Welcome to DS Music

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.


Term 1 eNews

Welcome to the first edition of the DSMusic eNews! I hope you had a great summer break and were able to enjoy some well earned rest and relaxation.

At DSMusic our hearts go out to the communities affected by the recent and ongoing bushfires. If you have been directly affected by the fires and need additional support with teaching resources, please get in touch with me when convenient.

2020 is going to be an exciting year for DSMusic with the planned launch of a brand new digital resource library, a review of our Level 1 & 2 books, and another series of workshops for Secondary Classroom Teachers and VCE Music Performance students and their teachers.

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VCE Music Performance Workshop 1 - Theory, Aural and Analysis

What you need to know & everything you need to succeed!

Deborah Smith, educator, musician and author of the highly successful Musicianship & Aural Training for the Secondary School text book series and online resources, presents an interactive workshop for students studying VCE Music Performance (Units 1-4) and their teachers.

DATE: Sunday 22 March 2020
TIME: 9:30am - 1.30pm
VENUE: Arnold Hall, Trinity Grammar School, Wellington Street, Kew, Vic, 3101

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DSMusic Workshops for 2020

Save the dates!

For Teachers:

19 July 2020: Lower Secondary Classroom Music Teacher Workshop - Everything you need to teach a comprehensive and engaging classroom music program with ease and confidence

For VCE Music Performance Students and Teachers:

22 March 2020: VCE Music Performance Workshop 1 - Outcome 3 - Music Language: Theory, Aural and Analysis

17 May 2020 2020: VCE Music Performance Workshop 2 - Outcome 3 - Music Language: Focus on Analysis

30 August 2020: VCE Music Performance Workshop 3 - Aural & Written Exam Preparation

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Simplifying Music Analysis

The more music performance analysis I do the more I enjoy it! Hopefully the attached handout from my "Simplifying Music Analysis" workshop at the aMuse VCE Conference,  will help you make this extremely useful aspect of VCE Music Performance, relevant and enjoyable for your students too!

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Designing an Awesome Unit 3 Outcome 3 Music Language SAC

Music literacy is NOT a separate aspect of music performance, rather it is indispensable if our students are to achieve full musical independence and their full musical potential. The attached handout, from Deb's presentation at the 2020 aMuse VCE Conference, explores the three inter-related aspects of Music Language (Analysis, Aural & Theory) and will assist teachers in their understanding of how to design and create a fair, comprehensive and compliant Outcome 3 SAC.

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2020 DSMusic Workshops

In this brand new video, Deb shares valuable information regarding the 2020 series of workshops for VCE student and teachers and for Secondary Classroom music teachers along with specifics for the first workshop for 2020. 

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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."