17-18 May 2013 KMEIA Kodaly Choral PD

April 22, 2013



2011 ARIA Award nominees

October 22, 2011

Read article here


2Simple Software – Music

February 15, 2011

2Simple Software – Interactive software for teaching basic music understanding (rhythm, pitch, harmony


Accompanist Summer School (Melb) 2012

October 19, 2011

Piano Accompanist Summer School

Monday 16 – Thursday 19 January 2012

Venue: Xavier College, Barkers Rd, Kew

Run in conjunction with the ACCET conductor school, this is a morning school of lectures, masterclasses and group tuition in  which to refine piano accompanying skills, under the guidance of expert musicians. Vocal and instrumental performers will have prepared a range of selected works for participants to accompany.

For more information visit the ACCET web site at www.choralconductors.org.au and go to the piano accompanist page.


ACO + Dance October 2012

May 9, 2012
RAMEAU Dances from Dardanus, Les Boréades, Castor et Pollux and others

*Richard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin*
*Rafael Bonachela Artistic Director and Choreographer*
*Sydney Dance Company
*Australian Chamber Orchestra

Wed 31 Oct 12pm-2pm 2012
Sydney Theatre
A mutual passion for Rameau’s perfumed and powerful French Baroque dance
music sparks this new production by Rafael Bonachela and Richard Tognetti.
Rameau’s flair for rhythm and melody, and feeling for choreography, leads
many to name him the greatest-ever ballet composer, certainly the most
influential. Bonachela’s dynamic choreography, innate musicality and
theatricality serve to illuminate this brilliant music, performed live by
the ACO.

This performance will feature and introduction and behind-the-scenes
discussion by Richard Tognetti and Rafael Bonachela, and a question and
answer session at the end of the performance.

Tickets $30. Teachers may book online www.aco.com.au/Default.aspx?url=/matinee
or phone 1800 444 444.
Questions? Please contact Sarah Conolan on (02) 8274 3871 or at

ACO open rehearsal 2 Aug 2012

May 20, 2012

Open Rehearsal for School Students
Thurs 2 Aug

Students sit within metres of the musicians while they rehearse, getting a behind-the-scenes look at how the Orchestra prepares for concerts. After the rehearsal, students are invited to meet the ACO players. Register your students.


ACO Tour 2, 2012 – free lesson content

April 20, 2012


Above are the links to the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s FREE teaching notes and lesson ideas for their 2012 Tour 2 (TWO). Lesson content is designed for Secondary students.


Awards for Excellence in School Music Education – Australia

March 27, 2011

Nominations for the 2011 Awards for Excellence in School Music Education are due to close on Friday, 1st April, 2011. The awards aim to recognise music teachers and school leaders for their exceptional contribution to enhancing the status and quality of music education in their schools.

There will be up to eleven teacher Awards and up to two school leader Awards. Each recipient of an Award will receive a certificate and a cheque for $5,000, which is intended to be used to further their professional learning related to music education.

All details about the 2011 Awards, including Guidelines, and nomination forms are available on the website at:



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


Ben Northey Conductors’ Seminar 2012

June 3, 2012

Through unforeseen circumstances, Ben wishes to postpone the workshop. A new date will be posted as soon as arrangements can be made. It will be sometime next semester.


There are still three openings for full conductor participants for this professional development opportunity for conductors. There is no restriction on the number of observers. Perhaps you are ahead enough with your school report writing?

The Ben Northey Conductors Seminar, Master Class and Video Workshop is being hosted at Carey Baptist Grammar School, 349 Barkers Road, Kew, Wednesday 13 June 5.15pm – 10.00pm.

Please remember that all workshop attendees are invited to see Ben Northey conduct the MSO at ‘Meet The Music Concert as part of MSO’s Education Week in the Melbourne Town Hall, concert starting at 6.30pm Tuesday 5 June. Details about how to get the discount are on the Conductors Workshop application form which can be downloaded on the GWS website, ABODA FaceBook page and the GWS Facebook Page.

This event is organised by The Grainger Wind Symphony in partnership with the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association Victoria Branch.

Queries: Roland Yeung 0432 445577


blog – Music Education and Technology in Australia

June 19, 2011


An Australian Music & Technology Educator keeps notes and ideas on this blog.


CD scratches

March 24, 2012

HERE is a blog with a few suggestions re. removing scratches from CDs.


Classics for kids – free worksheets

June 22, 2011


Dozens of free, colourful worksheets on well-known Classical / Romantic / 20th century works. Most include pictorial listening guides.


