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 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 Strathpine West State School 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.

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

Brass instruments: Trumpet, French 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.

School Choir

At Strathpine West State School children are encouraged to join our school choir. The choir is a non-auditioned group opened to all students in year 3 to year 6. The children sing a range of contemporary songs and classics whilst learning aspects of team work and some basic choral techniques. The choice of music is frequently a collaborative exercise between the classroom music teacher and the members of the choir. The choir rehearses once a week during lunch time. During the year the children perform on parade and at various functions. Please contact our school classroom music teacher for more information.

Recorder Band

Students in Years 3 and 4 are encouraged to join the Strathpine West Recorder Band.The Recorder Band is used as a recruitment tool for the Instrumental Music Program at the school. Generally students who are committed members of the Recorder Band are offered a place in the school’s Instrumental Music Program commencing the lessons the following year. The Recorder Band rehearses once a week at lunch time. For further information please contact the Classroom Music Teacher.

K’uke Club        

Students in Years 2 are encouraged to join the Strathpine West K’uke Club.This ukulele group is used as a recruitment tool for the Instrumental Music Program at the school. Generally students who are committed members are offered a place in the school’s String Music Program commencing the lessons the following year. The K’uke Club rehearses once a week at lunch time. Students do not need to purchase their own ukulele. For further information please contact the Classroom Music Teacher.

The benefits of music education

  • broadens musical, intellectual and cultural horizon

  • fosters self-esteem, confidence and a positive outloo

  • endorses the pursuit of excellence

  •  focuses on participation and performance in an environment of co-operation and teamwork

  • encourages mutual respect and tolerance

  • stimulates intellectual growth

  • provides one of the most powerful and profound means of expression and communication

  • develops memory and demands accuracy and persistenc

  • improves listening ski

  • following timelines and meeting deadlin

  • learning an instrument helps to enhance motor skills; reading notes and playing help to foster hand-eye co-ordination


Music education helps young people feel inspired and motivated. Research tells us children who play musicC do better in school and in life. Playing music builds motivation and self-esteem. Music lessons boost thinking skills.

 Learing music builds skills for the future. Above all, music is fun. 

Specialist staff

  • Leonore Hammond - Classroom Music Teacher
  • Elisha Edwards - Instrumental Music Teacher - Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instruments and Bass Guitar.
  • Trish Favaloro - Instrumental Music Teacher - String instruments                                              

There are a limited number of places in the Strathpine West State School Instrumental Music Program available each year. This is determined by the allocation of instrumental music time at the school and the current enrolment numbers. This figure is recalculated annually.
It is therefore not possible to offer instrumental music tuition to all students.

A selection process takes place in Semester 2 of each year. 

Students selected for the Instrumental Music Program must meet the  expectations outlined in the Strathpine West State School Music Recruitment Selection Criteria.

Last reviewed 06 September 2021
Last updated 06 September 2021