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  • How to Extend Your Most Musical Students

    Something I love about teaching music literacy, musicianship, aural and theory using the Kodály method is how easy it is to create activities suitable for the HUGE range of student abilities within our classes. As any music teacher who has taught the first year of high school will know, our student’s abilities can range from […]


  • Teaching Key Signatures by Jeremy Howard

                    Sound before symbol!  Welcome to our very first guest post, kindly written and shared by Jeremy Howard. Jeremy is a Kodály teacher in Kentucky, USA. You can follow Jeremy’s fantastic Kentucky Kodály Classroom blog here. Thanks so much Jeremy! Teaching key signatures can be difficult since there is no […]


  • Great TED talks for music educators (and students)

    As we head into our school holidays I thought it might be a great opportunity to enjoy some inspirational speaking via some amazing TED talks by musicians and music educators. Here’s what I consider to be the pick of the bunch. Enjoy! PS Do you have a favorite TED talk? Share if you do! Richard Gill: […]


  • Jumbala Lyala – a new game for 3 metre

    Have you noticed that, in Western cultures, we don’t sing a lot of songs in 3 metre? This means our students find it hard to use 3 metre for composing, improvising and transcribing as it is not part of their regular music language. I originally created these actions to highlight the accents in 3 metre songs (I […]


  • Report Comments

    For many teachers throughout Australia this time of year means one thing: REPORTS!!!! I can’t reinforce more what Denise Gagne from Music Play says (http://www.musicplay.ca): “Report cards are not anyone’s favorite job, but it’s important to communicate how the students have progressed in music.  If we don’t assess, evaluate and report on what we’ve taught, […]


  • Taba Naba – traditional song, new game!

    It’s usually around this time of the year that I start getting bored with the games I am using with my Year 7 & 8 classes. (Note that I say “I get bored – not THEY get bored? We get tired of things much faster than our students do. Still it’s nice for us to […]


  • Chord Canons

    Two things I don’t cover enough in my classes are harmony/chord work and composition. Here’s an activity that covers BOTH and your older students will LOVE it! Once your students have learned the primary triads in a Major key and can sing these triads in various ways try this activity to practice these chords but also to show how INCREDIBLY easy it is to […]


  • “If you cannot teach me to fly…..

    Teach me to Sing!” JM Barrie – author of Peter Pan. One thing I am often asked is why do I use Tonic or Movable do solfa to teach? I believe that one of the most important goals for a music teacher is to teach true music literacy. This is the ability to see what […]


  • Some other great music blogs for you to watch out for

    Mrs Miracle’s Music Room Love this blog! Mainly junior school Kodaly teaching ideas but easily transferred to secondary school if required. British Kodály Academy The British Kodály Academy promotes the advancement of British music education, following the teachings of Zoltán Kodály. Kodály Corner – Collaborative Blog A whole lot of Kodály teachers sharing great ideas etc. Emily’s Music […]


  • Latest newsletter now available

    See the first ever edition (Term 4, 2102) of the Deborah Smith Music Newsletter here!


  • Human Brain is Wired for Harmony

    Interesting article by Elizabeth Norton in ScienceNOW about how we are wired for harmony! “Stop that noise! Many creatures, such as human babies, chimpanzees, and chicks, react negatively to dissonance—harsh, unstable, grating sounds. Since the days of the ancient Greeks, scientists have wondered why the ear prefers harmony. Now, scientists suggest that the reason may go […]


  • Transcript of National Curriculum Address to the KMEIA National Conference by Richard Gill OAM

    The following is the transcript of my National Curriculum address at the recent Kodaly Music Education Conference, held in Adelaide from Tuesday, October 2nd to Friday, October 5th


  • Transcript of Key Note Address to the KMEIA National Conference by Richard Gill OAM

    The following is the transcript of my keynote address at the recent Kodaly Music Education Conference, held in Adelaide from Tuesday, October 2nd to Friday, October 5th


  • A LIST OF REASONS TO INCLUDE MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS

    A LIST OF REASONS TO INCLUDE MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS from http://www.violinist.com/blog/laurie/20079/7545/ 1.Educates the creative part of the brain 2.Teaches you to express yourself