Benefits and testimonials

Using the Kookaburra Music sequential student workbooks provides the following benefits:

For Music Teachers:

  • Provides a documented year- based program that has been extensively tested and which is currently being used successfully in a number of schools.
  • Contains musical compositions (including a number of original songs) that target the current lesson. Supporting Song Books and Backing Tracks are available.
  • Provides a reference for teachers, parents, students and management of progress against plan. (Note that detailed references to the Queensland Arts Syllabus are provided).
  • Minimises preparation time and reduces routine tasks such as photocopying.
  • Helps with assessment and with teacher – parent communication by providing documentation that at the beginning of the school year can be used as a basis for ongoing comparison and discussion.
  • Students have continued access to a wide range of written music which can be easily accessed for short periods of revision.

For Students:

  • Shows the student the scope of work for the year at the beginning of the year.
  • Provides a document for discussion at home so that the student can show his or her parents what is being achieved.
  • Attempts to formulate and document the program in a way that is fun for the student.
  • Provides a document that is designed to be opened flat so that it is suitable for use by students seated on the floor and also is designed to be robust to resist wear by students.

For Parents:

  • Shows the parents the scope of work for the year at the beginning of the year.
  • Helps with the parents’ understanding of the work. This may assist the parents to help the student at home.
  • Provides a document for discussion at home so that the student can show his or her parents what is being achieved.
  • Provides a documented year- based program so that the parents can view the program of work for all years if they wish.
  • Provides a reference for assessment of progress against plan.
  • Helps with teacher – parent communication by providing documentation that at the beginning of the year can be used as a basis for ongoing comparison and discussion.

For the School:

  • Provides a reference for teachers, parents, students and management of progress against plan. (Note that detailed references to the Qld Arts Syllabus are provided).
  • Provides a documented year- based program so that substitute teachers have a clear point of reference on where the class is up to and what should be covered next.
  • Provides a proven program of work suitable for use by music teachers with varying levels of experience.
  • Provides the basis for improved communication between teachers and parents.
  • Provides some cost savings for the school because the parents usually buy the student work books but the school usually funds costs such as photocopying.

Testimonials:

Read what teachers who have begun using Kookaburra Music Work Books have to say:

I have found the Kookaburra Workbooks well set out and easy for the children to read and follow. The activities are appropriate for the level and it is very helpful having the outcomes that the page is related to printed at the bottom of each page. The books are also well put together with the spiral spine and the plastic cover sheet. They seem as though they will still look in good condition even at the end of the year. Well done Jan and Debbie.

Yolanda Apelt (Music Teacher, St Brendan's Moorooka)

The students love the books and I find that they give me clear direction as to what outcomes I am aiming to achieve with the students. Having the outcomes at the bottom of the pages is a bonus for assessing and reporting.

Maureen Davis (Music Teacher – Southern Cross Catholic College, Scarborough)

Kookaburra Music Workbooks are a great asset to our music program. The activities are very useful and so far, our children always ask to do their workbooks each lesson. The outcomes covered are listed at the end of each page and this is a great time saver when it comes to assessing each child in the school. Well done Jan and Debbie!

Mary Hehir (Music Teacher, St Dympna’s, Aspley)

Using Kookaburra Music’s workbooks provides a resource and musical reference for the children, includes worksheets and activities, and then becomes a document or file for each child, all at an affordable cost.

I believe that having a music text adds more weight to the importance of the subject and the students relate to this as the other subjects do the same thing! Thank you Kookaburra Music!

Gabrielle Mitchell (Music Teacher, Mary Immaculate School, Annerley & St Sebastian’s, Yeronga)

This new series of workbooks is very obviously written by practising teachers! They are comprehensive, covering much of the core content of our Queensland Syllabus. They are attractive and practical. The ‘activities’ are firmly based in making music, with no lengthy boring ‘writing things out’ just for the sake of writing. I am just beginning to use this new resource and so far have found it invaluable.

Thanks for a great addition to my music program – and for providing a tool for more accurately assessing just where my students are!

Debbie O’Shea (Music Teacher Sandgate State School & Shorncliffe State School)

It has been wonderful to have a set of worksheets available that follow the Queensland music syllabus. The books are simple, well presented and easy to follow. The children love using these special additions to our classroom music programme and have really enjoyed the original repertoire written by Debbie Sweetman. Thanks for making life in the classroom easier Jan.

Ruth Skippen (Music Teacher, All Saints’, Albany Creek)

The children love using their new books especially as each book has its own special song. The songs are very catchy and just right for each age group. These songs could then be used for class assemblies with their own backing track, making life much easier for the teachers.

Deb Todhunter (Music Teacher, OLA, Wavell Heights)

The Kookaburra publications are great. The students find the layout easy to follow and we have had much use from the books already this term. As a teacher, I find them well structured and I love the "Outcomes" boxes at the bottom of the page - it keeps the assessment goal clearly in mind and provides a written assessment item for future reference. Congratulations to Jan Smith and Debbie Sweetman!

Annie Rossouw (Music Specialist, St Andrew's School, Ferny Grove)