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. Solfege is an excellent way to learn and understand the architecture of music and is a fundamental concept of ear training. The students will be exploring musical concepts using tuned and untuned percussion instruments, ukuleles, buckets (bucket drumming), singing, dancing and movement, body percussion and Boomwhackers!
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 morning ensembles. The times and location of the ensembles are listed below.
Tuesday (8:30 - 9:00 am) – Whole School Choir (K-6)
Wednesday (8:30 - 9:00 am) – Ukulele (3-6)
Thursday (8:30 - 9:00 am) – Percussion/Bucket Drumming (3 – 6)
All morning groups will take place in the music room (near the bike racks). The students are expected to put their bags on the hooks outside their classroom before coming to the session each week.