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Learning Resources now available

Learning Resources now available

To help our Online Orchestra participants and any teachers who want to explore the cultural aspects of Morning Star and Evening Star, we have produced a set of Learning Resources. They fall into two sections:


  • Morning Star and Evening Star Resources.

A collection of documents, audio and visual files that are FREE for all. Prepared by Candace Kruger and Paula Nihot these resources include the songline, poems, translations, pronunciation guides and cultural context.

  • Suggested Learning Plans

These excellent lesson plans are mapped to the National Curriculum and provide teachers ideas for each year level.  Written and prepared by Candace Kruger and Leanne Kuss.

The Learning Plans align with the National Curriculum in the Arts – Music, Dance, Drama and Media; and English – Language and Literature.  They are available for students in P-10, and will provide you with ideas of how to teach the song, learn the cultural history of the songline and pronounce the Yugambeh words.

A small fee is attached to each Learning Plan package, the profits of which will be returned to the Yugambeh community where this songline originated, via the Yugambeh Youth Aboriginal Corporation.

Learn more or access these resources via the Learning Resources page of this website. 

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Two weeks left to join the Online Orchestra

Two weeks left to join the Online Orchestra

There is just two weeks left to submit your AMEB Online Orchestra entry. Orchestra conductor and ambassador, Jessica Gethin takes time out from rehearsals to let you know the closing date is soon!


A message from Jessica Gethin (2 weeks left to enter the Online Orchestra!)

A message from your #AMEBOnlineOrchestra2019 conductor Jessica Gethin – Conductor. There are 2 weeks left to join Australia’s largest virtual orchestra. Make sure you get your performance recorded and entered before August 16th.Click the link below to find out more:

Posted by AMEB on Thursday, August 1, 2019

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Orchestra launch announcement

Orchestra launch announcement

Save the date! 

The official launch of the 2019 AMEB Online Orchestra will be on Tuesday 22 October at the Melbourne Conservatorium, Kenneth Myer Auditorium, Ian Potter Southbank Centre, University of Melbourne

AMEB Online Orchestra conductor and ambassador Jessica Gethin – Conductor will be attending and speaking at the launch as well as a few live guest performances before the first viewing of the Online Orchestra performance of ‘I am Australian.’

Will you be up on the big screen as a member of the orchestra?

Join our Facebook event here. If you’re in Melbourne and would like to attend in person, please RSVP here.


Melbourne Conservatorium of Music is the proud event partner of the AMEB Online Orchestra Video Launch.


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1 month left to join the AMEB Online Orchestra!

1 month left to join the AMEB Online Orchestra!

There is just less than a month left to submit your AMEB Online Orchestra entry. Orchestra conductor and ambassador, Jessica Gethin and her kids show you just how easy it is to enter Australia’s largest virtual orchestra.


Your #AMEBOnlineOrchestra2019 conductor Jessica Gethin – Conductor and her little helpers show you how easy it is to join Australia’s largest virtual orchestra!Hurry – entries close on August

Posted by AMEB on Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Meet your Online Orchestra conductor, Jessica Gethin

Meet your Online Orchestra conductor, Jessica Gethin

Meet your Online Orchestra conductor, Jessica Gethin

What do you love best about being a conductor?

I have always loved the symphonic sound of an orchestra, however as a violinist, I saw only one part of the work, a little like an artist painting with the one colour. When I started conducting, seeing the whole score opened up a new world of ideas and sounds for me to shape, mould, drive and build upon. I began to see the entire work and it’s architecture, with all it’s many possibilities – like an artist with an endless palette of colours and tools! I love being able to get inside a composition and bring out all the finer details, and enjoy collaborating with the musicians, enabling them to bring a piece to life.

What does the song I am Australian mean to you?

I’m really proud to be Australian and find this song captures so beautifully what we love about our country. From depicting our dry, red and dusty landscape and humble dreamtime beginnings, to embracing and celebrating the diversity of the people that call Australia home. It resonates with me as I travel overseas a lot for my conducting, so a sense of belonging and place is important. I also think the lyrics ‘We are one, but we are many, and from all the lands on earth we come’ are as relevant to Australia today as ever; it’s the perfect song choice for this year’s project.

Do you have any pre-performance rituals?

Nothing too strange! I travel a lot for my concerts so try to keep a bit of routine in my concert day; a big breakfast and some exercise followed by a quiet look over the scores. I always have a good stretch backstage and quite oddly always polish off an apple or two at interval!

Did you ever complete any AMEB exams? 

Absolutely! Like many of my colleagues I sat several AMEB exams in both violin and theory. In my teaching days I had lots of students sit the exams and now my own two children are working towards their first, so feel like I have been around AMEB all my life!

Do you have any advice for your 2019 Online Orchestra members?

I’d love to encourage everyone to have a go! Think outside the box and have some fun with it, with some careful preparation and practice you could film in some really creative locations showcasing the whole of Australia. You could also pull together a group of friends from school to do a group entry or perhaps get the whole family on board for a family entry, so many possibilities!


Check out Jessica’s website for more info and to see where she’s conducting next!

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