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Music education lessons for foundation to year 2 students

 

Let’s make music!

Let’s sing songs!

Let’s clap and play rhythms!

Let’s dance!

 

Rhymes and Songs is a series of video-based music education lessons for foundation to year 2 students based on the much loved book and compact disc resources by the late Richard Gill OA: Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star and How I Wonder, published by Devirra Publications www.devirra.com.

Each video features a rhyme or song from the collection and is presented by one of the lead music teacher mentors in the program. They are designed for young children to explore without supervision.

Music education benefits

  • ATTENTION

    To all teachers who want the best in music and in education for their children, using this set of videos and associated resources will help you achieve your musical aims.

  • LISTENING

    All musical activities require listening. We teach children music so they can invent or compose their own music. When children listen with full attention, they improve their capacity to concentrate and focus, requirements for all learning.

  • REMEMBER

    Memory is an important part of learning. Listening to these nursery rhymes and songs and having fun moving, dancing, singing and playing simple instruments, can enhance the child’s understanding of music.

  • ENERGY

    Paying attention to music, listening to music, having fun and using our memories, all require great energy and concentration, which our brains love! Our ears and our brains work together and constantly grow.

  • FUN

    In the early stages of a child’s education, great fun can be had by listening to music, especially nursery rhymes and songs.

  • DANCE

    Dancing and moving when we listen to music helps us listen and concentrate and is great fun.

  • BONUS

    As a very special bonus, the study of music may provide many pathways to all areas of learning. There is now plenty of scientific evidence to support this statement.


The rhymes and songs are used as teaching and learning material in the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program. Richard Gill AO founded the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program in 2015 to increase access to quality music education for all Australian primary school students.

For more information, about the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program, email program manager Bernadette McNamarra at bernadettemcnamara@ayo.com.au