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Musical theatre – music

Discover the key elements of theatre music through performance. Explore the key elements of musical theatre music, lyrics and orchestral score.

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The Conversation: Australian music - what is it?

This resource contains a series of articles giving a broad overview of Australian music including its development, examples of genres and artists, interviews and its influence on Australian culture. It can be used to develop a broad understanding Australian music and the influences that have impacted on its development.

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Teaching music in your primary classroom with Richard Gill

Employing the unique experience and teaching expertise of Richard Gill, this module provides a specific framework for teachers working with music in Primary classrooms. The module encompasses a range of media and interactive elements, including video, interactive information and progressive questioning to clarify pedagogy.

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What makes the music of Star Wars so iconic?

Star Wars begins with the biggest B-flat chord you’ve ever heard! John Williams’s fanfare is so iconic that people usually recognise what they’re watching without even looking at the screen. So, what informs the music and makes it so powerful? What techniques can you apply in your own compositions?

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Electronic sounds

Students experiment and compose with electronic sounds.

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Vocal Ease MORE (Module 1)

Vocal Ease MORE (Module 1) is an updated sequel to the original Vocal Ease resource which was created around 20 years ago to support classroom music education. This new version focuses on building knowledge and skills in vocal music in the K-6 classroom. It features five original pieces, additional audio tracks and curriculum ...

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What is a musical phrase?

Sometimes we come across musical phrases that catch on like wildfire. With every repetition, these phrases take on more meaning. Listen closely for this jazz lick that has appeared in many forms throughout music history. What other popular musical phrases can you think of? What meanings do they carry, and what could you ...

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Listen With Your Heart featuring Casey Donovan

An interactive music lesson where students explore the song 'Listen with your heart'.

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Melody with Morrison

Discover what makes a good melody and a memorable piece of music. Compose a melody with master musician, James Morrison.

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What is a vibraphone?

Have you heard of the vibraphone? Learn all about this percussion instrument in this animation. What is it made of? How is it similar to other percussion instruments?

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Body beats

Students use Chrome Music Lab to explore rhythm using body percussion.

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Audio fundamentals

Explore the basic principles of an audio system, including the different uses for microphones, speakers and how to use an audio mixing desk and other audio equipment.

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It all 'ads' up!

Students create and explore advertising jingles.

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Vocal Ease MORE (Module 2)

Vocal Ease MORE (Module 2) is an updated sequel to the original Vocal Ease resource which was created around 20 years ago to support classroom music education. This new version focuses on building knowledge and skills in vocal music in the K-6 classroom. It features five original pieces, additional audio tracks and curriculum ...

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What makes an effective AFL club song?

AFL songs are among the most widely recognised and popular pieces of music in Australia, sung proudly year after year. Would it surprise you to find out they’re rarely original? Discover the early 20th-century origins of most of Australia’s football chants and the stylistic features that make them so effective in energising ...

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What's that mystery instrument?

Watch this video to learn about a spooky sounding instrument called the theremin. How is it played? Listen as it joins the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to play music from the TV show Dr Who. Do you like the sounds it makes? Why or why not?

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Introducing the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's woodwind section

What do the instruments in the woodwind section of the orchestra have in common? Can you make a list of all the instruments in this section? Some of them might be familiar, but some of them might be new to you. Choose one of the instruments that's new to you and do some research to find out more about it.

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Inspire me …

Using stimulus material to inspire art and music. Learn about plastics in the ocean and what oceanographers have learnt through seascape artwork. Create an artwork based on a seascape and plastic waste, Explore graphic notation and create a city soundscape with an artwork as a stimulus.

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Can you clap the cymbal part from Carmen?

Get your clapping hands ready and join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as they play some music from the opera Carmen, by composer Bizet. Follow along with host Paul Rissmann and see if you can keep up with the orchestra! How does this piece of music make you feel? Why do you think it has that effect?

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Discover the most powerful section of the orchestra!

Can you name the four instruments that make up the brass section of the orchestra? Like musicians in the woodwind section, the brass players power their instruments with air. But how do they do this differently?