Junior School Classroom Music

Since the beginning of time, children have not liked to study. They would much rather play, and if you have their interests at heart, you will let them learn while they play; they will find that what they have mastered is child’s play.
Carl Orff

Music is a highly valued and extensive part of the PLC Sydney Junior School. Classroom Music is  taught by highly trained specialists across each stage and the program ensures that “making music” is at the forefront of all lessons. Using the most effective strategies from the Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze pedagogies, students are actively engaged in the creation of music so that key ideas can be unpacked and understood.  

The program is diverse, providing students with the opportunity to explore the voice, ukulele, band and string instruments, and to build on existing musical knowledge. The content is systematic and sequential which permits the gradual development of music literacy and performance skills. Students explore the Concepts of Music (NSW Creative Arts Syllabus) through creative and integrated experiences of  listening,  performing and organising sound. 

Early Stage 1
Pre-Kindergarten are introduced to the Concepts of Music through a variety of activities founded in play, rhyme, song and movement. Supplemented with experiences on tuned and untuned percussion instruments, students develop their preliminary skills in performance, listening and organising sound.

Stage 1
Kindergarten continue their experience of the Concepts of Music through the introduction of violin. Lessons focus on holding the violin correctly, developing a strong bow hold and learning how to pluck the strings. Listening, vocal and movement activities help to reinforce the concepts introduced on the instrument. 

Year 1 extends their violin technique through the expanded use of the bow and fingers on the strings. In addition to performance skills, music literacy is reinforced through varied repertoire that encourages the reading of notes. All string lessons are supported by related listening, singing, movement and percussion activities. 

Year 2 expand their classroom music skills through an integration of experiences that involve listening, performance and organising sound. Through songs and classroom percussion, students extend their ability to read and write music.  A strong emphasis is given to singing as a valuable means to develop each student’s aural skills. In addition to the weekly classroom lesson, Year 2 Choir permits the application of these skills in the ensemble setting. 

While learning how to play the ukulele, Year 3 are introduced to chords and simple strumming patterns to accompany their singing of classroom repertoire. In addition to 
ukulele, students develop their knowledge of the concepts through related activities on  classroom percussion instruments. This allows them to experience and analyse music. 

Year 4 experience the Concepts of Music through the introduction of the Band Program. Specialised tutors are engaged to assist students with the commencement of their allocated instrument. In addition to learning how to play, students extend their music reading through engaging classroom repertoire. 

The Year 5 program involves an extension of skills introduced in the Year 4 Band Program. Opportunities for students to improve their aural skills, instrumental technique and understanding of musical style is provided in lessons. Experiences in ensemble playing are paramount and reinforced through in the repertoire.

Year 6 students learn how dance, drama and music effectively combine in the Performing Arts. Students develop skills in each component through a termly rotational program. The acquired skills find practical application during the preparation and performance of the Year 6 Musical. The musical features all students and is performed in the Audrey Keown Theatre in Term 4. 

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