New music teaching resource launched to mark International Arts Education Week

June 16 / 183

To celebrate the 2016 International Arts Education Week, the Melbourne Graduate School of Education held a special launch of a new music resource kit for teachers, called Maiden Voyage – an Australian song cycle.

Held in the Graduate School’s innovative new studioFive arts education space, the event included a workshop for teachers and Master of Teaching (Secondary) candidates.

Author of the music resource kit, Julie Montague, and composer, Lorraine Milne, led participants through a range of activities designed to support music educators in presenting new original Australian works as part of their classroom programs. 

The Graduate School’s Head of Music Education, Associate Professor Neryl Jeanneret, who commissioned the kit with the Australian Society for Music Education, says the resource investigates the creative process of music composition and celebrates the beautiful work by Lorraine Milne.  

“Maiden Voyage is a song cycle and the thirteen songs are unified by both the text and the music. The text shines a spotlight on the experiences and achievements of ordinary and extraordinary Australian women, both in historical and in contemporary settings,” she says.

“The songs include tales of convict ships and prostitutes, of free settlers, wine makers, the fight for female suffrage, and the cultural drain, and celebrate the legacy of these extraordinary women, many of whom were not recognised for their achievements in their lifetimes.”

The kit consists of a 30-page study guide, a CD containing a recording of the work, and a digital PDF score of Maiden Voyage. 

The kit is a result of collaboration between the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s UNESCO Arts Education Observatory, the Australian Society for Music Education, and the Australian Music Centre supporting the work of contemporary Australian composers.

Story by Holly Bennett.


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