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!

Click here for full 2019/2020 product list

  • 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.


Postponed - VCE Music Performance Workshop 2

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

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, all DSMusic workshops are postponed until such time as restrictions are lifted enough for these to take place safely.

All of us here at Deborah Smith Music are very disappointed by this turn of events and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused by this unprecedented situation.

Stay well and safe and hopefully we will see you soon.

Adjusted Study Design out from VCAA

And here it is - The Music Performance Units 3 & 4 Adjusted Study Design for 2020 only.
Only some very minor changes on page 42 and page 44.

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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.


How to Sign-In to your DSMusic Account

Have you created an account on the DS Music website and want to register a book or access your digital products? First you will need to sign in to your account on the DS Music website.

Now presenting a brand new video walkthrough on how to do this! Click read more to watch the walkthrough or read the steps below.

1. Go to the DSMusic website: https://dsmusic.com.au/
2. Click on SIGN IN/JOIN in the top right corner
3. Type in your registered email address and click "log in"
4. Tick "remember me" if you haven't already
5. Now the top right corner should say MY BOOKS / ACCOUNT

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Free Song Analysis Chart

Music Analysis of any kind is much easier and more efficient when undertaken using a structured approach. For example, a chart is a great way to begin putting together a picture of the work you are studying.

Click read more to download your FREE, interactive (click to type) PDF of the DSMusic "Song Analysis Chart for all Elements of Music".

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How to Create your DSMusic Account

Have you purchased some DSMusic books and need to register them? First you will need to create an account on the DSMusic website.

Now presenting a brand new video walkthrough on how to do this! Click read more to watch the walkthrough or read the steps below.

1. Click on SIGN IN/JOIN in the top right corner
2. Enter profile information (name, email address, password)
3. Enter whether you are a teacher/student and your school (teachers tick the receive updates box)
4. Tick "I am not a robot" and click submit form

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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."