Into the Music: Federation Bells

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Arts Centre Melbourne presents presents

Into the Music: Federation Bells

A rare opportunity to discover and compose music for the iconic Federation Bells at Birrarung Marr.

The Federation Bells were commissioned in 2001 to commemorate the centenary of Federation. Since then they have been used in many exciting music and sound design projects with composers and musicians from all over the globe. Their spectacular sound always attracts tourists and city visitors when they play three times daily. In this exciting and distinctive workshop, students will use computer software to create original compositions for the Bells, and during the day, discuss the best compositional techniques for such a unique instrument. Hear the students’ original compositions performed live on the bells in the afternoon. Combine learning about writing music with the exclusive opportunity to discover Melbourne’s very own Federation Bells.

Session outline:

  • Learn about the Federation Bells sculpture, its history and mechanics
  • Write music for a specific, unusual, instrument
  • Use contemporary compositional tools
  • Learn about musical structure and texture
  • Walk to Federation Bells at Birrarung Marr to hear your compositions being played live

Student work will be made available for download after the workshop.

Curriculum Links

Links to the Victoria Curriculum

Learning Areas


The Arts

  • Music

Critical and Creative Thinking


Personal and Social

The Humanities



On demand (subject to availability)

3 hrs

Price range

$24 per student  
Minimum charge is for 15 students


Years 5 – 6
Years 7 – 12


The Channel


*Please note workshop bookings must be approved by the City of Melbourne before they are confirmed


The Channel is an Arts Centre Melbourne venue. Please see the map for the location.