Welcome to DS Music

Home of the ONLY Secondary Music Education Resources you need!

In these very unsettling times, my overwhelming concern is for students completing their final year of subjects and/or school. The world has suddenly turned upside down for everyone, yet you are still in the middle of what must feel like a movie set, trying to complete your final year of secondary school.
This is to reassure you that I have your backs! If there is anything at all I can do to help ease your way through the labyrinth that is VCE Music Performance – Music Language or whatever it is that your state/country call the music language part of your senior music curriculum then please let me know and I will do my best to help! 

Stay safe, stay in touch and keep making beautiful music!

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  • All the planning & preparation is done for you!
  • Comprehensive music education resources for Years 7-12
  • Student & teacher books, eBooks, online resources
  • 100s of engaging activities, lesson plans, videos, CDs/mp3 (audio) files
  • Sequential, developmental music literacy program from beginner to Year 12 and above
  • Teacher support and professional development
  • Suitable for all music programs and class types
  • Based on Kodály pedagogy – fully adapted for the Australian secondary music classroom
  • Extremely affordable – booklist for your classes!

Musicianship & Aural Training for the Secondary School is a uniquely comprehensive set of music education resources for teaching music literacy, musicianship, theory and aural skills for Years 7 to 12. Using many of the great tools and concepts from a Kodály music education program plus other teaching and learning techniques developed over years in secondary music classrooms around Australia, Deb has created a system of music education suitable for any secondary music classroom regardless of teacher and student background, prior music education (if any) and socioeconomic situation.

Our resources are designed to teach your students the music language and literacy in a rich, sequential, developmental and engaging way, using music education tools such as movable do solfa, rhythm (time) names and many other innovative techniques.

We’ve taken the stress out of planning, with all the work done for you.

With 100s of activities, games, worksheets, lesson plans, assessment tasks and audio files, you can concentrate on delivering your program and engaging your students in the language of music while knowing that you are teaching a fully sequential, skills based music education program.

Suitable and adaptable for all class types and abilities

The student and teacher books are easy to use, can be adapted to any classroom music program, and include material suitable for all class types and abilities. In addition to the workbooks, students have access to online listening activities, videos and practice exams.

Our free resources and online courses provide a rich source of flexible learning opportunities

We also offer a huge range of FREE resources along with online courses such as our Introductory 10 Weeks of Solfa and VMPC (VCE Musicianship Preparation Course). Year 11 and 12/VCE students, and their teachers, can complete these courses in their own time or within their class program.

We’re here to support you and your students

We provide teachers with ongoing support and advice in using the books and we offer school visits, music teacher professional development and workshops for music students and teachers.


Cracking the Online Course Code

The Music Language Online Course - Analysis Module - is launching very soon! 

We’ll be working through this content together, but you’re also fine to join us at any time. While there are no set deadlines within the course itself, we’ll keep in touch to make sure you’re on track and getting the most out of everything. 

While we've got you, mark down the deets for the first virtual Analysis Tutorial with Deb - 7.30pm on Monday March 29. These sessions are free with any purchase of the Music Language Online Course - Analysis Module! 

Although we’re not launching just yet, feel free to pop over to the shop and purchase a copy of Decoding Sound if you don’t have it already. We’ll get started unlocking Performance Analysis very soon. 

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Dr. Anita Collins TED Ed Talk

This TED Ed Talk by Dr. Anita Collins sums up the benefits of music and music education perfectly! Use this in your advocacy or in your classroom - so accessible for students, parents and communities.

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A Look Inside the Score

Another terrific video from our friends at Classical MPR which unpacks the notes, symbols and other important stuff included in a musical score. This is a great resource ready for use in your classroom or might come in handy when planning extras. 

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Rhythmic Sightreading Video Tutorial

Watch how Deb breaks down the process for sight-reading rhythms. For Level 3 students, this is a great exercise for consolidating concepts and extending skills important for reading, memorising and understanding rhythm. This tutorial aligns with Musicianship and Aural Training for the Secondary School Level Three. 

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Alone - Level 1 Song

Another Deb Smith original, 'Alone' incorporates a variety of elements including 2/4 time, a so pentatonic tone set, an anacrusis and dotted crotchet/quaver rhythms. You are not alone in your search for catchy songs for your students!

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Rhythm Sets

Rhythm Sets are a vital part of rhythmic transcription in secondary music. This resource lists all of the available rhythmic groupings in both simple and compound time from which students can build their rhythm sets. Though this resource does not include rests, this can be used as a basis for student's to insert them.

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"Thank you so much for your support getting set up and using the complete Musicianship and Aural Training textbooks. The texts are the complete package that fully integrate all of the music language skills required at our school. Not only are the books a significant wealth of knowledge, the online material is used regularly to support differentiation within my classroom."

Dean Gourley, Music Director, Albert Park College

"Just a quick note to say congratulations on the new Level 3 textbooks. I think are simply fantastic. The interactive PDF is a godsend! No more messing around with CD players and less finding additional resources to support students. I can bring one device (my laptop) to class and everything is there. It also makes setting homework for students a lot easier."