THE ONLY WEB PORTRAYAL OF A NATION'S ENTIRE MUSICAL LIFE - DESCRIPTIONS, NUMBERS, ISSUES, FUTURES

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


Credit: Simon Whitaker (Creative Commons)

ABOUT 'MUSIC IN AUSTRALIA'

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.

New ADDITIONS TO MUSIC IN AUSTRALIA

The further hollowing out of ethics and education in Australia’s universities

By what calculus does the Australian government arrive at the decision to decimate (indeed, double-decimate) the academic population as an act of fiscal responsibility, and with it the educational future of the country, while engaging in a future submarine project which is a byword for unaccountable profligacy?

Can artists revive dead city centres? Without long-term tenancies it’s window dressing

Melbourne’s rising occupancy costs have been forcing artists out of the city, in a pattern well known around the world. As a response to COVID, spaces are becoming vacant and city and state governments are giving temporary additional arts funding, but not with any long term policy plan. There is an opportunity to rethink and secure vacant properties to house arts activity into the long term.

Refugee students struggle with displacement and trauma. Here are 3 ways schools can help them belong

There are thousands of refugee children in Australian schools. Traumatic experiences forced their families to flee their original countries and impede their adaptation to their new country and their learning. The article sketches ways that schools can support refugee children: welcome them, help the staff understand trauma, get to know students, their families, their situation,

David Lumsdaine is 90!

We celebrate the 90th birthday and the music of Australian composer David Lumsdaine. He is long resident in England but has sustained his Australian connection beginning from recordings of its sonic identity in birdsong. Michael Hooper tells us why he finds Lumsdaine’s music remarkable.

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.

THIS MONTH ON LOUDMOUTH

MUSIC, THE ARTS AND THE WORLD

  • The election and the arts. What parties are promising what?
  • Comprehension? Thoughts? Ambitions? Yes, some.
  • Government rorting of arts grants; endless decline in funding of Australian writing.
  • There’s No Music on a Dead Planet – special songs to save the climate.
  • Ideas from Canada and Kentucky!
  • The acoustic life of boats and more.

MUSIC AND MUSIC PEOPLE

  • INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Stuart Vandegraaff playing wind instruments in top line jazz, Arabic, Indian music and more
  • Chris Cody’s 10×10. Chris interviews Australian bassist and vocalist Nicki Parrott about her New York-based international career. (She’s coming home.)
  • INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Sally Walker: flautist who has played with major European and Australian orchestras and ensembles, and with music helps others.

MUSIC, WELLBEING AND EDUCATION

  • Mandy Stefanakis brilliantly states the arguments for the value of music education.  
  • Richard Gill bequeathed us the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program, which shows school teachers how to bring the great benefits of music to very young children  
  • The Gonski scheme was designed to remove educational disadvantage. But it didn’t even mention music education, which research has shown benefits especially the disadvantaged children. How come?
  • The ANAM SET: 67 composers commissioned to compose for 67 instrumentalists. Fantastic.
  • Flow state, exercise and healthy ageing: 5 unexpected benefits of singing.
  • Can music slow the onset of neurodegenerative disease? Launch of new Australian research 
  • Is this now the Federal government’s most bone-headed idea ever?

MUSIC AND BOOK REVIEWS