Performing Arts

At Park Ridge Primary School, our Performing Arts curriculum focuses on a Music-based program. Our Music program aims to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential. Skills and techniques developed through participation in music learning allow students to manipulate, express and share sound as listeners, composers and performers. We know that music learning has a significant impact on the cognitive, affective, motor, social and personal competencies of students.

Our Music program combines listening, performing and composing activities. These activities, developed sequentially, enhance students’ capacity to perceive and understand music. As students progress in their study of Music, they learn to value and appreciate the power of music to transform the heart, soul, mind and spirit of the individual. In this way students develop an aesthetic appreciation and enjoyment of music.

We believe that students’ active participation in music fosters understanding of other times, places, cultures and contexts. Through continuous and sequential music learning, students listen to, compose and perform with increasing depth and complexity. Through performing, composing and listening with intent to music, students have access to knowledge, skills and understanding, which can be gained in no other way. Learning in Music is aurally based and can be understood without any recourse to notation. Learning to read and write music in traditional and graphic forms enables students to access a wide range of music as independent learners.

Foundation to Year 2 Curriculum

Students in Foundation begin by reviewing and consolidating their knowledge of opposing elements of music such as high & low pitch, fast and slow tempo, loud and soft dynamics as well as maintaining a steady beat and participating in vocal exploration exercises to discover their singing voice. Students then learn to differentiate beat and rhythm and over the next three years expand their knowledge of one-beat rhythms. Students also refine their pitch differentiation to intervals of a minor third, name these notes as so and mi and then further expand their knowledge of solfa to include the sixth degree: la. Students are also introduced to the stave and learn to place these notes on a stave in relation to a given starting point. Finally, students begin to encounter musical metre by developing an understanding of strong and weak beats and how to notate these with bar lines.

Year 3 to Year 6 Curriculum

Students in Years 3 to 6 continue to expand upon their knowledge of pitch, rhythm and metre gained in Foundation –Year 2 as well as undertaking a number of specialised units in an area of musicology or instrumental studies. Pitch knowledge is expanded to include notes first from the pentatonic scale (extended pentatony in Year 4) then to include minor tonalities and finally fully diatony by Year 6. Rhythm is expanded to include two-, three- and four-beat rhythms and metre is now divided into simple and compound time signatures with an ability to identify and compose in both.