Music is an integral part of life at The Gap State School, involving students, staff and parents. The aim of the music program is to develop the creativity which is present in varying degrees in all children. Music programs focus on students making music and developing the ability to think and express themselves in sound.
Learning is activity based and through a variety of such activities the children are taught the basic skills of music - beat, rhythm, pitch, singing, movement, listening, musical literacy, creating and playing. Great emphasis is placed on the "enjoyment" aspect.
Students from Prep to Year 3 receive twice weekly music lessons from a music specialist teacher and students in Years 4, 5 and 6 receive a lesson once a week.
Instrumental and choral programs on offer to students
Students from Year 2 (Year 1 if places are available) are invited to join our school choirs. We currently have five choirs: Senior (students in Years 5 & 6); Junior (students in Years 3 & 4); Sopraninos (usually convenes in Term 2, with membership open to all Year 2 students and Year 1 if places are available) and extension choirs e.g. Boys’ Choir and (auditioned) Girls’ Choir.
Students undertake a selection process in Year 2 to determine their aptitude for playing a string or band (woodwind, brass or percussion) instrument. Following this process, offers to join the instrumental program are made to selected students. Department funding provides selected children with one small group lesson per week and access to our loan instruments for a year.
Woodwind: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone
Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, French Horn, Euphonium
Percussion: (all percussion students play a variety of tuned and untuned instruments)
All of our school choirs and instrumental ensembles participate in either competitive and non-competitive events during the year.