Recent research illustrates how learning music can help students improve in other academic and social areas of their lives. It contributes to social and personal growth and engage all aspects of a person-cognitive, emotional, sensory and physical level.
Students from Foundation to Level 2 receive a 40 minute weekly music lesson. Lessons are based on the Orff Schulwerk and Kodály approaches to music education. These philosophies combine music, movement, drama and speech into lessons that are similar to a child’s world of play. Skills are introduced in accordance with the capabilities of the child.
Students sing, chant, dance, perform, listen to and analyse various styles of music. They learn about orchestral instruments and the great composers. They acquire a mastery of skills such as reading and writing music, singing in parts and as a group. They improvise and compose, using their own musical vocabulary at each development level. Students play tuned and untuned instruments in the music classroom, including the fabulously fun Boomwhackers!
Students keen to share their creative talents are encouraged to perform to their class during their weekly music lesson. All Foundation to Grade 6 students have the opportunity to perform at school assemblies, either with their year level, class, in groups or individually. We love hearing our students progress.
Voice production and microphone techniques are frequently explored within the Foundation to Grade 2 music classroom. By providing opportunities to use our Elvis Presley microphone (cleverly disguised as a dishwashing brush) or our Sparkly Microphone, students learn to use their instruments (i.e.: their voices) to speak and sing clearly so as to be heard (and understood) by an audience. This is an acquired and important life long skill.