Professional Learning


UNESCO Arts Education Week – ASME Vic Music Education Address

ASME Vic will once again host the address by an eminent music educator as part of the Melbourne UNESCO Arts Education Observatory week of events 22-28 May.

Beginning to Decolonise the Music Classroom

Tuesday, 23 May, 6.00 – 7.30pm EST

Presented by Dr Aleryk Fricker

Australia is home to the oldest continuous artists in the world. Our art stretches back to the earliest times when our ancestors migrated to this continent and began to create art that was shaped by and, in turn, shaped Country, language, culture, and community. It remained, and remains, a cherished part of all life and creation despite the colonisation and genocide of Australia. As part of this, all forms of First Nations art, including music were suppressed and inhibited. This presentation will explore the impacts of colonisation on the experiences and expressions of music and consider how the music classroom can begin to be decolonised to support the outcomes of all music students regardless of their cultural contexts.

The event will be a live event for those in Melbourne, and live-streamed for those in other parts of Australia. Attendance is free but registrations are essential via Eventbrite:

We do hope you can join us.

Graduate and Early Career Teacher Support – ASME offers support to early career primary and secondary music teachers, including those returning to school after a break and those moving from one sector to another. There is one gathering each term, each with a short presentation followed by a discussion.

Topic TBC

Wednesday, 7 June, 5.30-6.30pm. Online Presentation + discussion

Registration: ASME Members FREE; non-members $80 (equal to membership)

Topic TBC

Wednesday, 6 September, 5.30-6.40pm. Online Presentation + discussion

Registration: ASME Members FREE; non-members $80 (equal to membership)

Graduate Teachers: Tips for Moving into the Profession

Wednesday, 25 October, 5.30-6.30pm, Hybrid event – online and in person

Registration: ASME Members FREE; non-members $80 (equal to membership)

Young Composer Project

Submission closing date: Monday, 15 May

Details on Young Composer Project page

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PAST Professional Learning activities

Setting routines in the primary and secondary classroom (Graduate and Early Career Teacher Support)

  • Tuesday, 7 March, 2023, 5.30 – 6.40pm – Online
  • Presenters: Thomas Williams, Adam Yee, Felicity O’Halloran + discussion
  • Registration: ASME Members – FREE; non-members – $80 (equal to membership)

Social networking and conversation (Graduate and Early Career Teacher Support)

  • Friday, 21 April, 2023, 3.00 – 5.00pm
  • Queensberry Hotel, 595 Swanston Street (cnr Queensberry St), Carlton
  • Join members of the ASME Vic Council and other early career music teachers
  • Registration: FREE. Drinks at bar prices


ASME Vic Graduate Teachers: Tips and Tricks for Moving into the Profession   Wednesday 16 November

ASME Victoria invites graduating primary and secondary music teachers to an informal online gathering to explore the important next steps in their careers. There will be a short panel session focusing on landing that dream job in music education and ideas to prepare for your first weeks in a new school. This panel discussion will be followed by Q&A.

UNPACKING 2023 VCE Music Study Designs

Four webinars to guide Music teachers in planning for the 2023 VCE Music Study Designs. 

  • Webinar 1  Tuesday, October 4, Unit 1 & 2 Music (video now available on the member’s page)
  • Webinar 2 Tuesday, October 11, Activities and Assessment for Unit 1 & 2 Music
  • Webinar 3 Tuesday, November 8, Unit 3 & 4  Contemporary Music Performance
  • Webinar 4 Tuesday, November 22, Unit 3 & 4 Repertoire Music Performance

Lynne Morton shares how she is planning to approach the new VCE Music Study Design. 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.

ASME Vic Song Swap – Brain Breaks Tues 18 October 2022: see padlet for resources
Tips and Support for Teaching the 2022 VCE Music Study Design Thurs 26 May 2022: An informal online seminar for early career music teachers involved in planning and delivering the current 2022 Music Study Designs.
UNESCO International Arts Education Week Arts Education For Peace: Dr Ros McMillan AM presents the Music Education Address Tues May 24, 2022. VIEW Ros’s address


Early Career Music Teachers – Tips for Surviving the End of Year Wed 1 December 2021: 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.
Graduate Music Teachers – Tips for Moving into the Profession Tues 7 Dec 2021: Tips on job applications, how to survive first term and more.
ACARA Australian Curriculum Review – Public Consultation Workshops Wed 19 May 2021: Three workshops to support feedback in the public consultation phase of the ACARA Review of the Australian Curriculum for The Arts – Music. Workshops presented by ACARA’s Helen Champion and Robyn Carmody (Curriculum Specialists: The Arts)
“How I Wonder”: Planning a Music Class for Early Years 3 – 5 Year Olds Wed 5 May 2021: How to plan and develop extended inquiries stemming from a child’s wondering as they create their own music.
Engaging Students in Primary Music Tues 30th March 2021: Our workshops provide pedagogical approaches to creative and composition activities in the classroom, as well as tricks and tips for planning.


MUSIC: COUNT US IN: 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.