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. Stuart Maunder: Worshipping at the Shrine

Stuart Maunder
Stuart Maunder's passion is Gilbert and Sullivan.

Why the profit motive fails in education

John Quiggin
Private management if TAFE has been a disaster. For-profit organisations paid to deliver public services are more inclined to exploit funding loopholes than seek to provide better services.

School fixes and fantasy

Chris Bonnor
The author assesses a new educational manifesto from the Australian national and state Ministers of Education.

Latest $84 million cuts rip the heart out of the ABC, and our democracy

Alexandra Wake and Michael Ward
The Commonwealth government continues its politically motivated attack on funding for the national broadcaster.

Public schools face a funding crisis; private schools are in clover

Trevor Cobbold
Governments overfund private schools, underfund public schools, leaving disadvantaged students even more unsupported.

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 SEPTEMBER REVIEWS

BOOKS

Friday on My Mind. The life of George Young. By Jeff Apter

Paul Kelly. The man, the music and the life in between. By Stuart Coupe

Testing 3, 2, 1. What Australian Education Can Learn from Finland. A teacher’s perspective. By Michael Lawrence

LIVE

Eva. Eva Kong and Alex Raineri. Brisbane Music Festival

RECORDINGS

CHILDREN’S

Fairy Tale Monsters and Wild Animals. Meredith Connie, guitar

CLASSICAL

Beethoven & Mozart Violin Sonatas. Richard Tognetti & Erin Helyard

CONTEMPORARY

Cannot Buy My Soul. Tribute to Kev Carmody

IMPROVISATION

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

JAZZ

Falling Towards You. Strong Cotton Socks. Fiona Carbo, James Macauley / Judy Bailey’s Jazz Connection big band

NEW MUSIC

Flute Perspectives Vol. 2. Derek Jones, Cameron Roberts / Songs for a Day. Aristéa Mellos, Helen Chibing Huang

OPERA

Tristan & Isolde. Stuart Skelton, WA Symphony cond. Fisch