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Music Around the World: Music of Australia

Updated: Feb 26, 2023



The music of Australia is a diverse and vibrant musical tradition that has been influenced by many different cultures and styles. Indigenous Australian music, also known as Aboriginal music, is the oldest continuous musical tradition in the world, with roots that date back over 60,000 years.


Indigenous Australian music is characterized by its use of instruments such as the didgeridoo, clapsticks, and bullroarers, as well as its intricate vocal harmonies and rhythmic patterns. It often reflects the spiritual and cultural heritage of the Indigenous Australian people and is an essential part of their storytelling and ceremonial practices. In addition to Indigenous music, Australia has a vibrant popular music scene that has produced many successful artists and bands, including AC/DC, Kylie Minogue, and Tame Impala, among others. Australian popular music is often influenced by American and British music styles, such as rock, pop, and electronic dance music (EDM), and often reflects the unique Australian cultural experience. Australian country music is also a popular genre, with artists such as Slim Dusty and Keith Urban achieving success both in Australia and internationally. This genre often reflects the rural and working-class experiences of Australians and has a strong connection to the Australian landscape and way of life.


In recent years, Australian music has gained a more prominent global profile, with many Australian artists achieving international success and recognition. This has helped to raise awareness and appreciation for the rich musical traditions of Australia and has contributed to the growth and development of the global music industry.


Music Lesson Plans: Music Around the World (Australia)


PYP/MYP/NCAS:

LP 'Music Around the World Australia' (NCCAS_PYP_MYP) PDF
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