ColdPlay live @ Apple

April 21, 2013

Watch 20 mins worth of ColdPlay performing live on YouTube. Take notes on stage-craft (actions, moves and dress), how they engage the crowd, what percussion is played, and what makes this live performance so exciting. Suggest students incorporate some of these ideas into their own band performances.


Collarts – VCA PD program

March 13, 2011

Collarts PD Program for 2011

The Australian College of the Arts | Ausmusic College is pleased to announce its 2011 PD program commencing from Tuesday April 5th. Each of the PD Days are focused on providing hands-on opportunities for music teachers, especially teachers of VCE and VET.

Term 1

Tuesday April 5th 2011 Check 1, 2 – Live Sound
Term 2
Friday June 10th - Recording techniques
Friday Jun 17th - Songwriting and stagecraft

Term 3
Friday August 5th - Post production
Friday August 12th - Using technology in performance

Term 4
Friday December 9th - Education Partners 2012 Preview – see what’s new from Collarts in 2012

Check 1, 2 – Live Sound Workshop kicks off the 2011 PD program

Join our Collarts education team and two industry experts – production manager and front-of-house audio engineer Glenn Helmot (John Farnham, James Morrison, Deborah Conway etc) along with leading session guitarist Simon Patterson (Hey, Hey Band, Lou Rawls, Kate Ceberano, Bonnie Raitt, James Morrison etc) to get the knowledge, tricks and tips on how to create and produce a great performance. With a combined 50 years of industry experience Glenn and Simon can show you how to get the best out of your production gear – whether in front of, or behind the microphone.

Teachers will leave with:

  • Knowledge, tips and tricks on how to maximise your schools music production equipment to create a a great sound
  • Tools and activities to develop your performance and production students skills and get them working together
  • Performance tips on getting your sound off stage and to the audience

Being part of the Collarts PD program for 2011 is simple:

To register visit http://www.collarts.edu.au/education-partners/professional-development

or email info@collarts.edu.au

or call 03 9281 8898

Bookings are essential.

Cost: $99 for teachers (no charge for Collarts Education partner schools) – lunch is included

The Collarts PD Day program takes place at Collarts, 55 Brady Street, South Melbourne commencing at 10am and finishing at 3pm.

Monique Boggia
Education Manager
Australian College of the Arts | Ausmusic College
55 Brady St., South Melbourne
Email mboggia@collarts.edu.au
Ph +613 9281 8898


Crescendo Newsletters (free)

August 11, 2012
Did you know all "Crescendo Music" Newsletters, going back over two years, are available HERE.
Another great resource at your finger tips, including free lesson plans.

emusictheory – online aural and reading drills

October 19, 2011


Check out this website for free online aural music skill drills and notation practice for students.


explaining Texture

October 12, 2012


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


free fingering charts – band instruments

June 22, 2011


Free fingering charts for band instruments are found here.


free lesson plans / powerpoints

June 22, 2011

A Secondary Music & Technology teacher is here sharing resources with the rest of us :-)



Fun quotes from music exams

July 11, 2011

Care of Crescendo Music’s website:

Funny Answers from Students on Music Exams

The principal singer of nineteenth-century opera was called pre-Madonna.

It is easy to teach anyone to play the maracas. Just grip the neck and shake him in rhythm.

Gregorian chant has no music, just singers singing the same lines. Sherbet composed the Unfinished Symphony.

All female parts were sung by castrati. We don’t know exactly what they sounded like because there are no known descendants.

Music sung by two people at the same time is called a duel; if they sing without music it is called Acapulco.

A virtuoso is a musician with real high morals.

Contralto is a low sort of music that only ladies sing.

A harp is a nude piano.

The main trouble with a French Horn is that it is too tangled up.

An interval in music is the distance from one piano to the next.

The correct way to find the key to a piece of music is to use a pitchfork.

Agitato is a state of mind when one’s finger slips in the middle of playing a piece.

Refrain means don’t do it. A refrain in music is the part you’d better not try to sing.

I know what a sextet is but I’d rather not say.

Most authorities agree that music of antiquity was written long ago.

My favorite composer was Opus. Agnus Dei was a woman composer famous for her church music.

Henry Purcell was a well-known composer few people have ever heard of.

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic.


Funny Bear – fun lesson

July 3, 2011

There’s a wacky, catchy kids song on YouTube – in English, he is “Gummy Bear” … in French he is “Funny Bear”. The first half of the song is in C major, and the melody uses A, C, D & E, so it suits glockenspiels or beginner keyboards.

