentremelbourne.com.au
W artscentremelbourne.com.au
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free lead charts (sheet music)


December 26, 2011

www.wikifonia.org/

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Free online song-teaching site

July 6, 2011

www.jozzbeat.com/MCUI2011/home

This is a fun way to learn / teach the Music: Count Us In song for 2011 (We’ve Got the Music). In fact, the song will teach itself, all ready for the massed-music-making MCUI event on 1st September, 2011.

If you don’t yet have a free login, and have registered for Music: Count Us In, please send an email to mcui.admin@mca.org.au requesting a Jozzbeat login.

ENJOY!!!

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FREE PL this week in Vic (Aug 2013)


August 19, 2013

FREE PL workshops for Music Teachers and Primary Classroom teachers this

week in WERRIBEE, MT WAVERLEY, FOOTSCRAY and LEONGATHA.

aMuse will be presenting after school workshops – 4.00 – 5.30pm – for The

Singing Classroom & Music: Count Us In

Come along, bring your friends, sing news songs and talk about how to

incorporate them into your daily teaching schedule; sing and play through

the new Music: Count Us In resources.

Each participant will receive a resource book and CD.

See website for details and registrations.

http://www.amuse.vic.edu.au/PL2013/MCUI_2013.htm

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free workshop at your school (Vic)


September 3, 2012

We would like to invite you to host a FREE Music Count Us In/The Singing Classroom workshop at your school during September or October.

Here’s a final reminder of the opportunity to have a workshop in your school.

Bookings are filling fast – we already have more than last year!

Please send an expression of interest asap if you are interested.

The workshops will be 1.5 half hours long, run after school and open to all of your staff as well as other teachers in your area. Each participant will receive a resource booklet packed with useful songs, action songs, games and composition ideas, which includes this year’s MCUI song – and a CD!

This year’s workshops will be delivered by Susie Davies-Splitter and Sue Arney.

Below is a list of dates that we are available to come to your school/venue to run a workshop. All dates are open – we have indicated dates which would be best for us to come to country areas, however everything is negotiable and we are happy to discuss options.

Please let me know asap if you would like to book one of the dates below to host a workshop in your school.

Warm regards,

Sue Arney s.arney@bigpond.com

Project Officer

Association of Music Educators

September

Tuesday 11

Wednesday 12

Thursday 13

Friday 14

Tuesday 18

Wednesday 19 (country)

Thursday 20 (country)

Friday 21

October

Monday 8 (country)

Tuesday, 9

Wednesday 10

Thursday 11

Friday 12

Tuesday 16

Wednesday 17

Thursday 18

Friday 19

Monday 22 (country)

Tuesday 23

Thursday 25

Friday 26

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getting boys to sing


April 27, 2011

A really positive (UK) article about getting middle school boys to sing!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/may/05/singing-schools

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Gondwana Indigenous Choir


June 26, 2013

http://www.gondwanachoirs.com.au/indigenous.htm

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Gondwana National Choral School 2013


August 7, 2012

GONDWANA NATIONAL CHORAL SCHOOL

I am writing to you from Gondwana Choirs – Australia’s national choral organisation under the direction our internationally renowned Artistic Director and Founder, Lyn Williams OAM. Our programs are developed to foster the future of Australian choral music.

NATIONAL CHORAL SCHOOL 2013 is a two-week intensive experience to be held in January 2-13 (Sydney). Young musicians gather from all states and territories to participate in one of our three programs –

·         SING

·         CONDUCT

·         COMPOSE

Our four national choirs include -

·         Gondwana Chorale

·         Gondwana Voices

·         Gondwana Singers

·         Junior Gondwana

Participation in our January National Choral School may allow choristers to perform domestically and internationally throughout the year. We have many exciting development and touring opportunities planned for next year and more information can be found at our website (information below) or in our NCS 2013 material.

Our choristers, composition students and conducting interns always have a fabulous time at national Choral School. It is a unique experience for like-minded young people to develops their professional skills and to enhance and share their musical abilities.

We ask that you take the time to view our Gondwana National Choral School video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXD5887t3vE

Please read the information you receive and distribute it to appropriate candidates. More information can be found at our website www.gondwanachoirs.com.au or on Facebook – Gondwana National Choirs.

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Greasy Kid Stuff

February 4, 2010

Greasy Kid Stuff is a children’s music radio program which has also released albums of music. Read more…

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Hal Leonard Choral Reading Days – Feb 2013


January 13, 2013

Click HERE for more info.

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Hearts in Harmony Community Music 2013


March 4, 2013

Message from “Welcome to Music” :

Dear music friends,

We would like to invite you, your students, and their families and friends to be part of our our Hearts in Harmony Community Music (HHCM) Day on Sunday 5th of May at the Australian Catholic University in Fitzroy, as participants or volunteers (wonderful professional development) or as part of the massed intergenerational choir. Read all the details below and see the links to the general flier and choir call.

The workshops – Come along and participate in inclusive music making for all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Workshops include ‘Music for Mini’s’ with Heather Monro from Kids Music Company, ‘Drum for Fun’ with percussionist Steve D from Playwork Oz and ‘Magic and marimbas’ with entertainer extraordinaire, Phil Melgaard.

‘Time to Sing’ Concert – 2.15-3.30 – Performances include various school and community music groups, GTR-Good Times Roll Band and featuring the ‘Hearts in Harmony’ massed and intergenerational choir, including over 200 choristers made up of local schools, community groups, individuals and families conducted by musicians and educators Susie Davies-Splitter & Phil Splitter.

‘All In’ Finale – within a part of Steve and Phil’s workshops, you will learn an easy marimba and drum accompaniment to an in common popular song. Once learnt, you are invited to choose one of these accompaniment groups, join our ‘All In’ rehearsal and then perform in the ‘All In finale’ at the concert.

HHCM massed and intergenerational choir – Choir Call – Expression of Interest – This unique choir is for all ages and abilities including school choirs, adult community choirs, families and individuals. Four songs are chosen by an expert panel in different styles and languages. The minimum requirement is to learn the melody line of each song and some simple movements (*if possible) and attend the rehearsal at 9.30am on the day of the concert. More advanced choristers are encouraged to purchase the sheet music and learn the harmony parts. Each school and community choir leader/conductor is invited to attend one further rehearsal on Sunday 14th April 2-4pm. (venue to be confirmed).

