The Song Room is building on its reputation as Australia’s leading arts education provider by launching the new-look ARTS:LIVE digital music and arts education hub.

Originally launched in 2013, ARTS:LIVE has grown to become Australia’s gold standard for online arts education resources, being used by over 1 million students in more than 70% of Australian schools.

Presently, fewer than 25% of Australian school children currently enjoy the benefits of specialised music teachers. ARTS:LIVE bridges that equity gap by offering unprecedented access to in-depth, curriculum-aligned, classroom-ready interactive learning from anywhere in Australia, regardless of their existing skills and knowledge.

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The new Music Industry Insight activities feature the work of some of Australia’s finest musicians and industry experts, including Gotye, Gossling, Clare Bowditch, Henry Wagons and Bluejuice. These activities provide a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the music industry. You can use them to help students find their musical niche and share it with the world. While these resources are secondary-focussed,  primary school teachers can adapt them by using the videos as a stimulus in music lessons. Combined with the Getting Started with Music resources in the Teacher Toolkit, ARTS:LIVE has plenty of tips and tricks to help teachers stimulate their own and their students’ creativity.

The Song Room had the pleasure of working in collaboration with APRA/AMCOS to create these resources.

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Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and The Song Room have partnered to create an ARTS:LIVE resource focusing on site-specific theatre. Our new Plan a Performance course features the Site-Specific Work activity, rich in contemporary contexts but inspiring students to delve deep into history. Members of ATYP took to Sydney’s docks to demonstrate what makes a site interesting and show you how to turn a place into a performance space.

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By Zoe Barry, Teaching Artist

As a Teaching Artist with The Song Room, I encounter students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Many students are recent arrivals and have a language background other than English. This was the case in some Foundation and years 1 and 2 classes I worked with recently, with a significant group of children in each class having limited knowledge and confidence in English vocabulary and comprehension.

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These resources will help give you the confidence to teach Visual Arts in your classroom. Give it a go! Don’t be afraid to take some creative risks. By incorporating Visual Arts you offer students a rich and stimulating learning environment to make, imagine and explore.

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By Zoe Barry, Teaching Artist

There are many reasons to bring music into the classroom. Music builds listening and analysis skills, engages students’ imaginations and changes the mood of the classroom. Music can create a springboard for learning and it is a wonderful way to strengthen relationships with students by sharing your connection with music.

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