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Music – Sound Arts

Accent on Music

Accent on Music publishes secondary music resources which include all you need to use immediately with a class. Currently you will find junior resources (Years 9-10) and Level 1 and Level 2 NCEA resources. These complement existing locally developed resources.

Computer Music Limited

Computer Music Limited are specialists in notation and educational music software providing a 'one stop' shopping service for musicians music educators and music hobbyists who wish to purchase high quality Music Software and associated MIDI Hardware.

Contemporary Guitar Ensemble Music

Fat Dog Guitar Ensemble charts were written specifically to support educational and performance guitar music requirements. Each chart is written for 3 (sometimes 4) acoustic guitars and drums and bass in both standard notation and TAB (for bass too) and is carefully designed so that the parts are tiered in terms of difficulty. This means you can involve all of your guitarists as soon as they are ready to play barre chords strum and perform basic fingerstyle patterns. It sounds great with one player per part or as a guitar orchestra has been created to be readily playable but sound professional and comes with a recording that features a full mix each part dominant to assist the learning process and a track minus Guitar 1 for solo performance purposes.


A global source for purchasing Jazz arrangements books recordings and general information.

Fatcat & Fishface

Fatcat & Fishface's cheeky style has been compared to The Simpsons Roald Dahl and Spike Milligan. They have won awards in New Zealand (a Tui for Best Children's album) and the USA (Children's Music Web) and their animated music clips have been invited to festivals around the world and screen on television. The website has CDs for purchase and more.

GLS Music Education Supplies

GLS is a leading supplier of educational resources for teachers and offers a vast range of music educational resources such as classroom percussion instruments recorders early years music kits and other related products. If you are an international customer please contact the international consolidator CES Holdings for orders and enquiries. You can contact them via:Email: info@CESholdings.co.uk

Goldwave - Audio Software

Goldwave is a professional digital audio editing tool available as a free trial. Using this tool users can for example record and edit audio for podcasting apply special effects such as fade and echo and edit music for dance and drama activities.

KBB Music

KBB Music is 'the home of brass woodwind and strings in New Zealand'. KBB specialise in instrument sales and repairs and provide advice and special offers to schools throughout New Zealand. They also sell music and teaching materials to support classroom music learning and teaching particularly in instrumental instruction.

Kids Music Company

Kids Music Company is an award winning music-based educational resource publisher. The resources involve interactive singing moving and instrument playing and are structured to develop language listening co-ordination and space perception. Hear excerpts of their music on the website.

Learning Ideas

For New Zealand secondary music classrooms - exams workbooks and music technology materials for purchase through Learning Ideas.

Level 1 Score Reading Resource

This resource includes five work books which start with basic theory but move fairly quickly through to more advanced work. Books 3 -5 include answers. The work is broken up into units and each unit has a power point of teaching material and answers. There is a section of work sheets and activities without the power points. The cost is $220. Available from mary.gentle@Tepuke.school.nz or dmgentle@gmail.com

Lush Life Music

Lush Life Music offers arrangements for big bands - charts for musicians by musicians.

Maverick Musicals

From the website Maverick Musicals and Plays sell a range of age-specific musicals and plays suitable for primary and secondary schools and community drama and musical groups. They have a range of issue-based plays for teenage theatre students suitable for both performance and examination. Maverick Musicals administer scripts and rights via email and have a same day free perusal script and music service. Free music and script samples are available to download and drama teaching DVDs - Drama Techniques Exemplified - are also available for purchase.


Melodics is desktop app that teaches you to play MIDI keyboard, electronic drums and pad controllers. Melodics is designed using proven gamification principles to create a learning tool that makes practice addictive and gets you playing immediately. It’s free to download with 40+ lessons to get you started. You will learn to play music from contemporary artists, DJs, and producers like Mark De Clive-Lowe, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Emavie Mbongo with new tutorials released every week. Because Melodics adapts to your abilities and musical tastes, and motivates you through reward and recognition, you get results faster. Download and get started for free today. 
Video for Melodics Keys:  https://youtu.be/ETbDKPb4oDk  


MusaSchools is the most comprehensive school musical resource available. There is a range of original musicals with humorous storylines that are fast paced and fun to do. Complete with catchy music these musicals keep everyone entertained right through to the final curtain! What makes this resource different from any other is that virtually everything is provided - letters that go home handy tips to help your chosen musical succeed suggested rehearsal schedules printable programmes and tickets links to the NZ Curriculum and more.


Muscepts produces and publishes quality music education resources for use in primary and secondary schools. Resources are produced for both teachers and students. They are designed to be exciting relevant and provide a comprehensive understanding of the music curriculum.

Music Australia

Music Australia has collected many music scores sound recordings websites and a range of other music-related material along the theme of music for children. Many Australian composers have written music for the education and delight of children. Isaac Nathan Edith Harrhy and Cecil Sharp to name a few based their music for children on popular childhood themes such as nursery-rhyme characters teddy bears fairies and Australian plants and animals. This tradition is continued in the music of children's television programmes such as Play School Humphrey and the Wiggles.

Music Education World

This site sells two book series useful for music education. 'Music and Keyboard in the Classroom' is a differentiated course for middle school general music students in a keyboard lab whilst 'Modern Harmony Method' provides jazz harmony instruction for senior students of arranging composition and harmony. Both resources are written by award winning music teacher Michael Griffin and are available for purchase as ebooks. The site also has free downloads of quality school choir and jazz band mp3s music posters and interesting music education articles.


