Smorgasbord Music and Dance
Recorder Melody -
Class Arrangement -
Traditional Dress -
Writing and Counting -
Draw Your Own Manga and Anime -
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I started performing in the area of Multicultural music and
dance in 1980, while still training to be a classroom and
instrumental music teacher at Melbourne State College.
Together with two other friends – Gary King and Christoph
Maubach – the band Shenanigans was formed, drawing on
our various ethnic backgrounds and musical experiences.
We toured extensively around Australia for a number of
years, also playing at folk festivals, community events and
presenting at National and International Music Education
I have taught in a variety of settings over many years. These
include in Primary Schools, Pre-schools, Dance and Music
departments of tertiary institutions in Melbourne, private
instrumental tuition, as well as teaching in in-service
training courses for Music and Movement educators, using
the Orff approach.
I have also been proud to serve as Treasurer and President
of the Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association as well as
serving as a general committee member for a number of
At this point in my life, I want to spend my energy
supporting teachers, which is why I have produced this
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A flag and a map, showing the country presented, in relation to Australia
A piece of traditional folk music, arranged using typical classroom
instruments, in the Orff style, making it suitable for anyone to play
A colouring page showing a male and female in traditional clothing
Then, each chapter has an assortment of activities, ideas, arts and crafts
relating to the country, covering a range of curriculum areas, such as sport,
art, craft, drama, creative writing and more.
The accompanying recorded music gives an example of each written part,
so that it is easy to understand, even for those teachers who are not
musically trained. There is also an example of a full arrangement, to
performance ideas to the teacher, or for the students to play along with.
I have also included visual recordings of each musical part, as well as
offering a bit extra that is not notated in the chapter you have chosen.
This resource has come about for 2 main reasons:
1 - My passionate wish to broaden children’s minds by giving them the
opportunity to explore different cultures in our ever-shrinking world. My aim is
to present music as just one facet of cultural life by offering it in conjunction
with typical games, arts and crafts of a given culture, as well as offering a range
of other related creative activities.
2 – In recognition of the requirement of 1 teacher in school to be able to teach
across a number of Arts areas that seems to be more and more prevalent in
education currently. My hope is, also, that many teachers within the school can
find useful ideas and activities in this resource, to enable the Arts to be more
fully integrated into school life.
How to use this resource:
Each “chapter” of this resource focuses on one country. There are certain
aspects present in every chapter and other activities that are unique to the
The aspects in common:
I hope you gain as much pleasure and satisfaction from using this resource as
I have gained in producing it.
Kelly Mrocki for her exquisite artwork
Charlie Mrocki for her contribution to the Japanese chapter (see information
on drawing manga)
Dr Robyn Staveley for her input, critique and encouragement
Susie Davies-Splitter for urging me to get this product out of my imagination,
where it has been sitting for the past 30 years!!!
Koji Shinyama for checking my pronunciation and shakuhachi playing.
Doh Zoh! Enjoy!
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Vendor's Song and Recorder Melody
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Colouring In Page
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Japanese Vendor's Song
This round is about a market place, so why not create a market in the
playground at school? Your class could sell home-made lemonade and the
money raised in this way can be given to your favourite charity. Make the
song a feature of your "marketplace".
You might make up a short play about being poor and rying to sell food on
the street. Students can either work on the story as a group or have several
small groups write their stories
You will need 2 lemons, 600ml boiling water, 125g sugar, a large jug, a
mixing spoon and a grater.
Grate the lemon peel into the jug.
Poir over boiling water.
Add sugar and allow to stand until cool.
When cool, add the juice of the 2 lemons and serve.
(For an interesting extra flavour, you may like to add a few mint leaves to
the cooling mixture , if available
You may include (flavoured) milk and sandwiches at your market stall, as
these are also mentioned in the song
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Whale (basic level)
1. Fold paper in half,
crease well and unfold
again. Fold sides to
meet the centre
2. Fold point towards
the sides you folded
in step 2
3. Fold your origami in
half and press well
4. Fold the top
5. Fold the narrow point
upwards and carefully
cut end to make
6. Draw a face....
Cup (intermediate level)
Fold paper in half
2.Fold side points inwards
3. Fold both top points
4. Gently round the top of your cup to open it up.
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Box (advanced level)
2. Fold in half
again 3. Put your finger inside triangle to lift
Flatten to form a square on top
5. Do the same as in step 3
6. Make a crease
7. Fold top corner 8. Fold again to
10. Turn over and do the
same as step 7 and 8
11.Pull the front faces together
and rear faces together to form
a square. Fold top edge down
13. Fold the other
side the same way
14. Fold the front
15. Tuck flap under 17. Open top and push
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Listen to sound recording for pronunciation
Try tracing the Japanese writing below
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Dog Mascot - Beginner Level
Chibby Boy - Intermediate Level
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Anime Girl - Advanced Level
Hair Flow Point
Creating the face
with guide lines
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