Deborah Smith Music warmly invites you to the book launch of:

Decoding Sound: Music Analysis for the Secondary School

The definitive textbook for music performance analysis


To be held during the

VCE Music Performance: Focus on Analysis Workshop
Sunday 26 May 2019
9.30am until 1.30pm
Trinity Grammar School, Kew.


Decoding Sound will be on sale at the workshop for a super 40% discount

From May 27 Decoding Sound will be available from

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2019 VCE Music Performance: Focus on Analysis Workshop


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Date: Sunday 26 May 2019

Time: 9.30am until 1.30pm (registration from 9.00am)
The Decoding Sound book launch will be held during the morning tea break.

Venue: Trinity Grammar School, Arnold Hall, Charles Street, Kew, Vic, 3101

On Sunday 26 May 2019, author, educator and musician, Deborah Smith will take you through a range of activities designed to teach you how to analyse music for VCE Music Performance. This workshop will be based on the BRAND NEW analysis textbook: Decoding Sound: Music Analysis for the Secondary School which will be launched, and available for purchase, during this workshop.

Suitable for students studying VCE Music Performance Unites 1-4 & their teachers

The language & skills you need to succeed in Music Analysis

Topics covered in this workshop include:

  1. Understanding and describing the elements of music
  2. What is an expressive outcome?
  3. What is interpretation in performance?
  4. How does interpretation relate to the expressive outcome?
  5. Comparing the interpretation of expressive elements in different performances
  6. Answering and Listening Strategies
  7. Vocabulary for Analysis (Word Lists)
  8. Approaches for Future Practice
  9. How Analysis can help your Performance

Cost: Early Bird Special $70 per student if payment is made by 11 May 2019. After this date the price is $90 per student. Teachers accompanying a class attend for free otherwise the student rate applies. No refunds apply after 11 May 2019. Cost includes book launch, morning tea and comprehensive notes.