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Zou ba! What musical instruments can you play?

Explore the Chinese words for musical instruments. Find out how to ask questions such as ‘Can you play the guitar?’.


'Iceman' electric guitar , 1996-98

This is an Ibanez Iceman electric guitar made in Japan between 1996 and 1998. It features an irregularly shaped mahogany body with a 'galactic green' finish and a white star pattern. The case (not shown) is made of black fabric over ply and has sustained extensive damage. The lining of the case is dark velour fabric. The ...


World rhythms: tabla

This is a teaching and learning activity to construct and play a tabla or tube-la (double drum). The activity provides a brief history of the tabla, information about the materials needed to make it, time required, assessment strategies, the construction process, how to play the instrument and extension ideas. Tabla artefacts ...

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The story of 'Waltzing Matilda' and Winton

What do the words of 'Waltzing Matilda' mean and where did they come from? Find out about 'Waltzing Matilda' and Winton, the town where Banjo Paterson wrote his ballad. Discover what the song means to the town today.


Hip hop against waste dump

Many hip hop artists have expressed concerns about the world through their music. The Northern Territory's Kylie Sambo is no exception. Listen to her protest against the construction of a nuclear waste dump on her people's lands in Muckaty, near Tennant Creek. Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your ...

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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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Sing, scat and scoo be doo

This is a resource about making music and scatting through singing, speaking, moving, dancing, playing and creating. It includes three videos featuring Susie Davies-Splitter presenting various songs to sing and move to and demonstrating scatting, as well as two audio tracks, an interactive xylophone, a xylophone template ...

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The symphonic sculpture of Pantha du Prince

Discover what happens when you mix computers and live musicians to generate exciting new performances. This clip features the music of Berlin-based musician Pantha du Prince (Hendrik Weber) and his collaboration with The Bell Laboratory from Norway. They combine an experimental approach to computer-generated music with ...


And the band played 'Waltzing Matilda'

This is a song about the experiences of an itinerant Australian who volunteered as a soldier in the First World War, took part in the Suvla Bay landing and lost both legs in the Gallipoli campaign. It was composed and performed by Australian singer Eric Bogle, and was probably recorded in 1980.


Tibetan ceremonial bell, 18th century

This is a brass Tibetan ceremonial bell known as a 'drilbu'. It was made in Tibet between 1700 and 1800. The body of the bell features ornate decoration, a tall handle with a circular hollow middle, a face on one side and a crowned top. Inside the bell a metal loop holds a long rusted metal clapper.


Angus Young's Gibson guitar, 1992

This is a Gibson SG custom-model electric guitar used by and autographed by Angus Young of the Australian rock band AC/DC. The guitar has a solid timber body with black enamel finish and a timber neck with an ebony fretboard. Young has autographed the guitar in silver ink on the pick guard: 'A Young. AC/DC'. The manufacturer's ...


Violin made by Arthur Hodgson, 1936

This is a timber violin made by Arthur Hodgson in Paramatta, New South Wales, in 1936. The belly is highly arched with two long irregular f-holes cut into it, and it appears to have been made from a single piece of timber, possibly pine or spruce. Ribs and back are constructed from a single solid piece of timber, which ...


Square piano, 1835-38

This is a square piano with a six-octave compass from F to F, made between 1835 and 1838. It is thought to have been made by Collard and Collard, London, and it has a decorative nameplate that reads: 'Manufactured Expressly for F. ELLARD Sydney'. The piano has a solid timber case with a fold-back lid, which can be supported ...


Radcliff-system piccolo used by Richard Chugg, 1913

This is a Radcliff-system piccolo of sharp pitch made by Rudall Carte of London in 1913 and used by Richard Chugg. It is made of cocus wood and has silver keys.


Miniature bagpipes, 1952

These are plastic miniature bagpipes with a bright red Scottish tartan print bag and a set of parts, manufactured from plastic by Magnus Harmonica Corporation, USA. The set of parts includes the bag, drones, blowpipe and the chanter. The miniature bagpipes have three drones, which are light-brown marbled plastic with ribbed ...


Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight, Melbourne, 1975

This is a 1975 photograph of Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in the King's Domain. A female singer and three male electric guitarists are performing into microphones on stage, backed by an orchestra. The image comes from the original black-and-white photographic negative and is part ...


Cole's Book Arcade symphonion, c1890

This video features curator David Demant exploring the workings of a symphonion (a mechanical music player) that had been used in the Cole's Book Arcade in around 1890. It is now in the Museum Victoria collection. The video's duration is 3 min 5 sec.


Sheet music cover for 'White Australia', 1910

This is the front cover of sheet music for a song called 'White Australia'. The music was composed by W E Naunton and the lyrics written by Naunton and H J W Gyles. The cover includes an image of a white map of Australia. Text inside the map reads in part: 'Australia, the white man's land, / Defended by the white man's ...

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My Place - Episode 23: 1788: Waruwi, Little drummer boy

Waruwi takes Dan's boots while he is in the water but does not find them to be very comfortable. Observing the camp of the marines, Waruwi is fascinated by one of their musical instruments.

Teacher resource

Getting Started with the Ukulele

This is an online teaching and learning resource on how to play the ukulele, featuring 14 scaffolded activities presented in three parts, ranging from learning parts of the ukulele and basic chords to developing skills, reading sheet music and performing for an audience. Each lesson is accompanied by up to three short instructional ...