Music

Prep - Year 2
Using the Kodaly Method of Music Education students will learn a repertoire of songs that sequentially develop students melodically and rhythmically.  Singing with body percussion will be performed to embody beat development.  
Students will use drums and other percussion instruments to support their singing and practice both beat and rhythmic accompaniments. 
 
A number of songs for support of cultural and religious events will also be learned throughout these years.  Literacy skills will be introduced and practiced to support reading and writing of traditional music symbols.  Some use of the xylophones will also be introduced.
 
By the end of Year 2, students will be able to communicate about the music they make, listen to and perform, and where and why people make music.  
 
Students will improvise, compose, arrange and perform music at an elementary level. They will demonstrate their aural skills when they sing and play.
 
Year 3
The string family is introduced to students in Year 3.  Violins will be taught as a class instrument.  Melodic and rhythmic development will continue using the violin tutorial and other song material to expand upon early year’s repertoire.  
 
Reading staff notes and writing on the staff will continue using the violin tutorial.  The repertoire of Kodaly development will continue to be taught with game songs developing intonation and rhythm.  
 
A number of songs for support of cultural and religious events will also be learned throughout the year. 
Year 4
The wind family is introduced in Year 4.  All students will play recorder from a variety of tutorials.
 
The Orff method of music education will be used to compliment the Kodaly repertoire and rhythmic and melodic development.  The xylophones will be taught to develop part work and accompaniment for the recorder.  Improvisation on limited series of melodic tones will begin the creative development leading to composition. 
 
A number of songs for support of cultural and religious events will also be learned throughout this year.  Reading and writing on the five line staff is further developed through recorder tutorials and exercises.
By the end of Year 4, students will be able to describe and discuss similarities and differences between music they listen to, compose and perform.  They will be able to discuss how they and others use the elements of music in performance and composition.
 
Students will collaborate to structure and record improvisations, compositions and arrangements that communicate ideas. They will demonstrate aural skills when they sing and play instruments for different purposes and perform with accuracy and expression.
 
Year 5 & 6
The marimbas will be used to develop further rhythmic and melodic performance skills in ensemble work.  Part work will be extended to include canon and partner songs.
 
Improvisation skills in pentatonic scales will use some of the Kodaly repertoire. Orff skills in arrangement and ensemble performance will support composition.
Electronic composition skills will be introduced.  Writing and reading on the treble staff will be further developed.
 
A variety of styles and cultural examples will be studied. A number of songs for support of cultural and religious events will also be learned throughout this year.
 
By the end of Year 6, students will be able to explain how the elements of music are used to communicate meaning in the music they listen to, compose and perform.  They will be able to describe how their music making is influenced by music and performances from different cultures, times and places.  
 
Students will be able to manipulate elements of music and use symbols and terminology to compose and perform music.  They will be able to sing and play music in different styles, demonstrating aural, technical and expressive skills in performances for audiences.