UP THE GUTS – Regional Rock ‘n’ Roll Tour @ Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo, Warrnambool, Mt Gambier, Adelaide, Jamestown, Whyalla, Quorn, Coober Pedy, Santa Teresa, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Ngukurr, Barunga, Katherine, Grive Hill, Darwin
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – Sep 4 @ 10:00 pm

The Soundhouse Music Alliance in partnership with the Australian Music  Association has made a grant to the Up The Guts Tour in 2017.

Up The Guts 2017 will involve 12 school workshops presented by the organisers, performers and crew members of the tour and co-sponsored by APRA/ACMOS and a variety of other partners. Aiming to reach upwards of 1000 young Australians nationwide, these sessions will give invaluable insight into performance, navigating the music industry and how to effectively use equipment/technology in today’s musical landscape. In pursuit of our mission, Soundhouse is pleased to be able to assist in presenting these workshops in regional and indigenous communities.

The tour also presents four local acts in a variety of locations between Melbourne and Darwin, starting in August. For more information go to

Here are some highlights from the 2016 Tour.

VCE Aural & Written Exam Preparation Day Music Performance @ Australian Catholic University, Brazil Theatre
Aug 27 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

VCE Music Performance Aural & Written Exam Preparation Day 
With Deborah Smith author of the highly successful ‘Musicianship & Aural Training for the Secondary School’ text book and CD series, & Jennifer Gillan, specialist music teacher at VCASS, author of “Music Analysis – Listening Beyond Hearing”.
Suitable for all students studying VCE Music Performance and their teachers.

Venue: Australian Catholic University, Philippa Brazill Theatre, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy 3065
Date: Sunday 27 August 2017
Time: 9.30am until 4pm
Cost: Early Bird Special $80 per student. Payment must be made by the 11 August.
After this date price is $100 per student.
Fee includes morning tea and a comprehensive set of notes.
Students should provide their own lunch.
Teachers accompanying a class attend for free.
No refunds will apply after 13 August 2017.
Information/booking form : VCE Booking Form
Online Booking:
Bookings Office and enquiries:
Stockdale ACS
3/6 Atherton Road, Oakleigh VIC 3166
Phone: 03 9254 1000 Fax: 03 8610 1936

Victorian State Schools Spectacular 2017 – Auditions now open @ Hisense Arena, Melbourne Park
Sep 16 @ 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Auditions are now open for the 2017 Victorian State Schools Spectacular Orchestra!!

Do you have a student who is currently at a Victorian State Government School?

Follow the link below to register for an audition. Get in quick as time is running out!!

Are they a musician?

Are they at least AMEB Grade 5 or equivillent? 

Positions open for all instruments, all sections.

Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion and Rhythm Section(Keyboard/Piano, Bass Guitar, Guitar and Drums)! 

We are looking for dedicated and outstanding students to fill positions in the Victorian State Schools Orchestra which is the live music component of the Victorian State Schools Spectacular. Our Orchestra plays everything from Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Swing, Musical Theatre, Rock, Pop and many more styles! 

Students will work along side industry professionals, including Musical Director Mr. Chong Lim and some of Australias finest session and orchestral musicians throughout the year. 

Our string musicians get a further  unique opportunity to work closely with members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra in a dedicated string workshop.

The link to register for auditions is

Spring Workshop for Instrumental Music Teachers @ St Kevin's College Glendalough Junior School Campus
Oct 4 @ 9:30 am – Oct 5 @ 4:45 pm

A two-day professional learning event for instrumental music teachers working in their own studio or in schools.

Please join us for two intensive days of professional learning to be held towards the end of the Term 3 school holidays. One and two day bookings are available at member, non-member and student rates.

Date: Wed 4 & Thurs 5 October
Time: 9.30-4.45pm (Registration from 9am)

St Kevin's College
Glendalough Junior School Campus
75 Lansell Road, Toorak, 3142

DAY ONE: WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER (for piano teachers)

**AMEB Piano for Leisure Series 4
An in-depth preview of the new Piano for Leisure Series

Presented by Tim Topham, Julie Spithill, Caroline Almonte and Glenn Riddle

DAY TWO: THURSDAY 5 OCTOBER (for teachers of ANY instrument or voice)

**Adapting Teaching Approaches to Meet the Needs of Children on the Autism
Spectrum (Dr Grace Thompson – President, Australian Music Therapy

**AMEB Victoria: Your Music Assessment Partner (Jeremy Fletcher – Client
Relations Manager, AMEB Victoria)

(Learn about AMEB Victoria's new music assessment services such as the
expanded Performance Evaluation Program, Recital Exams, Scholarships and
AMEB Connect. Includes an opportunity to provide feedback and to be involved
in a discussion on the development of the new services)

**The Language of Music: Theory, Aural Training and Musicianship in the
Teaching Studio (Deborah Smith  –  Music Educator, Author and Kodály

**Teaching Boys: Girls are from Felines, Boys are from Dogs? (Philip Carmody
– Director of Music, Melbourne Grammar School)

To download the full program visit

At the end of each day there will be an optional bonus session and a relaxed
and informal get together over drinks. Topic, presenter and venue to be

One day rate
VMTA member: $175
Non-member: $250
Student: $80

Two day rate
VMTA member: $265
Non-member: $380
Student: $120

Ticket prices inclusive of morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch.

To book online using credit card visit
Please contact the office by email or call (03) 5243 4200
if you need to arrange an alternative method of payment.

Non-members who apply and pay for their membership prior to booking may
receive the member rate in advance of their membership being formally
approved. To apply, please contact the office. A member of a state-based MTA
or the GMTA may book at the member rate.

Genevieve Newton
General Manager
Victorian Music Teachers' Association
Tel: (03) 5243 4200