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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
is well documented that children who participate in music programs demonstrate
a significant improvement in life endeavours.
instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone and Tenor Saxophone
instruments: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium and Tuba
instruments: percussion students play a variety of tuned and un-tuned
instruments including Drums, Xylophone and Glockenspiel
instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Bass Guitar
contact one of our school Instrumental Music Teachers or Classroom Music Teacher
for more information.
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.
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
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
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.
Hammond - Classroom Music Teacher
- Elisha Edwards - Instrumental Music Teacher - Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instruments and Bass
- 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.