Into the Music: Federation Bells

Arts Centre Melbourne

Arts Centre Melbourne and City of Melbourne

The Federation Bells, a large musical sculpture located at Birrarung Marr along the Yarra River, was 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 workshop, students will use computer software to create original compositions for the Bells, and discuss the best compositional techniques for such a unique instrument. Students will then have the opportunity to visit the Bells to hear their compositions played live.

Before the workshop
You can find out more information about the Bells here.

During the workshop
  • 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

After the workshop
Student work will be made available for download after the workshop, emailed to the teacher making the booking.

Suitable for Years 5 - 12

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Show Details



Year Level Suitability

3-6 to 10-12

Curriculum area

The Arts - Media Arts, The Arts - Music





3.5 hours


$24 per student (Minimum charge of 15 students)


The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne (Melbourne, VIC)

School Term:
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4


On demand - subject to availability
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