MUSIC

Overview

Music has proven to affect children's level of self confidence and ability to concentrate as they play and practice music. Students also develop a better understanding of co-operation and team work while working with other children in small group situations. Overall school performance can also be enhanced. But perhaps most importantly, learning an instrument can create a lifelong love affair, not just for music, but for learning new skills and developing one's potential in all areas of life.

Roleystone Community College aims to foster a child's natural enthusiasm and encourages them to enjoy their steady progress in music. Primary classroom music lessons are given by the Specialist Teacher from Years 2 – 7. These combine the key areas of the Arts Curriculum and integrate with other Learning Areas across the school. There is a Senior Choir (Years 6 and 7 students) and a Junior Choir (Year 3). Performances for these groups include local school festivals, assemblies and formal ceremonies (i.e. ANZAC and Remembrance Day services within the Roleystone community), the WAGSMS Schools Make Music Concert Series at the Burswood Theatre, participation in the prestigious Massed Choir Festival in Winthrop Hall at UWA and support the Araluen Carols by Torchlight Christmas event to name but a few.

The School of Instrumental Music (SIMS) Program currently provides tuition for students from Years 6 – 9 on percussion, brass and woodwind (flute and clarinet) and has band one morning a week. This group performs at school assemblies.

Opportunity for Secondary students to participate in some musical experiences is also provided and future programs are to be established. These will also link with the College's Film and Television Program.

  • Music makes a contribution to kids' development that no other subject can match
  • Music students are more likely to be good citizens
  • Learning music helps under-performing students improve
  • Musical training can enhance brain function
  • Incorporating music learning into other curriculum areas helps kids learn
  • Playing music improves concentration, memory and ability to express feelings

“Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it’s essential to being human.”
Jewel – singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist

Staff

  • Mrs Jane Slater