Key Questions

  • What role does music play in indigenous culture?
  • What are local indigenous chants, songs and rhymes about?
  • How are indigenous instruments used?
  • Where and why do indigenous people make and perform music?

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • explore indigenous music (songs and instruments)
  • perform local indigenous songs
  • describe how local indigenous music is create
  • describe the importance of storytelling through music

Curriculum Links


  • Sing and play instruments to improvise, compose and practice a repertoire of chants, songs and rhymes, including those used by cultural groups in the local community (VCAMUM022)
  • Rehearse and perform songs and instrumental music they have learnt and composed to communicate ideas to an audience (VCAMUP023)
  • Respond to music, communicating their preferences and discussing where and why people in their local area make and perform music, including the music of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples(VCAMUR024)

Intercultural Capability 

  • Identify what is familiar and what is different in the ways culturally diverse individuals and families live(VCICCB001)
  • Describe their experiences of intercultural encounters in which they have been involved (VCICCB002) 

Key Local Knowledge Featured in this Unit

lou bennett

Lou Bennett (and other local artists)

Lou Bennett is a musician and artist.  She is a is a Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung woman from Echuca, Victoria, Australia

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