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Combining instruments of the orchestra

Listen as 12 different instruments combine to play a piece of orchestral music. Can you identify each instrument as it joins in? Try to use your ears, not your eyes.

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Instruments of the orchestra

How well do you know the instruments of the orchestra? Watch and listen to 12 different instruments from the string, woodwind, brass and percussion families. Then close your eyes as you listen, and focus on the sound each instrument makes. Listen for the differences between the instruments. How do you think each one is played?

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The highs and lows of a musical playground

Imagine a playground designed for music. Instead of climbing on the playground equipment, you play it. Watch this clip from Behind the News to see students manipulating instruments in a musical playground to create their own performances.

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What are the musical features of a news theme?

Music that introduces the news has to be not only dramatic and exciting but also neutral. It has to introduce war and disasters, as well as weddings and elections. It turns out, the music we associate with the news worldwide often originates from movies! So, what does an effective news theme often include? How would you ...

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Sounding brass and tinkling cymbals in Box Hill

Have you ever heard a brass band play? Listen to members of a Victorian brass band, the Box Hill City Band, discuss the rewards and challenges of playing in one of Australia's oldest brass bands.

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What is a Symphony Orchestra?

This set of resources introduces students to the instruments in a symphony orchestra and supports development of skills in aural identification of instrumental timbre. Conductor Richard Gill AO and musicians from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra introduce woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments in a video resource. ...

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Lively live music

Have you ever wanted to play like a virtuoso, a master of musical technique or skill? See an amazing live performance of 'Ket Gitar' by Hungarian master violinist Roby Lakatos and pianist Frantisek Janoska. Roby Lakatos is a Romani musician who mixes Hungarian Romani music with classical and jazz. This is the first in a ...

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A musical journey to Italy

Enjoy an interview and live performance from Southern Italy's dynamic band Kalascima, who have revived and modernised their traditional music. The band talks about the origins of their particular language, which has little in common with Italian, and performs a stunning a cappella version of a traditional worker's song, ...

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Improvising music from recycled materials

Discover the story behind the dan tre, a unique musical instrument made from bamboo and recycled materials. It was created by Vietnamese refugee Minh Tam Nguyen. He later generously donated the instrument to the Australian people, which has enabled us to hear his story. Find out why the dan tre carries special significance ...

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The banjo-pickin', yodelling cowgirl

Taylor Pfeiffer has been playing the banjo since she was seven. Now in her teens, Taylor is making a name for herself in the music world. In this clip from Behind the News, find out what inspired Taylor to take up the banjo and then learn a few banjo-playing techniques. And if you're really daring, try yodelling along with ...

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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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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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Dya Singh: a world of music

Take a sneak peek into the life of Dya Singh, one of Australia's most successful musical families. A world-renowned phenomenon, they have delighted audiences across the globe. Come and meet a family whose music has the rare ability to blend ancient religious and cultural traditions with groundbreaking new combinations of ...

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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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Meeting the Sun

An interactive music lesson where students will meet renowned Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin and learn about her inspirations for composing and creating new works. Students will explore various stories and poems written by some of our incredible Anzac heroes and experience a performance of Elena’s Anzac inspired ...

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A journey into world music

From Japanese drumming to African choirs, there is a wide world of music to be enjoyed beyond mainstream pop music in Australia. Music from one culture will often sound very different to music from another, using varied musical styles and instruments. Come along on a musical journey and explore the increasingly popular ...

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Come and meet the instruments

Come and meet the orchestra! The musicians are wearing 4 different colours to show which section they belong to. Can you name the 4 sections of the orchestra? What are the names of some of the instruments in each section?

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Who's that cheeky gnome?

Listen as host Paul Rissmann tells a story about Mussorgsky and a gnome called Harry. How does the orchestra's music help to tell the story?

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Listen to music inspired by paintings

This piece of music is called ""Pictures at an Exhibition"". It was written by a Russian composer called Mussorgsky. He was inspired to write this piece of music when he went to see his friend's paintings in an exhibition. As you listen to the orchestra playing the music, perhaps you can imagine you are walking through ...

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What a colourful exhibition!

As the orchestra plays a piece of music called "The Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells", lots of artworks are flashed up on the screen.These pictures were sent in for the concert from schools around Australia. If the music inspries you, perhaps you could make your own artwork.