ATAR Music Resources

Supporting music teachers and students across WA

The UWA Conservatorium of Music have developed a range of online resources to support music teachers and students across WA.

This suite of resources has been carefully designed around the new ATAR Music Syllabus, and includes a wide range of topics that will support student learning across a broad array of contexts.

Our bite-size videos will cover elements of Analysis, Performance and Musical Literacy and are accompanied by written documents, quizzes and further study links that will help support student learning beyond the classroom.

Music literacy


Clefs quiz [PDF 197KB]

Referenced videos

Other suggested videos

TAB notation

Accidentals quiz [PDF 197KB]


Writing Modes

Recognising Written Modes

Recognising Modes Aurally


Writing Intervals

Recognising Intervals (Written)

Interval Recognition (Aurally)

Referenced videos




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Part 2:




Recognising Cadences Aurally

Identifying Cadences in Notation


Other suggested videos


Musical Texture


Textures in Hallelujah Chorus

Form 1 - Complex Western Art Forms

Form 1 quiz [PDF 121KB]

Form 2 - Verse-Chorus in Contemporary Music
Compositional Devices

Compositional Devices Quiz [PDF 197KB]

Percussion Instruments
Drum Kit

Transposing Instruments (Part 1)

Transposing Instruments (Part 2)

Exam Style Questions on Transposition


Melody Writing

Melody Writing

Music analysis

Unit 1: Elements

ATAR Music Workbook | Unit One: Elements
In Unit One, we will discuss elements. These are the building blocks of pieces of music, and when we understand the elements of contemporary, jazz, and Western art music, we can explain how those elements are used to convey a message.  These background and analysis documents are intended as a step off point as you explore these pieces of music. There are suggested readings and listenings which we hope will broaden your understanding of the topics, and encourage you to find lots of other resources on the composers, writers, and pieces of music. 

UWA ATAR Music Workbook_ UNIT ONE


Haydn - Trumpet Concerto

Unit 2: Narratives

ATAR Music Workbook | Unit 2: Narratives

In Unit Two, we will discuss Narrative. All music tells a story. Some of these stories are explicit—an obvious story that is probably linear in nature. Some of these stories are less obvious, a feeling or sense of emotion. How we do this in music—western art music, jazz or commercial music—is the subject of this unit. 

UWA ATAR Music Workbook_ UNIT TWO

The Beatles - A Day In the Life

Duke Ellington/Ella Fitzgerald: Take the A Train


Top tips for performance

Expert performers and teachers from the UWA Conservatorium of Music, share their top five tips for students heading into exams and auditions.

General topics

The development of the Symphony Part 1 & Part 2

The development of the Concerto Part 1 & Part 2

UWA performances

Irwin Street Collective | Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 with soloist Jude Holland

UWA Conservatorium of Music second year piano student, and winner of the inaugural Irwin Street Collective concerto competition, Jude Holland, performs Mozart’s last piano concerto with the UWA Chamber Orchestra, led by Shaun Lee-Chen.

Performance at UWA

Each year, we present a vibrant program of concerts and events that showcase our young emerging artists and the finest musical talent locally, nationally and internationally.

UWA Vose Concerto Competition 2022 Winner - Rachael Liu

Rachael Liu performs two arias; Una voce poco fa from Gioachino Rossini’s opera ‘The Barber of Seville’, and Je Veux Vivre from Charles Gounod’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in the finals of the 2022 Vose Memorial Prize, with Professor Alan Lourens conducting the UWA Symphony Orchestra.

Outreach activities

ATAR Music Bootcamp

Get ATAR ready with hands-on workshops alongside some of Australia’s leading musicians. Grab your instrument (or voice) and learn about practice strategies; aural, theory and performance etiquette; dealing with performance anxiety and more.

