SRF Program

  • Using Music

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity, Assessment for learning and development, Integrated teaching and learning approaches, Partnerships with professionals.

    ​Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes.


    ​Using Music provides mentoring and training to support educators, parents/carers and kindergarten communities to use music to improve children’s communication, wellbeing and inclusion. Using Music offers three programs designed by a registered teacher/music therapist, in collaboration with therapists, teachers, educators, carers, parents and children.

    Using Music at Kinder: Upskilling educators with the skills, resources, knowledge and confidence to integrate music into their programs through a 2-hour in-person or online consultancy visit, a professional learning workshop and access to online webinars.

    Using Music with Preschoolers: An interactive 1.5 hour workshop for parents, families and educators, teaching strategies for using music to improve the learning, communication and wellbeing of pre-school children and families in the home.

    Using Music Professional Learning: Educators participate in capacity building professional development in a series of four 1-hour online webinars, delivered once per term across a calendar year.

    Detailed Costs

    Using Music at Kinder: $2500 (excl. GST). This price includes onsite consultancy visit and professional learning workshop for up to 10 participants, and access to Using Music Professional Learning webinars for the calendar year.

    Additional costs:

    • Resources: $900 for an optional music toolkit with instruments and ideas (excl. GST) 
    • Additional participants: $80 per extra educator in professional learning workshop (excl. GST) 
    • Follow up professional support: $150 (excl. GST) per hour (consulting and travel)

    Using Music with Preschoolers: $890 (excl. GST). This price includes an onsite or online workshop for up to 50 parents/carers and educators.

    Additional costs:

    • Additional participants: $400 (excl. GST)  for up to an additional 50 participants to cover the cost of an additional facilitator

    Using Music Professional Learning: $250 (incl. GST) per participant, or $650 (incl. GST) per team (multiple participants). This price includes a series of four online webinars for early childhood professionals.

    Additional costs:

    • Follow up professional support: $150 (excl. GST) per hour (consulting and travel)

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: educators and parents/carers.  

    Program/practice descriptions and details:  The Using Music programs are individualised and flexible, recognising and building on the existing skills and knowledge of educators and parents/carers. Participants are supported to explore their music backgrounds, and build capacity to increase music use at home and in early childhood education settings.

    Program adaptability: the programs can be adapted based on participants’ music knowledge and experience. Additional facilitators can be engaged to meet the demand of the service. 

    Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Supervision/Coaching: follow-up additional support is available if needed. There is the ability to schedule mentoring times in session and out of session consulting with educators.

    Training requirements: no prior experience of music is necessary.

    Tools and systems: online access is required for Using Music at Home and Using Music Professional Learning. Online access may be required for Using Music at Kinder.

    Priority Area

    Communication (language development), Wellbeing (social and emotional)

    Strength of Evidence

    Level 3 - Promising research evidence