2018 Curriculum outline Music

Term 1


Foundation

We will have a lot of fun in our 1st semester Music classes. We will start with an introduction to the wide variety of instruments and music technologies in the classroom. We will then explore a variety of fun songs that are developmentally appropriate for beginning voices. Our singing tuition will be complimented by the use of the Kodaly Method, and we will learn the notes Sol and Me with the corresponding hand signs. Students will also have the opportunity to sing with the Junior Choir.We will also begin playing the keyboard. We will find out where to find the notes C, D and E and start to learn how to play “Hot Cross Buns”. We will also do some simple theory work learning the correct way to draw music notes.

Grades 1 and 2

The students in Grades 1 and 2 will explore a variety of echo songs which are an excellent introduction to part singing. Some examples of these are “Down by the Sea” and “The Bear Song”. We will also utilise the Kodaly Method of singing instruction and will learn the notes Sol and Me with the corresponding hand signs. Some simple theory will also form part of our program. We will also continue our keyboard lessons. Students will continue the sequential keyboard instruction from last year.  They will also have the opportunity to sing and perform with the Junior Choir.

Grades 3 and 4

In first semester we will explore a variety of rounds that are developmentally appropriate for young voices. Some examples of these are “Hey Ho, Nobody Home” and “The Ghost of Tom”. Our singing tuition will involve lots of discussion about correct note placement, the difference between high and low notes and the importance of using your head voice rather than your talking voice.We will continue keyboard lessons and students will move through a sequential program at their own pace. Grade 3 students have the opportunity to sing with the Junior Choir and Grade 4s can sing with the Performance Choir. The Junior Band and Orchestra are also open to grade 3/4 students.

Grade 5 and 6

1st semester Music classes will very busy. We will be looking at 2 part singing. Students will learn and perform a variety of two part songs.  Our singing tuition will involve lots of discussion about correct note placement, the difference between high and low notes and the importance of using your head voice rather than your talking voice. Students can extend this work by singing with the Performance Choir. The 5/6 Band and Orchestra are also open to all 5/6s. We will continue instrumental lessons and students will work on a variety of instruments. This will be complimented by some theory work learning about how music is written down. We will utilise the “Musescore” notation program for this.


Term 2

Foundation

Last term we started looking at a variety of fun songs and now we want to polish some of them to performance standard. We will start to put together a fun assembly item for performance later in the year. It will involve learning about voice projection, stagecraft and movement. As always, students will lead the discussion about how best to present our work.  

Our theory work this term will concentrate on rhythm. We will utilise the Kodaly system of vocalised rhythm symbols. This will be a great opportunity to use our drums and other percussion instruments.

We will also start the long process of working on an item for our whole school concert which will be held at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre later in the year. This will involve elements of drama and dance.

We will play the keyboard, working through a sequential program of simple keyboard pieces. Students will also have the opportunity to sing with the Junior Choir.

Grades 1 and 2

The students in Grades 1 and 2 have been exploring a variety of echo songs as an excellent introduction to part-singing. Some examples of these are “Down by the Sea” and “The Bear Song”. We will now investigate how a performance of one of these pieces or something similar may become an assembly item for later on in the year.

Some simple theory will also form part of our program. We will use the Kodaly method to learn basic rhythmic notation.  Practice will also commence on our whole school concert which is happening later in the year. This will be a wonderful opportunity to incorporate elements such as dance and drama into our program.

We will also continue our sequential keyboard instruction and will have the opportunity to sing and perform with the Junior Choir.

Grades 3 and 4

In first semester we explored a variety of rounds that are developmentally appropriate for young voices. Some examples of these are “Hey Ho, Nobody Home” and “Salamanca Market”. We will now organise an assembly performance to exhibit some of the things we have learnt.  We will also start to prepare our performance for the whole school concert at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment centre later in the year.

We will continue keyboard lessons and students will move through a sequential program at their own pace. Grade 3 students have the opportunity to sing with the Junior Choir and Grade 4s can sing with the Performance Choir. The Junior Band and Orchestra are also open to grade 3/4 students. Ensemble performances will happen at a variety of community events.  

Grade 5 and 6

So far this year we have been looking at 2 part songs. Students have sung a variety of pieces with soprano and alto lines and explored their construction. Next, we will shape some of them into an assembly performance, which will take place later in the year.

We also need to start working on our whole school concert which will be held in term 3. There will be many acting roles which need to be filled by 5/6 students and auditions will be held for these.

As always, students can sing with the Performance Choir or perform with the 5/6 Band, Orchestra or other student led ensembles. There are some community performances planned to showcase our good work.

We will continue keyboard lessons and students will do some theory work learning about rhythmic notation. We will utilise the “Musescore” notation program for this as well as drums and other percussion.