The four songs are:

  • ’Time to Sing’ – original and uplifting round ’Dodi Li’ – Hebrew
  • ’Tshotsholosa’ – African ’La Bamba’ – popular – Spanish

Each chorister or choral director is invited to join our special drop box folder where access is given to the lyrics, arrangements, audio and in some instances videos of the songs. A facebook page has also been set up for regular news updates. To register, please contact Janie at Janie@welcometomusic.net or phone 1300 769 803 for further information. There are limited places.

*Unless not able due to disability or disadvantage Choir Participation – $10 pp

The choristers and choir leaders have access to:

  • A mix of four songs including original and multi cultural repertoire – including the lyrics and some sheet music, audio and video clips
  • Acclaimed conductors, musicians and music educators
  • Professional band to accompany the singers
  • Performance in a prestigious venue
  • Participation in rehearsal/s
  • Professional learning for choir leaders
  • An opportunity to sing and make friends from many different backgrounds, abilities, ages, faiths and cultures
  • An opportunity to participate in interactive music workshops
  • An opportunity to increase confidence and foster a love of music
  • To enhance health and well being through participation in community singing

Volunteers – Would you like some excellent and free professional development? – Volunteers are required from 8am to 5pm

and attend the workshops and the concert. Tasks include: Setting up and packing up, registration, setting up equipment and

instruments, meeting and greeting, guiding and directing people between locations, security, stage hands for concert etc.

Choristers are also required for the following HHCM events – Concert – ‘What a wonderful world’ at Glen Eira Town Hall on Sat 15th June 7.30pm (Rehearsal for choir leaders Sun 19th May 11-1pm)

HHCM day Sun 6th Oct 9.30-3.30 at MLC – (Rehearsal for choir leaders Sun 22nd Sept)

General Information – Children under 12 are only $5, full time secondary and tertiary students and concession holders are just $10 and for the employed it’s only $20 for the full day! There are also family tickets at $25.

Looking forward to your involvement

To see the fliers click on these links

http://www.welcometomusic.net/attachments/flier-5.5.13-final-.pdf

http://www.welcometomusic.net/attachments/choir-call-final.pdf

For bookings -www.trybookings.com.au/CNEE

Facebook – www.facebook.com.au/heartsinharmonycommunitymusic

http://youtu.be/Q8UOQQvGulA http://youtu.be/1bxuaZDj0oI

Enquiries – janie@welcometomusic.net or phone 1300 769 803

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Hearts in Harmony with Richard Gill


May 3, 2013

Message from Susie Davies-Splitter:

Hearts in Harmony Community Music (HHCM) day Sunday 6th October, 2013 at MLC (Vic)

With special guest RICHARD GILL OAM

Dear aMuse friends,

We invite you and your students and their families and friends to join our HHCM day on Sunday 6th of October at the Methodist Ladies College, Kew as participants or volunteers (wonderful professional development) or as part of the massed intergenerational choir. Read all the details below and see the general flier attached.

The workshops – Come along and participate in inclusive music making for all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Workshops include ‘Music for Mini’s’ with Heather Monro from Kids Music Company, ‘Folk Dancing from around the world’ with Audrey Fine, ‘Sing your heart out’ with Susie Davies-Splitter and Phil Splitter, ‘Marimbas and wacky instruments’ with Jon Madin and ‘Singing’ with Richard Gill.

‘Time to Sing’ Concert – 2.30-3.45 – Performances include various school and community music groups, GTR-Good Times Roll Band and featuring the ‘Hearts in Harmony’ massed and intergenerational choir, including over 200 choristers made up of local schools, community groups, individuals and families conducted by special guest RICHARD GILL OAM.

‘All In’ Finale – within a part of the workshops, you will learn an easy marimba and dance accompaniment to an in common popular song. Once learnt, you are invited to choose one of these groups, join our ‘All In’ rehearsal and then perform in the ‘All In finale’ at the concert.

HHCM massed and intergenerational choir – Choir Call – Expression of Interest – This unique choir is for all ages and abilities including school choirs, adult community choirs, families and individuals. Four songs are chosen by an expert panel in different styles and languages. The minimum requirement is to learn the melody line of each song and some simple movements and attend the rehearsal at 9.45am on the day of the concert. More advanced choristers are encouraged to purchase the sheet music and learn the harmony parts. Each school and community choir leader/conductor is invited to attend one further rehearsal on Sunday 22nd Sept.

Volunteers - Would you like some excellent and free professional development? – Volunteers are required from 8am to 5pm and attend all workshops and the concert. Tasks include: Setting up and packing up, registration, setting up equipment and instruments, meeting and greeting, guiding and directing people between locations, security, stage hands for concert etc.

General Information – Children under 12 are only $5, full time secondary and tertiary students and concession holders are just $10 and for the employed it’s only $20 for the full day! There are also family tickets at $25.

For bookings -– www.trybookings.com.au/CUVB

Facebook – www.facebook.com.au/heartsinharmonycommunitymusic

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hints from a Music Therapist on conserving your voice while teaching

March 8, 2011

helpful article – Music teaching ideas for when you are ill or weak-of-voice

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history of music clip – today with Pentatonix


April 22, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lExW80sXsHs This video clip of 3 a cappella singers starts with gregorian chant, the focuses on 1900 – 2010’s. Watch with your class and ask for suggestions of changes in music through time.

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I Can (Cathy Blair)

September 21, 2010

Go to resource: I Can by Cathy Blair is a book of songs for early-childhood and infants students. Read more…

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Idea of North @ Illawarra Music Fest 2013


May 20, 2013

ABC interview (with songs at the start and end of podcast) at:

http://blogs.abc.net.au/nsw/2013/05/sunday-performer-the-idea-of-north-sun-19513.html

Idea of North are appearing at the Illawarra Music Festival on Sunday 26 May, 2013, holding a workshop in the afternoon at 2pm and a concert at 5pm.

IDEA OF NORTH a cappella vocal group @ The Regent Theatre

Keira Street, Wollongong NSW, Australia

All ages
MORE INFO HERE
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Indigenous music – Stiff Gins

October 13, 2012

These two YouTube clips feature the gorgeous music of the Stiff Gins, sung in Indigenous language.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8Iz2nyy6F4 Yandool

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikilFioL9SQ with Sydney Children’s Choir at TEDx

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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…

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Interactive musical stories online

August 15, 2013

http://creativekidseducationfoundation.org/html/handg.php

Hansel and Gretel Hansel and Gretel:
Design your own Opera!
Brahms in 1890s Vienna Brahms in 1890s Vienna
scheherazade Interactive Scheherazade Interactive
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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.

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Join a choir – feel better!


July 29, 2013

www.slate.com/articles/life/culturebox/2013/07/singing_in_a_choir_research_shows_it_increases_happiness.html

Read the article here – it is adapted from Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness While Singing With Others by Stacy Horn.

