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'Iceman' electric guitar , 1996-98

This is an Ibanez Iceman electric guitar made in Japan between 1996 and 1998. It features an irregularly shaped mahogany body with a 'galactic green' finish and a white star pattern. The case (not shown) is made of black fabric over ply and has sustained extensive damage. The lining of the case is dark velour fabric. The ...

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The old australian record industry

Discover a time in Australia's past when the vinyl record industry was thriving. Today you can download your choice of music at almost any time or place. But in this clip from 1963 you will experience life before music downloads and compact discs (CDs): the age of vinyl records. These records created a teenage mass market ...

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Twinkle, twinkle, little ducks

A class of children join in a singing lesson on their first day of school in 1974. Watch and see how school has changed, and stayed the same, over time.

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Songmakers - How to rule the music world

This series of short films and accompanying resources explores song writing, music production and the Australian music industry. It is a structured series of clips from a video recording of a question and answer sessions between students and music producers, broken into short segments of students performing original compositions, ...


Jimmy Little talks about being an entertainer, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of the Aboriginal singer-songwriter Jimmy Little offering advice about being a successful entertainer. Little says that entertainers must have faith in themselves and sing or entertain to suit the 'mood' of the audience. He suggests that this mood can be changed throughout a performance ...


Embedding Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum

This website presents a range of professional learning and digital resources to support teachers in incorporating Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum. It provides resources that enable Australian teachers and students to value, understand and explore Indigenous cultures, languages, histories and stories.


'The musician', 1901

This is a very large watercolour (105.7 cm x 100.5 cm) painted in 1901 by William Blamire Young (1862-1935). It shows a music lesson in progress, with two youths playing a piano in the presence of a music teacher. The composition has been arranged so that the teacher and the piano occupy most of the image, with the youths' ...


Doesn't Everybody Want a Golden Guitar, 1995: A tribute to Tamworth

This clip shows country music singer Jane Saunders performing 'Life in a Small Town' and features three Tamworth residents talking about what makes their country town a good place to live. These tributes and Saunders's performance are interspersed in a montage of everyday life in Tamworth that includes shots of the main ...


Doesn't Everybody Want a Golden Guitar, 1995: How to be a country music star

This clip shows a number of music industry professionals, including the legendary country music personality John 'Mr Hoedown' Minson, talking about what they believe it takes to be a success in the country music scene. It also features country music hopeful Mark O'Shea and an excerpt from a performance by one of Australia's ...


World rhythms: tabla

This is a teaching and learning activity to construct and play a tabla or tube-la (double drum). The activity provides a brief history of the tabla, information about the materials needed to make it, time required, assessment strategies, the construction process, how to play the instrument and extension ideas. Tabla artefacts ...


Music profile: Street Warriors

This is a resource profiling Street Warriors (Awabakal brothers Abie and Warwick Wright - aka Predator and Wok), a pioneering and well-known Aboriginal hip-hop group from Newcastle. The resource includes: a summary of their career; a publicity shot; a 'Deadly sounds' video clip from the television series 'Move it mob style'; ...


Music profile: Wire MC

This is a resource profiling Wire MC, a Gumbayngirri hip-hop musician and rap lyricist from Bowraville in New South Wales. The resource includes a colour photograph, an introduction to his musical career, and 'Listen up' audio of his 2008 single 'Bring it on' and the title track from his 2009 album 'Whossat on da wotsat'. ...


Music profile: Cassandra Williams

This is a resource profiling singer-guitarist Cassandra Williams from Hermannsburg in the Northern Territory. The resource comprises: an introduction to her musical career and family connections to well-known Aboriginal musicians including the renowned Gus Williams; the cover image of her 2009 album 'Desert Pop Lock and ...


Music profile: Jimblah

This is a resource profiling Jimblah, an independent hip-hop artist, MC, writer and producer, and member of the Larrakia, Yanyuwa, Bardi and Wardaman nations. The resource consists of: a publicity shot; a short introduction to the influences on his music, range of gigs, Hilltop Hoods Award and debut album; a 'Listen up' ...


Music profile: The Last Kinection

This is a resource profiling The Last Kinection (TLK), the multi-award-winning Aboriginal hip-hop band from Newcastle, New South Wales. The band members are Kabbi Kabbi siblings, Joel Wenitong (Weno) and Naomi Wenitong (Nay), and their longtime friend Jacob Turier (DJ Jaytee). The resource consists of: an introduction to ...


Music profile: Tjimba and the Yung Warriors

This is a resource profiling Melbourne-based Tjimba and the Yung Warriors, an Aboriginal hip-hop and rap group, featuring Anmatyerre and Yorta Yorta musician Tjimba Possum Burns, his Yorta Yorta brother Narjic Day Burns and Anmatyerre cousin Danny Ramzan. The resource includes: an introduction to Tjimba and Danny and their ...


Music profile: Brothablack

This is a resource profiling Brothablack (Shannon Williams), a pioneering Aboriginal hip-hop artist and actor from Punchbowl in Sydney. The resource includes: an introduction to his career; a publicity shot; a ‘Deadly sounds’ video clip from the television series ‘Move it mob style’; and a ‘Listen up’ audio of his breakthrough ...


Music profile: Knowledge Bones

This is a resource profiling Knowledge Bones (aka Black Dundee), a hip-hop artist and MC based in Perth. The resource includes: an introduction to his musical career; a publicity shot; and a ‘Listen up’ audio of his autobiographical rap ‘Too deadly’. The introduction describes him as ‘in the class of Australian hip-hop ...

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Popular culture

This unit of work focuses on the Popular cutlure depth study in the the year 10 History curriculum, focusing primarily on popular music in Australia from 1945 to the present day. The unit draws on a range of online music, cultural collections and affiliated web resources to help students discover the how music shaped Australia's ...

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Vivid Sydney – 77 Million Paintings

A series of video interviews with Nick Robertson about Brian Eno's '77 Million Paintings' installation, which was part of an exhibition in Vivid Sydney 2009. The resource includes clips of the installation.