Our Music & Performing Arts Program:
- All students participate in a weekly 50 minute session in the music room where they will be encouraged to develop a love of music and performing through creating, making and presenting. They will sing, dance, move, perform, learn about music theory and music of other cultures and about masters in the field of music and performing.
- Choir – Choir is presently available for students from years 3 and 4 and will provide a range of performance opportunities for students both at school and within the community, this program will be extended in 2016 to include students in years 5 and 6.
- Recorder – All students from years 3 to 6 will learn to play the recorder as part of our music program. They will learn to read formal music notation and they will be given performance opportunities throughout the year.
- Ukulele -This program is taught as part of the music program for students in year 6
- Dance & Fitness – future plans include offering a Dance and Movement program for students during terms 1 to 3 for all children from grades Prep to 4, which would be run by a professional dancer and will conclude with a parent ‘open’ day.
- Instrumental Lessons – We now offer a broader range of instruments for children to learn. Lessons are ran by external providers (Creative Music & Kids On Key) and are offered from 12pm daily and run until 7pm, depending on the instrument selected by the child and parent- in collaboration with our lesson providers. We offer woodwind instruments (flute, clarinet, saxophone), Percussion, Guitar, Keyboard, Brass (trumpet, trombone) and Strings (violin, viola, cello).
All programs are coordinated by Wilson Young
For further information, please refer to the Music and Performing Arts blog or call in to the school to discuss these programs further.
Excursions and Incursions:
Excursions play an important role in developing a broader knowledge of music and performance and about how performances are created, their inspiration and how they are presented.
Excursions may include – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva in Schools, Alpha pantomime, Alfred Brash Sound-house (Make your own CD).
Performance opportunities include:
- Classroom performances in front of the individual classes or year levels
- Assembly performances in front of the school community
- Musical Evenings (musical recital night) for instrumental students
- Dance choreography competitions and inter-school competitions
- Singing/ ‘Tucker Road Has Talent’ competitions
- Public performances such as Federation square, Bentleigh Festival
- Grandparents’ Day and other Special Event Days
- Annual Open Evening held in term 2.
Learning a musical instrument at school improves children’s behaviour, memory and intelligence, a government-commissioned study has found. Professor Susan Hallam, University of London.