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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!

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Kiravanu

September 21, 2010

Go to resource: Kiravanu is an opera written by James Humberstone and Mary Elizabeth, specifically designed for children and integrated with the curriculum. Read more…

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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.

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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!)

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Making Music Being Well – 16 to 22 May, 2011


April 19, 2011

Have you signed up yet to be part of Making Music Being Well?

This national initiative, which takes place from 16 – 22 May, is a collaboration between Music: Play for Life and the Australian Music Therapy Association and it’s all about a grassroots celebration of the links between music making and wellbeing.

When you register to participate – it’s FREE – we’ll send you event posters, stickers and brochures and you’ll get access to lots of downloadable resources including event planning and promotional tips. How you participate is up to you.

The best way to be involved is to take something you may already have planned for that week and hitch it to the national wagon of Making Music Being Well 2011. You don’t have to do something on every day during the week – one event is enough. Your event will be outlined on the MMBW website and you and your group members or students will be helping to shine the national spotlight on an important fact: music is good for you!

Here are a few ideas based on previous years: Open the doors to the community for your rehearsal that falls within the MMBW week and turn it into a free performance. Take your choir or group to a nursing home, hospital or school. Organise a big sing at your workplace. Turn a school assembly into a musical celebration and tell students and parents about the value and benefits of making music. Convene a drum circle in your school playground. Run an open mic session at your local pub or club. Organise a gathering of community music leaders and organisers in your area and discuss how you could pool resources and share skills.

Register to be part of it at www.makingmusicbeingwell.org.au

AND … don’t forget – registration for our biggest school music initiative, Music: Count Us In, opens soon too!

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Mark O’Leary 8/11/13 Sale VIC


August 31, 2013

“How to run a (better) primary school choir” workshop with Mark O’Leary

10am – 3pm on Friday 8th November at Delbridge Hall (Sale), next to St Paul’s Cathedral.

phone: 03 95785459

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Mark O’Leary choral repertoire

January 10, 2011

Mark O’Leary and Young Voices of Melbourne publish high quality choral Music suitable for school choirs.

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Mark O’Leary Primary Choral workshops (Vic)


March 4, 2012

Mark O’Leary will be presenting three choral workshops in Melbourne this year.

Bookings are now open.

Primary Choirs for Beginners

Friday 16th March 2012

10am – 3pm

DC Bricker Social Room, Beech St, Caulfield South

$99.00 per person

Just (Choral) Conducting

Thursday 31st May 2012

Packer Park Hall, Leila Rd, Carnegie

$99.00 per person

How to Run a (Better) Primary School Choir

Friday 1st June 2012

10am – 3pm

DC Bricker social room, Beech St, Caulfield South

$99.00 per person

Further information or a workshop registration form, send an email or visit:

http://www.yvm.com.au/workshops_2012calendar.html

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massed singing with Year 9 (boys!)


February 23, 2011

Ann Lierse has shared a list of repertoire used by boys during Year 9 and 10 massed choral lessons at Melbourne High School (2010). Many thanks for sharing, Ann!

Sample of repertoire for Massed Singing

Night and Day – Cole Porter                          Thriller – Michael Jackson

Don’t dream its over – Neill Finn                   Dancing in the storm – Boom Crash

The Rain – Kassey Chambers                         Africa – Toto

At the end of the day – Schonberg                 All Night, All day – Traditional

All that Jazz – John Kanter                            The Vagabond – Vaughan Williams

Oh Pretty Women – Roy Orbison                 All that Jazz – John Kanter

Bridge over troubled water – Paul Simon       Violet Hill – Coldplay

Foxy Lady – Hendrix                                      The Ballad of Swiney Todd – Sondheim

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Derek Sharon           Orpheus Lament – Gluck

Selections from Pirates of Penzance – Gilbert and Sullivan

Nessum Dorma – Puccini                               Finlandia – Sibelius

Pilgrim’s Chorus – Wagner                             Requiem – Mozart

Carmina Burina – Orff                                    Les Miserables – Schoenberg

Chorus of the Hewbrew Slaves – Verdi          A Tribute to Foster – Grainger

Officer Krurpke – Bernstein                           The Masochism Tango – Lehrer

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MCUI 2013 – oh oh oh!

June 19, 2013

http://musiccountusin.org.au/ Check out the new Music: Count Us In song for 2013. MP3 and teaching kits are ready to use! This year’s song could be the best yet!!

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MCUI instrumental parts now online (FREE)


August 15, 2012

Music: Count Us In 2012 song parts for ALL school instruments are now online: www.musiccountusin.org.au

Obtaining a login is free and easy for Australian schools (and home-schools). If there are parts or arrangements you would like, but cannot find, please email: schools.mpfl@mca.org.au

All parts may be played along with the radio version of “Different People (Stand Together)”. ENJOY!!

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MCUI Vic Arts Centre 2012 – register by 19 Oct


October 17, 2012

CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

11-1 free concert – sing and dance – ANZ Pavilion @ Vic Arts Centre (Melbourne) – Music: Count Us In

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Melb Millennium Chorus: Join up 2012


April 26, 2012

Mai Fali Eh!          2012 Melbourne Millennium Chorus        presented by The Boite

Enrolments open!

The Melbourne Millennium Chorus is an annual project presented by The Boite. Each year, 300 or more singers from Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria rehearse for 9 weeks in venues across the state. At the end of this fun and hard working season of rehearsals and workshops, singers from across the state perform on one stage alongside a line up of inspiring artists and performers at a big concert.

This years MMC concert is directed by Ego Lemos, Timor Leste’s most famous singer songwriter, and Andrea Khoza, with assistance from Stella Savy and Dani Fry. Timor Leste’s newest choir, Coro Loriko, representing all regions of the country, formed especially for this years Millennium Chorus and Schools Chorus concert series, will perform at the concert.

Mai Fali Eh means Come Home in Tetum, Timor Leste’s most commonly spoken indigenous language. It is the name of a lullaby where a mother calls her children home at sunset. It also beckons those who have left Timor Leste to return.

We invite you to enrol in the choir and be part of this very special event.

Rehearsals start Sunday June 3.

For more information

www.boite.com.au

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Melb Youth Chorus


April 27, 2013

A MESSAGE FROM DARREN WICKS:

Making singing work with secondary school students is never easy! Both the National Review of School Music and my own PhD research have highlighted the many problems surrounding singing in Australian secondary schools, including: low participation rates, maintaining student motivation and the poor level of teacher training.

