Teacher: Richard Kant
At Chandler Park Primary School, music is part of a multi-faceted arts curriculum where the focus is on children expressing themselves through music by using their imagination, music skills and knowledge. They assume the role of both artist and audience member learning through actions such as experimenting, conceptualising, reflecting, performing, communicating and evaluating.
The music program combines music philosophies such as the Kodaly and Orff philosophies. The programs in each year level are sequential and encourage creative thinking. Children have regular opportunities to explore music and concepts like beat and rhythm, compose music, express themselves through performances, singing and playing instruments, listen to and respond to music.
Prep – Year 2
At this level, the music program is designed to provide solid foundations of music literacy (knowledge and skills). These foundations provide for further development in music appreciation and understanding the important aspects of performing music. The elements of music are explored through singing songs, improvisation and playing musical instruments (pitched and non-pitched).
At this level, the music program is centred around learning how to read music notation where students use a variety of pitched instruments to develop their innate musical abilities. Music technology is also a focus with the use of iPad applications such as Garage Band.
The assessment of music at Chandler Park Primary School is underpinned by confidence that students can improve ensuring that learning is experienced by both teacher and children. We believe that our assessment approaches allow each student the ability to improve by making and responding to music; exploring music, and becoming aware of the elements of music. Our teachers don’t give an opinion whether they like or dislike when assessing music performance but rather look at what is revealed in their learning progress. We believe, that by assessing exhibited learning, we are not being judgemental as this may lead to negative impact on and motivation. The aim is to interact with students by providing assessment and feedback without bias or preference.