Listening: Creating Music Stories


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This presentation was developed by Sandra Kirkwood as a resouce for early childhood programs with Indigenous and other Australian children. Further music resource are available on the Tracking the Milky Way website ( and Music Health Australia ( Gunawirra Services supported the development of the "Creating Music Stories" modules.

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Listening: Creating Music Stories

  2. 2. SOUNDS ARE ALL AROUND US - LISTENThere are sounds all around us.We can listen to sounds where ever we are.Be very quiet and listen.What can you hear?
  3. 3. I can hear thewind in thetrees as itblows oooooo,ooooo, ooooo.
  4. 4. Can you findsome branches,tree leaves orscarves towave?
  5. 5. We can move likethe branches of atree and makesounds of thewind as it blows.
  6. 6. Watch as a fan blows leaves made of crepe paper.What happens to your leaves when thefan or wind blows them?
  7. 7. What soundscan you hearoutside?
  8. 8. What sounds do animalsmake? In the creek….
  9. 9. What sounds do animalsmake? Under the water…
  10. 10. What sounds do birds makeeating seed?
  11. 11. Can you make up a song orstory with sounds? Somepeople like to dress up incostumes or paint their facesand body for storytelling. Youcan move about as you tellyour story and show picturesto the class.
  12. 12. Do your teachers or Elders know any songs or stories about sounds?Ask your Mum, Dad, Aunties and Uncles if they can tell youstories. Look in library for stories and songs about sounds.
  13. 13. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO LISTEN? Hunters must look and listen to the sounds around them so they can hear birds and animals . They are very quiet so they do not frighten them away.We listen for the sound of wind and rain so wecan find shelter in cold icy weather. If we do not listen, we could miss important information. When walking on the footpath we listen for the sound of cars before we cross the road so we do not get run over.
  14. 14. TEACHING OUTCOMES This presentation encourages children to be calm and quiet and to listen carefully to sounds around them. Listening is an essential skill for learning language and literacy. In the oral tradition, Elders told stories about lore, language and culture. This helped to preserve history by passing on knowledge from one generation to another. Listening is important for learning to focus attention on the person who is speaking. Children learn to be quiet and listen when an adult is telling them a story. Prep children need to be able to listen to learn at home, in the classroom, outdoors and in the community. This is how they become observant and learn to perform their own stories through artwork, song and dance. Sandra Kirkwood, Music Health Australia B.Occ.Thy, B.Music, M.Phil 15 August, 2012