Lesson idea: Practise alternate hand slapping on thighs: 6 taps starting on left … short rest … 6 taps starting on left … 14 taps starting on right. Play the YouTube clip to Middle School students. Get the kids singing the chorus. Add in the ‘hand slapping on thighs’ pattern during the chorus (it fits with the chorus rhythm). Ask students to figure out the melody, which starts on A.

Extension: see if students can alternate their glockenspiel mallet hands (as per the hand slapping warm-up).

Melody: A A A C A A – - A A A C E E – - E E E D D D D D D D E D C A – -

Further extension: Write the chorus melody on the board as a row of quavers and quaver rests. Ask students to help put in the bar-lines and time signature.


Guitar Hero exploration

January 27, 2012

THIS primary school unit on rock and guitar used the video game “Guitar Hero” to inspire a cross-curricular unit of learning. Navigate using the sub-headings at the top of page.


Instrumental lessons over the internet: article

January 31, 2012


In USA and UK, a growing number of students are getting lessons from instrumental experts over the internet (using webcams, Skype, etc). Read the article at the link above.


Italian beginner language CD of songs

March 13, 2011

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


Jazz interviews

October 26, 2011

dozens of interviews with Jazz musicians



Joining the Chorus – Victorian state schools

March 13, 2011

Do you have some excellent Instrumentalists in your State School that would like to be involved in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular this year?

There is an exciting opportunity for some of these students who would like to do more playing outside of school.

Auditions are now open for students who would like to be a part of the Orchestra for the Victorian State Schools Spectacular in 2011. This group will rehearse on occasional Sundays throughout Terms 2 and 3, according to a schedule that will be distributed before the audition. Rehearsals are at the DEECD Performing Arts Unit (102 Rupert St, Collingwood).

Orchestra auditions are being held on Sunday 13 March at the Performing Arts Unit and can be booked by phoning 9415 1700 or email: jtc@edumail.vic.gov.au. Other times are available outside of this date by appointment.

Students will need to present 2 contrasting pieces that they have prepared. There may be some sightreading in the audition. Students should be at Grade 5 AMEB standard or higher. An accompanist will be provided and students will need to come with clear sheet music for the accompanist in the correct key.

Please pass on this information to any students you feel may be interested and suitable.


Learn as you sing in a summer school choir

October 15, 2011

Sunday 15 January 10 am – 4 pm at Hawthorn Town Hall and Tuesday 17 January from 7 – 9.30 pm in Xavier College Chapel (2012)

Fred Sjoberg will conduct this gathering of singers for a day and an evenijng, giving all choristers the experience of learning from an international expert. This is great for teachers, who may not often get a good vocal work-out themselves; and also, as Fred is an energetic conductor of youth, a good opportunity for sight-reading senior students to enjoy singing under his leadership.

For more information www.choralconductors.org.au and go to the Sing for Life Choir.


LenMus – free music theory & aural training software

May 25, 2011


LenMus is a FREE music education software that you can use to practice your music reading skills, improve your aural recognition abilities, or just learn the fundamental principles of music theory and language. It also includes a score editor, so you can write your own basic scores.

This software is already installed on NSW DET DERvices (little student laptops).


make our own musical dominoes – free

September 5, 2011

CLICK HERE to make your own bingo cards (using musical instruments and/or symbols)

or CLICK HERE to print off a set of bingo cards, ready-to-go, using instrument pictures.

Lesson idea: the caller will mix up the actual names of the instruments / symbols with descriptions (eg. 1 beat note, saxophone, largest stringed instrument, triangle …)


Military Wives song

May 20, 2012


investigate the emotion that is so evident in this song … sung by military wives


Monbulk Primary School’s new MUSIC building

November 29, 2011

Monbulk Primary School in Victoria unveiled its new BER-funded Arts Centre last Thursday, 10th November. The super-creative building façade represents a pianola roll for Advance Australia Fair! Arts Minister, Simon Crean, opened the new building with lots of inspiring words about the fundamental role of the arts and music to Australia’s social and economic development and said he’s working hard to get more federal support for The Arts. Monbulk’s new building also houses the Dandenong Ranges Music Council. Congrats to its founder, Bev McAlister, after whom the building’s new music centre has been named.

See photo here


mozART group & re-arranging lessons

August 24, 2011

Watch this YOUTUBE CLIP of the MozART Group from Poland. It is an entertaining collage of Classical String Quartets re-interpreted :-)

Now choose a Classical piece of music (Google search for the Classical Top 100) or nursery rhyme and change it drastically … into pop, funk, country, metal, etc. You may wish to write lyrics to go with the Classical melody.       OR

Choose a piece of pop music and arrange it for a classical ensemble. Start by putting the vocal line into an instrument, then find chords to go underneath.

