The aim of music education at Southport State School is to foster a love of music. All students have the opportunity to participate in classroom music and may also choose to participate in the school choirs and the instrumental music program.
Music in school helps the development of students’ self-discipline, self-confidence, self-esteem, team skills and even helps them make positive life choices.
The classroom music program provides students with a comprehensive music education that incorporates the study of music theory and performance. Students from Prep to Year 6 will engage in musical experiences from many different cultures including participation in an annual music based incursion. Students will have the opportunity to explore and express themselves through singing, playing instruments and movement. They will compose music and have the opportunity to perform in a variety of different mediums. These include live or recorded class/school performances and technology based assignments. Every student will have the opportunity to learn and play a variety of instruments throughout their primary school years.
Classroom music program
Percussion: Prep – 6
Xylophones: Year 1 & 2
Recorder: Year 3
Ukelele: Year 4
Keyboard: Year 5
iPads - Garage Band: Year 6
Drama classes are conducted in both the music room and in the hall. Each child receives a half hour drama lesson per week in Term 2. Drama education incorporates participating in activities to develop drama skills by creating, performing and responding to different dramatic situations.
Dance classes are conducted in the hall. Each child receives a half hour dance lesson per week in Term 4. Dance education incorporates an introduction to basic dance steps and a different style of dance for each year level. These include line dances, bush dances, world dances, common party dances and hip-hop.
Brass, woodwind, percussion and strings
Instrumental music teachers provide instruction to students in: brass, woodwind, percussion and strings. Students involved in these programs have the opportunity to perform at the local Gold Coast Eisteddfod and at other school and community events held throughout the year.
All students are provided with the opportunity to be selected to learn a musical instrument through the instrumental music recruitment process. If your child is particularly interested in learning to play a musical instrument, please read the following list carefully.
During term 4 each year, students in year 2 are recruited for the strings program and students in year 3 are recruited for the brass, woodwind and percussion program. The recruitment process is very involved; therefore it is necessary to do this in term 4 so that children are prepared to start lessons at the beginning of term 1 the following year.
To start the recruitment process, expression of interest forms are handed out during classroom music lessons for students to take home to their parents.
A parent information session is advertised in the school newsletter and is then held for all interested students and parents. If children are genuinely interested, it is extremely important to make arrangements to attend this evening. A lot of unnecessary confusion is saved by coming along to this valuable session.
After attending the parent information session, students return their expression of interest forms.
Students who returned their forms are tested on their musical ability.
Finally a letter informing students of whether or not they are accepted into the program are sent home. If the students has been successful in being selected they will also receive an equipment list as well as two forms which need to be filled out and returned by the due date i.e. music contract and loan agreement.
Once all students have returned the necessary forms, they are ready to participate in the program they were selected for and will attend lessons provided by the associated instructor for half an hour each week.
When students have developed the required level of musical ability the next step is to be invited by the instrumental music teacher to rehearse and perform in instrumental ensembles such as String Orchestra and Concert Band. These instrumental ensembles perform at many events occurring throughout the year.
Southport State School offers children the opportunity to develop choral skills and perform on stage in front of a live audience many times during a school year. For those students who are not involved in the Instrumental music program, being in the choir offers a perfect opportunity to enhance students’ musical ability as well as their confidence.
Choir: Year 1-6
Examples of events the school choir will be performing in throughout the year are as follows: