ABC Music and Me for Schools

Build EARLY LITERACY & MATHS SKILLS through a playful, engaging, active program proven effective with young learners.

ABC Music & Me is a research proven approach to teaching children early Literacy, Mathematics and Social-Emotional skills through music.  Weekly music & movement classes taught at your school help develop pre-literacy and language skills through a child’s most-loved rituals – music and story time. The ABC Music & Me curriculum creates a musical learning environment in the school, childcare or playgroup setting that is active, engaging and developmentally appropriate.

4 Curriculum Levels available:Kindermusik

Sing & Play (1 & 2 years)

Wiggle & Grow (2 & 3 years)

Laugh & Learn (3 – 5 years)

Move & Groove (5 – 7 years)

ABC Music & Me combines structure with flexibility to enable children of all ages to flourish. Students with limited English vocabularies or with disabilities can not only participate, but can also grow both music and language skills.

The ABC Music & Me classroom teaching package provides you with all the tools you need to successfully implement ABC Music & Me in your school or early learning classroom.

Click here for more on how ABC Music & Me promotes life-long learning skills.

ABC Music & Me and the EYLF

The ABC Music & Me curricula align with Australian National Quality Standards for early childhood education and care. 

ABC Music and Me supports the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. The scope and sequence for the ABC Music & Me curricula align with EYLF learning outcomes for children birth to 5 years. (Please ask to see a copy of the Scope and Sequence for the ABC Music & Me – Wiggle & Grow, Laugh & Learn and Move & Groove curricula for more detailed information) Read more

During the past 2 years, ABC Music & Me has become part of early literacy programs in Early Learning Centres and Schools throughout Australia including Chinchilla State School (QLD), Emohruo Children’s Centre (VIC), Unicare Early Childhood Centre (WA), Yarrunga Early Learning Centre (NSW), Laura Preschool (SA); as part of the Shaping Brains program at Acacia Ridge EYC, Beaudesert EYC and Cairns EYC (QLD); as part of the Investing in Our Youth program at Carey Park Child & Parent Centre, Carey Park Primary School, Maidens Park Primary School, Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School and Cooinda Primary School (WA) and at Oxley Christian College (VIC).

What Australian Schools are saying about ABC Music & Me

“We have had great feedback from parents and families regarding the ABC Music & Me program.

In regards to using the online teacher guides etc… the online resources have been easy to navigate, no problems there.

I also just wanted to say it has been a lot of fun delivering ABC Music & Me, I have had a lot of special moments with children and their parents and have seen special moments between parents and their children which has been really nice J So thank-you Verna!” – Shaping Brains Project Officer, Qld

“We have been getting positive feedback from the parents. Our parents are even starting to join in with the singing and dancing! Its great!

I have been a part of running both Laugh and Learn and Move and Groove at our centres. The students absolutely love playing with the instruments and experimenting with different ways to make sounds.

Overall it has been a great experience introducing ABC Music and Me to Shaping Brains. You have been wonderful with answering our questions and queries along the way.” – Shaping Brains Project Officer, Qld

Feedback from Teacher Training Sessions:

“Really enjoyed the presentation of activities. A practical and informative introduction to Kindermusik. Thank You.”- L. Miley, Qld

“Verna was confident and comfortable when training the group, which allowed myself to fully participate and get the most out of the day. It was clear that everyone had an enjoyable experience whilst learning many benefits of teaching ABC Music and Me within their groups.”- I. Cue, Qld

“Verna made the training interesting, entertaining and interactive. Having a trainer with current field experience made the training more informative and useful.”- F. Russell, Qld

“Great resource, easy to use especially when not musically talented. Very engaging for students and practical with excellent learning outcomes.” – S. Dunlop, NSW

“A very structured program which integrates many subjects from the curriculum, which also provides teachers with scope to link IEP goals.” – S. McLaurin NSW, Australia

“Great learning session. I feel confident in implementing the Kindermusik program in my early learning setting. Looking forward to accessing the resources.” – K. Masterson NSW

“I was very happy with the training, the trainer’s skills and knowledge and ability to deliver training… I need to follow up this training with my own reading and practice in order to deliver lessons. I am really looking forward to this and am impressed with the detail of information available in order to do this.” – J. Cowin, SA

“I am so excited about introducing this program in our school and feel equip[ed] to do this after excellent training from Verna. The interactive training was really fun to do.” – T. Prinsloo VIC

For more information about the ABC Music & Me and ABC English & Me programmes go to the ABC Music & Me website

Why use music as a teaching tool?

Music is one of the few activities that activates, stimulates and uses the entire brain. Music is scientifically proven to stimulate language-learning, including listening skills essential to early school success. Early literacy skills, such as phonological awareness, are improved with musical instruction. Early musical experiences are proven to advance memory, attention and brain development and have shown positive outcomes in the learning of early mathematics skills.  Combining music with movement creates new learning pathways in the brain while also enhancing motor skills and physical development.

The advantages of group learning

Group learning helps children develop important social skills such as cooperation, focused listening, sharing, turn-taking and inhibitory control that will make the transition to school life easier.

Gathering in a group to sing and learn is a positive way to lower inhibitions, build self-esteem and to foster a sense of inclusion.

A recent study conducted to assess whether structured group music activities have an effect, either positive or negative, on toddlers between 12 and 24 months old, found that:  “…participation in four to seven music sessions significantly increased higher level developmental skills. Significantly more children in the music group demonstrated higher level music and cognitive skills than did those in the control group.”*

ABC Music & Me and Family Involvement

Consistent attendance advances a child’s learning.  With each successive month of involvement, children will become more comfortable with the ABC Music & Me environment and will therefore open up to allow higher levels of learning.

ABC Music & Me At Home materials help make connections between what is done in class and the home environment.  Research shows that involvement from parents and family members in early childhood programs helps children to succeed in the transition to kindergarten and school. ** Reinforcing classroom learning at home not only enhances the child’s growth and development and strengthens the parent-child bond, but research shows that experiences throughout the week at home also increase the acquisition of vocabulary.

Each enrolled child receives new digital At Home materials for every 4-week unit – a growing library of online resources for the home – including downloadable class music, printable lyrics, games and activities to help connect parents and families with classroom learning.

Schools can choose to have a licensed Kindermusik Educator come in to the school to deliver the program or staff can be trained to implement the program themselves using the included teacher resources, online teacher guides and hosted lesson audio.

Contact Verna to book a demo or to find out more about introducing ABC Music & Me at your early learning centre or school.

* “Effects of Parent/Child Group Music Activities on Toddler Development: A Pilot Study”, Jayne M Standley; Darcy Walworth; Judy Nguyen, Music Therapy Perpsectives; 2009; 27, 1; ProQuest Direct Complete p.11

** (Kreider, 2002; Marcon, 1999).

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