Resources for teachers
This collection is still under development. Please contact us if you would like further suggestions, or to include items.
Songs from Aotearoa NZ
The recently re-released, digitised collection of Kiwi Kidsongs
Mrs Poon-Lai's songs for children
Sean O'Connor's waiata and rounds
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's Educational Resource Hana the Gloworm
A fun sing along, instructional, Māori Performing Arts series - Maori Television
Collection of waiata by the late Jenny Shearer, with support from the Ministry of Education, with curriculum notes, music, animated video, translations and chords - tekotare.org
Waiata With Chords (MENZA)
NZ Sign Language
Across the Pacific
musictheory.net - Free website for learning to read sheet music
National Youth Choirs of Scotland singing games video resources from Early Childhood to Intermediate: https://www.nycos.co.uk/learn/video-resources/
Warm-ups for singing
Warm-ups help the singers relax and loosen up the muscles in the body – tight muscles could cause the singers to use their voice incorrectly.
Introduce a new song by doing an aerobic type warm-up to a recording or accompaniment of the song.
Use warm-ups to put the group at ease and increase the sense of community.
Warm-ups can stretch and increase the vocal range and encourage listening, familiarising students' ears with musical jumps and scales.
Lesson ideas from the Australian National Youth Orchestra's teacher mentoring programme rhymes-and-songs
Research on the benefits of singing in the classroom
musicalfutures.org - why it's more important than ever to include singing in the classroom
tlri.org.nz - Dianna Reynolds' research into wellbeing through singing in a Christchurch school
educationalleaders.govt.nz - Chris Wargent's report into singing in Auckland Schools
Singing Communities by Te Oti Rakana
Is Yours a Singing School by Celia Stewart
Links to music organisations around Aotearoa NZ
SOUNZ Home - the centre for NZ music
Rockshop Bandquest - Band Competition for bands younger than Year 9
Can Sing - free songs including rounds, call and response songs, and folksongs with backing tracks and sheet music
Free songs for changing and limited-range voices
Sing Up - UK - runs the free Sing-Up Day event
Katherine Ruhle Compositions - includes some free rounds and songs
Bethsnotes - large catalogue of free Kodaly songs with sheet music and videos
Song Book - Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (tso.com.au) - Folk songs with free sheet music, educational resources, and orchestral backing tracks
Sheet music publishers
sounz.org.nz - Centre for NZ Music
Banks Music Publications | Choral music specialists
Music copyright guide for schools OneMusic Schools Guide
Songs with lesson plans from the Ministry of Education's Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI)
Visual resources and posters for classrooms