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Childhood SOUNZwrite study guide


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This SOUNZwrite study guide contains:

  • Study Guide
  • Accompanying CD
  • Study score - please contact SOUNZ if you would like to purchase additional copies of the study score.

Childhood was composed by one of Aotearoa’s most influential composers: Jenny McLeod. This magical choral work comprises a series of 10 related poems about a day in the life of a small boy; joy and puzzlement, dream and reality are brought together through his eyes and ears. Students and teachers will enjoy the fun and instructional activities based on the work. The SOUNZwrite CD also includes McLeod’s Dirge for Doomsday for comparative listening.

This revised version was adapted for study at NCEA Level 1.

Series title

SOUNZwrite education series


Publisher note

SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music Trust

Author note

Researched and written by Cheryl Camm, and revised for NCEA by Karen Carter.