Music

Students from Prep- Year 6 each week participate in a Music lesson, presented by a Specialist Music Teacher.

Why should we teach Music?

From Dosomething.org

  1. Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.
  2. Children with learning disabilities or dyslexia who tend to lose focus with more noise could benefit greatly from music lessons.
  3. Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education..
  4. Regardless of socioeconomic status or school suburb, students who participate in high-quality music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests.
  5. A Stanford study shows that music engages areas of the brain which are involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in their memory.
  6. Much like expert technical skills, mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated with a greater understanding of language components.
  7. Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared with children who do not receive musical training.
  8. Schools that have music programs have a higher attendance rate compared to schools without music programs.

Music at Bethany

Bethany uses the Music Room program, by Bushfire press.

In 2012, one of the programs was the winner of the best primary teaching resource at the Australian Education publishing awards.

Topics covered by the students include but are not limited to:

YEAR ONE – Beat, rhythm, pitch and melody, form, dynamics, tempo, tone colour, texture, and music all around the world (including dance)

YEAR TWO – Beat and rhythm, pitch and melody (introducing ostinato ad melodic patterns), tone colour (making homemade instruments and sound sorting), and music all around the world (including dance).

(Learning the recorder)

YEAR THREE – SIX – Rhythm and rhyme, Pitch and patterns, Tone colour, Music from around the world

(Year Three continues with recorder)

Years 4-6 follow a program called Listening Room. It contains music and activities that introduce students to the language and history of music and encourages them to express their feelings about what they hear. They learn about musical composers over the ages.

  • Children at Bethany are learn to play the xylophone. All children will have the opportunity, but it will be a focus from years 4-6.

MUSIC APPRECIATION

Children in Grade 4 and 5 learn to sing a variety of popular Aussie songs. The Year Six children journal after listening each week to a new Christian artist. They watch the clip and write their reflections including: style, a rating, what message they felt from listening etc.

RECORDER FOR YEARS 2 AND 3

Why recorder?

  • Affordable and not easy to break
  • Light – easy to carry
  • Easy to learn and to play--you can make good progress in just a few weeks.
  • Good choice for any beginner with no music experience.
  • Real instrument that is child-sized
  • Gives the child confidence and skills to learn other instruments.
  • Perfect instrument for music education in schools and in homes as it is convenient
  • Learn how to read music and develop their musicality
  • Coordinate and learn to control their fingers, tongue, breathing

XYLOPHONE FOR WHOLE SCHOOL (FOCUS IN YRS 4-6)

Why xylophone?

  • Capable of playing recognisable songs
  • A good start to learning the keyboard
  • Children read music and play the notes on the xylophone
  • Good co - ordination skills
  • Working on fine and gross motor skills. Holding the mallets with a firm grasp, moving arms across midline, and learning how to play loud and soft is great practice for working on fine and gross motor skills.
  • Alphabet recognition and language development. Our xylophones have the names of the notes on each key.

Rebecca de Graaf

Music teacher



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