Written by: Meg Elkins and Tim R. L. Fry

The exchange for money between street performers and audiences is a changing landscape. Using unique data from an online platform The Busking Project we investigate what type of street performers, who engage with the platform, are more likely to receive donations and which characteristics generate higher dollar amounts of donations.

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Written by: Sue Thomson

Students were highly engaged and many increased their love of learning … The results were highly promising: 86% of students made above-expected progress in literacy or numeracy. Two in five achieved above-expected progress in both subjects. By the end of the program, six in ten students had achieved literacy levels equivalent to or stronger than their year-level peers.

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Written by: Andrew J. Martin, Rebecca J. Collie, Robin P. Nagy

In the face of massive disruptions by COVID-19, we are constantly advised to adjust to a “new normal”. Part of this new normal is the increasing presence of online learning. Our findings show adaptability is an important personal attribute that can help students in their online learning during the pandemic — and likely beyond.

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Written by: National Advocates for Arts Education

INTRODUCTION The submission from the National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) to the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review is informed by our members’ experiences and research as teachers, pre-service teacher educators working in universities, and as arts education stakeholders. PART…

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Written by: Graham Sattler

Dr Graham Sattler reflects on the increasing viability of non-metropolitan music education organisations in NSW as educators, employers and socio-cultural assets and suggests that a networked model of Regional Conservatoriums could be replicated across the country.

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Book

Category:Fiction

Author: Nardi Simpson

Hachette Australia, 2020, 402 pages

ISBN: 978 0 7336 4374 3 (pbk)

Reviewed by: Loretta Barnard

“There’s a great deal in this book that readers will certainly find confronting. The long-term effects of everything from small injustices to deeply shocking incidents experienced by the Yuwaalaraay are spelled out skilfully and sensitively. I was by turns outraged, infuriated, and heartbroken at what they endured. So there’s darkness, despair and sorrow in the novel. It’s also a book of great beauty.”

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Book

Category:Memoir, Music Business, Music creation

Author: Clinton Walker, Editor

Portland, Oregon, USA: The Visible Spectrum (an imprint of Verse Chorus Press), 2021. 430 pp. (175 photos)

ISBN: 978-1-953835-08-6 (e-book available)

Reviewed by: Elaine Lewis

“Stranded (Expanded) is the story of a couple of generations of music and musicians who were ahead of their time but refused to be contained, and eventually, for their trouble … got their due.” Clinton Walker

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Music Recording

Category:Choral music, Classical, Early Music

Artist(s): Australian Chamber Choir conducted by Douglas Lawrence AM

Label: MOVE Records MCD 607

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“Seventeen tracks compiled from live concert recordings show the beautiful tone, flawless intonation, and excellent balance between the parts that the Australian Chamber Choir has achieved under conductor Douglas Lawrence AM. Favourite works from 1400s to the end of the Baroque period are interspersed with some worthy, but lesser known, pieces on this superb CD.”

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Music Recording

Category:Improvisation, Sound Art

Artist(s): Splinter Orchestra. Rhys Mottley (bass clarinet), Romy Caen (synth), Adam Gottlieb (trees), Melanie Eden (vocals), Jim Denley (bamboo flute / branches), Max Alduca (didge / double bass), Laura Altman (clarinet), Peter Farrar (junk percussion), Nick Ashwood (acoustic guitar/amp feedback), Alexandra Spence (electronics / clarinet), Solomon Frank (prepared clarinet / smoke detectors), Bárbara Guzmán Galeb (voice), Andrew Fedorovitch (little instruments), Joseph Derrick (trumpet), Melanie Herbert (violin), Clara Pitt (flute), Bonnie Stewart (percussion), Weizen Ho (movement / little instruments), Drew Bourgeois (in spirit).

Label: Available: https://caterpillarrec.bandcamp.com/yum

Reviewed by: Mandy Stefanakis

“Immerse yourself in the wonderful sound ecology built through a collaboration of Splinter Orchestra with The Pilliga National Park.”

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Music Recording

Category:Arrangements, Folk

Artist(s): Danny Spooner live in concert with Mike Kerin (fiddle), Richard Tognetti (violin) and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Reviewed by: Kevin Bonnett

“‘Enchanted’ is a compact demonstration of powerful folk music traditions from across the world and serves as a lasting tribute to the legacy of the late Danny Spooner.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, Folk, New Music

Artist(s): Ken Murray, classical guitar

Label: CD, Lyrebird Productions LBO40320

Reviewed by: Philip Pogson

“This is a recording in two parts. The first sits firmly in the 21st century, underpinned by once expensive, now ubiquitous, looping technology. The second draws us back into our ambiguous colonial roots. As a pairing, ‘Loop Sonata Folksongs’ should not work. In Murray’s competent hands, it does.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Natalie Nicolas (composer), Matt Withers (guitar)

Label: Digital EP | ABC 0028948556915 Commissioned by the ABC.

Reviewed by: Alex Raineri

“Nicolas’ score is captivatingly beautiful. It is imbued with an organic sense of unfurling phrase structure and melodious counterpoint, untethered by the pretension of hyper-complexity.”

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Music Recording

Category:Jazz, Vocal

Artist(s): Tim Stevens (piano), Shelley Scown (voice)

Label: Artist release August, 2018, digital. Recorded at ABC Studios Southbank, February 2000

Reviewed by: Gavin Franklin

“Those who already know Tim Stevens’s work will be delighted by this release. Shelley Scown’s many fans from way back will be reminded that they miss her.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Ironwood: Matthew Greco (baroque violin), Nicole Forsyth (baroque viola), Daniel Yeadon (baroque cello and viola da gamba); Ensemble Offspring: Lamorna Nightingale (flutes), Liisa Pallandi (violin), Jason Noble (clarinets), Claire Edwardes (percussion), Ben Kopp (piano); Sydney Art Quartet: Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba and Anna Albert (violins), Andrew Jezek (viola), James Beck (cello); Anthea Cottee (viola da gamba), Nathan Henshaw (saxophones), Freya Schack-Arnott (cello), Felicity Wilcox, (piano and electronics).

Label: Move MD 3456 

https://move.com.au

Reviewed by: Gwen Bennett

“Prepare to be both charmed and challenged by an alluring mix of the 18th and 21st centuries, where baroque ornamentations within contemporary sounds will delight the ear and bring a smile to the lips.”

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Music Recording

Category:Contemporary, Pop, Rock, Soul

Artist(s): Vika and Linda (vocals/percussion), Ashley Naylor (guitar/mandolin), Cameron Bruce (piano/Hammond/ Wurlitzer/keys), Richard Bradbeer (electric and double bass), Lachlan O’Kane (drums), Davey Lane (guitar), Steven Schram (guitar). Produced by Steven Schram with Cameron Bruce.

Label: Bloodlines/Mushroom

Reviewed by: Noel Mengel

“’My Heart is in the Wrong Place’ speaks of the anxiety and turmoil so many have been going through and shows how the voices combine to find every ounce of emotion in the lyrics.”

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