A new Indigenous song called Morning Star and Evening Star has inspired a suite of resources and Suggested Learning Plans for classroom and specialist teachers across various disciplines.

The Suggested Learning Plans are mapped to the Australian Curriculum and are relevant to teachers of P-10 English, humanities, music and the arts. Each plan provides multiple suggested learning experiences and contains useful protocols for teaching and engaging with Indigenous material.

A small fee is attached to each Learning Plan package, the profits of which will be returned to the Yugambeh community where this songline originated, via the Yugambeh Youth Aboriginal Corporation.

View Suggested Learning Plans here.

There is also a collection of Morning Star and Evening Star Resources that are FREE for everyone. These include cultural context and activities, the origins and relevance of the song, pronunciation guides for the words in language, song audio, music and lots of suggestions for all age groups.

You can use these resources in isolation or combined with an AMEB Online Orchestra entry – learn the song, record it and become part of this national online orchestra!

About the AMEB Online Orchestra

The AMEB Online Orchestra is a virtual community orchestra project uniting the nation through music.

In 2021, the orchestra will perform an original Indigenous song called Morning Star and Evening Star written by Candace Kruger, a Yugambeh songwoman and Indigenous ethnomusicologist along with co-writers Lann Levinge and Isobella Kruger. The song is based on an Aboriginal lullaby sung to her Lottie Eaton (nee Levinge), who, decades later, shared it with her family.

‘Lottie’s wish was to have Morning Star and Evening Star passed on and shared, so I am delighted that through the Yugambeh Youth Aboriginal Corporation’s partnership with the Australian Music Examinations Board, we can fulfil this request. Alongside my cousin Lann Levinge, my daughter Isobella Kruger and Blessed by our Elders, we hope that through the Morning Star and Evening Star songline people enjoy learning the narrative of our people’. - Candace Kruger



Orchestra parts and learning resources are available now. Entries open April 1st and close July 31st. The video of everyone’s combined performances will be revealed in October 2021.

To learn more or get your school involved visit the AMEB Online Orchestra website: https://bit.ly/2P4cTwc