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.


DSMusic Webinar No 5: Expressive Elements of Music Part 1

For ALL VCE Music Performance Students (and their Teachers)!

Get exam ready with short, focused webinars on aspects of the VCAA end of year "Aural & Written Examination".

Join us for the next DSMusic Webinar to be held on Monday 17 August, 2020, the focus is "Expressive Elements Part 1" (Analysis). Join the session on Zoom from 7:30-8:30pm for a presentation, Q&A time and access to resources. Register now!

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DSM Booklist for 2021

The DSMusic Booklist for 2021 is available now!

The DSMusic curriculum offers a complete, affordable and adaptable package for teaching classroom music across secondary school. The program scaffolds sequential music literacy, aural training, musicianship, theory and analysis.

For all the resources and support you need, click "read more".

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Free Kodály Resources

Kodály Australia (KMEIA Inc.) has a variety of free resources available at their website.

These include reference charts, flash cards, worksheets and classroom activities. All of the material provided is free for use in your teaching contexts and are a great way to support Australian Kodály-inspired teaching and learning.

Check them out by clicking 'read more'.

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DSMusic Webinar No 4: Melodic Transcription Part 1 – Replay & Resources Pack

Get exam ready by watching a recording and accessing relevant handouts from Webinar No. 4 from DSMusic's series of short, focused webinars on aspects of the VCAA end of year “Aural & Written Examination“.

Deb will take you through a range of activities, using Musicianship & Aural Training for the Secondary School, along with other resources, to help you understand and improve your melodic transcription process.

Purchase your own Replay & Resources version of this webinar now!

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DSMusic Webinar No 3: Aural – Intervals – Replay & Resources Pack

Get exam ready by watching a recording and accessing relevant handouts from Webinar No. 3 and working with Deb through a range of activities in order to understand, recognise, write and be fully comfortable with Intervals for VCE Music Performance.

Purchase your own Replay & Resources version of this webinar now!

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Lower Secondary Interactive Online

As we are now back to remote learning, DSMusic is once again sharing these fully interactive and self-contained lessons for lower secondary students. This is to help all the amazing classroom music teachers out there trying to continue to teach the language of music and music literacy in a rich, sequential, developmental and engaging way during these strange times.

These lessons use music education tools such as movable do solfa, rhythm (time) names and many other innovative techniques. Each PDF comes complete with embedded links to teaching and practicing videos, audio files of all examples and transcription exercises PLUS the answers on a separate PDF.

The concept/lesson you want not there? Email Deb!

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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."