Our school offers a comprehensive music program that provides children from prep to year 6 the opportunity to develop their musical abilities. Delivered by specialist teachers, the music program encompasses classroom music lessons, instrumental music, recorder ensemble and multiple choirs.
Every child in the school receives a weekly specialist music lesson. In lower grades, lessons revolve around the use of singing voices and percussion instruments. Middle and upper grades, while also having a strong vocal focus, are introduced and taught to play instruments including the recorder, xylophone/glockenspiel, ukulele and acoustic guitar. Irrespective of grade level, all children are taught the fundamentals of musical notation so that they have the opportunity to become literate in the reading and writing of music. Throughout the grade levels children are exposed to a variety of musical styles and taught music appreciation. Performance is also a pivotal part of the program and is a common thread that runs throughout the year levels.
Our school has an active choral program and a long history of choral excellence. The school currently operates two choirs: Nightingales and Bella Voce (Italian for beautiful voice). Nightingales is our middle school choir and involves years 3, 4 and 5 students whereas Bella Voce is our upper school choir and caters for 5 and 6 students. Both choirs perform regularly throughout the year at events including school assemblies, end of year Twilight Concert, Eisteddfods, community functions and retirement villages.
Acceptance into choir is based on singing ability, behaviour and attitude and previous choral involvement. A levy (currently $15) is payable by all participants to help cover the costs of professional accompanying fees and the purchase of choir scores.
Our school offers two diverse instrumental programs: Strings and Woodwind/Brass/Percussion (Multi). Each program is delivered by visiting specialist instrumental instructors who conduct weekly small group lessons in addition to larger ensembles/bands for students who have attained more advanced skills.
The strings program caters for children in years 3 to 6 and involves the learning of either the violin, viola, cello or double bass whereas the multi program is open to children in years 4 to 6 and involves instruments including percussion, trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet and saxophone.
Entry into the instrumental music program is on the basis of merit. Merit criteria include classroom music results, physical attributes of the child (e.g. shape of mouth for wind instruments, size of the student etc), behaviour and attitude, classroom teacher feedback and family support. For more detailed information about either instrumental program, including costs, please see the Instrumental Music program (PDF, 526KB).
The school operates a recorder ensemble for advanced players in years 5 and 6. Over many years our Recorder Ensemble has won countless awards in competitions such as the Sunshine Coast Eisteddfod. Players within the ensemble also have the opportunity to further their skills by becoming soloists and part of a duet.