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ASME Vic is pleased to present a series of four webinars to guide Music teachers in planning for the 2023 VCE Music Study Designs. 

In this series of four webinars, experienced VCE Music teacher, Lynne Morton shares how she is planning to approach the new VCE Music Study Design. Lynne teaches at Belmont High School in Geelong and throughout her career she has typically taught combined VCE classes. Her webinars unpack the Study Design in detail including a semester outline, a weekly plan, typical activities, and an outline of the assessment tasks for each of the Outcomes. The students in Lynne’s classes typically come with a wide range of prior musical experience, including those who do not have an instrumental teacher and have learnt via the ‘Youtube method’. This series of webinars will be particularly helpful for those new to teaching VCE Music and/or who would like a detailed overview of the Study Design and how to approach teaching combined Studies.

Each webinar will be delivered live via Zoom with time for Q&A. They will be recorded and available afterwards to ASME members in the members-only section of the ASME website. They are designed to be watched in sequence. The series of webinars is free for ASME members and $80 for non-ASME members (equal to the cost of membership). 

Registration essential via Eventbrite:

Webinar 1 

Tuesday October 4, 5.30-6.30pm

Unit 1 & 2 Music

Webinar 2:

Tuesday October 11, 5.30-6.30pm

Activities and Assessment for Unit 1 & 2 Music

Webinar 3:

Tuesday November 8, 5.30-6.30pmUnit 3 & 4 

Contemporary Music Performance

Webinar 4:

Tuesday November 22, 5.30-6.30pm

Unit 3 & 4 Repertoire Music Performance

Registration: please register for all four events in order to receive email reminders prior to each event. For non-members, the $80 registration fee is for the series of four workshops and cannot be broken down for individual workshops. The $80 registration fee is equal to the annual ASME membership, so we are encouraging colleagues to join before registering via our website:

Tips and Support for Teaching the 2022 VCE Music Study Design

An informal online seminar for early career music teachers involved in planning and delivering the current 2022 Music Study Designs.

Date: Thursday 26th May, 2022.                                                                Time: 5:30 - 7pm                                                                                    Location: Online (Zoom) 

ASME Vic invites music teachers to an informal workshop focussing on approaches to teaching the current VCE Music Study Designs. This informal online workshop will offer advice, support and the opportunity for Q & A designed specifically for graduates in their first few years of teaching or those who are new to teaching VCE Music.

Bring your questions, or add them to our Facebook page:

Hosted by Sue Arney and Dr Emily Wilson (ASME Vic, University of Melbourne) with presentations by Dr Ros McMillan and Dr Pip Robinson (ASME Vic, University of Melbourne, former Chief Assessors of Music Performance and Music Style and Composition) and current VCE Music teachers who will be available to answer questions.

The Zoom link will be provided on registration.

UNESCO Arts Education Week: ASME (Vic) Music Education Address

Date: Tuesday, May 24th, 2022                                                                                       Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm.                                                                                       Location: Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Music Studio,    
Level 5, 234 Queensberry Street, Carlton and Online (Zoom). 


Dr Ros McMillan AM will deliver the inaugural UNESCO Arts Education Week: ASME (Vic) Music Education Address (In-person and live-streamed).


ASME Vic is delighted to feature Dr Ros McMillan AM as the inaugural presenter of the UNESCO International Arts Education Week: ASME Vic Music Education Address in 2022. Ros will share insights into her rich and impactful career in music education, sprinkled with perspectives on the role of music education in 2022 and beyond.

About Ros . . .

Dr Ros McMillan AM is an Honorary Senior Fellow in Arts Education in the University of Melbourne, an appointment that followed her retirement after 11 years as Head of Music Education. During a career of over 60 years she established the Yamaha Music Courses in Australia, was Director of Music at PLC Melbourne and lectured in the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Music and Institute of Education.

Ros has presented papers and workshops at 54 national and international conferences and has written seven school music texts and over 40 chapters and articles in publications including the British Journal of Music Education. Her discography consists of 30 CDs and LPs, 26 of those playing keyboards in ensembles with her late husband, Brian Brown OAM.