I’d like to help get your students excited about choral singing and hopefully more motivated to participate in your school choral programs. With the help of the City of Port Phillip and in partnership with several youth-oriented organisations, we aim to assemble a youth chorus of 80 secondary students.  We will offer the students the   experiences of socialising, learning and performing in two professionally managed concerts with top class musicians as well as mixing with tertiary students from the areas of music, events and hospitality.  On top of that, we will put them on stage with a 90-voice community gospel choir to back them up and help them feel “the big sound” experience.

Introducing Melbourne Singers of Gospel

MSG is an adult choir community of 90 voices rehearsing and performing in the City of Port Phillip continuously since 2003. The choir performs songs of soul and purpose in the Gospel, Soul and Motown traditions with jazz-blues accompaniment from The Soul Train. MSG is directed by Darren Wicks and managed by a committee of management. The choir is secular.

Darren is a VIT-registered secondary teacher with postgraduate qualifications and 20 years teaching experience.

Project Description

Each year, amongst its other engagements, MSG stages two major concerts. MSG’s 29 June concerts are called SOULFOOD and will be held at St Kilda Town Hall. The theme for these concerts is engaging youth in performance making. Alongside MSG, Soul Food will feature:

  • the MSG youth chorus
  • Sweethearts, an all female, 20-piece neo soul school band studying Certificate IV Music based at Geelong’s Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College.
  • SKYS / HEAT (Hospitality Employment and Training) based in St Kilda and South Melbourne
  • JMC Academy (tertiary study in Creative Industries) based in South Melbourne.

As a special part of its youth engagement approach, MSG is putting the call out to secondary schools in the City of Port Phillip and surrounding regions to create a chorus of 80 students to learn a repertoire of 6 songs.

There is no financial cost to the school but a small fee to students to cover staff, music and venue costs.

For more information, please contact:

Sandra Sanders, Youth Chorus Manager at youthchorus@msgchoir.com.au, 0401 766 348

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Melbourne Con: short courses 2012


April 10, 2012

Classical Singing
Monday evenings, 30 April – 25 June

Aimed at beginning and relatively untrained singers, this 8-week course will develop your skills, technique and knowledge in the art of classical singing, unleashing hidden intuitive skills and training new understandings.
Cost: $255
Venue: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Royal Parade, Parkville

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Performance and Presentation Skills
Monday evenings, 14 May – 2 July

This 7-week workshop is open to all musicians who want to overcome performance anxiety and explore, understand and expand their skills in performing confidently.
Cost: $355
Venue: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Royal Parade, Parkville

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Voice Workshop for Secondary Students
Friday 4 May

Featuring masterclass opportunities, group ensemble singing, warm-up and Feldenkrais workshop with MCM teaching staff, this is a day not to be missed for the serious singing student!
Cost: $55
Venue: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Royal Parade, Parkville

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VCE Rhythm Workshop
Saturday 19 May

VCE students… are your rhythmic skills lagging? Come along to a fun-filled day to sharpen your rhythmic ‘chops’.
Cost: $90
Venue: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Royal Parade, Parkville

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Guitar Workshop for Secondary Students
Saturday 16 June

Featuring masterclass opportunities, ensemble practice, interaction with students and staff from the Conservatorium, and a special workshop on Brazilian guitar music, as well as the chance to perform in a twilight concert in Melba Hall, this is a day not to be missed for the serious guitar student!
Cost: $55
Venue: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Royal Parade, Parkville

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VCE Analysis Workshop
Monday 2 July

Designed for VCE Music Performance students, this 2.5-hour workshop will give you tools and strategies to assist you with the Analysis component of the Unit 4 study design.
Cost: $50
Venue: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Royal Parade, Parkville

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All courses are designed for adults and teenagers aged 14 years and over.

University of Melbourne staff and students are entitled to a discount of 20% off all short course fees.

University of Melbourne alumni are entitled to a discount of 10% of all short course fees.

Enquiries: 03 8344 3673 or email: rua@unimelb.edu.au

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Merrily, merrily: a book of songs and rhymes for babies and young children

February 4, 2010
Go to resource: Merrily, merrily: a book of songs and rhymes for babies and young children, compile by the Nursing Mothers’ Association of Australia, and illustrated by Lois Molina, was published in Nunawading, Victoria, 1983. Read more…
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Met Opera HD in schools


June 12, 2013

www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/about/education/hdinschools.aspx

Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series features opera performances transmitted live from the Met stage to movie theatres around the world – and to students, teachers, and administrators across USA.

Free worksheets on opera and ballet can also be found on the Met’s website:

ARMIDA MORE ARMIDA

LA BOHEME

CARMEN

many more free teaching resources here: http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/about/education/educatorguides/content.aspx?customid=24652

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Moira Smiley vocal workshop (Melb)


June 28, 2011

SINGING WORKSHOP for SONG LEADERS – Melbourne
WHEN: Sunday 17th July 2pm – 5pm
WHERE: Princes Park Bowl Club, 109 Bowen Cresent , North Carlton, VIC 3053
BOOKINGS:  Call Emily Hayes to book limited places 0400865427 or 03 93437733
COST: $50 Waged, $40 Concession

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Moorambilla Voices – Western NSW


March 3, 2012

www.moorambilla.com/

Check out the great work being done with young voices in small towns around Western NSW!

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Mornington Peninsula Choral Festival 2012


April 26, 2012

6th Annual Mornington Peninsula Choral Festival – “Harmonies Unite”

This unique event is a celebration of choral singing on the Mornington Peninsula.

There are five events taking place in the beautiful surrounds of Toorak College and The Peninsula School, Mt Eliza.

Festival Day – featuring Community, Church and School Choirs.

Saturday 2 June, 2.00-5.00 pm in the Toorak College Music Centre and other venues.

Adults – $12; concession – $6; children – free.

Refreshments will be available.

“Let’s Sing” Concerts for School Choirs

Monday 28 May, Tuesday 29 May, Wednesday 30 May  and Thursday 31 May- 7.00 – 9.00 pm in The Ansett Hall, The Peninsula School.

Adults and concession- $6; children free

For more information phone – Sue Gilbert at the Peninsula School – 9788 7839 or email – sgilbert@tps.vic.edu.au

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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…

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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: http://vca-mcm.unimelb.edu.au/shortcourses/music

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Music Theatre course (Melb) Jan 2012


December 13, 2011

MYM is seeking more males aged 15-30 for it’s Summer School in Musical Theatre (16-20 January, 2012). For more info, visit www.mym.org.au or call 03 9376 8988.

