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Classroom Music

Classroom Music 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.

Choirs

Labrador State School has three choirs.

Infant Choir- Grade 1/2

Junior Choir- Grade 3/4

Senior Choir- Grade 5/6

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 minutes.

Our school 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 Choirs.

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

The Strings 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

The Multi 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.

Each student 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.

In approved cases students may be involved in both the Strings and Multi Instrumental programs at the same time.

For more 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.​