April 13, 2020

Early Childhood Resources


Music Learning at Home


Teachers/ Kaiako Mā

We invite you to browse the following sites and resources to select some music activities that are appropriate for your tamariki. We encourage you to include some music in every aspect of your programme.

Our focus through this time is on Well-being/ Mana Atua in order to ease the stress some children may be experiencing and to bring some joy.

Many of the goals in Te Whāriki can be met through a rich and diverse music programme.

For example:

  • Their emotional well-being is nurtured (Well-being/ Mana atua)
  • The develop non-verbal communication skills for a range of purposes (Communication/ Mana Reo) 
  • They develop verbal communication for a range of purposes (Communication/ Mana Reo)
  • Their play is valued as meaningful learning and the importance of spontaneous play is recognised (Exploration/ Mana aotūroa)
  • They are affirmed as individuals (Contribution/ Mana tangata)




If you are teaching junior primary school children we have included the Level 1 Music Progress Indicators to show how you can link activities to the music curriculum.

Level 1 Listening (Analysing and Appreciating)

  • I can share responses to live and recorded music.
  • I can recognise the purposes of different kinds of music

Level 1 Singing

  • I can sing and chant in tune with others.
  • I can sing in time with an accompaniment and with others.
  • I can use my voice to explore pitch and expressive qualities

Level 1 Playing

  • I can imitate rhythmic and melodic patterns.
  • I can play in time with the beat.
  • I can demonstrate an awareness of instrumental techniques.

Level 1 Creating

  • I can improvise short rhythm and pitch patterns.
  • I can experiment with sound to reflect sources of motivation

Level 1 Moving (from Dance Curriculum)

  • I can use my body to explore body awareness, space, time, energy and relationships

Level 1 Reading and Recording

  • I can represent sounds through, and interpret simple graphic notation.

An important focus of music learning in the early years is an understanding of and experience in the elements of music. These elements can be experienced through the aspects of music, listening, singing, playing, creating, moving and reading and recording.

Whānau / Parents / Caregivers

We encourage you to view Nathan Wallis’ video about why it is so important to embrace the arts during this time.

We also encourage you to review the ‘Best Online Safety Tips’ from Netsafe for home learning with your child.

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