Music and Performing Arts
The Music & Performing Arts program provides an engaging, creative and encouraging environment for all students to learn, perform and love the Performing Arts. There is a strong focus on singing, with each lesson beginning with a variety of songs, using Sol Fa to learn and develop pitch recognition and Orff and Kodai pedagogy to learn music theory.
Their musical journey begins early with weekly music lessons in Prep and Year 2, where they discover the fundamentals of music in melody and rhythm through singing, movement and percussion playing. Dance and Drama are also included during lessons, allowing students to share and explore creative ideas.
In Grade 3 & 4, students continue to consolidate their notes and rhythmic understanding, and are introduced to basic chord structures and progressions through learning and performing on the Ukulele.
Students in Grade 5 & 6, continue to develop their musicianship skills by developing their note and rhythmic reading, composing short melodies on a variety of instruments, exploring voice and movement through role play, story-telling, and learning about meaning and interpretation, forms and elements including voice, movement, situation, time and place, and improvisation.
BI-ANNUAL WHOLE SCHOOL MUSICAL
Every second year every student have the amazing opportunity to participate in the Whole School Musical Production. Students in Grades 5 & 6 get to audition for lead roles, and each class prepares items to present. Our school Gym is turned into a theatre like atmosphere, with professional lights and audio systems being set up to create a magical night of entertainment from our students and staff.
KIDS ON PARADE CONCERT
Alternating with our Whole School Musical Production, students in Prep – Grade 2 present our ‘Kids on Parade’ Concert. Each class prepare a few items to present to the school community in an afternoon of high quality entertainment that also highlights individual students who take part in instrumental lessons.
GRADES 3 and 4 MUSICAL FESTIVAL
Students in Grade 3/4 also present their talents in the Grade 3/4 Music Festival working together in their music lessons to present a whole class performance using xylophones, percussion instruments, Ukuleles and Dance.
GRADE 5 and 6 SHINDIG
5In Grade 5 and 6, students prepare a variety of acts to present for their Grade 5/6 Shindig Concert. From musical items, band pieces, drama sketches and improvisation, the Grade 5/6 students explore a variety of ways to express creative ideas by composing music, writing scripts and choreographing dance routines.
JUNIOR and SENIOR CHOIRS
Here at Bayswater North PS, we have 2 choirs – The Junior Choir, for students in Grades 1 & 2 and the Senior Choir for students in Grades 3 – 6. Each choir rehearse weekly learning a variety of repertoire, and singing techniques that prepare them for the various opportunities to perform at school and also for the community. The Senior Choir have previously performed for local nursing homes, hospitals, Box Hill OXFAM Music Concert, Bunnings Family Day etc.
The band program involves weekly rehearsals, learning about ensemble playing, intonation, listening and working as a team. The band is made up from students who learn a musical instrument either privately or as part of the Brass and Woodwind program. The students learn a variety of styles of and repertoire, and work and encourage each other as they develop their musicianship and ensemble playing skills.
AMAZING BAYSY PERFORMING CORNER
Our ‘Amazing Baysy Performing Corner’ also provides regular opportunity for students to perform. Led by our students, in front of their peers during recess and lunchtimes, students are given the opportunity to showcase their various talents including singing, dancing, instrumental performance or even a flashmob.
FRIENDS OF MUSIC
Friends of Music nights encourage the wider school community to come along for an evening of entertainment presented by our students, parents and staff. This is held annually towards the end of the year, and is one of the many highlights for our instrumental students.
BRASS and WOODWIND PRGRAM
The Brass & Woodwind program offer students an opportunity to learn either the trumpet or clarinet. Students can ‘opt in’ and choose their preferred instrument. During their weekly lessons, students learn about note reading, technique in how to produce good quality tones, rhythmic values, sight reading, and breathing techniques.
We also offer instrumental lessons in Keyboard and Guitar.