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Contemporary Aboriginal music has a multi layered connection to both contemporary Western popular music and to traditional culture, song lines, dreaming, language, country and the spiritual. Like other art forms it has the power to simultaneously transform our understanding of history and culture and to communicate the authentic experience of what it is to be an Indigenous Australian today.
“…we were able to take our music, ‘Treaty’, to the world. But what ‘Treaty’ caused here, back in Australia, was the young people, black and white, of different nationalities, understanding our music – Aboriginal music, language, the thinking. When we went out and faced the world, the world accepted our music.”
Mandawuy Yunupingu interview with George Negus, ABC TV, George Negus Tonight, 8/07/2004
Western Australian peak bodies and ATSI music education providers or programs:
'... is one of those rare performers who connects and captures audiences through the power of song. She brings a fresh, modern take on ancient traditions; merging evocative sounds, poignant stories, rare language and that beautiful voice. The songs and performances are informed by four principles; Koort (Heart), Moort (Family), Boodja (Land) and Koorlangka (Children/Legacy).' Check out
, Gina's book exploring Noongar language and song.
West Australian Music (WAM)
– the peak industry body responsible for supporting, nurturing and
growing all forms, genres and levels of original contemporary music in Western Australia.
- Just released! Capturing five Indigenous languages, 54 Indigenous voices and 26 original tracks,
has launched and is ready to be listened to, and inspire!
- Registered Training Organisation delivering Certificates II through IV from the Music Industry Training Package in a program especially tailored for Australian indigenous people.
(Perth): Led by professional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians, this all ages choir sings indigenous music in both traditional language and English.
Desert Feet Inc
– offers music projects using the arts to create educational and musical opportunities in remote Western Australian communities but also to create greater cultural awareness.
Community Arts Network (CAN) WA –
Voices of the Wheatbelt ‘Healing Songs’
State Library of Western Australia
– Guide to Indigenous music.
The Australian Society of Music Educators WA
have developed a new resource page to assist music teachers in Western Australia to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the classroom.
Australia Council -
Protocols for producing Indigenous Australian music
Mobile device applications:
Warlu Song – Australian Aboriginal interactive Storybook for iPad by Juluwarlu
Further reading and contacts:
Boonderu Music Academy
at Roebourne District High School.
ABC Online –
Indigenous music news centre
– Living Songs: Music, Law and Culture in Aboriginal Australia by Jo Dyer (2009).
Musica Viva Australia and NAISA,
Datiwuy Dreaming – creation stories from North-East Arnhem Land
(Live performance plus).
Kutju Australia: An Australian translation of Advance Australia Fair
– Teachers notes (See children performing Advance Australia Fair translated into the central).
Australian language of Luritja by the Northern Territory MP Alison Nararula Anderson and folk musician Ted Egan
- online article
about Kutju Australia.
– based in Darwin (Northern Territory), promotes Indigenous artists and music.
Aunty Wendy’s Mob
(New South Wales) – An interactive performance-based introduction to Australian Indigenous culture for pre-school and early primary school children.
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
– Blind from birth, Gurrumul is a member of the Gumatj clan of Elcho Island, off the coast of tropical North East Arnhem Land. He quickly became known for singing about identity, spirit and connection with the land, its elements and his ancestors.
Noongar Pop Culture
- produced by Community Arts Network (CAN) WA. Aboriginal artists and mentors were engaged to deliver a program where popular culture, such as music and media was used to inspire these teenagers to learn to speak and write Noongar.
To find out more about the arts education events linked to the arts subject Music, visit our
Professional teachers association
studies incorporating Aboriginal student engagement in Music or ATSI arts or cultural content include:
Ngaanyatjarra Lands School
(Warburton Ranges Campus),
South Fremantle Senior High School
Quairading District High School
Musicians, composers, songwriters, music tutors interested in developing programs for schools, visit
Working in the School Context
for tips about project planning, creating education resources and professional learning opportunities for teachers, and marketing to schools.
Invite an ATSI artist or organisation to be artists-in-residence in your school; check funding providers
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Details about artists and organisations outside the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries do not constitute an endorsement of those artists or organisations or their programs, products or services. School communities are responsible for making their own assessment of these artists or organisations in accordance with relevant Department of Education policies, procedures and guidelines. Users should seek professional and specialised advice for their individual situations.