SRF Program

  • Bonkers Beat Music Program (using Kodály and Orff)

    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.


    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 Costs

    Starter program: $297
    This provides access to:
    • 3 months access
    • 5 short modules online of 25-35 minutes each
    • access to 5 Bonkers Beat songs online
    Bonkers Beat Online Training: $2,500
    This provides access to:
    • 12 month membership and online training
    • 5 module online music training course (the 'Starter Program')
    • a music CD and a book with 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
    • PDF files of songs with links to the EYLF and NQF
    • newsletters for parents with transitional songs
    • access to private website pages
    • access to a closed members group on Facebook
    • a weekly blog

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: children in early learning settings.

    Training requirements: there are two training options available: the Starter Program and the Bonkers Beat Online Training.
    The Bonkers Beat Online Training provides access to support from the provider for 12 months.
    A Bonkers Beat program licence is required to access programs that provide ongoing support.
    Supervision / coaching: supervision and coaching will be provided from the program developer for the duration of implementation (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 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. 

    Strength of Evidence

    Not able to be rated