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Music: Music in Australia

Selected resources for students of music

Music in Australia

This section includes for studying Music in Australia. To find further examples in Search enter the keywords related to your topic. The resources are intended to support your assessment preparation, and where possible, the books are available as an ebooks. A particularly good series is the Platform Papers which includes No. 62: Performing Arts Markets and their Conundrums and No. 59 Ngarra - Burria : New Music and the Search for an Australian Sound. If you need a particular kind of resource, please contact your librarian. The National Library of Australia's resources for Music, Audio & Video may be of interest. You can filter results by format, place, date and language including Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages.

Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples Composers (a website from the Australian Music Centre)
Ngarra-Burria is a program that builds bridges for First Peoples musicians to step forward, further develop their composing skills, and connect with the art music* sector. The program was initiated by Dharug composer Chris Sainsbury, and is delivered by a partnership between Moogahlin Performing Arts, the Australian Music Centre, ANU School of Music, Ensemble Offspring and the Royal Australian Navy Band, with funding support from APRA AMCOS, and in-kind support from EORA College of TAFE.

Music in Australia, in libraries

Our State libraries offer free access to electronic resources. In Victoria, a
ny resident can become a member of the State Library and will have free access to many databases that we have through our Monash University Library card. Take a look at these links:

 The National Library of Australia card also offers you access to electronic resources related to music.

Green Square Library

This library also offers a collection of acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and amplifiers for library members to use in the room and a collection of ukuleles is available to borrow and take home from both Kings Cross and Green Square libraries.

City of Melbourne Library at Docklands
This library has a recording studio, practice rooms and a performance space which which can be hired.

Marrickville Public Library in NSW 
lends instruments as well as books.

Platform Papers (Available online 2004 -2012 issue)
Platform Papers is a quarterly publication on an issue affecting the health of the performing arts. Each essay challenges the applause and the brickbats and tells you what is really happening in the arts industry. The authors seek new directions in music, theatre, dance, arts and entertainment, film, television, cultural policy, advocacy, copyright and defamation, arts training and innovation, the creative economy, race relations, young people’s theatre and the digital arts. Print Issues from 2013 are available in the Matheson Library. Issues 35,40, 54 and 57 are digitised on the ATS3061 Reading List.

Journal articles are indexed by databases. InformitProquest and EBSCOhost (which includes RILM Abstracts) are useful indexes for music in Australia. To see all databases related to Music go to Databases and indexes on this guide.

Australian Music scores

There are many works by Australian composers in the Score Collection on Level 1 to browse and borrow. There is also the Australian Sheet Music Archive, an older collection of over 500 works which may be requested and viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room by signing in to Library Search to submit a request.

The Library orders music from the  Australian Music Centre and many other publishers. Please email us so that we can help you locate the music you need.
You can access e-scores on Classical Scores Library which has a filter for Publishers. Search under Australian Music Centre and Wirripang.

Australian resources

Music in Australia Knowledge Base
The Knowledge Base describes the situation of music in Australia and provides facts, issues of contention, statistics and research..It covers the entire music sector including the role of music in human development and society, music’s creation and practice, the music sector and its components, government policies, regulation, support, the international context. 

Streamed Video

Eumeralla: A War Requiem for Peace is written and composed by Professor Deborah Cheetham and is sung entirely in the ancient dialects of the Gunditjmara people. 

Informit's EduTV is a database containing a number of  documentaries

Kanopy also contains music in some documentaries featuring music in Australia.
For example. Lurugu [from the AIATSIS collection].