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

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Tamara-Anna Cislowska: Your Persistence Has Not Gone Unnoticed

Tamara-Anna Cislowska
Remember the words of Yehudi Menuhin ‘there’s plenty of room at the top’. Be the best at what you want to do, plan it, live it, prepare for who you want to be. When you look at the future with those eyes you will see opportunity and when you see opportunity – take it.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Helen Svoboda: Defying genre, following nature.

Helen Svoboda
I consider myself to be a genre-fluid artist: defined only by my sonic direction in a given moment... Everything that I create from here on is merely an audio snapshot of that particular period in my life, as it always has been.

Is learning more important than well-being? Teachers told us how COVID highlighted ethical dilemmas a school

Daniella J. Forster
Student well-being vs learning. Government policy vs staff well-being. Personal well-being vs professional integrity.

The year everything got cancelled: how the arts in Australia suffered (but survived) in 2020

Jo Caust
COVID removed the audience and much of the income for the arts. Commonwealth support was not promised for 8 months, then promises not kept, arts education deliberately damaged. The arts were resourceful but financial opportunities very limited.

The Higher Education Bill: Disrupting human potential

Alessandra Pucci
This government has forced on universities an ill-advised law that will disrupt an education meant to support human potential and will lead to a diminished impact of the international networks driven by university researchers.

A year without NAPLAN has given us a chance to re-evaluate how we gauge school quality

Ilana Finefter-Rosenbluh
NAPLAN scores assess only literacy and numeracy and stand in the way of a more holistic education. We need a system that delivers confident citizens and creative problem solvers. And that means re-evaluating what we mean by a good quality school.

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

THE GROWING EDGE

Reports on what 27 other government are doing for their artists. Makes Australian government look perverse. Survey: Australians want government lifeline for creatives. / INSIDE THE MUSICIAN: famous opera singer Peter Coleman-Wright and virtuoso international flautist  Lina Andonovska / Carriageworks and HOTA: what two arts centres are facing during COVID. / Literary magazines are essential for new authors – but they are being killed by funding cuts / ABC and NLA commissioning opps / Aussies win big international pop  music competitions

MUSIC IN AUSTRALIA KNOWLEDGE BASE

Launch of entirely restructured site.

MUSIC EDUCATION 

How music education stays afloat during COVID / Paavali Jumppanen a brilliant choice for Artistic Director of ANAM / NZ teachers danced in the streets when their ‘NAPLAN’ was terminated / NZ principal says students will need the arts in a changed post-coronavirus world / Defining a context for music learning / Online resources for music education

FREEDMAN FELLOWSHIPS

All the candidates have been nominated. But by whom? See the list. / The Classical nominees are being announced daily on the Fellowship FB site / Concerts replaced by special recording projects.

MUSIC AND BOOK REVIEWS

THE BEST MUSIC REVIEWS page in Australia. Written mainly by musicians.

LOUDMOUTH’S OCTOBER REVIEWS

BOOKS

A Musical Missionary – The Life and Music of Dulcie Holland Rita Crews and Jeanell Carrigan

RECORDINGS

CLASSICAL

Thomas Meadowcroft. Speak Percussion / Siegfried’s Story.  A Musical Journey through Wagner’s ‘Ring of the Nibelungs’. Arranged for horn, tuba and piano. Bonza Brass / Romantic Dreams. Quintets for Piano and Strings by Louise Farrenc and Camille Saint-Saëns. Ironwood / Greta. Piano Sonata #5: Concerto in No Need of an Orchestra. Michael Kieran Harvey / Forgotten Dreams: Australian Guitar Music. Timothy Kain

CONTEMPORARY

No Weapon But Love. Icecream Hands

IMPROVISATION

By ONe of thE night. Mary Rapp, Dewhurst, Barker / Prophecy. Laurence Pike, drums/electronics

JAZZ

There’ll Be Some Changes Played. Tim Stevens Trio / FIKA Elysian Fields – The Scandinavian Project

IMPROVISATION

Interweave. Simon Barker and Scott Tinkler