Matthew Mitcham will join Program Ambassador, John Foreman and 850 local students to perform at the Great Hall in Parliament House next week, advocating for music education.
Matthew is an unconventional choice for a music advocate! An incredible Australian diver, he is the 2008 Olympic champion in the 10m platform, having received the highest single-dive score in Olympic history. While continuing his career in diving, Matthew has also pursued a music career, touring festivals with his cabaret show, Twists and Turns.
Matthew said "I always loved music but I didn’t pursue it in school which I always regretted. After the Commonwealth Games in 2010 I was sentenced to three months of bed rest due to stress fractures in my spine, so I bought a $24 ukulele and taught myself how to play it by watching YouTube tutorials. From there I went on educational adventures and learned all about music theory and different musical styles, all from the comfort of my bed. Music is so therapeutic – it’s definitely (one of the) best things that ever happened to me."
Have you checked to see that you can watch the live stream of our Celebration Day event from Parliament House?
Test the live stream here and get in touch if it isn't working for you: http://event.5stream.com/794
The live stream will use a version of JW Player – so if you haven’t been able to watch the videos linked to the MCUI lesson plans, you probably won’t be able to watch the live streamed event. Talk to your school Principal about ensuring that JW Player is NOT blocked at your school.
Download our full live streaming instructions from the For Teachers page.
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We're thrilled to announce that the first in Music Australia's new Music Talks seminar series will feature Richard Gill OAM, and is offered free-of-charge to all MCUI registered teachers. The code for free booking will be emailed to all registered teachers wishing to attend the seminar.
Techniques to enrich music in the classroom and community
4 – 6pm
Wed 15th October 2014
Erskineville Town Hall
A session for classroom teachers and music enthusiasts. Richard will share useful techniques to enrich music in your classroom or community. Will include participatory, instructional and purely pleasurable elements, and key considerations about their learning value and benefits. This session will provide teachers and group leaders with easily learned practical techniques to apply in classroom and community settings. No music experience required. Q&A included. Richard Gill, is one of Australia’s pre-eminent and most admired conductors and an internationally respected music educator.
Free for Music Australia Members, and $20 for non-members. PROMO CODE will be emailed to all registered teachers. Bookings are essential.
Refreshments provided. Music Talks is a series of seminars, panels and roundtables on topical issues in music presented by Music Australia.