Thursday, December 9, 2010

Employment Opportunites

From time to time Employment Opportunities pass by the Crescendo office. We want to keep you up to date so we have started a forum on the website that will be updated with available positions when they come to hand. Be sure to check in often so you don't miss out. Go to FORUMS from the home page and click on Employment Opportunities to see the latest.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Free Christmas Song Book

Looking for some Christmas Songs here is a great Christmas song book containing the lyrics to 28 of the most popular Christmas Songs and carols. Download it for FREE here.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Year That Was

Check out all the photos from the 2010 Crescendo Workshops here. What a great year it was and we are looking forward to the fantastic things planned for 2011. Don't miss out, register your interest for the 2011 workshops today.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Interval Worsheets

Free Worksheet

Hot off the press at Crescendo Music Education – new downloads – as usual a freebie and 4 for members – with more on the way.

Interval worksheets!

These worksheets begin with aural identification of the intervals. They then move to aural identification with the answer being written onto the staff from a given note. The aim is to help teach for transfer, i.e. linking sound and symbol as is necessary to be musically literate.

There are already some interval sheets focusing on intervals within a tonal context (i.e. from d or from l) however this new series focuses on intervals in a more abstract context.

A big thank you to Michael for his work on this series!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Free Instrument Pictures

Head over to Teachers Pet and print off these free instrument pictures.

They are clear and colourful!

Brighten up your room.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

2011 Date Claimer for Professional Learning

Get your diaries ready. Here are the dates for 2011. 3 BIG SATURDAYS.

Assessment, Planning, Classroom Repertoire, My Favourite Things, Choir Conductors, Early Years Literacy and Numeracy and more. Don't miss out on the fun. Register your interest here.

Download the Date Claimer Here.

Looking forward to seeing you in 2011.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday #1

I have been following Hey Harriet's Shadow Shot Sunday for a while. I thought it was time I joined in. Here is my first one.

Join the Shadow Shot Sunday fun at Hey Harriet.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Popular Posters Back in Stock

Our most popular music posters are now back in stock. Check out the whole range here.

Add some colour to your music room.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

October Newsletter

October Newsletter is ready for downloading. It's jammed packed with info, a must read. Download here. If you would like to be on the mailing list email us and we'll put you on the list.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How to Lick a Bowl

I just love this set of pictures. No words required.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Colour the Notes Worksheets

More worksheets uploaded on the Crescendo website today. Colour the Notes Mandala. A bit more practice with identifying crotchets, quavers, semiquavers and minims.

There is one worksheet for free and 5 worksheets available to registered users.

Check them out at the Crescendo website here.

Happy colouring!

Monday, October 11, 2010

FREE Ukulele Book

Do you use the ukulele in your music classroom? Would you like a free book of music to use with your Ukulele?

Head over to the crescendo website, here, to download your free copy.

Happy Uke playing!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Great Picture

Just love this shot. So peaceful.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Employee Wanted

Are you a Tertiary Music Student looking for Part-Time Work to do from home?
Crescendo Music is looking for you.

To apply for this job, you will need a computer (and good computing skills), access to the internet and Sibelius.

To have a look at what Crescendo does, pop onto

For more information about this work, please contact Debbie O'Shea -

Being present in the moment

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007
The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. two thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

After 3 minutes: a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later: The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw the money in the hat without stopping and continued to walk.

6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.

45 minutes: The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money, but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

Findings; No one knew this, but:
+ The violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world
+ He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written
+ With a violin worth $3.5 million dollars
+ Two days before, Joshua Bell sold out a theatre in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each

This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the Metro Station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and people’s priorities.

The questions raised: ”In a common place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?”

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made... How many other things are we missing?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

September Newsletter Out Now

September newsletter is out now. If you missed your copy you can download it here. If you're not on the mailing list and would like to be, email and we'll make sure you dont miss out again.

Win a Rain Stick

Would you like to win one of these fantastic Rain Stick musical instruments? Have you ever used an Interactive White Board in your classroom? If the answer is yes to both these then we would love to hear from you.

We will be running a competition from now till 21st October, 2010. To win just let us know your ideas for using Interactive White Boards in your classroom. All entries go into the draw to win this cool Rain Stick.

This fantastic Rain Stick makes a great noise when tipped from one end to the other, making the sound of rain falling. Kids love this instrument. The Rain Stick is 60cm long and will make an excellent addition to your music classroom. Easy to use and lots of fun and it's a FREE TRADE Product.

