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

Australia’s culture of ideas suffers when we starve our creative institutions of funding

Wesley Enoch
Big thinking has been unfashionable for too long. Over the past decade, successive Australian leaders have overseen cuts to universities, the arts and public broadcasting.

NAPLAN needs ditching, not a redesign

Gonski Institute of Education
The report argues against Australia's current national assessment system and its replacement by sample-based assessment complemented by formative teacher-led assessments.

Is the end nigh for the Australian public university?

Allan Patience
For decades, governments have been imposing austerity budgets on public universities. An array of destructive operational requirements further restricts benefits. Institutions and faculties must fight back

The Commonwealth’s neglect of higher education is criminal

Misha Ketchell
The Commonwealth has shown an inexplicable unwillingness to invest in higher education. This is highly damaging to the economy and much more.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Caerwen Martin: The World Within

Caerwen Martin
When talking through music I can get people to hear and understand what I’m saying.

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

GROWING EDGE

  • INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Their musical worlds described by Holly Harrison, David Theak
  • Barney McAll reminisces about Billy Harper
  • Mandy Stefanakis’s lockdown salvation through vinyl
  • Groundbreaking regional music project in SE Qld
  • Chris Cody interviews Fabian Hevia
  • Live digital productions. Buskers and online donations.

MUSIC EDUCATION

  • Several considerations about remote online education
  • Review of Initial Teacher Education
  • R Murray Schafer has died. Remember his brilliant music teaching strategies?
  • Art, drama, music lower student stress
  • When our brains imagine music. Research

FREEDMAN JAZZ FELLOWSHOP

  • The four finalists announced
  • Listing the 15 nominees

MUSIC AND BOOK REVIEWS