At Glen Waverley Primary School we are fortunate to offer a large and vibrant music program. Students learn music from Foundation to Year 6 and have the opportunity to participate in Senior Choir, Junior Choir, String Ensemble, School Band and Drum Ensemble. In the classroom students explore beat, rhythm, pitch, melody and composition through singing, body percussion, movement and sight-reading music. Students also use and learn a variety of instruments including keyboards, guitars, ukuleles, xylophones and percussion. We also offer Music Innovation to small groups of students who elect to learn Music on a deeper level. Glen Waverley Primary School also participates in The Victorian State School Spectacular each year. This allows our students to experience a production at a professional standard.
PITCH & MELODY
During music class students have many opportunities to explore and develop their singing skills, through musical games, songs and solfa work. The solfa method helps students develop in-tune singing skills, and this method is taught over all year levels to help this skill. Students learn to read notes on the treble staff lines and hear the pitch of each note. In addition to this the older students are revising the pentatonic scale.
RHYTHM & METRE
Rhythm and metre controls how a piece feels overall. Students discuss different time signatures and what they are used for. The younger students have been looking at different rhythms, fast and slow beats and accents in games and songs. The upper grades have been working on playing rhythms on percussion instruments together in multiple parts, the goal being for the students to listen to one another and work together to produce music.
Partwork is worked on in each music lesson to help develop students musical listening skills. Students work in a number of parts completing different musical activities, such as clapping games, percussion accompaniments, recorder canons and rhythmic canons. We have been working on singing ostinatos and keeping a consistent beat while playing in parts.
Students are learning about musical signs, terms and expressive elements of music in every music lesson. Students are learning about different ways of playing; detached and smooth, different tempos; fast and slow, and different dynamics or volumes in music; soft and loud, that all help to create and portray the character of a piece of music.
MUSICAL GAMES AND SONGS
Musical games and songs help children to work on their in-tune singing, their rhythmic feel, their musical listening skills and how expressive elements change the feel of music.
During music classes students will be listening to music, investigating, researching and becoming familiar with different musical instruments, how they sound and what they look like. These include percussion, woodwind, brass and stringed instruments.
As part of the music program all students in year levels 3 - 6 learn recorder and Prep. to Yr. 2 learn the flutophone. Students in year levels 3 - 6 are also offered a range of musical instruments in our SMART8 program. Very reasonable fees apply and are payable to the Instrumental Music Teacher at the commencement of each semester.
Some fun 'music' flavoured activities for you to do :-