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Select and provide appropriate music and movement resources which are inclusive and encourage appreciation of diversity including cultural diversity

Promoting inclusive practice
Ways to include culture diversity within our music program

Seed pod leg rattle

Seed pod leg rattle can be used to accompany a multitude of musical experiences

Thumb piano

The thumb piano also known as the sansa and mbira. Found throughout central, western, eastern Africa

Activity 14

Search on the internet or through your own contacts and resources. How many different cultural instruments can you list that can be used in your music program.

You may find the website below helpful: Musical Instruments of the World:


Culturally diverse resources

Use the internet or your own resources/contacts to find the translation of a known children’s song into another language. Ensure you are comfortable with the pronunciation of the new version. Perhaps you have a song from your own culture you can include here.


Children with additional needs

drawing of small boy in a wheelchair

Wintergrove Children’s Service is a 50-place long day care centre. A number of children at the centre have additional needs. Among them, three have cerebral palsy and use wheelchairs—Maria (aged 5); Xin (aged 4.7) and Rani (aged 4.9). Sia (aged 4.2) has a hearing disability. Ryan (aged 4) has vision impairment.

The children’s individual education plans indicate that the children would benefit from music therapy.

This is what Anne, the Director of the centre, says to her staff:

‘Music can be an effective way to stimulate speech development. Music can also promote cognitive and motor development. It can also create a meaningful environment for socialisation and leisure.’

If you were one of the staff of Wintergarden, how would you develop music experiences that would benefit the children outlined above? You may wish to list in point form the items you would consider.