Musictech is managed by teacher and musician Chris Mason-Battley who also provides music technology support to schools - installing and maintaining music technology equipment and software training teachers and tutoring students in music technology and composition.

New Zealand Opera

New Zealand Opera is the website of The NBR New Zealand Opera New Zealand's largest professional opera company presenting mainstage touring and semi-staged opera in NZ. "Study Guides" (under Education) are available on-line for use in secondary music and arts classes.

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

The NZSO has an extensive catalogue of CD recordings. As part of a commitment to promote and encourage music by New Zealand composers the NZSO records at least one CD of New Zealand music annually. It has a well organised and advertised education programme and support materials.

Reiger Pipe Organ

Website of the Rieger Pipe Organ which is located in the Christchurch Town Hall New Zealand. This website has more than 170 pages of photos articles links contacts events sound files competitions and puzzles to enjoy. Online shopping of DVDs CDs and more is available.

"Research to Practice Biennial Series" of the Canadian Music Educator's Association

.Questioning the Music Education Paradigm is Volume 2 in the Biennial Series. An international cast of twenty three contributors turns a critical lens on the dominant music education paradigm to examine how we teach what we teach for what we teach what is expected of teachers and how we teach them whom we should be teaching and the very assumptions and structures on which we base our practice. Edited by Lee Bartel ISBN: 0-920630-90-1

Rocksure Soundz

A New Zealand based library of sound effects and royalty-free production music for film television and video production. All files have download access and content is regularly updated.

Score Exchange

Sibelius music site allows you to own your own music store download scores for a wide range of music styles and share music online. This is an easy way to create and design your own personalised web space to sell sheet music and merchandise - most useful for music teachers and arrangers/composers.

Sing & See

Sing & See is revolutionary voice training software that gives singers real-time visual feedback to help them improve their singing technique. It is available from the online store or by ordering from Cantovation Technology Ltd. Auckland or a local music education retailer.


Fishpond is a New Zealand commercial site with a wide range of sound effects for purchase.

Sounds to Download

Free and purchasable sounds to download and use.

SOUNZ - The Centre for New Zealand Music

"Created in New Zealand heard around the world." SOUNZ the Centre for New Zealand Music is a music information centre promoting the music of New Zealand. SOUNZ has the largest and most accessible collection of New Zealand music in the world which is now online. SOUNZ provides a range of services projects and activities including music teaching resources such as the SOUNZwrite guides for NCEA and Ears Wide Open for upper primary and junior secondary.

Stock Music on Foto Search

Foto Search allows users to search for thousands of royalty-free stock music tracks. You can also find royalty-free images clipart pictures illustrations stock video clips maps and more.

The Contemporary Music Course

The Contemporary Music Course (The Writing Musician) has had positive response from the Heads of Music in the school curriculums of every state in Australia and is currently being reviewed there by the three main education magazines. It can be used in a classroom to illustrate your lessons and is very helpful to a teacher whose primary subject is not music - Introductory video for teachers. The assignments of the 120 lessons contain both questions and answers so preparation and marking time is reduced. Only one registration is required per school - NZ$100 per year. Being online you will always have the latest version and new subjects for no extra charge. Control your lesson from your PC linked to a projector screen or supervise students at their PCs.

The Music Teacher's Companion and The Music Student' s Companion

These guides contain essential planning templates and materials for music teachers and their students. They are available for purchase either as printed individual hard copy or as a licensed PDF that is emailed directly.

Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association - VOSA

VOSA promotes learning music through singing saying dancing and playing through a holistic approach. It is one of the most active associations in the world and runs a full programme of courses conferences and an online resource centre.

World Tour of Percussion Music

Christchurch based percussion group Pandemonium have produced a wonderful resource for primary schools called World Tour of Percussion Music. This resource is an introduction to percussion music instruments and styles from around the world. It consists of a booklet and accompanying DVD with beautiful illustrations and music recorded live in concert.


Essential Resources

Essential Resources is an innovative educational publisher of photocopiable teaching materials for New Zealand and Australia schools.

Learn Out Loud

Although this is a commercial site for audio and video educational content if you take the Free Stuff link you can access considerable free content listed in categories such as Education and Professional Literature and Art and Entertainment.

Pasifika Education Centre

This New Zealand site supports Pasifika peoples with information relating to free adult language classes resources workshops and news. There is a library in Manukau and online books can be purchased with many supporting arts learning.

Pōwhiri in Action: He Kete o Te Reo Pōwhiri

This photocopiable resource provides comprehensive information and supporting student activities about pōwhiri. Topics covered include tangata whenua karanga whaikōrero waiata koha hongi hākari manuhiri te whakaeke and much more.

REACH Education Consultancy

REACH Education Consultancy is an agency created specifically to support New Zealand schools in working successfully with gifted learners.

RealTime Arts

The RealTime website offers a comprehensive view of Australian contemporary arts with an international perspective combining the current print edition of RealTime online exclusives and updates; the RealTime archive; new works on show in our studio; featured events (forums festivals) and arts issues; and a portal that will guide you to the best sites in innovative contemporary arts practices.

Resource Room

The Resource Room sells online catalogues and books for the arts. It is regularly updated and materials are available online for perusal and purchase.

Westpac St James Theatre

This Wellington theatre showcases quality performances and supports arts education by developing classroom resources and programmes for schools.

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