Training for Educators and Teachers in Early Childhood Music

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Learn about music for babies at your own pace in your own place. Access our newest professional development and training for Music Teachers and Early Childhood Educators.


Learn something new in the new Baby Music Modules 1-6. These training modules in early childhood music were written in 2020 during the COVID19 pandemic. They are designed to be used by early childhood educators and music teachers but they are also suitable for others interested in how music supports children.


Download these self-paced training modules. Get the FREE Guide to the Series to test the water and see if you’d like to buy the rest of the modules.


Working with Toddler or Preschool age children?  Read on and access tailored training at your place. Inquiries welcome.

Current and Traditional Methods and Approaches

The Musical Child pedagogical approach is in line with the current Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and meets all five of the learning outcomes. The approach acknowledges children’s innate musicality. It nurtures and expands their natural capabilities in moving in synchrony, deep listening, playing simple instruments, improvising, singing and speaking. The approach is rooted in culture and expressed through play.

While our approach is concerned with the child learning through music, we also would like to acknowledge the excellence, dedication and successful influence of the four main music education systems designed by composers, performers and teachers from Hungary, Germany, Switzerland and Japan in the early and mid twentieth century.

Of the four, the Musical Child early learning through music approach has the most in common with Orff Schulwerk because of its emphasis on learning through play and the integration of drama and speech.


  • Carl Orff, German composer in association with Gunild Keetman, composer, performer, teacher — Orff Schulwerk; Orff Approach 1920s. Combines music, movement, drama and speech similar to child’s play.
  • Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer — Kodály Method 1935. Curriculum and teaching methods for lower and middle schools.
  • Émile Jacques Dalcroze, Swiss composer — Eurhythmics early 20th Century. Teaches music through movement.
  • Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese violinist and pedagogue — Suzuki Method mid-20th Century. Uses music education to enrich student’s life and instil character traits.

We Can Come to You

Need something tailored to your needs? Email or phone us to discuss your particular needs for training or professional development. We will begin the conversation and tailor your training from there. Inquiries from Centre Managers regarding staff development are welcome. Contact today.


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Let’s face it — not all musical experiences are worth doing day-in day-out in the same way with the same tired songs.

Musical Child has been offering opportunities in professional development for educators for over a decade.

We invite you to read through the list of our training, research and development partners to see where we have made an impact in Australia, China and Hong Kong.

Get a fresh new perspective — we hope to add you to the list soon. Ask for a quote now.

Training, Research and Development Partners

Kids World Kindy, Long Day Care and Preschool, Quakers Hill NSW — ‘How to Tailor and Implement a  Preschool Music Program Sing and Play 3, Musical Child.’ Online Professional Development via Zoom. September, 2021

Hamley Bridge Kindergarten, Hamley Bridge S.A. — ‘Building Phonological Awareness Through Music and Movement’. Assisted by a Grant from the South Australian Department of Education Music Innovation Fund. Ongoing sessions with children and staff including a full-day professional development program delivered at the site for staff and guest educators, June through August, 2021.

The District Council of Coober Pedy Child and Parenting Support Services (CaPS), through “Little Musicians”, organised a series of Musical Child trainings and conversations with key professionals in the town. The events included Professional Development for Educators — “Music Sessions for Fun and Education”; and Music Training  for Parents and Carers  — “Training to help parents and carers embrace music to help children learn and have fun.” The 2-Day series took place in Coober Pedy, S.A. May 2021.

Covid-19  Mentoring and Support of Studio Music Teachers Online ongoing 2020, 2021.

Musical Child Training, Mentoring of Studio Music Teachers Online ongoing 2019, 2020, 2021.

Andrea Xinyan Li, Early Childhood Education, Nanjing China. Projects in Music Education for Children aged 0-3 years and 3-6 years; Development of Curriculum and Trainings. Ongoing relationship in developing bilingual resources and translations for Chinese educators 2015-2021.

Musical Child Training Modules, New! Baby Music downloadable, self-paced  modules were added throughout 2020. Activities for babies were trialled in association with Quinliven Road Early Learning Centre, Aldinga, South Australia and individual families. ZERO, Music for Babies 0-13 Months launched 2021.

Mongolian Music Teachers, Online workshops with interpreter, Khulan Tsogbayer September 2020

Little Lessons Events, Seaford Community Centre, Beechwood Grove, Seaford, SEAFORD SA 5169 April 2018

Musical Child Workshop Series, Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh S.A. 5070 January, February and March 2018

Brooklyn Park Kindergarten, Brooklyn Park S.A. Action Research, Product Development March – May 2018

Montessori House, Fulham Gardens S.A. Action Research, Product Development August – September 2017

Woodville Day Nursery and Kindergarten, Woodville S.A. Action Research, Product Development throughout 2017 and 2018.

Australian Childcare Alliance (ACASA), Adelaide Director’s Hub Seminar, Woodville S.A. July 2017

Oxanda Education, Sydney. Oxanda Area Managers Seminar May 2016

Meri’s Music, Drouin, Victoria. Partnership Course Delivery April-May 2016

Daniel Milard, Music Rings Music Academy, Causeway Bay Hong Kong, Staff Development October 2015. Ongoing relationship in cross-cultural curriculum development, video presentations for children.

Andrea Li, T-Mega Education Shenzhen, China. Partnership Staff Development and Parent Information Sessions August 2015. Ongoing relationship in developing bilingual resources 2015-2021.

Vinci Education China, Beijing & Shanghai, China. Partnership Staff Development Sessions August 2015

Fun Music Company Virtual Music Education Conference March 2013

Stepping Stone Childcare Christie Downs S.A. Fortnightly full staff training January 2011 to March 2012

Western Hub Preschool Teachers, S.A.  Workshop October 2011

Stepping Stone Childcare Morphett Vale Sessions January to April 2011

Stepping Stone Childcare Kidman Park Sessions January to April 2011

Early Childhood Australia National Conference Presentation “Playing Instruments with Children” Adelaide, S.A. 2010

RICE – Remote and Isolated Children’s Exercise & Orroroo Kindergarten S.A. Day Workshop 2010

SALCAS – S.A. Children’s Librarians Value of Nursery Rhymes & Songs 2010

EChO – Early Childhood Organisation S.A. June and November Conferences 2009

Enhance Training, Marden S.A. Children’s Songs and Learning 2009

Coober Pedy District Council S.A. Induction into Bounce & Sing 1 & Sing & Play 1 for “Little Muscians”, April 2009

Our Lady of the Visitation School, Taperoo S.A.  Induction into Sing & Play 1 Feb- April 2009

Junction Community Centre, Ottoway S.A.  Child Care Introductory Course 2008 & 2009

TAFE Gawler S.A. Lecturer, Cert IV & Diploma Music Subjects 2008 & 2009

Seaton Childcare Links, Seaton S.A.  Music in Childcare Sessions 2008

Gowrie Centre Adelaide S.A. Various Sessions: on-site and at other locations 2007 & 2008

De Lissa Institute, University of South Australia, Arts Seminar, August 2007

Grange Community Centre, Grange S.A.  Music and Disability Weekly Sessions 2005

Bowden Brompton Community Centre, Brompton S.A.  Summer Course in Early Childhood Music 2005