This year started with two music classes, each combining several year levels, namely Yr 1-3 and Yr 4-6.
Choral music featured strongly in the first half of the year. Yr 4-6 led the way with a popular rap-like song performed at a school assembly, accompanied by Jack Brewin (Yr 10) on drums. Both groups also performed at the Music Festival in June with lively songs ranging from Fish and Chips, New Zealand’s favourite food, to the problems of a Bad Hair Day, on school photo day, but they kept on Smile –ing!
The Primary School showed significant growth during the year and as a result the two music classes were split into three with Year 6 having a class on their own. Apart from singing, each group studies basic music literacy, music appreciation/guided listening and learn different instruments: Year 1-3 enjoy playing on percussion instruments, including glockenspiel; Year 4 & 5 have done exciting rhythmical work with basket balls in the Stomp tradition and started recorder training; and Year 6 have learned several chords on ukulele, enabling them to play a variety of songs.
Students were also entertained by the unique sounds of the Chinese lute, performed by international student Nymph Jin (Year 7) – one of the highlights of 2013.
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