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 2 Strings Program, the Year 4 Band Program, Monday Assembly Worship, Marimba Club, Djembe Club, Ukulele Club and the various extracurricular ensembles through the Academy of the Arts.
Students in Prep and Year 1 have two music lesson each week. Using a combined Kodaly and Orff approach to music education students explore percussive instruments, respond to music through movement, play musical games, listen to great Art music, sing songs, and explore musical ideas. Our students sing, dance and create regularly in the music classroom.
Students in Years 2-6 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 5 students learn the recorder, and in Years 2 and 4, students are given the opportunity to have one semester of classroom music, and one semester of instrumental 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.