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Commitment and creativity: a career in music

Discover the challenges and pleasures of being first violinist for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In this clip, violinist Jennifer Hoy discusses her journey from learning violin at a very early age to becoming a professional orchestral musician. Find out what this prestigious but demanding role involves.

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There's more to it than waving your hands about

Orchestra conductors have a tough job. They must do many complicated things at once to get the best possible performance from the musicians. Join Natasha Thiele from Behind the News as she meets a conductor, learns a little about his job, and has a go at conducting a very enthusiastic orchestra.

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Sounding brass and tinkling cymbals in Box Hill

Have you ever heard a brass band play? Listen to members of a Victorian brass band, the Box Hill City Band, discuss the rewards and challenges of playing in one of Australia's oldest brass bands.

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How do people make sounds on musical instruments?

Do you like music? There are lots of different sorts of music and plenty of instruments to play it on. In this clip, watch and listen as an orchestra of young people perform well-known pieces of music. See if you can identify any of the instruments being played.

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Melbourne Chinese Orchestra Selections, 1931

This black-and-white clip shows part of a traditional Chinese musical performance on stage by eight members of the Melbourne Chinese Orchestra in 1931. The clip begins with a caption reading: 'SELECTIONS / Melbourne Chinese Orchestra', shown on the closed stage curtain. The music begins at the same time and then the curtain ...

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Advertisement for a public lecture by John Curtin, 1912

This is an advertisement published in the 'The Socialist' newspaper for a public lecture to be given by John Curtin at the Gaiety Theatre in Melbourne at '7 pm prompt, Sunday, 18th August' 1912, entitled 'The Man on the Job'. The advertisement notes that the doors open at 6.30 pm and warns people to come early if they want ...

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The Young One, 1995: What is a conductor?

This clip shows an orchestra playing and Simone Young conducting a rehearsal of the opera by Richard Wagner, 'Tristan and Isolde'. The whole orchestra is filmed from above and some individual players are shown in close-up. Simone Young instructs the orchestra, who in turn note her instructions on their scores. Two other ...

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The Dance of the Eyes, c1940: 'The rustle of tropical palms'

This black-and-white clip shows a traditional Balinese dance, which the narrator calls 'The dance of the eyes', accompanied by a gamelan orchestra. The clip cuts between shots of women performing, showing the complex movements of the dancers, and the musicians. A rather stilted narration describes the intricacies of the ...

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The 7.30 Report - Orchestra Tunes into Mentor Program, 2005: Violins not guns

This clip shows two interviewees describing the multicultural community of Cabramatta in south-west Sydney and another working with young people. It opens with a street scene that includes the then New South Wales premier Bob Carr praising changed attitudes in the community. The scene shifts to Cabramatta High School where ...

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Sydney Symphony bite-sized music lessons: F-2

This resource is a set of four downloadable PDFs that are part of the Teaching resources collection of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. They cover works by Grieg ('In the hall of the mountain king') and Arthur Benjamin ('Jamaican rumba'). There is a set of Teacher notes and Classroom materials for each composer. The PDFs ...

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Sydney Symphony bite-sized music lessons: years 3-4

This resource is a set of four downloadable PDFs that are part of the Teaching resources collection of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. They cover works by Paul Stanhope ('Spin dance') and Ralph Vaughn Williams ('March' from the 'English folk song suite'). There is a set of Teacher notes and Classroom materials for each composer. ...

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Sydney Symphony bite-sized music lessons: years 5-6

This resource is a set of five downloadable PDFs that are part of the Teaching resources collection of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. They cover works by Copland ('Variation on a Shaker melody') and Beethoven ('Thunderstorm' from 'Pastoral symphony'). There is a set of Teacher notes and Classroom materials for each composer, ...

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Sydney Symphony bite-sized music lessons: years 7-8

This resource is a set of four downloadable PDFs that are part of the Teaching resources collection of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. They cover works of Ross Edwards ('Spirit ground') and Handel ('Movement VI' of 'Water Music Suite'). There is a set of Teacher notes and Classroom materials for each composer. The PDFs on ...

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Sydney Symphony bite-sized music lessons: electives

This resource is a set of four downloadable PDFs that are part of the Teaching resources collection of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. They cover works from Mahler ('Third movement' from 'Symphony no 1') and Tchaikovsky ('Trepak' and 'March' from 'Nutcracker Suite'). There is a set of Teacher notes and Classroom materials ...

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MSO Learn

This is an iPad app about the design and roles of a symphony orchestra. It introduces students to the various sections of an orchestra: strings, woodwind, brass and percussion and allows them to explore and listen to the individual instruments as well as the collective sound of the orchestra. The app provides profiles of ...

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Listen to music inspired by paintings

This piece of music is called ""Pictures at an Exhibition"". It was written by a Russian composer called Mussorgsky. He was inspired to write this piece of music when he went to see his friend's paintings in an exhibition. As you listen to the orchestra playing the music, perhaps you can imagine you are walking through ...

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Come and meet the instruments

Come and meet the orchestra! The musicians are wearing 4 different colours to show which section they belong to. Can you name the 4 sections of the orchestra? What are the names of some of the instruments in each section?

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Can you hear the famous rhythm?

Beethoven was a composer who lived about 200 years ago. Have a listen as the orchestra plays one of his most well known pieces of music. Do you recognise it? Can you hear Beethoven's famous rhythm being repeated in the music?

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Lights out!

Host Paul Rissmann describes a scene where Mussorgsky finds himself all of a sudden in the dark. How does the music add to the scariness of this story?

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What a colourful exhibition!

As the orchestra plays a piece of music called "The Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells", lots of artworks are flashed up on the screen.These pictures were sent in for the concert from schools around Australia. If the music inspries you, perhaps you could make your own artwork.