Meet the Orchestra with James Morrison

The MSO aims to provide the opportunity for exciting, engaging, and inspirational musical experiences that extend well beyond the concert hall. We’ve designed this special pack of online pre-concert resources for you and your students to discover in the lead up to the concerts. See below a teaching resource pack, set of three curriculum-linked videos, as well as sheet music for, and a recording of, Basin Street Blues, the interactive focus work for this year’s concerts.

We suggest you use these resources to design and execute a pre-concert learning sequence crafted to suit you students and their particular interests and needs. You may also choose to use the resources for post-concert reflections and further lesson planning. The choice is yours.

Teaching resource pack

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Clip No.1

MSO Associate Conductor, Benjamin Northey, introduces the MSO’s 2017 Education Week concerts.

0:01 – Introduction from Benjamin Northey, MSO Associate Conductor
2:00 – Bringing jazz and classical music worlds together
3:22 – Exploring the melody of George Gershwin’s An American in Paris
5:58 – Slow jazz and blue notes
8:14 – Comparing straight quavers and swung quavers

Clip No.2

MSO Associate Conductor, Benjamin Northey, explores Spencer Williams’ Basin Street Blues, part of the MSO’s 2017 Education Week concerts.

0:01 – Introduction of the Education Week interactive piece, Spencer Williams’ Basin Street Blues
1:09 – Call and Response in Basin Street Blues
3:26 – Exploring the blues scale
4:33 – Classroom/individual activities

Clip No.3

MSO Associate Conductor, Benjamin Northey, discusses swung melodies with violinst Freya Franzen.

0:01 – Introduction of the relationship between the conductor, soloist and musicians
2:40 – Swinging melodies with MSO violinist Freya Franzen
4:24 – Interview with Freya Franzen, MSO violinist
7:31 – Recap

Basin Street Blues recording

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This track comes from the recording ‘A to Z of Jazz’, with James Morrison and Benjamin Northey, available on ABC Jazz.

Basin Street Blues melody sheet music

Download sheet music (single page .pdf file)


In addition to the City of Melbourne and our generous donors to the Education & Community Engagement program, the MSO also thanks Shane Crawford (St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School), John Koutsonikolas (Altona North Primary School), Andrew Power (Academy of Mary Immaculate), and Lisa Wood (Woodville Primary School) for their invaluable contributions to the development of these resources.