Quick summary: Through the documentary Paul Kelly – Stories of Me, students explore concepts such as artist and image, songs and instruments, understanding and applying musical concepts, patterns and repetition in music, and the melody of music. This lesson could be delivered as a set of activities, or each part could be delivered separately.
This lesson uses sections of Shark Island Production’s Paul Kelly – Stories of Me as learning stimuli. Teachers are required to create an account to view the film and use the supplied code to enable students to access the film.
Key points to explore:
- Paul Kelly’s compositions.
- Various musical devices.
- Musical techniques and approaches.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 9 & 10 Music
- Manipulate combinations of the elements of music in a range of styles, using technology and notation (ACAMUM100)
- Practise and rehearse to refine a variety of performance repertoire with increasing technical and interpretative skill (ACAMUM101)
- Plan and organise compositions with an understanding of style and convention, including drawing upon Australian music by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists (ACAMUM102)
- Evaluate a range of music and compositions to inform and refine their own compositions and performances (ACAMUR104)
- 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)
Topic: Social issues.
Unit of work: PAUL KELLY – STORIES OF ME
Time required: 1 x 60 mins, 3 x 45 mins, 1 x 10 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate student discussion, coordinate student movement around classroom.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of accessing the internet. Copy of Paul Kelly – Stories of Me (teachers are required to create an account to view and invite students to view the film). Musical instruments.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, using ICT to visualise thinking, web search.
Keywords: Music, Paul Kelly, artist, image, songs, instruments, musical concepts, patterns, repetition, melody.
Acknowledgements: This resource has been adapted from ‘Paul Kelly: Portrait of an Artist’ written by Eva Gold, Mel Dixon, Ann Small, Bradley Merrick with Appendix from Victorian teachers by Monika Wagner.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.