Programs

Bonkers Beat Music program covers a wide range of topics. It is ideal for intentional teaching or following children’s interests. Through both programs you will be able to enhance quality areas 1, 5, 6 and 7 in your centre, which are crucial when it comes to receiving an exceeding rating.

If you’re after a point of difference for your centre that offers a distinct market advantage and can improve your NQS Rating, Bonkers Beat is the answer. We offer a very limited number of licenses across each state in Australia to ensure the high standard of the program can be maintained, as the programs’ creator Galina Zenin personally trains educators to implement the program and offers ongoing support.

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The Bonkers Beat® Music and Wellbeing programs offer a great support and a wide range of benefits including:

  • Video files with words for songs and PDF Newsletters for parents
  • Video files with Yoga Poses and PDF Newsletters for parents
  • Webinars and harmony night with parents and educators  to visually demonstrate  how music and wellbeing experiences are encorporated in every day activities
  • Access to My Bonkers Beat Exclusive webpages and ‘Sing & Stretch Club’ where ideas are shared and new developments are discussed
  • Professional Development workshops for ALL staff and teaching manuals with step-by-step guides on implementation of Music & Wellbeing Programs
  • Your very own Bonkers the Monkey and drums to start your musical journey
  • Access to your own mentor to solve any problems with implementing programs and to link experiences to the EYLF & NQS

Kodaly and Orff Methods

Kodaly Music Education Institute of AustraliaZoltan Kodaly and Carl Orff shared the belief that a child’s most important instruments are their voice and body, and that the development of the listening ear is the most important in early music training.

This is achieved through singing games, listening games, creative games, movement and dancing, body percussion, playing on a variety of both tuned and un-tuned instruments, and using speech activities to encourage active music making. Children are encouraged to really hear, understand and express themselves through music. The school aged child can then symbolise what they are hearing, and music literacy is developed.

Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk IncAge is no limit and these methods are not a rigid in instruction, the teaching can be simple or complex depending on the student’s ability. Improvisation is a fundamental part of the process and the approach is one to which all may contribute and experience success.

The social value of group music making is reinforced in this approach as is the importance of individual creative contributions.

About Your Trainer

Galina Zenin (B. Mus. Ed., Dip. Teach.) is a presenter, inspirational speaker, early childhood educator, qualified and highly respected music and voice training teacher, author, composer and storyteller. She writes her own music and brings to her music program a wealth of European and Australian experience and a high level of professionalism.

After graduating from The Gnesins Russian Academy of Music in Moscow as a Music Teacher (Choir Conducting), Galina taught music to young children and founded a children’s choir in Moscow. Since migrating to Australia in 1992 with her family, Galina gradually established herself as one of Australia’s most innovative Music and Early Childhood Educators. Her most recent credits include presentations of her creative programs at the 2010 & 2011 DEECD Innovation Showcases and are receiving increasing interest from Australia and overseas.

Since 1993 Galina worked with the Australian Children’s Choir, the Australian Girls’ Choir and has taught music from early childhood to VCE in a number of private schools in Melbourne. From 2000 to 2004, Galina held the position of Head of Junior Music at Korowa Anglican Girls’ School in Glen Iris, Melbourne.

In 2006 Galina founded Australia’s first music kinder – Bonkers Beat® Music Kinder in Brighton East, Victoria which was selected for the E4Kids study conducted by The University of Melbourne in partnership with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), Victoria. Its program features music as an integral part of the whole curriculum. In 2010 the Bonkers Beat Music Kinder & Childcare, Aspendale, Victoria was selected as a pilot for National Quality Standard.

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