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What's happening in Term 2 2017?

As Term 1 draws to a close, students are invited to enrol for Term 2.

In Term 1 children settled into their new classes, became familiar with new faces and made friends.

  • 6-15 months - 2 year old children practised their listening skills and discovered sounds and instruments in a playful structure, in some cases for the first time.
  • 2-3 year old children met Bumblebee and started exploring their singing voices - some of them even started singing solo!
  • 3-4 year old children started to become very independent and were able to do most of their activities without their carers' help. They are becoming excellent listeners and are even able to follow a conductor! Children discovered high and low notes in music, and were able to show where these notes live on their Autumn tree pictures.
  • 4-5 year old children experimented with their chime bars and learnt to play two songs, 'Hot Cross Buns' and 'Nearly Easter'. They began to learn the difference between Beat ("What's nice and steady in the music like our heart?") and Rhythm ("The number of sounds on a beat. The rhythm goes with the words.") and differentiated between the two by playing on instruments and performing body percussion activities.

In Term 2 the children will expand on the important foundations set in Term 1. Now that the classroom environment is familiar, the children should be more confident and receptive. They will continue to have fun and learn about music through activities that reflect changes in the seasons and the world around them.

  • 6-15 months and 1-2 year old children will continue experimenting with percussion instruments and practise how to play with the music in stop and start activities. As the children become older and more confident they will start interacting with other children and begin imitating what they see others doing. They will also learn about sharing and being part of a group.
  • 2-3 year olds will continue to develop their singing voices as they extend their language skills. They will start learning about dynamics (loud and soft) and tempo (fast and slow). Children will also play some new musical games which will help develop their imaginative play skills. Dances will teach them about socialising with their peers and reinforce a sense of steady beat.
  • 3-4 year old children will begin consciously learning about dynamics (soft and loud) in music and learn their proper terms (piano and forte). They will have lots of fun discovering all of the piano/forte sounds in daily life. The children will enjoy doing their first 'homework' projects and will feel very proud when they bring them in to show each other. Dances, games and instrumental activities are also part of the program.
  • 4-5 year old children will continue to learn simple songs on their chime bars that highlight beat, rhythm and the crotchet rest (saa). They will also work from their music books finding high and low notes on the music staff. Children will practise pointing to a steady beat while singing and will learn to read simple picture symbols which introduce musical notation. This age group loves the dramatic play activities and games which will be played throughout the term.

Term 2 commences in Victoria on Tuesday 18 April and Monday 24 April in WA and runs for 10 weeks. Students enrolled in Term 1 are currently re-enrolling for Term 2 and new students are invited to enrol.

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