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!
Deb

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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.

LATEST NEWS


Exam Workshop - Book Now!

Get exam ready with DSMusic!

For an in-depth look at all Sections of the Aural & Written Exam, including question answering, practice approaches and more, join us on August 29.

Remember, teachers & pre-service teachers attend for free!

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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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Music for Premature Babies

A fascinating study regarding how music can aid development in premature babies.

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NEW RESOURCES


Creative Assignment 1

This Creative Assignment can be set after students have completed Lesson 3 of Musicianship & Aural Training for the Secondary School Level 1.

Sticking to our sequential music guns, this can be scaffolded with preparation activities in previous lessons. This assignment has a few extension options and comes complete with example submissions and rubrics to get your students composing, notating and performing a 16-bar rhythm.

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Chord & Chord Progression Tip

Students must make sure they know what they learn - this will make it easier to complete chord progressions. Part of the DSMusic VCAA tips series. For more support with senior music curriculum and exam preparation, visit the DSMusic shop. 

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Level 1, Lesson 5: Intervals

Watch how Deb introduces Level 1 students to the concept of intervals. This video helps students begin to understand the different between a step apart and a skip apart, whilst also consolidating the solfa and hand-signs for do, re and mi. What are some of the ways you cover basic intervals?

This video aligns with Musicianship & Aural Training for the Secondary School, Level One. 

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Testimonials


"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."