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Music. Count Us In 2011 – song written


April 15, 2011

On April 12th 2011, a dozen talented teenage singer-songwriters were mentored by John Foreman, Claire Bowditch, Holly Throsby,  Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc) and Kavyen Temperley (Eskimo Joe).

The result was the 2011 song for Music. Count Us In (1st September 2011).

Watch this space for free lesson plans, free MP3 material, free Professional Development (for teachers) and free instrumental arrangements. Let’s get more music in more Australian schools!! www.musiccountusin.org.au

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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:

http://musiccountusin2011.wikispaces.com

Hope you enjoy it, Sally

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Music: Count Us In 2012 has been launched

July 27, 2012

www.musiccountusin.org.au

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.

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Music: Count Us In Teacher Professional Learning


September 10, 2013
Music: Count Us In Teacher Professional Learning

On Wednesday 7 August, a professional learning workshop/webinar for teachers participating in the Music: Count Us In program was delivered at The Arts Unit in Lewisham. Presented by Ian Jefferson and Chantelle Duffield, the workshop demonstrated various warm-up techniques, how to teach Keep On, ways of getting students to really enjoy singing as well as a guest performance from the NSW Public Schools Junior Singers. The workshop was also streamed live using Adobe Connect.

To view a recording of the workshop, please click here.

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MusicTime! : discover things!

February 19, 2010

Go to resource: MusicTime! : discover things! by Ros McMillan, was published by Hal Leonard Australia, Melbourne, in 2008.   Read more…

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National Folk Festival – free education resources

April 19, 2011

The National Folk Festival (Australia) is developing educational resources. These include a free CD of 2009 festival highlights & IWB resources about the fiddle.

http://forteachersforstudents.com.au/NFF/

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National Indigenous Music Awards 2013

August 19, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdEvTMMFOvU “Song of the Year 2013″

www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2c7zk8Grp8 “Film clip of the Year 2013″

Jessica Mauboy has won National Artist of the Year

More info: www.apra-amcos.com.au/news/Industrynews/Winnersannouncedfor2013NationalIndigenousMusicAwards.aspx

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new musical – written by Clare Bowditch


August 2, 2011

Clare Bowditch and co-writer Jim McPherson have been busy penning Tales From The Life Of Eva Cassidy, the story of an amazing artist and her songs.

For those of you unaware of Eva Cassidy, she was known as The Songbird, who sold and continues to sell millions of records worldwide, but only after her premature death at age 33. It will be your chance to hear Clare sing a very different repertoire, including songs Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Fields of Gold, Wade In The Water and more. You can find out more information about the show here: www.talesfromthelifeofevacassidy.com.au

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new radio station for light classics


September 5, 2011

4MBS Classic FM, Brisbane’s classical music community station, has introduced a new digital radio service, MBS Light. The new service caters for the large number of people who enjoy the lighter classics, such as the music of Andre Rieu.
The service also offers a greater jazz component than 4MBS Classic.
There are plans to further develop content for MBS Light to provide opportunities for Bribane-based artists and performers via the introduction of radio theatre using talented local actors, directors, musicians and composers.

MBS Light has also provided broadcasting opportunities for a dozen additional announcers. 4MBS is one of several community digital radio stations in Brisbane to introduce a new service. For updates on community digital stations visit radius.org.au.

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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. http://vimeo.com/user11416839/review/66213329/84bcb23e4f

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Ooolation! A Tasmanian Singing Adventure – June/July 2011


April 25, 2011

Why Should the Kids Have All the Fun!

Ooolation! Tasmania Singing Adventure June 30 – July 10 2011
Young Voices of Melbourne, in association with Festival of Voices and Ooolitic Music is running a singing camp for singers aged 18 – 28 (with flexibility) with three outstanding US leaders – Malcolm Dalglish, Moira Smiley, Joshua Kartes and Jeff Fellinger, along with Sydney percussionist Peter Jacob, Amelia Alder and Mark O’Leary.

We will rehearse for 5 days on the beautiful and remote Maria Island, before heading to Hobart’s wonderful Festival of Voices where the Ooolation! Singers will play a key role. We are looking for singers with experience who love music, performing, the outdoors and have a sense of adventure! Malcolm Dalglish has been runnning these camps in the USA for years, but this will be the first time Ooolaion has come to Australia.

More information is available at:
http://www.oooliticmusic.com/

If you are looking for some musical enrichment in the July school holidays this might be for you. Please pass this information on to any senior or past students who might be interested.

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Paul Kelly and Gravy at TEDx


March 17, 2012

HERE is a link to Paul Kelly’s 2011 TEDx talk. He describes how he came up with the song “How to Make Gravy”, then performs it live and acoustic. Watch this with your class, make a list of other songs which tell stories, then brainstorm ideas for your own story-song.

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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

http://www.youtube.com/liveatthehouse

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Performance Skills workshop for students


March 27, 2011

Inspiring Performance Skills workshops for Secondary Students
with Living Music Now

Taking advantage of industry experienced musicians with a professional performance background is now becoming increasingly more important with the renewed focus on performance at VCE level.  After refining her approach for the tertiary sector Melanie Atma, performer, musician and composer is now in her second year of delivering her unique and inspiring performance workshops specifically for secondary age students.

LMN workshops provide students with confidence building tools that combat nerves, teach the power of mental preparation and the skill of asking for and offering feedback.

· Complimenting the work of instrumental music teachers
· Students perform their own work in an open and supportive environment
· Great for group or solo contexts developing students prior to recitals and performance exams
· Greater on-going enjoyment for both performers and their audience.
· 90- minute workshops presented at your school

Through the use of (More than just a master class) innovative techniques and tools LMN workshops shift the focus away from competition and comparison, encouraging students to reflect upon their own personal goals, acknowledging their own unique gifts & strengths.

For more details visit: www.livingmusicnow.com.au <http://www.livingmusicnow.com.au>
Or contact melanie@livingmusicnow.com.au

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Peter Cousens – vocal workshops


May 28, 2011

www.petercousens.com/masterclass_peter_cousens.html

Peter Cousens is available for student masterclasses.

In a joint Masterclass for students and lovers of musical theatre, Peter Cousens and Anne-Maree McDonald (soprano, pianist and music director) bring to you their passion and skill in interpreting a song, communicating to an audience, finding character, addressing technical issues and becoming emotionally connected through text and music.

These master classes are tailored to suit students of HSC Performance, students of Singing, students of Acting and students of Musical Theatre.

