The Migaloo Project


Written by: Mandy Stefanakis

The Australian Society for Music Education in Victoria (ASME) is encouraging students to compose with a fabulous project based around the rare white whale, Migaloo who inhabits the area around the Whitsundays and each year migrates to Antarctica and back.

A range of resources have been provided for students and teachers to work with in developing their compositions. There is a dedicated Migaloo website link and several You Tube videos of her. Additionally author and illustrator, Mark Wilson has written a picture book about the whale. The pilot project encourages students to compose to aspects of the storybook, which traces Migaloo’s adventures. The Migaloo pages on the ASME Victoria website also include composing tools and recording methods.

Additionally, as a stimulus for ideas, Hilary Hahn speaks of a project in which she commissioned composers to create ‘encores’ for violin and piano which she would perform. She discusses the process involved in this project. And there is a gorgeous composition about Migaloo for children’s voices and piano by Australian, Annie Kwok.

The ASME site encourages students to upload their compositions and working ideas so that everyone can access them. Additionally there will be an opportunity for some of the compositions to be presented at the ASME National Conference to be held in Melbourne this year from July 13 – 15. This unique initiative has been developed by Ros McMillan and Michael Travers.


Student Composer Project


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