Music is a diverse learning area and there is so much room for growth as well as fun and enjoyment. As a school, we are learning more about music every day. Music is a gift from God and it is a privilege as an educator to provide students with many avenues to continue to grasp the complex nature of music and to use it as an expressive force to worship our awesome God. Opportunities for students to explore and learn more about music include: classroom music lessons, the Year 3 Strings Program, the Year 5 Band Program, Monday Assembly Worship, and the various extracurricular activities such as String Orchestra, Band, Djembe and Marimba Clubs, Worship Team and the three Primary Choirs.
Students in Prep and Year 1 have one music lesson each week. During these lessons students enjoy playing games, moving to music, listening attentively to great Art music, singing songs, playing instruments and exploring musical ideas, all through a combined approach to learning the fundamentals of music utilising the Kodaly and Orff methods of teaching.
The upper primary students also have one music lesson each week and enjoy many different opportunities to engage in and experiment with music making. All classes focus on singing activities, directed listening to Art music, movement to music, extension of cognitive abilities through part work and ensemble performances, music writing and composition, as well as playing instruments which are taught using the Kodaly and Orff methods. In Year 4 students learn the recorder, and in Years 3 and 5, students are given the opportunity to have one semester of classroom music, and one semester of instrumental music.
Tiny Trebles Choir (Prep – Year 1), Vivace Voices Choir (Years 2-3) and Concert Choir (Years 4-6)
The primary choirs are given many opportunities to perform and participate in different college events, special performances and eisteddfods each year. These performance opportunities allow students to progress in their abilities and every week the choirs rise to higher standards of singing and unity. The primary choral program consists of over 200 students and it is wonderful to see so many children who are dedicated and passionate about music.
Music is a wonderful and multifaceted gift from our Creator and it is such a blessing to see the students grow in their creative abilities and knowledge of God through studying and performing music.