Welcome to DS Music

Home of the ONLY Secondary Music Education Resources you need!

  • 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.


VCE Music Performance: Focus on Analysis Workshop AND Book Launch!

A simplified approach to Music Analysis 

May 26, 2019, Trinity Grammar School, Kew.

Come spend a few hours learning a logical, systematic approach to Music Performance Analysis and see highlights of the brand new analysis textbook Decoding Sound: Music Analysis for the Secondary School (see below) with educator, author and  musician Deborah Smith.

Click here to watch a video about the workshop or click here to book!

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Book Launch - Decoding Sound: Music Analysis for the Secondary School


Deborah Smith Music warmly invites you to the book launch of "Decoding Sound: Music Analysis for the Secondary School". The definitive textbook for music performance analysis.

The launch of this exciting new publication will be held during the VCE Music Performance Workshop Outcome 3 - Music Language: Focus on Analysis on Sunday 26 May.

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"Listening Beyond Hearing" Update

As of May 1 2019, the "Listening Beyond Hearing" music analysis eBooks, written by Jenny Gillan, will no longer be published by Deborah Smith Music.
Contact Jenny - https://jennygillan.com.au/ for more information.

All of us here at Deborah Smith Music are looking forward to the release of our BRAND NEW eBook for the analysis of music "Decoding Sound" on May 27th. Watch this space for more details to come.



Song Analysis Chart for ALL Elements of Music

Need something to use for quick analysis activities? This chart is great for students to use for jotting down first impressions about the different elements of music in a previously unheard work! Want to only talk about the expressive elements? They are all shaded in green!
This is the first of many great resources you will find in the brand new Decoding Sound textbook!

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NEW! Decoding Sound: Music Analysis for the Secondary School

The definitive text book for Music performance Analysis

Decoding Sound: Music Analysis for the Secondary School is a brand new eBook and a
simplified and engaging approach to Music Analysis for VCE Music Performance.

Available for purchase from May 27, 2019

Watch this video or click on the "Read More" link below to find out more about the BRAND NEW eBook for the analysis of music by Deborah Smith.

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New DSMusic "How to" video: How to register your book

Have you registered your Musicianship & Aural Training book yet? Here's a step by step guide to accessing all the amazing digital and online resources you can use with your book.

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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."