Music is one strand from the Key Learning Area (KLA) of the arts and is a mandatory subject for Queensland students. At Kurwongbah State School all students from prep to year 6 are involved in a half hour classroom music lesson each week with the music specialist. The school has two music specialists who work 4 days a week between them. The weekly music lessons (commencing from prep) are part of an eight year program that prepares the students for secondary school. Through a variety of experiences the children will gain knowledge and understanding of musical skills and concepts and use this to create music, present/play music, respond to music and reflect on their learning about their music experiences.
Why do music and what are the benefits?
Music makes children smarter! Over the past, many studies have been completed outlining the benefits of music. Learning music impacts positively across most aspects of a child's development and there are established links between learning music and improved academic and social outcomes in children.
builds self-esteem, confidence and a positive outlook
provides a means of self-expression and communication
stimulates the imagination and creativity
encourages tolerance and respect for different types of music and musicians
helps with concentration and memory
assists intellectual development
can assist students who are not achieving well at school
helps with co-operation and team work
breaks down cultural barriers
enriches our lives and the lives of others in our community.
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Extra-curricula music groups
Choir: Singing has always played an important part in Kurwongbah State School's music programme. Numbers of students participating in the school's vocal groups have multiplied over the years. Every group has performed successfully in school parades, fetes and concerts. Each group has achieved much success in prestigious competitions, has amalgamated with other schools in the area and has performed within the local community. There are four choirs at the school and all rehearsals are conducted out of school time - either before school or during lunch breaks.
Prep/one singers: In order to cultivate an interest in the earlier years it was important that the much younger students should have the opportunity to join a singing group. This eventuated in 2009 with the formation of a prep and year one singing group. The group performed on parade and delighted the audience at the end of year night of music. It was a successful venture and will be continuing. The students meet once a week (lunch time) in the school's music room, led by a conductor and piano accompanist.
Junior singers: This is a non-auditioned group for students in year 2 and 3. The students in this group learn basic choral technique while enjoying the experience of being in a choir. The junior singers rehearse once a week (lunch time) and perform at school and community functions.
Senior singers: This is a non-auditioned group opened to all boys and girls in year 4 - 6. Vocal technique is developed further focusing on part-singing. The senior singers rehearse once a week (before school) and perform at school and community functions and also competitions.
Performance group: This is a small, auditioned group and is offered to students in year 5 - 6 who are members of the Senior Singers. This talented group perform more complex music while developing a much higher level of musicianship. They rehearse once a week (lunchtime) and perform at school and community functions, specials parades and may also enter competitions.
Instrumental music: Year 3 - 6 students have the opportunity to join our Instrumental Music program. Selected students will be taught to play orchestral or concert band instruments during school time by Instrumental Music Instructors. Kurwongbah State School has an instructor in strings and an instructor in woodwind, brass and percussion. Lessons of half hour duration will be given on a group basis to between three and ten students. The aim of the instrumental program is to provide quality string and concert band experience for these students to develop music skills of a higher standard.
Concert band: Students may commence learning brass, percussion or woodwind instruments from year 4 - 6. During the first year of tuition the students will join the junior concert band and then the following year they proceed onto the senior concert band. The concert bands rehearse once a week (before school or lunch time) and perform at school and community functions as well as entering competitions.
String ensemble: Students may commence learning a string instrument from year 3 - 6. When students have reached the required standard they are invited to join the string ensemble. This group rehearse once a week (before school) and also perform at school and community functions as well as entering competitions.