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! Click here to see the latest eNews about how DSMusic is helping so far.

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.


Videos from DSMusic

All DSMusic upper secondary videos for teaching and practicing the musical concepts and elements are available FREE on Vimeo.

On the DSMusic Vimeo Channel, you will find a video teaching just about every musical concept there is in a sequential in-depth and logical way. Remember, your goal is to really KNOW these concepts in a very real way.

Be sure to click "+ Follow" so you keep up to date with any new videos updated/added.

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Free MP3s for Dictations!

Level 2 & 3 MP3s for Dictations are now FREE!!

To help you continue teaching and practicing your transcriptions during this time DSMusic is giving all students and teachers free access to the Level 3 (and Level 2) MP3s for Dictations!

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All Digital Resources are now FREE

All Digital Resources available on the DSMusic Website for are now free to access for everyone regardless of which Musicianship & Aural Training for the Secondary School Books you own.

  • To view the Digital Resources for Lower Secondary Music Classes click here.
  • To view the Digital Resources for Middle Secondary Music Classes click here.
  • To view the Digital Resources for Upper Secondary Music Classes click here.


All Books Now Available Digitally

All Level 1, 2 and 3 Print Books AND Decoding Sound are available to purchase as Digital Only (PDF) versions. 

To help students and teachers everywhere access the Musicianship & Aural Training for the Secondary School series, all print books are now available for purchase as stand alone PDFs.

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Digital Resources for Decoding Sound


Your copy of Decoding Sound (Digital and Print + Digital) ALSO comes with FREE access to the Decoding Sound Digital Resource Library.

This includes sample answers for all questions in the book, downloadable and printable templates of answering charts and tables, and much more!

Access these by

1. Logging into your account on the DSMusic website;
2. Click the “Resources” tab in the top menu across the home page and
3. Choose “Decoding Sound Digital Resources”

Free, fully interactive, self-contained lessons available now!

All lessons from the Musicianship & Aural Training for the Secondary School and Decoding Sound books are being turned into fully interactive online lessons. These will include instructions and advice on how to use the click through links to videos, audio files, and worksheets etc AND the answers to all dictation and theory questions for our students to access. Click here to go to all lessons for Lower Secondary created so far, click "read more" to go to all lessons for Upper Secondary created so far or email Deb for any specific lessons you'd like!

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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."