"Music is the last true voice of the human spirit. It can go beyond language, beyond age, and beyond colour - straight to the mind and heart of all people." -- Ben Harper


Curriculum Requirements

"Music - that's been my education.
There's not a day that goes by that I take it for granted."
~Billie Joe Armstrong

NZ National Curriculum : The Arts
Achievement objectives

Music and Learning

"Music is the universal language of mankind."~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Eight ways to use music for teaching and learning.

Video: Music and Learning

Research on how Music promotes learning.

More on Music and Learning from the Web
Dee Dickinson at New Horizons for Learning has written a fascinating article about the importance of music education. New Horizons contains a wealth of additional reading on brain research and educational innovation.
Muzine is a Webzine for families who are interested in music. They have an interesting series on Music and the Home Computer.
The most complete Web resource on the topic of the Mozart Effect may be found at Parenting Central from the Suzuki Music Academy.

Learning through Music: The support of Brain Research

Integrating Music into the Curriculum

Songs for Teaching

“Educators have always known that learning and life are maximal
where play and work coincide.” -- L. W. Gibbs

Have Fun Teaching.

Units for Engaging with the NZ Curriculum - Arts Online

Music and Maths

“Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716) who co-discovered calculus
Connecting Music to Maths and Science
Music and Maths Teaching Ideas
Count the Beat - Nrich activity
Numbers and SongsStudents will create and perform songs based on math concepts and facts, with this lesson plan. It is designed for students in 5th through 7th grades, but can be customized to meet your classroom needs.

Read more on FamilyEducation: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/math/resource/10340.html#ixzz2Cclr3j7E
Mean, median and mode with Music : video
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Read more on FamilyEducation: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/music/teacher-resources/6647.html#ixzz2CclUHggI
* Math and Music: Fibonacci SequenceStudents discover that patterns in music that relate to the Fibonacci Sequence.

  • Graphing PitchDistribute a group activity that explains the musical relationship between length of instruments and their pitch.

Read more on FamilyEducation: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/math/resource/10340.html#ixzz2Cclj8KMy
The Music MouseTry a math activity that focuses on skip counting by five's to 100.

Read more on FamilyEducation: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/math/resource/10340.html#ixzz2Ccm0LsnZ

Counting Songs

More Counting Songs

Number chants and counting songs

Music and Writing

"Well-written words are music."William Shatner

Visualisation and Writing with the help of music - interesting article.
The connection between poetry and music. Read.Write.Think. Six 30-minute lessons.
Lesson Plan: Music is Poetry.

Soundtracking Ourselves - scholarly article on the impact of music on creative writing.
Sherrilyn Kenyon, author, talks about how music inspires her writing.
Using song lyrics as mentor texts: WritingFix.
Songs that teach writing strategies.
Drama and Music : Powerful Tools for teaching Reading and Writing. A video for educators.

10 Tips to Teach Writing through Music

Music and Literacy

"Oral language is an interactive and social process, and music is a natural way for children to experience rich language in a pleasurable way."
~ Woodall and Ziembroski

Popular Music Activities for Reading and Language Arts
Songs that promote reading.
Music Poems - Poems about music.
Music and Literacy... A Perfect Match. Great article with ideas for using music in literacy teaching.
Studies on Music and LIteracy.
ABC Music & Me
Nursery Rhymes for early readers.

Music and other curriculum areas


“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education.”

History: Interactive Timeline
Students will explore ragtime music and gain an understanding of its development in relation to jazz. They will also investigate the historical events during the time the genre evolved.

Read more on FamilyEducation: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/history-of-music/lesson-plan/4746.html#ixzz2Ccmkj1d7
Art: Music Crafts
Songs for Teaching
A fantastic range of songs covering every curriculum area.

Songs for Teaching blog - all about teaching music

Musical Literacy

"Most people live and die with their music still unplayed.
They never dare to try."

-Mary Kay Ash

Composition and Notation
Approaches to Music Literacy
Music Resources for Teachers - links to lessons and websites.
Video: Rhythm Clock Game



  • Creating a Soundscape

    The unit and learning outcomes are based around the first teaching example - entitled 'A Soundscape' - in the 'Creating and Representing' chapter of Into Music 2. The lesson sequence is written to ensure that students develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to ensure the learning outcomes are met in a sequential manner. (level 3)

  • Making Links between Language/s and Music

    This resource is intended to help teachers integrate music learning with approaches to literacy. In this way, the socially enjoyable, artistic, cognitive and aesthetic aspects of music learning can support language development. (levels 2 - 4)

  • A School-Wide Music Programme Based on a Pentatonic Theme

    This is a collaboratively planned school-wide overview for the arts. The overview is thematically inspired, and ensures sequential, carefully considered skill-building experiences in all four arts area - dance, drama, music, and the visual arts. It focuses on learning to explore the pentatonic scale in composition and performance. (level 2)

  • Blame it on the Boogie

    This is an example of a music planning process. The dance-related unit is based on listening, singing and jiving to disco music. (levels 2 - 3)

  • Improvisation Circle in Music

    The planning material in this resource outlines how to set up an improvisation circle, describes a music improvisation circle and offers suggestions on extending the activity to include wider sound arts and compositional learning. (levels 3 - 4)

  • Making Links between Language/s and Music

    This resource is intended to help teachers integrate music learning with approaches to literacy. In this way, the socially enjoyable, artistic, cognitive and aesthetic aspects of music learning can support language development. (levels 2 - 4)

  • Maui: A Pacific Super Hero

    An integrated Primary School Arts resource based on super heroes aimed at level 3 of the curriculum. (level 3)

  • Singing in the Primary School

    An overview of how to approach singing in primary schools levels. (levels 1 - 4) PDF (95kb)

  • Using Music Technologies

    Mark Edwards - E-Learning Fellow

    A music unit which was developed as part of a research project for an e-learning fellowship. Students are given the opportunity to experiment with different music technologies that could then be built on to create a larger unit incorporating the skills learnt. Plenty of excellent online references are provided.

Music – Sound Arts

Teacher resource exchange

Units and sequences

Reviewed resources

Professional readings

BBC School Radio

School Radio Music offers resources across the primary school for both Key Stages 1 and 2.

Professional support


Virtual Learning

Arts key

Performing arts facilities in schools

Music across the Curriculum - great ideas to integrate music. (TIP: Click on 'Look Inside' for the document.)

Music and Te Reo Maori

"Waiata tamariki (children's songs) are an integral component of Māori language acquisition in early childhood education settings."
~ Rotu Mihaka

Voices of Tāwhirimatea
This level 2/3 music unit, written by Maria Winder, focuses on traditional Māori musical instruments that carry sounds (pūoro) connected to the natural world e.g. earth, sky, wind, rain, rain, plants and animals. The voices of Tāwhirimatea, the God of winds, are represented by Māori wind instruments such as kōauau, putorino and nguru. Through a variety of learning experiences, students explore the use of traditional Māori instruments, sing and accompany songs, and create a digital soundtrack using hand-made taonga puoro. //Digistore// photos are included.

WaiataWhat better way to incorporate te reo Maori into our children's learning than with music. The waiata are simple, with themes that capture the children's interest.

NZ Folksongs Maori Songs
This website has heaps of traditional waiata, with interesting anecdotes to explain the heritage of the song, and the themes.

EPS Waiata Maori


"Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes."

Bill Cosby