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Home of the ONLY Secondary Music Education Resources you need!

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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.


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The INAUGURAL aMuse F-10 Music Education Conference!

Congratulations to all those of you who attended the FIRST EVER  aMuse F-10 Music Education Conference at Trinity Grammar School in Kew on October 13, 2019.
A huge thanks goes out to Kevin Kelley and the aMuse team for a great day!
Click on "Read more" below to download the notes from Deb's presentation: "How to Teach a Comprehensive & Engaging Secondary Classroom Music Program".

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VCE 2019 Music Performance Aural & Written Exam

Here are Deb's sample answers for Sections B and C of  today's exam. Section A sample answers coming soon.

Remember, these are only my suggested answers so if you think otherwise please let me know!

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ALL Decoding Sound sample answers available now!

All sample answers for Decoding Sound are now available on the "Decoding Sound Digital resources" page.

Make sure you are logged in and have registered your copy of Decoding Sound to access these. We’ll be adding more every week so watch this space.

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Updated VCE VCAA Resources on the DSMusic Website

Updated external VCE Publications – Links from VCAA (related to the current VCE Study Design – 2017 -2021)

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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."