Meeting the goals of Te Whariki through music in the early childhood curriculum

Christopher Klopper, Nell Dachs

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The purpose of this article is to examine the strands and goals which arise from the four principles of 'Empowerment; Holistic Development; Family and Community and Relationships' (Te Wh'riki, 1996) and to propose how music can be used in an integral way not only to meet the stated goals but also to promote them to their fullest potential. It also presents a challenge to early childhood educators to consider making greater intentional use of music appropriately and relevantly throughout their programs and their day-to-day activities. There is often the tendency to limit music to mat time or to sporadic rhythmic clapping or singing throughout the day without a conscious understanding of how these activities link to the strands and goals of Te Wh'riki.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalAustralian Journal of Early Childhood
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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