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Teaching Resources

In conjunction with the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, many of Don’s songs have been used to create teaching resources. These downloadable packs are designed to enable teachers who are not trained in the delivery of music lessons to easily engage children in participatory music activities. Where possible, these lesson packs identify elements of the curriculum that are covered, and suggest extension activities that go beyond music. While these resources are designed mainly with primary age children in mind, some aspects may be applicable to secondary school activity as well.

Bush Tucker – $25

How is your school celebrating NAIDOC week this year? How about with a song, art, cooking and the creation of a bush tucker garden? For $25 you can purchase this resource, which includes Don Spencer’s song ‘Bush Tucker’ as an mp3 with Don singing (so the class can learn the song), and an mp3 of the backing track (for performance). You will also receive lyrics and suggested actions for the song. Also included are lesson ideas about bush foods, bush food recipes, suggestions for a bush tucker garden, art ideas and some ideas to develop language skills and song-writing. There are extensive learning outcomes for each year group (Foundation – Year Six) listed throughout the resource for ease of assessment. Click here to purchase this teaching resource…

“Feathers, Fur or Fins” – $25

‘Feathers, Fur or Fins’ is a great song for a performance, with or without instruments. Using this resource, you will encourage active listening and begin appreciation of music and understanding of song lyrics. You will find a classroom music lesson for years 2 – 6, some instrument-making activities, a multi-media art activity for younger children and a film-making activity for older children all about animals in your local environment. This is a great way to link music, art, research and environmental awareness into one teaching unit. There are links to the current National Curriculum for ease of reporting. Click here to purchase this teaching resource…

“Jaws and Teeth” – $25

This song comes with a song-writing activity for your class, as well as being a good performance song for assemblies. You will find a simple class music lesson for years 3- 6 encouraging active listening and musical appreciation, a song-writing activity (not as hard as you might think!), a fun healthy food based activity and some crocodile-based discussion activities for your class. This is a great way to sing, introduce song-writing, research and some healthy eating into one teaching unit! There are links to the current National Curriculum for ease of reporting. Click here to purchase this teaching resource…

“Crocodile” – $25


This module, generated with foundation to year 2 in mind, is designed to not just get children singing, but also exploring song-writing, and the fun and creativity that it can unlock. Don has always spoken about the importance of this skill, and so we wanted to incorporate song-writing in this group of resources. ‘Crocodile’ was the perfect inspiration to allow children to get musically creating, either through a simple song, or a musical soundscape. There are also some musical instruments to make and decorate, a fun art idea and some classroom discussions you might like to have with your class as they learn Don’s ‘Crocodile’ song. There are links to the current National Curriculum for ease of reporting, and each module will allow you to explore something different with your class. Click here to purchase this teaching resource…