HINT: Google search for the song name + free + midi. You may well be able to save a midi file from the internet, which will open in Finale / Audacity / Sibelius, etc.


Mozart Opera on Marimba – article

September 19, 2011

SMH article

YouTube link


Music & Maths

July 30, 2011

A resource site explaining the mathematics behind music



Music and NAPLAN go hand-in-hand workshop

March 17, 2013

Music and NAPLAN go hand in hand: A workshop for primary teachers

Presented by Dr Ros McMillan

Enlightened music teachers in primary schools know that their teaching often involves literacy in a variety of forms.

This workshop, led by one of Australia’s most experienced teacher educators, will build on the skills and knowledge of specialist music teachers through enjoyable and stimulating ideas that ‘tick the boxes’ of both VELS and NAPLAN.

Participants will be involved in a range of hands-on activities using poems, stories, songs and chants with creativity as a major focus.

DATE Wednesday 17 April 2013

TIME 10.00am – 3.30pm

COST $150.00 (members) $220.00 (non-members)

VENUE Statewide Resources Centre

150 Palmerston Street, Carlton

Melway reference — Map 2B:H6

Google Map

Booking essential

Lunch is provided

(please advise any special dietary requirements)


Kevin Kelley

Executive Officer

Association of Music Educators

150 Palmerston Street.  Carlton 3053

P 03 9349 1048

F 03 9349 1052




Music in Aus Knowledge Base

September 18, 2012
The Music in Australia Knowledge Base website has been re-presented and is
much more user-friendly. Check out www.musicinaustralia.org.au

Musical Xchange

February 16, 2013


website for musicians to swap and sell instruments in Australia



January 13, 2011

Musiclopedia – an A to Z directory of websites re. Music Genres, Recording Artists, Orchestras etc.


non-verbal communication unit (lower primary)

August 7, 2012

Music: Count Us In resources include (free) braille music charts and videos of kids signing Auslan while singing the annual song. www.musiccountusin.org.au You may need to sign up (for free).

There’s a deaf percussionist who feels the music through her feet (YouTube)
- she even appeared on Sesame St playing mallet percussion.

Show YouTube clips of kids playing music who are of a similar age or younger (4 year djembe player, 3 year old conducting Beethoven, suzuki violinists, etc). Ask a student to stand up and mime as if doing karaoke.

Brainstorm on ways to communicate, and what we communicate (including mime, car horns and sirens). Make some car horn and sirens with voices. Get into pairs and do a miming
game (person A mimes while person B is the mirror). Give them instruments and try the same game. Grab instruments / chop sticks / pencils and try to communicate different emotions or messages.

“Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox (nothing to do with music, but an awesome bok
about multiculturalism!!!)


Northern support network (Vic) for isolated music teachers

April 3, 2012

I am interested in starting a peer support group for music teachers in the north who are the only music teacher at their school and especially for those in challenging school environments. It would be great to meet teachers in a similar situation once every couple of months and discuss problems/solutions in the music classroom/with school structures. Basically to gain support from each other to do the sometimes tough job we do and not feel so isolated! Please email me at pringle.erica.e@edumail.vic.gov.au if you’re interested.


online keyboard

June 22, 2011

scroll down the screen, then try recording a simple song using the on-screen keyboard


Percy Grainger’s birthday

July 4, 2011

8 July 2011 = Percy Grainger’s 129th birthday


PracticeSpot – reading rhythms online

August 8, 2011

Website for skill drill practice in reading rhythms

Select level of difficult – from exercise 1 to 21.


Protest Music meets comedy

October 1, 2011

Show your students the YouTube clip of Tim Minchin’s “Canvas Bags” song (NB it contains a few profanities). Discuss the damage done by plastic bags to our environment. Ask students to form song-writing groups & create their own protest song or rap. Also highlight the contrast of styles featured in Minchin’s song.


Richard Gill on Q&A

November 3, 2011

Richard Gill was on the panel for ABC’s Q& A on 31/10/2011.

Read the transcript here (scroll 2/3 of the way down for the music-education-related discussions). You can also watch the episode online here (start at the link for 39′ 30).

Read the informal audience question and answers on the FaceBook page here.


