Australian/Aboriginal Music

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by meandmycornet, May 17, 2007.

  1. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member


    I'm on teaching practice next week for 5 weeks, and I have what sounds like the perfect class!

    Year 5, and only 18 of them, and their teacher says they are all wonderful!

    Anyway.... they're topic at the moment is Australia, soooo I wanted to do something about Australian/Aboriginal Music with them (being a Music specialist!) but I don't really know anything about Australian or Aboriginal Music! Apart from didgeridoo's! (I'm going to see if I can borrow one from somewhere!)

    I'd like to know some songs or chants I could do with the children and any music which you reckon would be good for the kids to sample Australian and Aboriginal music!

    Cheers Muchly

  2. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Paraphenalia in Minehead have a digeridoo for sale Fi. £15 I think it was.
  3. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    There's a bit of info here, here and here. Hope something is useful there.
  4. Liz Courts

    Liz Courts Active Member

    I might have written something on Aboriginal music last year...if I can find it I'll let you have a read!!
  5. Flutey

    Flutey Active Member

    Ask Emma!!! Fi, you will understand!
  6. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    I'm really surprised that Google hasn't helped this time round. Even notated examples of some indigenous children's songs would have been nice to find.
  7. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member

    Oooh good girl! I don't know why but I had it my head that gamelan was aboriginal (my amazing geography skills again!!) :tongue: it really isn't though!

    Steve in the music cupboard is going to lend me phil's Didg and a load of lengths of plastic pipe as pretend didg's! Should be fun! Can't wait to carry them back on the train!

    I can't even find a CD of aboriginal music in the library at uni.... not that we have exactly the most extensive CD library!

    Anybody know any titles of CD's or even just songs that would be useful?
  8. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

  9. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member

    Hmmm exeter HMV isn't very big.... but I'll have a look anyway, you never know!

    Did rolf harris play the didg? or was it just the wobble board?

    He's Australian... hmmm if he did.... maybe I could source some of his music as an example of superb didg playing!
  10. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    There's a few links to recordings here
  11. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member

    I'm very excited now!

    I want to do a lesson about rolf harris, wobble boards and didg's! I'll get a bit of a wobble board and didg orchestra going and who can knock great australian songs like 'tie me kangaroo down sport' and 'waltzing matilda'? for perfomance pieces!

    Oh yes... I do have an over active imagination!
  12. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

  13. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

    You can get a decentish digiredoo at trudys! (near woolworths) they start at about a fiver!

    Go and ask phil- he did a whole lesson on them before xmas, theres a couple of 3rd year BA's that can play them really well, worth trying to track them down if you can, all i know is they are on facebook!

    I've got videos of us trying to play them and was proud that i could get a decent note out of them! Trouble is it requires circular breathing! maybe you could do that bllowing air through a straw into a cup thing but dont expect any of the kids to actually be able to do it! (obvioulsy you've had plenty of practice at that tho from what i saw of you and pidgeon guy ;) )

    hmmm! track me down on messenger if you need any more help, im up north now so wont see you at uni!
  14. Flutey

    Flutey Active Member

    Ask Emma for the music- she has it all!
  15. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member

    Kellllly! Ssssssssssshhhh! :tongue:

    Ooooh I'm going to go to trudy's! Phil lending me his 'kidgeridoo's' aswell which are glorified plastic pipes... next week... a 2nd year has them at the moment!
  16. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    Go to B&Q - they sell plastic pipes in all sizes and you could probably kit out the whole class for under a tenner!!! :tongue:
  17. Liz Courts

    Liz Courts Active Member

    There's a girl in my class that can play the didgeridoo can (Ant) And Dec from first year BA...we might see him around!
  18. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member

    Oooooh I need And Dec to give me lessons! I would luuuuuuuuuuuurve him to give me lessons! :tongue:

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