Rainbow Serpent Festival - January 2013
By Asher Floyd (Creative Commons)

Credit: Simon Whitaker (Creative Commons)


The Music in Australia Knowledge Base provides the world with a source of information about musical practice in Australia and/or by Australians that can assist in its further development and lift its status in Australian life and culture, and in the world at large.

The Knowledge Base describes the situation of music in Australia. So, for instance, it could describe the situation of music in schools – what is provided, the competence of the teaching, government attitudes and so on, but would be much less likely to dwell on intricacies of pedagogy or syllabus.

It covers the entire music sector including the role of music in human development and society, music’s creation and practice, the music sector and its components, government policies, regulation, support, the international context. It covers facts, issues of contention, statistics, research.

The Music in Australia Knowledge Base is produced and published by the Music Trust. The Trust’s slogan: The Music Trust works with energy, imagination and authority for music in Australia.


The National Performing Arts Touring Scan

Merryn Carter
An overview of performing arts touring in Australia, including the effects of COVID so far, and into the future.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN: Michelle Leonard: Choirs under COVID and Moorambilla Magic Modules

Michelle Leonard and Lliane Clarke
A remarkable story of how one woman has each year brought together the children of a large, sparsely populated area of outback Australia with highly accomplished musicians from the city to develop and present a sophisticated performance of choral and instrumental music, taiko drumming and much more. This is entirely a community supported program.

Four Indigenous composers and a piano from colonial times — making passionate, layered, honest music together

Christopher Sainsbury and Scott Davie
Four Australian Indigenous composers participated in a project to compose music for a piano built in Alsace on the verge of European settlement in Australia.

Why the curriculum should be based on students’ readiness, not their age

Geoff Masters
It is sometimes claimed that it is “fair” to hold all students to the same age-based expectations. But fairness depends on recognising individual differences and meeting each student’s current learning needs.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Linsey Pollak: Improvising My Way through Life

Linsey Pollak
A wonderful story of a musical traveller - performer, composer, instrument-maker, multiculturalist, community trailblazer.

Why do Australian universities have an obsession with rankings?

John J. Howard
High rankings lift status and incomes, attract more international students. But our universities must prioritise creating talent. The importance of first-rate teaching, as one of the most effective forms of knowledge transfer, is often overlooked but is our most worthy calling.

Loudmouth is the free monthly online magazine of the Music Trust. It reports current developments, discusses matters of policy, politics and cultural development. Its music education section covers issues ranging from early childhood to career development, community music and educational research. Its excellent reviews are written mostly by musicians, and include important recordings and books not reviewed elsewhere.



Pianist Barney McAll reminisces: 20 years ago he was a member of Dewey Redman’s quartet. Pianist Chris Cody played in Paris for 21 years, then came home to Sydney. See Mike Nock’s hip hop video, just made with rapper Genesis. Mandy Stefanakis writes profoundly, as she does, beginning with Mozart’s revelatory inventions on childhood’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Anne Cawrse began composing as a child and never stopped. VALE John Haddock who worked for Opera Australia for 25 years, was extraordinary. As kids we knew Dulcie Holland’s piano pieces – but not her sophisticated music for adults. Dick Letts laments our sound technicians’ lack of musical skills. Stephen Mould’s new book analyses ten famous conductors’ performance markings on the score of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony. Women in jazz still face barriers to success. ‘A New Approach’ begins to prepare a national arts plan. The guitar industry has a problem: it needs wood. Queen’s Birthday Australian Honours: not enough musicians.


Community Music Victoria has a state-wide program helping people make music together. Lotti is studying for a Masters in French Horn in Cincinatti. Teacher educators feel undermined by bureaucratic controls and constant criticism. Alleged crowding of the curriculum is a non-issue; focus on the learning experience. The government thinks universities’ role is vocational training; perhaps we would gain from a US-style broader education. An article listing 200 studies of the non-musical benefits of music education.