The Soundtrack of Australia — Yidaki

A didgeridoo is created from a tree that has been hollowed out by termites.

This gives the instrument its unique timbre, or character. The different frequencies of sound produced by a didgeridoo can be captured visually to show the “textures” within the different notes.

YEARS:  5–6, 7–8, 9–10

Things to think about

  1. What is the origin of the word “didgeridoo”?
  2. How does a didgeridoo create so many different sounds?
  3. What is timbre, and how is it created?


Written by Anam Javed and Lorena Pellone-Gismondi.

Thanks to Claire Brown and the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership.

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Many of these resources and activities have been developed in consultation with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to ensure that the program meets NSW curriculum outcomes for Stages 3, 4 & 5.