Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Silent Night

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Start Singing

A singing resource from Bushfire Press

THIS YEAR’S FINAL ACTIVITY comes from Start Singing.

Start Singing with the Cool Cats Kids is designed to be a useful resource for any choral application, from classroom singing to choirs. It contains sections on voice exploration, warm-ups, exercises in breathing, tone, pitch, diction and harmony. There are also sections on troubleshooting, performance ideas, frequently asked questions - and even microphone technique. And there is an easy recipe for singing sessions.

The sections are arranged in an order for ease of location and use but are not intended to be necessarily used in a sequential way. Use whatever activities, exercises or songs suit your needs, in any order you like.

Many of the songs make excellent performance pieces.

The CD has vocal demonstrations (particularly useful for harmony) and backing tracks (great for performance).


One of the world’s most well-known and much loved Christmas carols.

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Monday, 23 November 2009

Music & the interactive whiteboard

We have some fantastic news for all of you with interactive whiteboards (IWBs). We are about to launch our first interactive title. IWBs are an exciting new teaching tool and so easy to use. Cheryl Burgemeister, a primary music teacher from South Australia, has been busy creating exciting IWB adaptations of our ‘Music Room’ program. The first one is called ‘The Interactive Music Room – book 1 (beginning primary)’. It has been created with EasiTeach and will be out in Feb 2010. More information on our earlier blog post.

Grappling with new technology is always a headache for authors and publishers alike and we are most grateful for the support the EasiTeach and RM Pacific have given us and have been most fortunate to have IWBs and technicians supplied by the good folk at ‘Well Imagine That!’. There’s nothing these guys don’t know about classroom use of IWBs and we recommend them for hardware software and in-servicing. Check them out at and tell ’em we sent you.

It’s exciting to see this new and accessible technology becoming a part of classroom music programs. I’ll have lots more to tell you about it next time.

From the crowded desk of Mark Leehy,
Publisher at Bushfire Press

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Friday, 13 November 2009

A Christmas Pageant (then and now)

A Christmas Pageant from Bushfire PressBushfire Press
A Christmas Pageant
(then and now)

A Musical by Lynne Bartlett, Mark Leehy and Kevin O'Mara
Duration: 60 minutes.

A fun-filled journey from Bethlehem to Bondi that takes the audience through the traditions of Christmas from the Nativity, through the origins of the Christmas Tree and carol singing, the legend of Good King Wenceslaus, the coming of Santa Claus ... and ending up with an Aussie celebration!

Carols and Songs: Silent Night, O, Come, All Ye faithful, We Three Kings, Away in a Manger, The First Noel, Joy to the World, Good King Wenceslaus, Jingle Bells, O, Tannenbaum/ O, Christmas Tree, Deck the Halls, The Night Before Christmas, 12 Aussie Days of Christmas, We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

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O Tannenbaum
12 Aussie Days of Christmas

The Interactive Music Room

We are very excited to announce the arrival in 2010 of our first title for Interactive Whiteboard!
Teachers no longer need juggle a CD player, DVD player and Data projector with this "all in one" package.
Students can:
  • touch the screen to animate characters
  • touch and reveal
  • drag and drop notes, characters and icons
  • start and stop music
  • play virtual sounds and notes and perform a host of other Interactive functions.
Available Feb 2010
Find out more and preorder now!