​​Music is one strand of The Arts and as such, is part of one of the Key Learning Areas from Years 1 - 10.​

Classroom Music Program

The Strathpine West State School music program caters for all students regardless of their musical ability. The aim of the program is to develop the creativity that is present in varying degrees in all children. We focus on students making music and developing the ability to think and express themselves in sound.

Each class from prep to year 6 receives a thirty minute music lesson every week with our music specialist. These lessons are activity based with the children learning the basic skills of music- beat, rhythm, pitch, singing, movement, listening and musical literacy. Great emphasis is placed on the “enjoyment” aspect.

In the early years students explore the fundamental elements of music as they develop a love of music through song and an appreciation of basic rhythmic patterns. They learn to play a variety of tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments. Students in year 2 learn to play the ukulele while students in year 3, 4 and 5 learn to play the recorder. As they progress through the middle years of their primary music education they learn to read music. The students in year 6 have the opportunity to learn to play the classical guitar.

​​Instrumental Music Program 

The Instrumental Music Program is a school-based program supported by Education Queensland to promote instrumental music in state schools. Our Instrumental Music Program is an integral component of our total Music Program. The program is based on a broad set of objectives that spring from two fundamental goals: The mastery of technical skills and the development of musical sensitivity.

Each year a selection process involving our year 2-​4 students is held to identify children who have an aptitude for learning a Woodwind, Brass, Percussion or String instrument.

​​​​​Instrumental instruction is provided from Year 4 for woodwind, brass and percussion instruments (including Bass Guitar) and from Year 3 for string instruments. Children are given one lesson on one instrument only, per week during school time.​

As the students progress, they are expected to perform with one of the school ensembles. The experienced Brass, Woodwind, Percussion and Bass Guitar students form the Concert Band and the string students join the String Ensemble. The ensembles perform at special school events and parades, at music festivals and in some competitions. Children learn aspects of team work and basic ensemble techniques, whilst enjoying the camaraderie of playing in an ensemble or band with their peers. During the year the children participate in music workshops to accelerate learning and perform at competitive and non-competitive band functions. 

It is well documented that children who participate in music programs demonstrate a significant improvement in life endeavours.

Instruments taught at the school include:

Woodwind instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone and Tenor Saxophone

Brass instruments: Trumpet, French Horn, Tenor Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium and Tuba

Percussion instruments: percussion students play a variety of tuned and un-tuned instruments including Drums, Xylophone and Glockenspiel

String instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Bass Guitar

Please contact one of our school Instrumental Music Teachers or Classroom Music Teacher for more information.

Specialist Music Staff

Leonore Hammond - Classroom Music Teacher

Melissa Yaxley - Multi-Instrumental Music Teacher (Woodwind, Brass, Bass Guitar and Percussion Instruments)

Sam Muller - String Instrumental Music Teacher (violin, Viola, cello, double bass)​​​

MUSIC EDUCATION helps young people feel inspired and motivated.  Research tells us children who PLAY MUSIC do better in school and life.  PLAYING MUSIC builds motivation and self-esteem.  MUSIC LESSONS boost thinking skills.  LEARNING MUSIC builds skills for the future.  Above all, MUSIC IS FUN

Last reviewed 16 March 2023
Last updated 16 March 2023