Engaging over 390,000 students and teachers annually.
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Engaging over 390,000 students and teachers annually. Online access to arts education, professional learning, virtual excursions and streamed events.
Stuart Davis has been leading school and community choirs and held choral workshops for over 25 years. This course is based on a short workshop with a large group of students as part of The Arts Unit's Boys Vocal Program. Stuart aims to build a song from scratch in a short time to create a positive and engaging experience for the boys, being part of a harmonic, rhythmic musical group.
Conductor, singer, Artistic Director, mentor and advocate for choral singing, Brett Weymark is a recognisable force on the Australian music scene. One of Australia’s premiere choral conductors, Brett Weymark is currently working with the Sydney Philharmonic Choirs. This course provides a specific framework for teachers working with choral groups.
These resources were filmed during a teachers' workshop for In Concert and was led by renowned vocal ensemble The Idea of North. The videos focused on developing singers' awareness of pitch, diction and a cappella skills.
This course uses the skills of experienced conductor and educator Steve Williams to provide guidance and educational tools for teachers working with their own intrumental ensembles in schools. Steve works with the NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble to demonstrate key strategies which can be applied to create a beautiful sound in any symphonic wind band setting, regardless of level.
Firebird Forensics was a unique collaborative cross-curriculum composition and performance project to create a dance work that responds to Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite. 30 music students from government school students were given the opportunity to dissect Stravinsky’s Firebird and expand and explore their own composition skills and ideas under the guidance of Paul Rissmann. Dance students were given individual and group choreographic tasks to devise a new work through problem-solving and manipulation of the elements of dance. At the conclusion of the project, the students presented their work in a public performance.
This eClip provides an insight into the preparation, process and student experience for The Arts Unit ‘In Concert’ performance. You will see how conductors approach compositions, and listen to students reflect on their learning and experiences.
Guest artist, Katie Noonan, also joined over 1000 young musicians from around the state as they came together filling Sydney Town Hall with an evening of celebration and song in 2016’s In Concert.
What happens when the man-made enters the natural landscape? What will happen to these pristine environments?
Composer Katy Abbott, uses the true events of a cargo ship in 1992 spilling nearly 29,000 duck bath toys into the North Pacific Ocean as the catalyst for her work: Introduced Species.
Six 360 cameras were embedded into the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's performance of Introduced Species. Other cameras were also placed above the orchestra and in the auditorium, to give the viewer a unique and immersive experience of the performance.
Talented music students join together for one week each year to receive expert tutelage and develop their performance skills. Participants rehearse and perform high quality repertoire culminating in a concert for families and friends on the final night of the camp.
Produced by the Department of Education, Arts Unit in collaboration with the Orange Conservatorium, this 30-minute video will equip K-6 classroom teachers with fun and engaging ways to sing with students. Singing is an accessible way to achieve curriculum outcomes and plays a key role in each student's overall musical development.
Explore the concepts of music, introduce fun warm-up songs, rounds, partner songs and music of various genres and places. In addition, this session will help build your confidence to model singing in the classroom.
Employing the unique experience and teaching expertise of Richard Gill, this module provides a specific framework for teachers working with music in Primary classrooms. The module encompasses a range of media and interactive elements, including video, interactive information and progressive questioning to clarify pedagogy.
In this course, Rachel Kelly demonstrates ways to prepare the body for effective singing through physical exercises that foster good breathing habits; exercises and techniques to gently warm up and move the voice through the entire vocal range; creating a unified, pure vowel sound and exercises on consonants to improve clarity and diction; and methods of extending vocal range and exercises to develop a harmonious, choral blend.
This course presents practical and accessible exercises to get the best out of your secondary choir, whether you're a seasoned conductor or new to teaching choirs. Elizabeth Scott explores breathing and physical exercises that prepare the body and brain for effective and healthy choral singing; activities to effectively warm up the voice, lips tongue and diaphragm; activities to create beautiful, well blended sounds using vowels; methods of teaching essential choral skills such as listening to each other, following the conductor and inner hearing.
30 students from public schools around NSW compose with members of the world renowned orchestra – the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. We follow the students as composer and workshop leader John Webb facilitates the reimagining of Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture culminating with the work they create performed at the Sydney Opera House.
27 music students and 8 dancers from schools around NSW come together to work with London Symphony Orchestra animateur Paul Rissman to recreate Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.