The music program here at Weetangera will follow the Kodály Method. This method uses techniques found to be the most interactive and engaging with a focus on the expressive and creative skills of musicianship. It includes the use of Solfege (solfa - hand signs) to further develop the understanding of pitch. It is an excellent system for learning the architecture behind music, and is a fundamental concept of ear training. You may recognise this method from The Sound of Music’s ‘Do-Re-Mi’. Yes, the children will be learning this song! They will be exploring this program using tuned and untuned percussion instruments, ukuleles, buckets (bucket drumming), singing, dancing and movement, body percussion and Boomwhackers!
The students will focus on the elements of music, including beat and rhythm, tempo, dynamics, melody and harmony, pitch, tone colour, texture and form. They will explore the
history of music, experience music from other cultures, listen to a range of musical works and
experiment with composition. In addition to this, the students will have the opportunity to participate in various ensembles and bands.
Monday (8:30 - 9:00 am) – Ukulele Group (year 3 – 6)
Tuesday (8:30 - 9:00 am) – Senior Choir (year 3 – 6)
Wednesday (8:30 - 9:00 am) – Junior Choir (run by Karen Green) (K – 2)
Thursday (8:30 - 9:00 am) – Percussion/Bucket Drumming Group (year 4 – 6)
Tuesdays and Thursdays (lessons and lunch rehearsal) – Year 5 Band (run by Julia Ison)
Tuesdays and Thursdays (lessons and lunch rehearsal – Year 6 Band (run by Julia Ison)
I look forward to sharing musical moments with the students.