is offered to all classes from Prep to Grade 6 at Labrador State School. Our philosophy is that every child can
succeed in music and also that Music Education supports brain development and
therefore development in all other learning areas. A positive and supportive
environment is provided to encourage participation and learning. At Labrador
State School music is considered important to every student’s development and
therefore every child across the school participates, including those from
Intensive English Centre and Special Education Program. No child is taken out
for other purposes during their class’ music time. Each class participates in a
30 minute lesson once a week with a specialist music teacher.
In the early years
(Prep – Year 2) the focus is on the enjoyment of music with an emphasis on
singing and learning musical appreciation through a variety of songs and games
and the use of untuned percussion instruments.
In Grades Three
and Four the students learn the recorder and start to develop the more
technical side of music literacy including note reading and values as well as
continuing singing and other activities to develop music skills.
In the Senior School
there is a big emphasis on composing and performing, including lyric writing
and exploring different styles of music using glockenspiels and xylophones as
the main instruments.
School has three choirs.
Infant Choir- Grade
Both the Infant
and Junior Choirs rehearse during a lunch hour once a week and the Senior Choir
rehearses in an afternoon session during school time once a week for 50
choirs are highly valued at Labrador and represent our school at many events
including Anzac Day, Nashos Commemorative Service, Fanfare, Eisteddfods and community
Christmas Carols during the year. Due to this, we are very fortunate to have
both of our music teachers working together with both the Junior and Senior
All of our
choirs are un-auditioned but there is a contract of commitment that must be
agreed to. A small levy is charged to the Senior Choir that includes a
performance shirt. In the instance of having very large numbers in our choirs,
student attendance at rehearsals will be monitored closely, as there is a limit
in some competitions to how many performers are allowed on stage.
Strings Instrumental Program
program starts in Grade Three after the testing process in Grade Two. This
program continues through to Grade Six. Selected students are offered places in
the first instance before other offers are made. Instruments include violin,
viola, cello and double bass. Students are required to purchase their own
violins, as there are a limited number of school instruments available, but may
hire cellos and double basses. Each student attends one half hour lesson a week
and from their second year they must also attend a before school ensemble
rehearsal. There is levy charged that covers many items as well any performances
that may include bus travel throughout the year and a performance shirt.
Multi Instrumental Program
program starts in Grade Four and continues through to Grade Six. It encompasses woodwind, brass and percussion
instruments. The testing process occurs in Grade Three and offers are made in
the first instance to successful students before other offers are made.
Students may purchase their own instruments but largely all have the
opportunity to hire for the first year before needing to purchase their own. It
is then expected that majority will have their own instrument to allow hiring
to the following year’s beginners.
attends one half hour lesson a week and both the Juniors and the Seniors will
have an ensemble rehearsal to attend. This may be before school. There is a
levy charged that covers many items as well as any performances that may
include bus travel throughout the year and a performance shirt.
cases students may be involved in both the Strings and Multi Instrumental
programs at the same time.
detailed information on the Instrumental Music Program please make a request to
one of our music staff for a copy of our Instrumental Music Policy Document.