Activity Introduction

recycled-orchestra-2-heroQuick summary: This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content by watching a video in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work.

Fanfare logoThis lesson is part of the Fanfare Competition unit. The unit is designed for students to build their aural and technical skills while exploring music as an art form through listening, composing and performing. Students are encouraged to apply their learning by planning and organising a composition for the Fanfare Competition. The competition encourages young people aged 12‐21 years to write a new work to be played in the Sydney Opera House to replace the ‘cue bells’ for audiences to take their seats. It is a wonderful way to showcase young artists and musicians, and encourage creativity in young people.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand the impact of waste on our environment and how waste can be transformed turned into new items.
  • Students recognise the importance of making and listening to music in cultures other than their own.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Intercultural understanding.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 7 & 8 Music

  • Identify and connect specific features and purposes of music from different eras to explore viewpoints and enrich their music making, starting with Australian music including music of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACAMUR098)

Year 9 & 10 Music

  • Analyse a range of music from contemporary and past times to explore differing viewpoints and enrich their music making, starting with Australian music,including music of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and consider music in international contexts (ACAMUR105)

Syllabus Outcomes: MUS4.7, MUS4.11, MUS4.12, MUS5.7, MUS5.11, MUS5.12.

Time needed: 30 minutes.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently.

Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, Student Worksheet. Fanfare Competition DIY Student Toolkit.

Key words: Waste, landfill, instruments, music, orchestra.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

recycled-orchestra-1-heroTeacher Preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students take responsibility for their own learning by watching a video about a community in Paraguay who have been turning their trash into instruments to form the Recycled Orchestra.

The Flipped Lesson

This lesson provides the opportunity for students to explore/build their current knowledge, attitudes and values about the impact of waste on our environment and on communities in other parts of the world. Students will also understand the role that music can play in empowering these communities. While working independently, students are to view the following video and complete the questions on the student worksheet.

This visual thinking tool can be useful in examining how and why student thinking has changed based on learning specific content information. It also helps to develop their reasoning abilities and to recognise cause and effect relationships.

Landfill Harmonic- The world sends us garbage... We send back music. from Landf

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Can you recycle your instruments?

Working independently, watch this video below ( and answer the questions below.

As you are watching, make a note of the things that you find interesting, important, or insightful.

Landfill Harmonic- The world sends us garbage... We send back music. from Landfill Harmonic on Vimeo (

Reflection questions

Once you have watched this clip, answer the following questions:

How does this video make you feel about WASTE AND OUR ENVIRONMENT?

How does this video make you feel about MUSIC?

How are the ideas and information presented in this video CONNECTED to what you already knew?

What new ideas did you get that EXTENDED or pushed your thinking in new directions?

What is still CHALLENGING or confusing for you? What questions do you now have?


Next spend some time researching Australian composers and instrument builders wh

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