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.


Workshop - VCE Music Performance Analysis

We're ready for Workshops here at DSMusic! For everything you need to know when it comes to VCE Music Performance Music Analysis, join us on May 16. Teachers and pre-service teachers attend free - but spots are limited due to COVID, so get in quick!

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Analysis Online Course Available Now!

The Music Language Online Course - Analysis Module - is available now!

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. 

Unpack elements of Performance Analysis - expressive outcome, expressive elements (in depth) and build your word lists and question-answering approaches. Jam-packed with teaching videos, downloadable resources, fun Kahoots and Live Tutorials with Deb - this resource is your answer to the mysteries of Analysis!

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MPR: Major & Minor Difference?

Once again, this great Classical MPR video offers a very accessible overview of an important musical concept - this time it's the different between major and minor.

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All Praise to Thee - Canon

This Thomas Tallis composition will have you praising his 16th-century style. Students learn this four-part canon and get more comfortable with singing a full major key tone-set! Just one of the many free resources available from DSMusic.

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Melody Practice Ideas

As educators, we understand how vital practice is for our students. Each new concept taught requires time, resources and repetition to be properly understood. Deb knows how busy teachers are and how hard it can be to generate the resources to do this so to help she has created a handy list of melody practice ideas for your students.

The tips included in this list are tried and tested by Deb and a variety of skilled educators over the years. While these ideas are available at DSMusic for Level 1 students, they are adjustable for students wherever they are on their melodic journey.

Do you have a great melody practice idea that isn't here? Shoot it through to Deb at info@dsmusic.com.au to add your own teaching hacks to the list!

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Analysis Questions Tip Sheet

Sometimes answering analysis questions can seem a little daunting - lots to write about, weave in and work out. These free question-answering tips will make analysis elementary! Looking for more Analysis support? Check out Decoding Sound, the Music Language Online Course - Analysis Module or the upcoming Workshop

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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."