How to Use this Site

The site is a database of music education resources that can be both searched and browsed.


The entire database can be searched using the ‘Search’ box in the top right hand corner. This box appears on each webpage. Results can be sorted either in alphabetical order or by latest entry.


The database can be browsed using the drop down menus according to the following categories: topic areas, organisations, advocacy, research, curricula/syllabi, professional learning. Resources in the database have also been sorted into student age ranges, reflecting the common grouping of school stages of learning, and can be browsed according to these age ranges.

Latest entries lists the entire database with newer entries first. Alphabetical Archive of Resources lists the entire database in alphabetical order.

Resource Search/Browse Results:

Each individual resource entry gives a description of the resource, including where appropriate, author and publication details, resource relevance, and further information about the resource. Dark blue clickable links to the actual resources themselves are also provided. Many of the resources are held online but for those that aren’t, library listings are given through the NLA Trove database. This enables the user to find the publication in the library closest to them or to purchase it online.

Each resource item is tagged with descriptive keywords (eg integrated, orchestral, Australian music etc) and the tags are listed under each resource entry. Click on these tags to find similarly-tagged resources. In addition, each resource type is tagged (eg Website, Book, Audio etc), and these types can be browsed using the menu on the left of each page.

Each resource item can also be rated and comments can be left about the resource eg suggestions for using the resource in the classroom. All comments will be moderated before posting. Both the rating and the comments boxes are intended to help teachers choose resources.

Emailing and Printing Search Results:

Each webpage of resource lists can be emailed or printed using the ‘Print this Page’ or ‘Email this Page’ function (in red text at the top of each list). ‘Print this Page’ will open another window to PrintFriendly, where search results can be emailed, printed or saved as a PDF. ‘Email this Page’ will provide a weblink to the search result that can be emailed.

Submitting Resources:

Additional resources can be submitted to the site using the ‘Suggestions’ box which appears on the top left of each page. These resources will be moderated according to resource selection criteria (given on the ‘About’ page).

Explanation of each category:

Categories are listed according to their order in the drop down menus.

  • Topic Areas – a list of all topics covered in the ‘Age Ranges’ list.
  • Organisations – music education organisations, categorised under seven headings:
    • Collaborative partnerships – where industry organisations are partnering with schools to implement music education;
    • Government Organisations – government music education-related organisations;
    • Not-for-profit Organisations – not-for-profit music organisations, including community music organisations, dedicated to the provision of music education in schools;
    • Performance Groups – organisations that specifically offer music performance experiences for school students;
    • Professional Organisations – music education organisations for the professional educator.
  • Advocacy – resources that can assist with encouraging, promoting, implementing, and advocating for music in schools including:
    • Advocacy Material – articles, kits, and books on music education advocacy;
    • Advocacy Organisations – organisations that support and advocate for music in schools.
  • Research – resources about music education research specific to music in school classrooms, and tools for further research on music education including:
    • Online libraries – Online libraries – links to music-specific online libraries, providing further access to music education resources. These online libraries can also be used by music students;
    • Research Material – articles and books on music education research;
    • Research Organisations – organisations that promote and organise research on music education.
  • Curricula/Syllabi – various curricula and syllabi covering a range of music education experiences (including instrumental music and classroom music) are offered, as well as the policies behind these. Information is categorised under three headings:
    • State/Territories curricula/syllabi – resources that give the government requirements of the provision of music/arts education in schools;
    • Examination boards syllabi – links to instrumental and vocal music examination boards syllabi;
    • Government documents and policies – information published by state/territory and federal government organisations that specifically relate to music education.
  • Professional Learning – learning opportunities for generalist and specialist music teachers to gain further experience and knowledge. Resources are categorised under four headings:
    • Online courses – courses available online for teachers to further learning;
    • Pedagogy – resources that cover music education methods, instruction, and philosophies;
    • Tertiary courses – links to tertiary courses that train generalist and specialist music teachers, both at the preservice and continuing level;
    • Teacher registration – links to teacher registration boards and teacher registration board requirements.
  • Facilities, Equipment and Venues – resources that offer solutions for designing and filling music education work and performance spaces, and venues that can be hired for music activities. Resources are categorised under two headings:
    • Facilities and Equipment – information about creating spaces for music education activities, including acoustical design, incorporation of technology, ergonomic solutions;
    • Venues – venues that offer music performance experiences to school students, or that can be hired for music performances.
  • Age Ranges – stages of learning are classified according to age ranges commonly found in Australian schools including: Early Childhood (0 to 5), Infants (5 to 8), Primary (8 to 12), Junior Secondary (12 to 15) and Senior Secondary (15 to 18). These age ranges are approximate. In each age range, the following categories are:
    • Assessment – resources that cover the design and implementation of music assessment tasks;
    • Composition – resources that advise on activities concerned with the creation of, and/or the composition of, music;
    • Curricula/syllabi – documents that relate to curricula and syllabi requirements of music;
    • ICT + software – music resources that relate to information and communication technologies in education, and appropriate music software for use in the classroom;
    • Indigenous music – resources that encourage the implementation of Australian Indigenous music in the classroom;
    • Instrumental music – resources that encourage the implementation of instrumental playing in the classroom;
    • Lesson plans – resources, including lesson plan databases, that are endorsed by educators, and that refer specifically to music. Some of the lesson plans give curriculum links, and/or integrated links (eg music and maths);
    • Music and movement activities – resources that combine music and movement activities for music education in classrooms;
    • Music Plus – resources that address music ‘plus’ other areas. These resources are grouped under three headings:
      • Music and Special Needs – resources that offer accessibility of music activities for students with disabilities, and students with learning and developmental needs;
      • Music and ESL – music resources that assist with ‘English as a Second Language’ programs in schools;
      • Music and Other Subjects – music resources that assist with the teaching of other subject areas such as Maths, English, Literacy, Social Sciences etc.
    • Pedagogy – resources that cover music education methods, instruction, and philosophies;
    • Performance – this is grouped into two sub-categories:
      • Performance events – resources that refer to music performance events both in and outside the classroom, but designed specifically for school students;
      • Performance groups – music ensembles, and performance groups, that visit or offer performance experiences to school students;
    • Vocal music – resources that encourage the implementation of singing in the classroom.