About Our Workshops

Workshops in Early Childhood - More than Just Music

Our early childhood workshops are filled with music to develop the whole child. All songs are written for a teaching purpose. Engaging children in these activities encourages musical skills but goes way beyond just music. Read our article on Why Teach Music in Early Childhood?

Our workshops are based on specific Kids Music Company collections, or on a range of our collections. Workshops can be tailored to a group's specific needs and can include music for:

  • Developing balance and the vestibular system,
  • Developing coordination across the midline
  • Developing laterality
  • Developing fine motor skills
  • Developing a singing voice
  • Developing instrument skills
  • Developing listening, reaction training, memory and ability to follow instructions
  • Developing social skills
  • Developing creative thinking and problem solving
  • Learning life skills such as counting, colours, manners, good eating habits and being sun smart.

Along the way children will develop a feeling for the beat and affinity with different rhythmic patterns, understand differences in pitch and the basis of melody, and learn to play different instruments. Children will begin to sing in tune and move in time.

Email Janet if you would like to organise a workshop in your area.

Go to:

Workshop Timetable

Workshop Packages

Why Attend?

Benefits for the Participants:

  • Increasing your repertoire of songs that are educationally appropriate
  • Increasing your understanding of children's developmental stages
  • By participating in the workshop activities a greater understanding from the child's perspective is gained
  • Song lists in the front of the Teacher's Books have been cross-referenced with the Curriculum, saving teachers time, and helping with their planning.

Prerequisites for the workshops are:

  • A feeling for a steady beat
  • Willingness to join in and have fun!

Our CD range covers three main areas: 'Sing Move and Play' collections, Instrumental Collections, and Choral Collections.

Go to:

Workshop Timetable

Workshop Packages

Orff Music Education

Wendy and Janet have attended many professional development courses in Orff Schulwerk over the years and have trained to a high level in this methodology. They have presented workshops for teachers at Orff Conferences held in NZ and Australia.

This philosophy of holistic music education originated with the composer Carl Orff in Germany and is widely accepted throughout the western world and Asia. Activities develop the whole musical self through fun sessions, which include singing, speech patterns, moving and playing. We begin with simple songs, chants and poems, and develop them into complex pieces incorporating playing instruments in many parts, each part relatively simple. These experiences enhance instrumental learning and are an enjoyable and satisfying way to make group music. For more information on this teaching method, please visit

What is the Orff-Schulwerk Approach to Music Education?

Orff-Schulwerk is an internationally accepted approach to musically educating children in a group setting. The famous composer and educator, Carl Orff, in Germany, developed this approach. "Schulwerk" is a German word meaning ‘work for the school.' Today, the Orff-Schulwerk approach is widely used by music educators in private and public schools throughout the United States and the world.

From the moment an Orff music class begins all facets of expressing, creating, and performing music are integrated. The elements of music - melody, rhythm, form, texture, and harmony, are always at the forefront of carefully planned lessons. Orff involves many things that children like to do: sing, chant, play games, dance, move, dramatize, improvise, and play the recorder and other unpitched and pitched percussion instruments. It is when these elements are combined in a group experience that the true magic of Orff unfolds. This ‘hands-on' approach is based on the idea that children learn best by doing. The child is not the spectator, listening and singing along with a record or teacher-provided accompaniment. Rather, the child is the participant - making the music and involved in the process of creative expression. Orff is child-centered and based on the premise that experience precedes conceptual learning. The elements of music are less abstract to a child when he or she is actively engaged in creating and performing the music.

Orff Schulwerk Teaching Principles include:
  • Involvement - all of the children are involved and active participants
  • Creativity - Children help to create parts of the music they perform
  • Theory - Expand the child's concrete knowledge
  • Togetherness - All parts are taught to everyone in a spirit of working together
  • Child-Centered - the teacher must always adapt to the needs of the group
  • Beauty - All music performed should be beautiful and aesthetically pleasing
Go to:

Workshop Timetable

Workshop Packages