Composing can be an amazing experience – whether you're a budding Mozart, a techno freak, a hard-core guitarist or a complete novice with just a computer at hand – self-expression has never been as easy. But you've still got to know the basics to get yourself heard. This programme looks at a variety of starting points for composition through the eyes of some of Australia’s emerging composers and songwriters in a number of styles and genres. Featuring hip hop hero DJ Bonez, rock gods The Art Nova and Mark Pollard, and the head of composition at the Victorian College of the Arts, this programme covers what composition is, theme and variation, lyrics and music and form and structure. A practical and entertaining look at this popular subject. Show Less
Join our narrator as he introduces the basics of classical music and musical theatre to his grandson. This clip will give anyone new to these musical styles an overview of classical music eras and composers, and popular styles of musical theatre such as jukebox and spectacle. Show Less
What does it really take to compose your own song? Join our young musician as he gathers tips from members of the rock band Art Nova, as each artist explains what works for him when it comes to producing a song and lyrics. The takeaway lesson for viewers is that there is more than one way to write music and lyrics - the trick is to find what works for you! Show Less
Bobby is a zany and enthusiastic young musician who wants to join the orchestra. But Strauss the Conductor must teach him a thing or two about the orchestra first... Through the antics of these two engaging puppet characters we gain an insight into the conductor and string section of the orchestra. We explore the history and development of ancient chordophones to the modern day violin, viola, cello, double bass and harp. We see these instruments in action and hear their sound qualities, exploring a range of playing techniques and varying timbres. This Australian-made, curriculum fit programme also highlights the important role that the conductor plays within the orchestra. The programme highlights important performers and conductors from both the past and the present. It explores the use of stringed instruments within and beyond the symphony orchestra, demonstrating the diverse utilisation of stringed instruments world wide. Show Less
Introduce the musical element of form to your students with this fantastic Miniclip! Musical form describes the structure in a piece of music, which is demonstrated through sing-a-longs to Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Ring-a-ring o’ Roses. Other concepts covered include ternary form, ostinato, call and response, and a canon. Show Less
Music and musicians throughout time have reflected fashion, culture, social and cultural events. Young people play music in rock bands, choirs, orchestras, play 'guitar-hero' and 'sing-star', consume music on TV, MySpace, iPods, YouTube, DVD and movies all reflecting many varied styles and genres of music and musical experience. This programme takes the viewer on a 'snapshot' tour of many musical genres taking in views of classical art music, rock and pop music, opera and musical theatre, 20th and 21st century film music and orchestral collaborations with heavy metal, rap and hip hop. Show Less
Which generation had the best music? Can our narrator's history lesson of contemporary music from 1950s Rock 'n' Roll to Grunge in the 90s convince his grandson that rock and roll is king? Or will his grandson's rundown of urban Hip Hop music styles like Beat Box and Rap change his tune? This clip is a concise introduction to the many musical styles and famous artists that have contributed to the richness of contemporary music. Show Less
Radical, free and rebellious in attitude, jazz is out on the edge and always evolving. Ideal for music students new to the genre, this program introduces common musical elements of jazz, the origins of jazz in New Orleans, and the evolution of jazz music styles over the last century. A broad range of audio samples, historical footage and practical demonstrations are woven throughout this resource. Show Less
How do musicians know which notes to play and how to play them? This clip introduces the basics that any beginning musician needs to know about music composition including pitch, volume, duration, tempo, and how these are expressed on sheet music. This is an excellent starting point for new music students. Show Less
Young Bobby is learning a lot about the orchestra from his new mentor, Strauss the conductor. But he still has more to learn before he can become a member of the orchestra. Through the antics of these two engaging puppet characters we are introduced to the percussion section of the orchestra, exploring the history and development of ancient membranophones and idiophones to modern day orchestral percussion instruments. We see and hear these instruments in action, exploring a range of playing techniques and varying timbres. This Australian-made, curriculum fit program also highlights important performers and outlines the typical orchestral idioms of today, various educational programs, and emphasises contemporary concepts. Show Less
Introduce your students to the musical element of pitch! This fun Miniclip looks at how pitch can either be high or low, and shows the difference between ascending and descending pitches using demonstrations with a range of instruments.
In this colourful Miniclip, your students will learn all about the musical element of texture—the layers of sound in music! Through a mixture live-action and animation, students will learn about the differences between thick and thin textures; and the effects of monophonic, homophonic, and polyphonic textures. Also discussed is the concept of a melody and the role of accompaniment, demonstrated with a performance of Waltzing Matilda. Show Less
Many rock songs follow a standard structure which beginning musicians and composers can quickly learn. This easy to follow clip introduces the main elements of this structure including key terms and audio examples.
Young Bobby, an enthusiastic and zany musician, has no idea about the orchestra, but luckily Strauss the Conductor is here to teach him before he joins up. Through the antics of these two engaging puppet characters we learn all about the woodwind and brass sections of the orchestra. We explore the history and development of ancient aerophones to the modern day flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone and tuba. We see and hear these instruments in action and explore a range of playing techniques and varying timbres. This Australian-made, curriculum fit program also shows woodwind and brass instruments being used in contemporary music. This program aims to demonstrate these instruments and their sound qualities, exploring a range of playing techniques and varying timbres. The program highlights important performers from both the past and the present. It explores the use of woodwind & brass instruments within and beyond the symphony orchestra, demonstrating the diverse utilization of wind instruments world wide. Show Less