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Picture Song lyrics


November 23, 2011

Here’s a lesson idea inspired by YouTube’s “Picture Songs”. Ask a group of students to find 16 interesting / weird photos online and put them in a chosen order. Using another group’s pictures, groups create 4 beats worth of lyrics for each picture. Try to rhyme some of the lyrics. Ask a guitar-playing to vamp a 4-chord progression (eg. C, Am, F, G) while each group raps or songs their 16 lines of lyrics.

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Primary choral repertoire suggestions


January 10, 2011

Primary Choral repertoire ideas from AMAF

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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

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quotes from legendary female musicians

March 8, 2011

free article – an article full of quotes from female music legends

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Reasons why we Sing and Make Music


April 3, 2012

THE REASONS WHY WE SING AND MAKE MUSIC

from Community Music Victoria’s ‘Music In Schools’ Statement

www.cmv.org.au

LEARNING CAPACITIES

Singing and music making together develops memory capacity, attentiveness, pattern recognition, rhythmic understanding and facility, body/mind coordination, volume control, connectedness, curiosity and creative initiatives.

Singing together is particularly good for learning literacy and numeracy. It develops language structure and grammar, playing with language (eg: rhyming, alliteration), pronunciation, accents and rhythm of language. Because there can be limited text and much repetition with singing, it helps to reinforce many of these concepts in an enjoyable way.

TEACHING METHODS

Singing and music making is an effective memorisation device and an engaging introduction to history and culture. It’s great for mood control, for example: facilitating relaxation and calm, focusing and energizing learners as well as content delivery, integration of play and instruction, and the enhancement of events and occasions.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Making music together brings an awareness of self and others, provides emotional expressions and outlet, and develops identity, confidence, self-esteem, a sense of achievement, expressiveness and health (mental and physical).

SOCIALISATION

Making music together fosters cooperation and interaction (together we can do more than we can alone), simultaneous listening and vocalisation, group awareness (bonding/sense of belonging), the direct experience of synergy (the sum is greater than the parts), and embodies the values of diversity and respect across gender, age, culture and skill level.

IN ADDITION!

Studying and practising music is valuable as an end in itself (not just as a way of becoming better at literacy, mathematics or personal development). It develops an understanding and appreciation of a beauty that is uniquely musical. We learn that by manipulating the elements of music we produce different results and can explore this unique and ephemeral art form.

WE BELIEVE THAT MUSICAL ACTIVITY SHOULD BE A DAILY EVENT IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

• The focus should be on inclusive practical music making with an emphasis on singing.

• Classroom teachers should feel empowered and equipped to lead or provide the opportunity for their students to engage in singing and music making activities.

• Music Specialists as well as providing more in depth musical experiences, including music literacy and instrumental experiences, should be helpful in resourcing the classroom teachers as well as sharing ideas and expertise with classroom teachers.

• The daily classroom music practice need only be a few minutes at the start or end of a session.

• It can be integrated into a current classroom theme or used as a teaching method or tool for other subject areas (see ‘Learning Capacities’ and ‘Teaching Methods’ above.)

• It is important to develop a culture of singing and music making and for it to feel like a normal classroom activity. Five minutes at the start of each day will be more effective for developing a culture than one half hour per week.

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Reconciliation Song-writing lesson idea for Sorry Day


March 10, 2011

A lesson idea for “National Sorry Day” … or any day.

Watch the Colli Crew’s song about reconciliation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsWo9CxqsN8&feature=related

In small groups, brainstorm phrases that rhyme with “reconciliation” and “it’s up to us”

Watch the Colli Crew’s 2010 ARIA Award winning song “Change the Game” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0rJajbIs-o

Create a class rap, make an audio recording, and place it on the school’s website.

Email a link (or a copy of the song) to schools.mpfl@mca.org.au

Listen to Indigenous Australian music from “Black Arm Band”, “Saltwater Band”, “Gurrumul Yunupingu” and “Archie Roach” on YouTube, iTunes, CD or GrooveShark.

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Richard Gill talk (ABC FM) 9/14 August 2011


August 6, 2011
Richard Gill presents the annual ABC Classic FM Music Makers Address and will be talking of the joy of singing, the importance of imagination and the inspiration that music education can bring to all ages.

One of Australia’s pre-eminent conductors and a passionate advocate of music education, Richard specialises in opera, musical theatre and vocal and choral training.

Join us for this second Music Makers Address, hosted by ABC Classic FM’s Mairi Nicolson.
Plus, performances from 40 young singers from Southern Voices.

The Address will be recorded and broadcast in ABC Classic FM’s Music Makers on Sunday, August 14 at 1205.

DATE:                                    TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2011
TIME:                                    7pm – 8.15pm
No reservation is required and admission is free.
Doors open from 6pm.
VENUE:                                The Iwaki Auditorium,

ABC Southbank Centre,
120 Southbank Boulevard,
Southbank  (cnr of Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street)
Please join Richard Gill and Mairi for refreshments in the Green Room at the conclusion of the evening.

For further information contact:
Ngaire Duffield, Producer, ABC Classic FM, Melbourne
p: +61 3 9626 1716 | m: 0408 052 336
e: duffield.ngaire@abc.net.au
http://www.abc.net.au/classic/

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Royal Wedding Music 2011 – lesson idea


May 8, 2011

Listen to the first minute or so of each track from the recent Royal Wedding (soundtrack available from iTunes).

For each piece of music, discuss the time signature (how many beats per bar) and the instrumentation (which instruments and voices are heard).

Discuss the sound of hymns – organ introduction & massed voices singing throughout (rarely changing colour or texture). Decide which tracks from the Royal Wedding are hymns.

Discuss the process of commissioning a new piece of music. John Rutter was commissioned to compose “This is the Day” to be sung as an anthem for this wedding (performed 29/4/2011).

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sappho


October 25, 2012
Remember young Jennifer Condon? Music Forum carried a cover story a few
issues ago about her extraordinary project to record Peggy Glanville-Hicks
"Sappho"? Well, the project is finished, with major world singers and the
Gulbenkian Orchestra, and the recording will be broadcast at 7pm on Sunday
Nov 4 on Classic FM - just prior to release of the CD. No-one has heard this
music before, though it was written decades ago. And there is a follow-up
interview in the November Music Forum.
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Seriously Singing (ABC TV)


August 10, 2011

description of TV show here

ABC aired a TV show highlighting the choral direction of 91-year old Jessie Carmichael.

