Johann Sebastian Bach was an amazing Baroque composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist and violinist.  His compositions were enriched and unique in their combination of polyphonic texture and rich harmony.  Many of his works demonstrate a complexity and dissonance in harmony and an elaboration of intricate, unpredictable and highly embellished melodies. 


The well tempered clavier is a collection of solo keyboard preludes and fugue composed by J.S. Bach in all 24 major and minor keys. 

The following video is the class focus piece: the Prelude in C Minor

The following video can be viewed for further listening in the style of Baroque and J.S.Bach.

For more information on J.S. Bach and Baroque music click on the following links:

              MIDNIGHT OIL

                                                                                                                      THE DEAD HEART


Midnight Oil are an Australian rock band.  They are well known for their driving hard rock sound, intense live performances and political activism, particularly environmental and indigenous issues.

 They have won multiple ARIA awards and were inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame in 2006. 



In 2002 singer Peter Garrett announced his retirement from Midnight Oil in order to refocus on his political career.   


  • In class composition task:

Compose a melody on a xylophone over the bassline to The Dead Heart

Use a range of dynamics and expressive techniques such as cresendos and decresendos in your compositions.

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Kev Carmody is an Australian Aboriginal contemporary musician.  He once sang about how no one could buy his soul.  But in the form of his songs he shared it with the world.

This is the John Butler Trio transformatin of one of Carmody’s most anthemic songs.

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All Children are Born Artists

This 2006 presentation by Sir Ken Robinson was very entertaining, insightful and interesting, and raised a number of important points.  For the purpose of this blog I am going to focus on the Picasso quote that Robinson makes reference to – “all children are born artists: the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up”, and what this quote means to me.

Robinson discusses how today’s education system is primarily focused on a hierarchy of subjects in which a significant amount of attention is given to subjects such as mathematics, literacy and even humanities over creative subjects such as music, visual arts and, drama and dance.  He describes how children are unafraid to be wrong and make mistakes, and how this can be a catalyst for new, innovative and original ideas as they grow older, particularly during a time where mistakes are routinely stigmatized both at school and in the workforce.  Robinson also makes the interesting point of mentioning that we are thus “educating people out of their creative capacity” rather than encouraging and nurturing them.

In regards to the Picasso quote previously mentioned, Robinson notes that “we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it”.  This is an interesting point and something I have never really considered before watching this presentation.  When I was a student, particularly a secondary student, a lot of focus was placed on maths, science and English at my high school, so much so that even my parents considered them to be the “real” subjects that would get me into university and eventually employed in the workforce.  This is a phenomenon that I am sure many students experienced throughout their high school years.  If we were to compare and explore the main differences between high school and primary school, we could conclude that primary school was a lot more creative based where students would participate in activities, music and dance classes, etc, and high school was a merely platform designed to get students ready for pursuing higher education at university or tafe.  Creativity, trying new things and essentially thinking outside of the box was encouraged when I was younger but, as Robinson quotes, “became stigmatized” as “mistakes are the worst things you can make” as I got older.

“All children are born artists: the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up”.  Teachers need to focus more on encouraging creativity for students throughout their entire schooling careers, not just in primary school, as art and creativity are just as important as maths and literacy.


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Posted: March 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

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