In June 2019 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for significant service to music education in Victoria.

About UNESCO International Arts Education Week . .

The decision of the 36th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 2011, the week of 25-31 May was proclaimed as the International Arts Education Week.

Art, in all its diversity, is an essential component of a comprehensive education for the full development of the individual. Today, the skills, values and behaviours promoted by arts education are more paramount than ever. These competencies – creativity, collaboration, and imaginative problem solving – develop resiliency, nurture appreciation of cultural diversity and freedom of expressions, and cultivate innovation and critical thinking skills.


Early Career Music Teachers – Tips for Surviving the End of Year

Wednesday, 1 December, 7.00 – 8.00pm

A panel of experienced Council members will share their top tips for surviving end of year in the classroom with their favourite ‘go to’ activities for F – 8, as well as important reminders for self-care at the end of a big year. Please bring along your own ideas to share. There will also be time to share highlights and challenges of the year.

Graduate Music Teachers – Tips for Moving into the Profession

Tuesday, 7 December, 7.00 – 8.00pm

Join the ASME Vic Chapter Council for tips on where to look for jobs, putting in an application, how to survive your first term and more.

ACARA Australian Curriculum Review – Public Consultation Workshops

ASME Victoria is pleased to host three workshops across May and June to support feedback in the public consultation phase of the ACARA Review of the Australian Curriculum for The Arts – Music.
Workshops will be presented online by ACARA’s Helen Champion and Robyn Carmody (Curriculum Specialists: The Arts) and will provide:

•  An overview of the review process including the terms of reference
•  The background of how the Australian Curriculum is implemented across Australia, and      the research that is informing the review
•  What has changed and why (from the current version of the Australian Curriculum)
•  Q & A opportunities
•  Opportunities to contribute to development of the revised

  *   glossary
  *   examples of Knowledge and Skills
  *   content elaborations

Wednesday, 19 May    ASME Vic – ACARA Review Information Session for Secondary 7-10 Teachers (classroom, instrumental, and ensemble)
7.00 – 8.30pm        Details and registration:

Wednesday, 16 June      ASME Vic – ACARA Review Information Session for Primary F-6 Teachers (classroom, instrumental, and ensemble)
7.00 – 8.30pm    Details and registration:

Thursday, 17 June           ASME Vic – ACARA Review Information Session for Organisations involved in Music Education.
7.00 – 8.30pm                  This workshop is for representatives of organisations who run education programs and professional music organisations.                                     Details and registration:

“How I Wonder”: Planning a Music Class for Early Years 3 – 5 Year Olds

Wednesday, 5 May, 4.30 – 6.00pm

By harnessing children’s curiosity and wonder, music can be a vehicle for exploring ideas beyond the classroom. Katie and Jen will share examples of how they plan and develop extended inquiries stemming from a child’s wondering as they create their own music. They will also discuss planning and pacing an early years music class drawing on their combined experiences. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share their own practice.


Jen Skate teaches at Methodist Ladies’ College, Kew, Victoria. For 11 years she worked with 3 and 4 year old Early Years classes in the Reggio Emilia Kindle program.

Katie Hull-Brown is currently the National Arts Learning Manager at The Song Room and has taught music in the early years and primary sector for 20 years. 

Engaging Students in Primary Music

Tuesday 30th March 4.30pm-6pm

Our workshops provide pedagogical approaches to creative and composition activities in the classroom, as well as tricks and tips for planning. In Terms 1 & 2 we will feature a series of workshops, with a particular focus on new and early career teachers:

  • Early Years (3-5 yrs)
  • Primary
  • Lower Secondary (Years 7 & 8)
  • Middle Secondary (Years 9 & 10)

As always, our PL sessions provide a wonderful opportunity to network and join fabulous sharing conversations with colleagues. Keep an eye on Facebook and check in again soon for our PL dates and details.

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ASME Vic was thrilled to invite Victorian primary and secondary teachers to join us for online PL workshops delivered by Susie Davies-Splitter. These were highly interactive sessions, that managed the challenges of online PD delivery seamlessly. Workshops were hosted by local music educators to encourage networking, conversation, and sharing of ideas.