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Sibelius Groovy Music

February 4, 2010

Go to resource: Sibelius Groovy Music is a software program that assists with teaching music to five to eleven year old students. Read more…

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Silly Solfege song


June 15, 2011

click here to see the sheet music of the “Silly Solfege Song

and here is a video to go with the song

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Sing Along Midis and Lyrics from children’s movies

February 9, 2010

Go to resource: Sing Along Midis and Lyrics is a site hosted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Services (USA) and features songs from well-known children’s movies. Read more…

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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…

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singers required – new community choir – Port Melbourne


April 3, 2011

Cadence Choir is a new community choir for adults rehearsing on Saturday mornings with Steph Payne www.stephpayne.com.au in Port Melbourne. If you are interested, you will find more details at: http://www.cadencechoir.com.au/Home.html

For enquiries phone Rosemary on 0407 332 725 or email romac@iinet.com.au
Joining a choir is a great means of Personal & Professional Development!!

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SingFest 2013 – Queensland


February 17, 2013

http://www.learningplace.com.au/deliver/content.asp?pid=51305

August 20-23, 2013

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Singing Classroom @ Geelong 4 March 2013


February 18, 2013

The Singing Classroom at GPAC

A collaboration between gpac:ed and Amuse

Details:

Date: Monday 4th March

Time: 10.00 – 3.00

Facilitator: Sue Arney

Location: The Geelong Performing Arts centre

Cost: $100 – lunch is provided

Bookings: contact Kelly Clifford – kelly@gpac.org.au 5225 1207

PDI recognised

This workshop for generalist primary classroom teachers offers support, confidence, skills and resources to sing more regularly with students.

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Singing Classroom Launch 7 March 2012 (Vic)


March 4, 2012

aMuse will be launching the fabulous new project next week called ‘The Singing Classroom’, a workshop program for generalist primary teachers that aims to support, encourage, provide skills, resources and confidence for them to sing more regularly with their students. Please come and join the official launch: Wednesday, March 7, 5.00 – 6.00pm at BMW Edge. Speakers include Dr Ros McMillan, Lorraine Milne, Mandy Stefanakis, two PS choirs, all-in-sing with Susie Davies-Splitter and a lovely cup of tea!

For more details on the project visit the aMuse website: http://www.amuse.vic.edu.au/PL2012/singingclassroom2012.htm

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Singing Classroom Workshops 2013


February 10, 2013

The Singing Classroom is a Professional Learning program designed and delivered by aMuse for generalist primary classroom teachers offering them support, confidence, skills and resources to sing more regularly with their students.

The workshops are interactive and fun (often hilarious!). Each participant receives a resource booklet and CD.

Two workshops are now available:

1. In-school workshops where the presenter comes into your school to work with all staff:

http://amuse.vic.edu.au/PL2013/singingclassroom2013.htm

2. Full-day workshops where individual or groups of teachers can attend a centre for a five-hour workshop:

http://amuse.vic.edu.au/PL2013/singingclassroom2013.htm

We encourage you to consider a workshop in your school, or to encourage friends and colleagues to get involved.

Sue Arney

Professional Learning Coordinator

Association of Music Educators

150 Palmerston Street.  Carlton 3053

P 03 9349 1048

F 03 9349 1052

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singing workshop (Vic) April 28, 2013


March 17, 2013

For students in Years 10 – 12 who are learning singing … the annual ANATS VCE singing day on April 28, 2013

This workshop will feature

  • Performances by a selection of last year’s top (A  and A+) singers
  • Advice for teachers and students
  • A masterclass where current VCE students to perform and receive feedback.
  • Performances from both the contemporary and classical syllabus.
  • Superb masterclass presenters:  Jeannie Mash and Linda George

This workshop aims to:

  • Inspire students in Years 10/11 to consider VCE singing as an option
  • Provide a performance opportunity for current VCE students
  • Support and resource teachers of VCE singing
  • Provide opportunities for networking and communication among students and teachers
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song-writing competition MCUI 2013


March 6, 2013

Music: Count Us In offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a talented young person to have their song sung by over half a million students.

  • A small group of students will be selected by our judging panel to work with a celebrity mentor for the songwriting session in April.
  • Their song will stop Australia in its tracks on October 31st.
  • Students must be quick, work to the brief and send us an optimistic, upbeat song idea of 1-3 minutes by 22nd March.
  • Successful students will receive payment for their work.

Download the brief at musiccountusin.org.au/the-song

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songs for graduation ceremonies


November 19, 2012

THIS link takes you to suggestions for graduation ceremonies for all ages – with a religious slant.

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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…

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Songs written for children to sing


February 13, 2013

http://songlibrary.net/

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SongSoLaTiDo app for sight singing


November 15, 2012

THIS $2.99 app for iPhone and iPad is designed to aid sight singing skills.

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Southern Sounds singers (Vic)


May 25, 2013

The Southern Sounds Chorus are looking for new members. Southern Sounds Chorus is an acappella 4-part harmony choir. You can attend a free workshop and enjoy a Five Week Free Introductory Membership to try it out and see if you like it! Details are as follows:

  • Saturday 8th June, 10am – 3pm: Free Workshop, followed by 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings at 7pm
  • Venue: St Jude’s Parish Hall – 30 Warrandyte Road, Frankston/Langwarrin.
  • Enquiries: Judy (03 9775 4464) or Christine (03 5971 2231)
  • Bookings are essential
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SQUILT – free worksheet for listening activity


June 10, 2011

www.funmusicco.com/squiltsheet.pdf

FunMusicCo has provided a free worksheet for use with ANY music listening activity.

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Starting a Primary school choir

January 10, 2011

Go to resource: Staring a Primary school choir – advice from Sarah Malburg (UK) for “children’s chorus”. At the bottom of each article page is a link to the next topic (eg. Choir Warm-ups & Song Selection)

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State Music Camp 2013 NSW Richard Gill


May 1, 2013

Message from the Arts Unit (NSW):

The Arts Unit is excited to announce that Richard Gill, one of Australia’s leading music educators, will be working with students at this year’s State Senior Music Camp.

Richard will be conducting the full camp item – Faure’s Requiem. He will also conduct the vocal ensemble and run HSC performance and composition workshops.

In order to give all students the opportunity to work with Richard, we have extended the closing dates for applications to Friday 10 May 2013.

The application form and information about the camps can be found by visiting https://www.artsunit.nsw.edu.au/music/music-camps/state-music-camps

Thank you in advance for advertising this opportunity to your students.

