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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


DSMusic Webinar No 10: Chords & Chord Progressions 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 5 October, 2020, the focus is "Chords & Chord Progressions Part 1" (Aural & Theory). 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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Log in to stay in the loop!

We're updating our systems! If you get emails from us, then in order to keep receiving updates and other goodies from us via email, just log in to your account in the DSMusic website and update your profile. (Click on SIGN IN / JOIN in the top right corner!) This will take you less time than waiting for the next streaming episode to finish buffering, I promise, but better do it soon! - Deb

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Free Performance Evaluations (AMEB)

AMEB Victoria are offering free Performance Evaluations by video to each VCE Unit 4 Music Performance student as part of their 2020 Student Support Program. This performance evaluation is a chance for students to perform some or all of their VCE program and receive constructive feedback from a specialist examiner in ‘classical’ or ‘contemporary’ performance practice. Click read more for further information!

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NEW RESOURCES


VCE Music Performance Webinars 1 to 17 Complete Replays & Resources Pack

In these 17 intensive and sequential webinars, Deb includes overviews, comprehension strategies, example questions and approaches for future practice, covering Aural, Theory & Analysis for the VCE Aural & Written exam. 

Purchasing the VCE Music Performance Webinars 1 to 17 Complete Replays & Resources Pack gives you IMMEDIATE access to the existing DSMusic Webinars PLUS, within 24 hours of each of the remaining live webinars taking place, you will receive automatic access to the relevant Replay & Resource Pack. Let's get revising!

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DSMusic Webinar No 9: Expressive Elements of Music P2 – Replay & Resources Pack

Get exam ready by watching a recording and accessing relevant handouts from Webinar No. 9 and working with Deb through a range of activities designed to help you understand and be fully comfortable with music analysis for VCE Music Performance.

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Lower Secondary Interactive Online

Access fully interactive and self-contained lessons for lower secondary students. 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.

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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."