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A song about kangaroos

This is a song about an Australian animal, the kangaroo. Don Spencer sings lyrics about how people from all over the world come to see the kangaroo. Listen to the rhythm. It is like the hopping of a kangaroo.

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A song about goannas

Goannas are a type of Australian lizards. Listen to the lyrics of the song performed by Don Spencer that asks lots of fun questions about goannas. Watch some goannas moving through the bush and looking for food.

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A song about echidnas

What would it be like to have an echidna for a pet? Listen to Don Spencer as he sings this song about a pet echidna. Watch an echidna looking for food to eat.

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A song about 'Aussie sharks'

Do you know any songs about Australian animals? Listen to this song about sharks performed by Don Spencer. Watch some sharks as they roam the ocean.

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A song about wombats

Do you know any songs about Australian animals? Listen to this song about wombats performed by Don Spencer. Watch some wombats doing what they do best - dig!

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Pythagoras frets about music

Pythagoras is well known for his theorem about right-angled triangles. Find out about his connection to music and how he linked mathematics to patterns in musical notes to create the musical scale. Do your own investigation into subdividing a vibrating string and experimenting with ratios. See why an octave is divided into ...

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Figure - iTunes app

Create songs using this music production software that gives you drums, bass and lead synth. Choose your key and tempo, types of drums and rhythm, range, scale steps, pitch options for lead and bass. Can mix and save to app or sign up and share compositions on the developer's website. Free when reviewed 28/5/2015

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What is a sound spectrum?

Learn how sounds can be represented graphically as a sound spectrum. Discover how the sound spectra of different instruments are different, even though they play the same note. See how a sound wave can be analysed as the sum of a fundamental frequency and numerous harmonics. This resource consists of a web page with text, ...

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Sheet music cover for 'Bottle-O', 1910s

This is the front cover of the music score for the song 'Bottle-O'. The cover states that the song was 'specially featured by Jack Hagan in Wm Anderson's pantomime “The Babes in the Wood”' and was composed by Ella Ogilvy. The cover features a line drawing of a bottle with a photograph of Jack Hagan on it and also includes ...

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Sheet music cover for 'Women! You Have Nobly Done Your Share', 1917

This is the front cover of the music score for the song 'Women! You Have Nobly Done Your Share', with words by Private Harley Cohen and music by Marsh Little. The cover has the words 'Dedicated by Permission to Her Excellency Lady Helen Munro Ferguson and a Tribute to the Women of the Empire', and a quote of unknown provenance: ...

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Sheet music cover for 'The Man in the Signal Box'

This is the front cover for the music score of the song 'The Man in the Signal Box', with words by Nugent and O'Neil and music by Joe Slater. The cover includes the lyrics from the refrain and has an illustration showing a man in a signal box pulling a lever as a train approaches on the railway line at night time. The three-page ...

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'Heroes of the mine', c1912

This is the cover of a booklet of sheet music containing the song 'Heroes of the mine' and showing photographs from the Mount Lyell mine disaster.

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'Arrested phrase from Haydn Trio in orange-red minor', 1919-35

This abstract oil painting by Roy de Maistre has 14 vertical columns in purple, blue, red and green. Some of the columns are divided in two for part of their length. Rising across the columns from left to right (a few slant the other way and one is horizontal) are short diamond-shaped bands in other colours, and cutting ...

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Compose yourself - item 1 of 2

This is a resource of 15 lessons that focuses on learning to read and compose music using music notation software. Each lesson contains a video which presents lessons on music notation and up to three guided student exercises using music notation software. The resource includes lesson plans that incorporate extension activities ...

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Compose some more - item 2 of 2

This is a resource of 14 lessons that extend learning on reading and composing music using music notation software. Each lesson contains a video presenting lessons on music notation, and guided student exercises using music notation software. The complete resource is supported by manuscript templates, and lesson plans that ...

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Angklung music

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore Angklung music and performances. The teacher notes provide background information about the elements of Angklung performance, additional online resources and pedagogical advice. The stimulus resources consist ...

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Arts-POP: music

This is a unit containing material to help teachers plan, implement and assess a music program called 'African drumming: making and responding to rhythms, notation and compositions' for upper primary. It describes a music program implemented in a year 6 class that engaged students in learning about rhythmic notation, composing ...

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Arts-POP: arts packages of practice

This website provides infrastructure and material to support teachers in the classroom teaching of the arts curriculum in primary school. It contains units in all the arts subjects: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts; and each of these units has a selection of supportive material that may include demonstration ...

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A song about koalas

Some people mistakenly call a koala a bear, but it's not. Listen to this fun song by Don Spencer to find out how a koala might feel about being called a bear.

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A song about the Kookaburra's call

Have you heard a Kookaburra's call? Watch this clip and listen to the lyrics of the song performed by Don Spencer that captures in sounds and words the magical call of the kookaburra.