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  • 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