Music Education Programme at LWLC Halls Head
Millions of children all over the world enjoy music each day. Despite this almost universal interest, some schools are either doing away with their music programs and some show no interest therein or see it as a waste of time and money. What a mistake! Music touches the lives and soul of all people. A school without music is a school without a soul!
Music is such a wonderful source of expression that creates balance and enriches student’s lives and education. Studies over many years have proven time and time again the benefits in regards to discipline, creative thinking, language, reasoning, memorization, coordination and emotional and social development, just to name a few.
Here at LWLC Halls Head, students from as young as 4 Year Old Kindy to Year 6, participate in classroom music education presented by music specialists. Currently, we follow the Western Australian Curriculum. Our classes take place in our Multi-Purpose Building which is situated away from our general classrooms. The ideal distance allowing our students to enjoy the wonderful process of creating without feeling limited! We have a self-build stage which enables our students to go directly onto a stage. A plus point when it comes to developing student’s overall confidence and a wonderful life skill. Through a variety of activities such as singing, playing instruments (percussion, ukulele, recorder etc.), creating, movement and listening, our young students are exposed to many facets within the wonderful world of “music” through individual and group work.
LWLC also provides an opportunity for selected students to participate in the school choir and to represent the school in this wonderful and fulfilling way. Students within this group also get chosen and trained for solo / duet vocal work.
LWLC also makes use of specialist music teachers for individual instrumental tuition such as piano-based keyboard, violin, guitar lessons, etc. The availability of teachers and instrumental classes depend on the student numbers for the specific instrument as well as the availability of teachers. Students are able to take lessons at the school.
Performing opportunities are always welcomed! Where possible, students perform at Open Days, Christmas Concerts, Assembly, Chapel, Anzac Services, Community / Public Events, Instrumental Music Evenings, Graduation Night, Grand Parents Day, etc. Our music classes are a wonderful process of self-discovery in a safe environment. There is a strong emphasis on being respectful, supportive and appreciative towards classmates and performers. Students are encouraged to take small steps (if necessary) in the right direction. That small step can end up being the biggest step of their life! There is more to learning music than what the ear can hear and the eye can see.
They say “never stop dreaming!” We have many more dreams and this is just the beginning. Sometimes, we need to take a step backwards in order to take two steps forward. We will keep on pushing forward for the sake of our lovely students and creating better opportunities, where ever possible.