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24 September 2012

New education resource from the AMC: Classroom Arrangements by Philip Cooney

New education resource from the AMC: <em>Classroom Arrangements</em> by Philip Cooney

The AMC's new music education resource, Philip Cooney's Classroom Arrangements, is designed to complement the study of Australian music in secondary schools by allowing students to perform the same music they are exploring through listening and composition activities. Classroom Arrangements includes music by Matthew Hindson, Elena Kats-Chernin, Graeme Koehne, James Ledger, Peter Sculthorpe, Paul Stanhope and Carl Vine.

'For many students music is synonymous with performance. Composition grows out of improvised performance or imitation of a favourite performer who also happens to be a composer. Performance also provides a useful tool for getting inside a piece of music and observing the way the music has been crafted and organised to achieve the effect desired by the composer. In this way, performance becomes integral to the development of aural skills and musicological understanding', says Cooney in his foreword for the new kit.

Cooney's arrangements are not intended as replacements for the original pieces or for concert performance but are intended to enhance the students' learning and the quality of a school's music program. Each arrangement contains a musical theme, available for performance by most instruments, together with an accompaniment based on the original piece.

Classroom Arrangements kit includes a conductor's score and a set of parts for each work, as well as a data CD with pdf performance parts. Works/arrangements included are: Matthew Hindson: RPM (Faber Music); Elena Kats-Chernin: Our Bridge Overture (Boosey & Hawkes), Graeme Koehne: Powerhouse (G Schirmer Pty Ltd); James Ledger: Indian Pacific; Peter Sculthorpe: From Kakadu, Left Bank Waltz, Music for Bali, Port Arthur: in Memoriam, Small Town (Faber Music); Paul Stanhope: Helter Skelter; Carl Vine: V (Faber Music). Permission for these arrangements has been granted by the publishers and the composers.ยด

Philip Cooney is a music educator based at Wycliffe Christian School in the Blue Mountains, NSW. He has prepared a number of teacher resource packs including the award-winning Dance with Nature - the chamber music of Ross Edwards.

> Purchase Phillip Cooney: Classroom Arrangements through the AMC Shop at $195
> AMC members are entitled to a 10% discount. Join the AMC.

The Australian Music Centre connects people around the world to Australian composers and sound artists. By facilitating the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these creative artists, it aims to increase their profile and the sustainability of their art form. Established in 1974, the AMC is now the leading provider of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian new music.


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