To enter send your comment to or leave a comment here on the blog. All entries will be collated and put on the crescendo website to share. The winner will be announced in the October newsletter and here on the blog. Good luck. Let the entries roll in.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Jammin' with Jarms

Join highly acclaimed performer and composer, Paul Jarman as he bursts onto the stage with some of Brisbane's finest young singers.

Hear music which will excite, inspire and most of all send you away with a sense of joy in your soul!

Tickets $20 Adult $18 conc. at the door
Pre-booked tickets $18 Adult $15 conc.
Phone 3352 3200

Brisbane Birralee Voices
The Birralee Blokes
Brisbane Boys College Singers
Brisbane Grammar School Chamber Choir
Eatons Hill State School Seniou Cjhoir
St Margaret's Anglican Girls School Senior Choir
Wellers Hill State School Senior Choir
Wellers Hill State School Vocal Ensemble

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ducks in Heaven


Three women die together in an accident

And go to heaven.

When they get there, St. Peter says,

'We only have one rule here in heaven:

Don't step on the ducks!'

So they enter heaven, and sure enough,

There are ducks all over the place.

It is almost impossible not to step on a duck,

And although they try their best to avoid them,

The first woman accidentally steps on one.

Along comes St. Peter with the ugliest man she eve
r saw.

St. Peter chains them together and says,

'Your punishment for stepping on a duck is to

Spend eternity chained to this ugly man!'

The next day,

The second woman steps accidentally on a duck

And along comes St. Peter,

Who doesn't miss a thing.

With him is another extremely ugly man.

He chains them together

With the same admonishment as for the first woman.
The third woman has observed all this and,

Not wanting to be chained

For all eternity to an ugly man, is very,

VERY careful where she steps.

She manages to go

Without stepping on any ducks,


One day St.Peter comes up to her

With the most handsome man she has ever laid eyes on

.... Very tall, long eyelashes, muscular.

St. Peter chains them together without saying a word.

The happy woman says,

'I wonder what I did to deserve being

Chained to you for all of eternity?'

The guy says,

'I don't know about you, but I stepped on a duck.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August 2010 Newsletter

August 2010 newsletter is out now. If you missed out download a copy here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Prep isn't the time for Assessment

  • Frances Whiting
  • From: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
  • June 12, 2010 10:29AM

ENGAGING EDUCATION: Prep pupils Stuart Hawker, Wudarabin Snider and Abbey Palmer are learning many skills through the simple act of painting. Source: The Sunday Mail (Qld)

PREP isn't the time for assessment, that's not what it is about. It's about preparing children for school.

"Dear Miss Hind,

As you know, because my fine motor skills and pencil grip are not quite tippity-top yet, although thanks to you I am well on my way, my mum is writing this to you to tell you what you have done for me this year.

You have made me curious – I will never be afraid to ask when I don't know.

You have made me try harder – where I once gave up, you have taught me to push on.

You have made me stronger – I trust my body to take me where it needs to go.

You have made me braver – when my heart is thudding you have made it sing.

But most of all you have made me happy, and I (and my mum) love you for that."

THIS is a copy of the end-of-year Christmas card my son gave his Prep teacher, Fran Hind, last year.

She kept it, because that's what teachers like her do, they keep all the keepsakes from the children they have taught over the years, in spite of overflowing cupboards and families who tell them to "get rid of this junk".

I have reproduced it here today, with Fran's permission – and with much scrounging about her cupboard to find it – because I felt it was timely to share what it said about Prep, or more importantly, what it didn't say.

It didn't say "thanks for improving my grade point spelling average".

It didn't say "thanks for helping me get an A in numeracy".

It didn't mention any sort of assessment at all. Because that's not what Prep is about.

It's about preparing children for school, about getting them used to the idea of spending the next 12 or so years of their young lives within its walls.

It's about teaching them where the tuckshop is, how to get to the toilet, who to ask if you're in trouble, how to share, how to sit in a seat quietly even though your whole body feels like a jumping bean.

Prep teachers like Fran Hind – and there are many – help kids who don't know how to ask "can I play?", they quietly tell them "I know you can do it" when they think they can't, and when school, the bells, the kids, the noise, and the fact that someone else got to the Leggo box before them becomes all too much, they say "how about we go and choose a book from reading corner together?"

Along the way, the children are learning all sorts of things, drinking in knowledge, almost as if by osmosis.

