Music in Early Childhood


Price $45
Subscription This module is available as a part of an ECA Learning Hub Subscription.


National Quality Standard
QA1Educational program and practice
QA5Relationships with children
QA6Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
6Engage in professional learning


Dr Amanda Niland
Dr Amanda Niland has a long career in the field of Early Childhood Education. She has taught in a range of early childhood, primary school and early intervention settings. Amanda taught in undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Macquarie University for more than 10 years, before joining the Early Childhood team at the University of Sydney...
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Music has long been regarded as an important part of early childhood education. In this module, explore music as an integral and vibrant part of a child’s family, community and culture, and how it can be utilised as a powerful tool for learning and development. Written by Dr Amanda Niland, this module is a vibrant look at the foundations of music, ‘musicking’ and musical skills — for both educators and children.

For young children, music can be a way of:

  • connecting with others
  • expressing themselves, and
  • exploring and making meaning through their senses.

In this module you will gain an understanding of:

  • the central role of music in children’s lives
  • how music contributes to children’s sense of belonging and developing identity
  • the ways in which music can support and enrich children’s learning and development in communication and language, social skills, motor skills, creative and flexible thinking
  • music as both a mode of communication and an expressive art form and children as capable musicians, and
  • strategies and resources you can use to increase your confidence and ability to share in music-making with young children.

Duration: 1 hour

This module is also available within an ECA Learning Hub Annual Subscription.

Completing Music in Early Childhood will contribute 1 hours of PD addressing standard 2.1.2, 3.4.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.



Watch the trailer for this module below.