School Readiness Funding

School Readiness Funding, VIC - Bonkers Beat Music Programs (Using Kodaly and Orff)

Why Bonkers Beat?

The Bonkers Beat Music Programs put music at the core of early childhood education. The programs use the approaches of Kodály and Orff, to enhance children’s development and help prepare them for life.

Bonkers Beat programs improve children’s health, overall wellbeing, boost children’s school readiness, support educators professional development, help services to connect with families and develop collaborative partnerships with communities.

The programs provide opportunities for parents to use educational resources at home which further improves children’s participation and developmental benefits.

Starter Program

(Online Music Training Course: $297)

The Starter Program consists of 5 modules which explain why music is important, and how to integrate music into the curriculum.

The 5 modules of the Starter Program demonstrate how to use:

  • musical experiences to enhance a curriculum
  • transitional songs during daily routines
  • art experiences to make learning visible
  • rhymes and musical games to support children’s social and emotional skills
  • effective documentation to reflect on children’s progress.

The program provides:

A five-module online music training course (20 to 35 minutes each)

Access to online video recordings of five Bonkers Beat songs

Mentor Support

Certificate of completion of the Starter Program

Bonkers Beat Online Training

(Bonkers Beat Music Program Online: $2,850)

The Bonkers Beat Online Training Music Program provides exceptional opportunities that improve developmental outcomes for children and their families at the highest level.

The program offers:

12-months membership and training online

5-module online music training course – ‘Starter Program’

Monthly interactive group support sessions via Skype

‘Bonkers Beat & You’ music album CD                                                             

A book with 10 traditional and 10 ‘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                 

Songs in PDF format with links to the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Framework

Newsletters for parents/carers with transitional songs                             

Access to members only closed group on Facebook                                     

A weekly blog                                                                                                           


Use of Bonkers Beat Programs, including online and offline training, has demonstrated remarkable results for children and educators.

Through high-quality professional and personal development, educators:

  • Enhanced their own wellbeing
  • Boosted their confidence
  • Improved their leadership skills
  • Connected with children
  • Promoted healthy habits
  • Improved children’s wellbeing


The Bonkers Beat program is an inclusive practice, which stimulates the learning and strengthening of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.

The programs support services to create culturally safe, inclusive and responsive environments. Daily musical experiences, lead by educators, enhance in children:

  • Brain development and executive function
  • Social and emotional development
  • Physical and overall wellbeing
  • Language and communication skills
  • Cognitive and numeracy skills


2010 – Bonkers Beat Music Program selected for the DEECD Innovation Showcases (VIC)

2011 – Bonkers Beat Wellbeing Program selected for the DEECD Innovation Showcases (VIC)

2018 – Bonkers Beat Music Kinder & Childcare Aspendale awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating by ACECQA

2019 – Bonkers Beat Music Programs included in the School Readiness Funding Menu, Department of Education (VIC)

Bonkers Beat songs are available on

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