Scots Prep School – teaching vacancy

November 29, 2012

Scots College – Coordinator of Music – Preparatory School

The Scots College has a strong Christian mission and tradition, and provides a dynamic educational experience for boys with emphasis on excellence in learning and teaching. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a community that cares and prides itself on challenge and innovation, whilst enjoying a rich foundation of faith and tradition.

Applications are invited from qualified, experienced and dynamic Music Teachers who are both committed and innovative.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have relevant qualifications and experience.
  • Be able to collaboratively plan and implement quality music learning programs.
  • Be able to coordinate the effective roll out of the music learning programs.
  • Enjoy and have the capacity to be fully involved in the provision of caring, creative andstimulating music education for young boys.
  • Have a good understanding of music technology.
  • Be confident and willing to use interactive technologies (notebook computers, smartboards etc)as a tool for enhanced teaching and learning.
  • Communicate and work collaboratively with colleagues, parents and caregivers.Applicants for this position must be able to demonstrate a positive support for the Christian values of a Presbyterian GPS school. All applicants for child related employment must also complete a prohibited person declaration and consent to the Working with Children Check.

    All applications must be submitted via the online application form availableat www.pathwaysic.com.au (positions) where further information is accessible.

    Applicants wanting particular information about a position are invited to contact The Principal Consultant, Pathways International Consulting Pty Ltd, via email at scots@pathwaysic.com.au or 0412 636 899.

    Applications must be submitted online no later than 3 December, 2012. Please do not send resumes directly to the College.


Sing Book 2014

August 22, 2012

we are hoping you will help us to choose songs for the Best of The ABC Sing Book.

The 2014 Sing Book will be a compilation of the best 50 songs from 1970 to 2010 and we would like to invite you to vote for your favourites.

The process is very simple and we hope you can spare a few minutes to help make the collection a true reflection of the best songs.

1.     Vote for your favourite 20 songs by filling in the numbers 1 to 20 on our attached excel document (1 being your most favoured)


1b. Choose up to 50 songs and no need to put them in order. Just put

“X” next to the songs you choose and return the spreadsheet.

2. Return this to the following email address: johnkane@bigpond.net.au

by Monday 27th August

3. Send this on to any of your colleagues who also love SING. Give them a chance to take part and help us to create a more representative collection.

Many thanks

Rhonda Macken (Sing Co-ordinator) and John Kane (Sing Music Producer).


Singing Playgrounds – on YouTube

May 6, 2011


A UK project of training students singing mentors, who then teach playground singing games!


Songsmith (online composing)

August 3, 2011

Songsmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. Just choose a musical style, sing into your PC’s microphone, and Songsmith will create backing music for you. Then share your songs with your friends and family, post your songs online, or create your own music videos.



State Music Camp reunion (VIC)

February 21, 2011

This year the State Music Camp celebrates its 50th year. To mark this special milestone we will be hosting an alumni orchestra at our annual gala concert in the Robert Blackwood Hall on Saturday 9 July. Every past ‘camper’ is warmly encouraged to be part of this unique occasion.

Expressions of interest or queries can be sent to info@statemusiccamp.com.au. You may also like to visit our website at www.statemusiccamp.com.au


The Deadlys 2011

October 1, 2011

“The Deadlys” showcase the outstanding achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and provides identifiable national and local role models to inspire all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, particularly young people.

The 2011 Deadly Awards were held on September 27, 2011 at the Sydney Opera House.  Here is the winners’ list.


Tips on Starting a new Music group

February 21, 2011

Starting a new Music group – Bucket loads of advice to help you start up a new Music group (at school or in the community) – thanks to the ‘Music in Communities’ network at ‘Music. Play for Life’


USA National Standards for Music Education

September 27, 2012


1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.

5. Reading and notating music.

6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.

7. Evaluating music and music performances.

8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.


Viva la Vida – Coldplay – activity

September 29, 2011

Give student the following chords and ask them to figure out (in groups) the order of the chords in Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida”: C major, D major, E minor, G major.

If you transpose the original song MP3 by one semitone (using Audacity software or similar), students can play along with keyboards, guitars and ukuleles. :-)


Whitlams & SSO

July 19, 2013


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


Why students don’t learn what we think we teach (video)

July 4, 2011


This interesting online lecture is aimed at Tertiary (Music) educators, spoken by US educator Robert Duke.


Young Blue & Deep Blue Orchestra

August 27, 2011

Deep Blue Orchestra is a new style of energetic orchestral performance. Towns can request a concert (via Deep Blue’s website), and audience members can ask for copies of sheet music in order to participate in one song during the concert.

Deep Blue also promotes young musicians through workshops and their Young Blue program.