Wednesday 19 April 2023 | 10am-3pm

Callaway Music Auditorium

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Accelerate! is UWA’s elite training program designed for players in Years 10-12 who are looking to take their performance and creative music skills to the next level. In 2023 Accelerate! is offered across all instrumental areas, and voice. Participants will enjoy workshops, masterclasses and receive expert individualised input on performance skills, exam tips, musicianship and more! Places are strictly limited and entry is through application and audition.

Fridays, 10-31 March 2023 | 4.30-6.30pm

Full scholarship program (no cost to participants).

Info: [email protected] or call 6488 2051

Accelerate! Strings will run in Term 3

Accelerate! Percussion will run on Sundays during Term 1

Days of

Immerse yourself in a fun and interactive day of performance, including activities such as ensemble playing, technical workshops, instrument care, aural skills, masterclasses and more!

Day of Woodwind - Saturday 25 March 2023 | 1pm-5pm | Book now

New for 2023, join UWA Head of Woodwind, Ashley Smith, and a host of woodwind specialists for a fun day of performance, suitable for flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe and bassoon students of all ages and abilities.

Day of Piano - Sunday 23 July 2023 | 1pm-5pm | Book now

This annual afternoon festival of piano involves masterclasses, performances and collaborative projects. Improve your exam preparation, practice strategies, versatility, musicality and more.

Day of Voice - Sunday 27 August 2023 | 1pm-5pm | Book now

Join us for the annual Day of Voice where you can learn tips and tricks of performance from some of Perth’s most experienced teachers and performers, including Head of Voice Andrew Foote and celebrated Australian Soprano and teacher Sara Macliver. With activities for all voice types and genres.

Day of Brass - Saturday 2 September 2023 | 1pm-5pm | Book now

Calling all Brass players and enthusiasts! Join us for an exciting day of performances, workshops and masterclasses led by some of WA’s finest performers and teachers! Whether you’re studying trumpet at university, have just started learning Euphonium at school or have been playing trombone in your local brass band for 40 years, this day is for you!

Day of Guitar - Saturday 14 October 2023 | 1pm-5pm | Book now

Expand your knowledge, refine your technique, and hone your ensemble and performance skills in a friendly, supportive environment surrounded by guitar enthusiasts of all ages! Led by UWA's Chair of Guitar, Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald, this day is not to be missed!


Masterclasses give students a unique opportunity to develop their skills, hone their craft and succeed in their musical endeavours. In 2023 we are delighted to offer a variety of masterclasses with National and International guest artists, Conservatorium Staff, artists from WASO and more!

  • Jonathan Ryan (WASO Cor Anglais) Saturday 25 March 2023 | 2pm
  • Philippe Limoge (Percussion/EMSD) Monday 10 April 2023 | 2pm
  • John Keene (WASO Double Bass) Friday 5 May 2023 | 11am
  • Julia Brooke (WASO French Horn)  Friday 12 May 2023 | 9am
  • Adam Walker (Flute) Monday 15 May 2023 | 11am - MUSICAVIVA Masterclass*
  • Paavali Jumppanen (Piano) Saturday 27 May 2023 | 2pm
  • Laura Snowden (Classical Guitar) Saturday 29 July 2023 | 1pm
  • Colin Davin (Classical Guitar) Sunday 30 July 2023 | 1pm
  • David Greco (Voice) Wednesday 9 August 2023 | 10am
  • Jonathan Fitzgerald (Classical Guitar) Sunday 3 September 2023 | 2pm
  • Alex Raineri (Woodwind/Piano) Monday 11 September 2023 | 11am and 1pm
  • Mary-Anne Blades (WASO Flute) Friday 22 September 2023 | 9am
  • Caitlin Hulcup (Voice) Tuesday 26 September 2023 | 4pm
  • David Kim (Piano) Monday 2 October 2023 | 1pm
  • Vision String Quartet Monday 2 October 2023 | 10am - MUSICAVIVA Masterclass*
  • Olivia Davies (WASO Composer in Residence) Friday 6 October 2023 | 9am


Attendance is free. Bookings via [email protected]

*Fees may apply

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