Welcome to the home of Musicianship & Aural Training for the Secondary School

Here you can find a complete range of text books and CDs designed to teach secondary school (high school and upper primary school) students the language of music in a clear, sequential and concise way that keeps students engaged throughout every lesson. These text books cover a broad curriculum, teaching the theoretical, academic and aural concepts necessary for a complete secondary school music education. Designed around the pedagogical principles of Kodály Music Education, using tonic solfege, hand signs, rhythm (time) names and much more, this series of books and CDs can be used to support any music education method. Each book follows a sound developmental approach, beginning with simple concepts such as beat, pitch and rhythm before gradually moving to more complex theory exercises, melodic and rhythmic transcription tasks and harmonic progressions. Use the links above to discover more about these fantastic teaching resources. You can also find out what events and workshops, for students and teachers, Deborah is running and how she can further help you and your students at your school or institution.  

Click HERE to download the TASME Conference Deborah Smith Presentation Handouts


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  • Practicing Transcriptions

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    It’s not as easy as you think! When we do a transcription exercise with our students in class that is exactly what we are practicing – the process of TRANSCRIPTION! Yes of course we do have to learn and practice that process but it is learning and practicing the content of the transcription exercise that will ...

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  • My Tasmanian Adventure

    TASME

      A couple of weeks ago I was one of the key note presenters at the ASME (Tasmanian branch or “TASME” as it’s affectionately known) conference, held at Scotch College Oakburn in Launceston. Having never been a key note speaker before and having never visited Launceston either I was VERY excited (and just a tad nervous). I need ...

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  • A Few of my Favourite ….. Interval Activities

    Colourful Intervals

    A Few of my Favourite ….. Interval Activities I was recently struck by how many activities we need to keep our students interested and engaged in our music classes. If we teach something to our 4 year old students (e.g. “beat”) then we need to have sufficient practice activities to challenge our students enough to keep them ...

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