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. Marshall McGuire: Evolving Stages

Marshall McGuire
One of Australia's leading classical musicians is also the Artistic Director of one of its leading concert venues.

A unitary theory of funding cuts

Richard Cooke
Prime Minister Morrison let COVID-19 make funding cuts for him, and hence devastate the Coalition’s longstanding foes – the public service, the ABC, the arts and the tertiary education sector – through government negligence rather than active measures. A competent response to the pandemic, and a tentative Opposition fearful of being wedged, can both take care of the polling.

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

Jo Caust
The challenge for many is the sector is complex: not defined by one artform, one form of artistic expression or one mode of organisation. Not the least challenged is the Federal government.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Zela Margossian: Why I Think It Is Never Too Late

Zela Margossian
Zela Margossian trained in classical music in Lebanon and Armenia, and then changed both country and music, moving to Australia are taking up jazz improvisation and composition.

‘Refine, realign and declutter’ – what might that mean for the Australian Curriculum: The Arts – Music

Helen Champion
Considerations for a review of the national curriculum, the Australian Curriculum: The Arts - the curriculum for music, dance, drama, media arts and visual arts.

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 MAY REVIEWS

BOOKS

Distant Dreams: The Correspondence of Percy Grainger and Burnett Cross,1946–60Editors: Teresa Balough and Kay Dreyfus, Loud – Tana Douglas

RECORDINGS

CLASSICAL

Andrew Anderson: Piano Quartets 1 & 2: Australian Piano Quartet / The Elena Kats-Chernin Collection. Part 3:  CDs 8 -10: Previously Unreleased Recordings: Australian World Orchestra / Mendelssohn String Quartets: Tinalley String Quartet / Paul Cutlan String Project / Night Parrot: Jessica Wells / Women of Note: A Century of Australian Composers. Volume 3 / Strauss: Enoch Arden 

CONTEMPORARY

The Lives of Others: You Am I

AVANT POP

A Fog Like Liars’ Loving: Leider ensemble

JAZZ

Big Ears: Delay 45 / Living: Paul Cutlan String Project

FILMED PERFORMANCE

Strauss: Enoch Arden (1897) Op. 38