Bonkers Beat Music Program (using Kodály and Orff)

Bonkers Beat Music Program infuses music into all aspects of early learning, including language development, literacy and numeracy and physical movement.

Program details

  • Priority area: Communication
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online
  • Strength of evidence: Level 4 – Emerging research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Communication skills and general knowledge
  • Item cost: Moderate ($200-$2,000 per person/item); High (>$2,000 per person/item)

Program description

The Bonkers Beat Music Program puts music at the core of early childhood education. The program features music as a part of all lessons, including language development, literacy and numeracy and physical movement. It uses the approaches of Kodály and Orff.

Detailed cost

Starter program: $297

This provides:

  • a 5-module online music training course (20 to 35 minutes each)
  • access to online video recordings of 5 Bonkers Beat songs for 3 months
  • a certificate of completion of the Starter Program.

Bonkers Beat Online Training: $2,850

This provides:

  • 12-month membership and online training
  • a 5-module online music training course (as per the 'Starter Program')
  • monthly interactive group support sessions via Skype
  • 'Bonkers Beat & You' music album CD
  • a book with 10 traditional and 10 'transitional' songs
  • access to online video recordings of all songs from the 'Bonkers Beat & You' CD
  • lesson guides for all songs from the 'Bonkers Beat & You' CD
  • songs in PDF format with links to the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Framework
  • newsletters for parents/carers with transitional songs
  • access to members only closed group on Facebook
  • a weekly blog.

Additional resources

  • 'Bonkers Beat & You' music album CD (14 songs): $25
  • Consultancy provided through individual support via Skype: $150 per hour

COVID-19 changes

To support families who are currently at home and caring for young children, Bonkers Beat now offers access to a 'Music Kinder at Home' Facebook group, which is free for families and educators to join. It provides access to educational experiences for children from one to up to 8 years. Visit the provider's web page for further details.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: educators.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: Bonkers Beat Online Training provides support from the provider for 12 months.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.
  • Factors to consider: consider how staff may be able to share the practice knowledge they obtain from this resource with others at the service. This will help to ensure that improved approaches to practice or innovative ideas can be implemented across the service as a whole.
  • Australian experience: the Bonkers Beat Music Program was developed in Australia.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnerships with families
  • Partnerships with professionals

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

  • Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
  • Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media