Kind Regards,

Scott

Scott Ryan

Instrumental Music Programs Assistant

The Arts Unit

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Sydney Symphony – resources for teachers

February 9, 2010

Go to resource: The Sydney Symphony Orchestra offers programs for school children, and provides in conjunction with these, resources for teachers. Read more…

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The Great Australian Songbook – celebrating 100 years of classic songs for Aussie kids

February 19, 2010

Go to resource: The Great Australian Songbook – celebrating 100 years of classic songs for Aussie kids, published 2000 by ABC Music, is a CD of Australian songs suitable for children. Read more…

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The Singing Classroom: workshops for generalist teachers (Vic)


April 3, 2012

“The Singing Classroom”

A Professional Learning Program for Primary School Teachers

Following a fabulous launch at BMW Edge, AMUSE is pleased to announce that the workshop program for ‘The Singing Classroom’ is now up and running!

The workshops are run in YOUR school for your WHOLE staff. Options include a 1.5 – 2 hour after school workshop; a 3 hour workshop or 1 hour ‘modelling’ workshops with a class.

The workshops are interactive, fun, non-threatening and provide resources that teachers can take into their classrooms and use the next day.

The workshops are a great way for generalist primary teachers to gain confidence and to be given resources that will enable them to sing more regularly with their students. This is great for schools with no music program, but also a fantastic support for Music Specialists in schools.

Bookings are now being taken.

You may be interested in booking a workshop for your school, or may have friends/colleagues in primary schools who could benefit from them – please pass on the details if you can.

Some feedback from workshops so far . . .

“I feel much more confident to sing with my students now”

“I’m excited about how I can use singing and music-making to enhance learning in subject areas like maths and literacy”

“This links really well to our school focus on kinaesthetic learning, student involvement and student engagement”

“The children are pestering me to keep singing the songs we learned in the workshop and I have the resources now to do that”

Kind regards,

Sue Arney

Project Officer
‘The Singing Classroom’
AMUSE
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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.

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Three Teeners – Italian teenage opera singers


August 27, 2011

Il Volo = 3 Italian teenagers singing opera.

Newspaper article about Il Volo – the Three Teeners

YouTube clip of Il Volo singing O Sole Mio

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UK Opera Oscars

April 17, 2013

London is preparing to host the inaugural International Opera Awards – the “opera Oscars” – but there is no British company in contention for the most coveted award.

www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2013/apr/07/opera-oscars-london-shortlist

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Upbeat Music Education in the Classroom

February 4, 2010

Go to resource: Upbeat Music Education in the Classroom, produced by Jeffrey Leask, is published by Bojangles Music, NSW, 1984. Read more…

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Using Music in the Classroom – Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

February 9, 2010

Go to resource: Using Music in the Classroom, an article published on the site “Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age” gives resources and hints on incorporating songs with other subjects such as Maths. Read more…

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Victorian Opera – performances and PD


October 30, 2011

Bookings for the 2012 Education Program are now open at Victorian Opera. This includes a special Cinderella theatre experience for primary pupils in a series of one hour presentations of Rossini’s La Cenerentola.

We will once again offer a Professional Development program for teachers and singers as well as further opportunities to host a workshop in your school with our Outreach to Schools program.

Upper Secondary school groups attending our mainstage productions will have an additional experience preceding a performance with the opportunity to meet with an artist from the production in our new Seminar series.

http://www.victorianopera.com.au/explore/

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VMTA VCE masterclass 16 Sept


August 25, 2012

The VMTA has it’s VCE Masterclass coming up on September 16th at Melbourne High School.

There will be three sessions:

>Piano – Igor Machlak, 1.30pm

>Classical Voice – William Bamford, 1.30pm

>Contemporary Voice – Darren Wicks, 2.30pm

This is the link to the event on TryBooking:

www.trybooking.com/29618

There is also information on our website:

www.victorianmusicteachersassociation.org.au

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VMTA VCE masterclass day (Vic) – voice and piano


August 4, 2011

VCE masterclass day

… for voice and piano on September 4

at Melbourne High School

LINK to entry form

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Vocal Ease

February 22, 2010

Go to resource: Vocal Ease is a NSW Department of Education and Training publication that focuses on singing and choral activities in schools, and supports the music strand of the Creative Arts syllabus. Read more…

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Vocal PD (Vic)


August 1, 2011

Vocal PD for Choral Directors with Kate Sadler at The Sadler Studio
After a lot of interest and questions from Sounds Great delegates, colleagues might like to know about:
THE SINGERS’ SUPPORT UNIT
These 4 x fortnightly Monday evening sessions are run four times per year and are designed to give insights to the workings of the voice and troubleshoot vocal curly corners. The courses have been attended by singers from some of Melbourne’s great choirs, music therapists and singers who have wanted specific help with songs.
All topics covered are of interest to the Choral Conductor who wants draw out a strong, vibrant and cohesive sound from his/her choir.
For more info:
www.thesadlerstudio.com
(look for The Singers’ Support Unit)
Contact Kate Sadler:
0421 709 708 or thesadlerstudio@bigpond.com

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Voice workshop for secondary students 4 May, 2012 (Vic)


March 13, 2012

Voice Workshop for Secondary Students

Your students will have the chance to experience a group warm-up and Feldenkraisworkshop with MCM Convenor of Voice Stephen Grant, masterclasses with stafffrom VCASS and the MCM, and ensemble singing with VCASS Head of Choral Studies Claire Preston. A day not to be missed for the serious singing student!

This workshop has been designed for classical voice students aged 14 to 18, and is especially relevant to those undertaking VCE Music Performance or preparing for AMEB exams.

Date: Friday 4 May, 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Cost: $55 per participant

Venue: VCASS, 57 Miles Street, Southbank, VIC

Enrolments: http://www.conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au/programs/youth/voice

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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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BtfcMY_kyE

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We’ve Got the Music – learning online

June 28, 2011

We’ve got the Music & Music: Count Us In online resources are up and going, Jozzbeat-style. They are accessed via this page:

www.jozzbeat.com/MCUI2011/home

Jozzbeat will give each school a free log-in (after the school has registered for Music: Count Us In at www.musiccountusin.org.au)

OR

Existing customers of Jozzbeat that come through as MCUI registrees can just use their existing JozzBeat website password/username to access the resources.

Grab a group of kids, log on, learn the song, add some percussion, and have a fun lesson :-)

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Whitlams & SSO


July 19, 2013

http://www.sydneysymphony.com/education/for-schools-teachers/teaching-resources/the-whitlams.aspx

A free teaching resource from Sydney Symphony Orchestra – fused with The Whitlams’ pop music.

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Wrap-up video for MCUI 2012


November 30, 2012

http://youtu.be/pAV-fJOl0J4 Watch this well-edited video with your class, then discuss the benefits of music-making to students and teachers. Make a list of songs that make kids feel happy and positive. Brainstorm why massed singing makes us all feel special on the inside!

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