They didn't need structured lessons to do it and they certainly didn't need to be assessed on their ability to do so.

The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is currently drafting its national curriculum, to be delivered in all schools across Australia. One of its proposals is that "achievement standards will be introduced to the Prep Year".

How utterly unnecessary.

A child of four or five can undergo transformations in the space of a few weeks of which a caterpillar turning into a butterfly would be proud.

One mother I know is thrilled – and just a little shocked – at her daughter, Marnie, who is reading Year 3 books in her Year 1 classroom.

At Prep, the little girl had trouble reading her own name.

I wonder what would have happened if Marnie had been given a D for reading back in Prep?

Would her Year 1 teacher have seen that mark, slotted her into the bottom reading group and never stretched her wings?

ACARA says some Queensland parents want the grading system introduced here, as it already has been in Victoria.

Well, maybe Victoria should come in line with Queensland.

Maybe someone from the Victorian Education Department should come up here and have a look at our Prep classrooms and see all our little caterpillars who are about to turn into butterflies.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

July Newsletter Just Out

What a busy time! I know – I am always busy – but this has been ludicrous – exciting but ludicrous!

I worked at the ECTA conference at the beginning of the holidays, and the Cairns Conference at the end of the holidays. I am so lucky – although I have such a busy life, I meet so many great people and have such a wonderful job!

Lots of workshops coming up for Crescendo: Early Childhood, Shot in the Arm and Masks and Mayhem. Masks and Mayhem is a Visual Art based workshop. Please let others know about this one as it is different for Crescendo and I hope to attract some new participants.

I am visiting Rockhampton, Mackay and Mt Isa soon for Music Count Us In. If you haven’t already signed your school up to sing, please consider doing so. This is all about sending a message that music education is important! We need the numbers!!!!!!

July newsletter just out. If you missed out on your copy you can download it here.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Term 3 Workshops

Term 3 workshops are just around the corner and looking to be a heap of fun. We have a great new location at THE GAP STATE SCHOOL, Cnr Waterworks Rd & Settlement Road, The Gap.

Early Childhood 2 on Thursday afternoon the 5th August will have loads of practical ideas, songs, rhymes, activities and will have guest lecturer Debbie Wilson.

Booster Shot in the Arm! on Saturday morning the 7th August will be filled with more songs, games, activities and new resources. You don't want to miss it.

Then the all day session on Monday 16th August - Music Mayhem and Masks! will be a focus on Visual Arts and Music with loads of ideas for, drama, dance, SOSE and self image. This one is especially for Classroom Teachers from year 4 - 7. It's a great hands on workshop and will be including A BUCKET FULL OF IDEAS! with Dina Breen.

These workshops are not to be missed. Check out the Term 3 Registration form here and fax or email it back to us and we will put you on the list. Places are limited so don't be late.

See you there.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Uke'n Play Ukulele with Mike Jackson

Come check out this great workshop that will have you strumming out 2-3 chords and several songs in an afternoon. Quick basic instructions will be given - no previous experience needed.

Mike will also give teaching tips and important information, that will help in making ukulele a fun and musically educational classroom program in your school.

Coorparoo RSL - Galaxy Room, 45 Holdsworth Street, Coorparoo (behind Coles)

Thursday July 29th, 2010, 3:30pm Cost $20 to cover cost of venue and yummy afternoon tea!

Come and join in the fun.

For more details head to

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Open Classroom with Debbie O'Shea


Join Debbie as she opens her classroom at Eatons Hill State School at 3.30pm on Tuesday the 27th July, 2010.

Come along and observe first hand best practice in Queensland Primary Education.

Registration at 3.30 followed by a Demonstration Lesson and Discussion.

Full certificate of attendance to meet the Queensland College of Teachers Professional Standards also provided on completions of the day.

You don't want to miss this. Head over to and down load the registration form.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dealing with the Burdens of Life

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

* Accept that some days you're the pigeon,
And some days you're the statue.

* Always keep your words soft and sweet,
Just in case you have to eat them.

* Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be
recalled by their maker.

* If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simp
ly to be kind to others.

* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time,
Because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

* Birthdays are go
od for you.
The more you have, the longer you live.

* You may be only one person in the world,
But you may also be the world to one person.

* We could lear
n a lot from crayons... Some are sharp,

some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names,

and all are different colours, but they all

have to live in the same box.

*A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Have an awesome day