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Music

FOUNDATION
This semester students have been working on keeping a steady beat to music. They have demonstrated this through movement, improvisation and playing percussion instruments. We have worked on recognising the high and low sounds in music as well as environmental sounds. We have also worked on the ‘loud and soft’, ‘fast and slow’ of musical pieces; once again including environmental sounds. We have also been exploring dance and drama where listening, concentration, communication and co-operative skills are developed. 
 
YEARS One and Two
This semester students have been working on keeping a steady beat and rhythm to music by clapping hands and stamping feet and also by playing simple percussion instruments. We have worked on recognising getting higher and lower in music and showing getting higher/lower using the voice, instruments and movement. The children have also been introduced to the graphic notations of higher and lower. We have also worked on the ‘loud and soft’, ‘fast and slow’ of musical pieces and have used our voices to create louder, softer, faster and slower. The children have also been introduced to the graphic notations of louder, softer, faster and slower. We have also been exploring dance and drama where listening, concentration, communication and co-operative skills are developed.

YEARSThree and Four
This semester students have been working on keeping a steady beat and rhythm pattern to music by clapping hands, stamping feet and using the body as a musical instrument and also by playing available percussion instruments. The students have been encouraged to create rhythm patterns and improvisations. We have also worked on recognising getting higher and lower in music and showing getting higher/lower using the voice, instruments and movement. The children have also been introduced to the graphic notations of higher and lower. We have also worked on the ‘loud and soft’, ‘fast and slow’ of musical pieces and have used our voices to create louder, softer, faster and slower. The children have also been introduced to the graphic notations of louder, softer, faster and slower. We have also been exploring dance and drama where listening, concentration, communication and co-operative skills are developed

YEARS Five and Six
Each lesson consists of a combination of activities. Students sing songs and use tuned and untuned percussion to create ensemble accompaniment. The lyrics are also discussed and sometimes altered. Students have also created rap performances after looking at rhythm and rhyme patterns. Singing in rounds has also been done.

Students have also used body percussion and dance to enhance musical performances and have improvised dances in small groups.

Recordings and sometimes video clips are listened to and discussed. In term 1, the recordings were all about using voices. This term they have all been original soundtracks and the music has been analysed to identify how composers create mood and colour. Non-Western music is also shared including recordings from South America, Indonesia, Africa and Japan.
Students have learned to tune, repair and play guitars. So far most are familiar with three basic chords, and these will be extended in the future.

A variety of instruments are played, discussed and analysed including non Western instruments such as didgeridoos and African thumb pianos.

Basic music theory is also taught through games and in ensembles, including notation of treble clef notes, rhythm and some musical terminology. Major and Minor chords are identified and explained. Pentatonic scales are used for improvisation.

Music Program Secondary
Benalla P-12 College has a highly successful music program offering students a rich musical experience for beginners through to advanced instrumental education including VCE Music courses and VET Music.

Teaching and performing is accommodated at the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) at the Faithfull Campus of the College with some classes and lessons provided at the Barkly Street Campus for senior students.

Ensembles, classes and lessons are provided by a highly experienced and professional team of music educators including:
Barry Roberts - Performing Arts Co-ordinator - Classroom Music, Clarinet, Saxophone, Year 7 Band, Stage Band, Symphonic Band
Natalie Roberts - Classroom Music and Year 8 Band.
David Roe - Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Stage Band
Rolf Koren - Percussion, Small groups, VET Music Technical Production
Students participate in bands and ensembles and regularly perform at local events, festivals and are offered a range of music camps and tour opportunities throughout the year.