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.


Performance Anxiety Article

Great article about what performance anxiety actually is and how to practice dealing with it head on!

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Practice Decathlon

Learning music should always be fun for our students (yes even theory and aural training) but sometimes it's hard to keep the ideas flowing. Read on for some fun ideas to try out with your classes.

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Musicians - Better at Paying Attention

According to this article, musicians are much better at paying attention and drowning out distractions. Has that been your experience? Have a read to find out how music supports these executive function skills.

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Music Language Resource Pack - Available Now!

Weren't able to get to the first VCE Music Performance Aural, Theory and Listening & Interpretation (Analysis) Workshop of the year? There's now a handy Resource Pack available that brings together a bunch of material to foster all-important music language skills.

With a comprehensive interactive handbook, presentation notes, video recordings and bonus concept webinar content - all of which is available for repeat viewings and study use - this is a must-have resource! Great to use during the rest of the year for revision and skill-strengthening.

Get a copy of the resource pack now!

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L1 Video - Adding "la"

Using solfa, tone ladders, handsigns and 'Lara's Song', Deb introduces students to la in this video. This builds on previous skills and concepts learned and further fosters pitch range and understanding for students.

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Creative Assignment 6

This Creative Assignment can be set after students have completed Level 2 Lesson 33. There are some suggestions for preparation activities that should take place before assigning this task to students as that will better scaffold their learning. This assignment has a few extension options and comes complete with example submissions and rubrics.

Get your students composing an 8-bar melody and 4-bar chord progression accompaniment (repeated) in a minor key using known chords and appropriate voice leading!

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