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.


10 top practice tips!

Check out these 10 tips to help your practise more effectively. These are practical things you can incorporate immediately into your routine.

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Solfege and Sorcery

The Australian Boys Choir gives us a sneak peek into the sorcery of Solfa! It really, really works, we promise.

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Collection of Music Studies

Interested in studies around music education and music in general? This page records, summarises and categorises over 200 studies - which is quite a collection and a great place to start your journey down the rabbit hole!

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MLOC - Musicianship Module

Are you always stuck finding ways to get your students better at the musicianship stuff?

The Music Language Online Course - Musicianship Module offers daily practice activities across a variety of concepts so it's specially designed for musicians and music students to build and better their skills gradually. You can work through it with them in class or set it as home practice or revision.

If you've never used rhythm names, solfa or handsigns before, you might think it's too hard to get your students working in that space but it's just like anything else you do - it only needs sequence and structure and you will find all that done for you here! Help your students get their music literacy skills into shape and really know this stuff – all while having fun!

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Ford Car - Free Level 1 Game

Entertaining lyrics, semiquavers and tied rhythms rattle around in this traditional folksong. This resource provides students a chance to build their inner hearing or audiation skills and comes with a suggested series of actions to accompany this honking great game!

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Dona Nobis Pacem

This beautiful three-part canon is an absolute winner. Students can practice a variety of different concepts plus they'll sound good if ever you need a quick classroom performance item!

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