• What is DSMusic?

    Deborah Smith has taught music in many classrooms, ran Music Departments in schools and now helps students and educators to keep making wonderful music through DSMusic. She is active in the Kodály space – lecturing, advocating and creating content that supports this comprehensive music literacy approach. DSMusic is built from understanding the realities of the classroom […]

  • It’s no big deal – Improvising & Composing in the Everyday Music Lesson

    Improvising and Composing are NOT Scary! As a teacher I often avoid the things that I think I am not good at e.g. improvising and composing. Of course I CAN improvise and compose but I am not comfortable improvising and composing. Does this mean I shouldn’t teach my students how to improvise and compose? Of course not! […]

  • Movement Activities for Older Students

    I frequently teach older students (17 and 18 year olds) for long periods of time at a stretch. I want to break up these sessions with activities to keep their concentration levels up, but don’t want to let them take a real break as they tend to take twice as long as I allow (“I […]

  • Musical Games and Movement Activities for Instrumental Groups

    “We should see the child as the musician and the instrument as the expression of the inner musician”. The use of musical games and movement activities in instrumental programs of any kind enhances our students’ enjoyment of music. It also fosters a positive attitude within the classroom. It can be an introduction to singing for […]

  • do re mi songs that are NOT Hot Cross Buns

    Tired of the same old do re mi songs?  Me too. So here are four you may not know for your song collection. Girl with clock and pirate images courtesy of photostock Bored teacher image courtesy of saphatthachat Flea image courtesy of debspoons All available at

  • Why Teach Music?

    We are being bombarded by articles in the press, on the internet and everywhere in between, about why music is such a valuable subject to teach our children. There are reasons both musical and non musical for including music as a core subject in our very crowded curriculum. Plato said “I would teach children music, […]

  • 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 extension ideas and 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 […]

  • 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 associative “sound”. How does one then teach key […]

  • 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 and improvising, as well as transcribing, as it is not part of their regular music language. I originally created these actions to highlight the accents in […]

  • 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 ( “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 chord canons activity to practice but also to show how INCREDIBLY easy it is […]

  • “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 music? I believe that one of the most important goals for us as educators is to teach true music literacy. This is the ability to see […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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


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