Music

Music

Music Enriches our Learning

At St Hilda’s School we love music because we believe it is one of the most personally enriching of all subjects. We believe it combines one of humanity’s greatest desires – the expression of emotion, with the surprising power of collaborative teamwork. Music has the ability to strengthen social cohesion. Its influence is universal in all human societies. Music promotes thoughtfulness and enjoyment. It has been clear for much of history that music is one of the most complex art forms. It has many connections to the worlds of Mathematics and Science. Yet music connects naturally to each of us. Through music we connect to the world.

As a school we know that music education plays an enlivening part in the lives of our girls. We confidently express this by declaring that music is powerful in contributing to the cognitive and aesthetic development of the girls. There is no doubt that music is a complex symbolic system that allows individuals to represent and evoke the emotions of life. Yet music is also an art form. It is an integral part of everyday life, giving voice to self-expression, providing energy to celebration, connecting us socially, and defining us culturally. Music can have political and educational purpose and power. Not surprisingly we see the study of music contributing to the development of the whole person: the heart, the mind and the soul. The study of music can be enormously challenging and it can be fun. There is magic in the study of music.

At all levels of study, students are encouraged to have fun with music, become adept and adaptable in using various music-related technologies (from instruments to iPads) and to apply their broadening musical knowledge, skills and insights to express themselves in a rapidly changing music-making environment. Girls interested in studying music as part of their formal academic studies will usually be deeply involved in the co-curricular music program of the school.

Junior Musicians In the Classroom

The curricular program offers varied opportunities to broaden knowledge and engage with many musical pursuits. All year levels have a scheduled music lesson weekly with a specialist music teacher, as well as other supporting musical experiences which include:

  • Prep and Year 1 Choir rehearsing fortnightly within the School day and preparing for performances at school events including the annual Music Gala Concert and Women’s Auxiliary High Tea
  • Years 3 and 4 students learning the violin (or cello) in half hour weekly class lessons
  • Years 5 and 6 students having the opportunity to explore the instruments of the woodwind, brass and percussion families and then focus on the study of an instrument of their choice

Our extensive co-curricular and extra-curricular program offers our girls a choice of wide variety of activities after school hours on the school site.

Year 2 & 3 Choir
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Co-ordinator: Mrs Stephanie Hourigan
Contact: 07 5577 7249
Year Levels: Year 2 & 3
Terms: All Year
Venue: Junior Music Classroom
Times: Thursday 3.30pm – 4.15pm
Activity Description: Years 2/3 Choir develops girls’ singing ability in both part-singing and quality and technique of the voice, as well as developing presentation skills and self-confidence. Choir is a team sport and year-long commitment, requiring girls to attend rehearsals every week, so the Choir can perform at its best. No audition is required to be a member of this choir – all interested can participate. The Choir performs at School functions, including the annual Music Gala Concert at the Arts Centre Gold Coast in early Term 3, and Eisteddfod-type competitions.

Year 4 to 6 Choir

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Co-ordinator: Mrs Louise Emery
Contact: 07 55 777 256
Year Levels: Years 4 – 6
Terms: All year commitment
Venue: Junior Music Classroom
Times: Tuesday 3.30pm – 4.45pm
Activity Description: Years 4 – 6 Choir develops girls’ singing ability in both part-singing and quality and technique of the voice, as well as developing presentation skills and self-confidence. Choir is a team sport and year-long commitment, requiring girls to attend rehearsals every week, so the Choir can perform at its best. No audition is required to be a member of this choir – all interested can participate. The Choir performs at School functions, including the annual Music Gala Concert at the Gold Coast Arts Centre in early Term 3, and Eisteddfod-type competitions.

Year 4 to 6 Vocal Ensemble

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Co-ordinator: Mrs Louise Emery
Contact: 07 55 777 256
Year Levels: Years 4 – 6
Terms: All year commitment, commencing Term 2
Venue: Junior Music Classroom
Times: Tuesday 4.45 – 5.15pm
Activity Description: Members of Years 4 – 6 Choir can audition for the Vocal Ensemble at the end of Term 1, with rehearsals being held after Years 4 – 6 Choir in the Junior Music Room from 4.45pm – 5.15pm. The Vocal Ensemble perform at School functions, including the annual Music Gala Concert at the Gold Coast Arts Centre in early Term 3, and Eisteddfod-type competitions.

Junior String Ensemble

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Co-ordinator: Mr Chen Yang
Contact: 07 5532 4922
Year Levels: Years 4 – 6 (Students may be admitted outside these year levels depending on skill level)
Terms: All year commitment
Venue: Junior Music Centre
Times: Tuesday 7:30 – 8.15pm
Activity Description: String Ensemble offers music extension to intermediate level music students of violin, viola, cello and double bass. Junior String Ensemble performs regularly at school concerts and functions and participates in the annual Gold Coast Eisteddfod.

Junior School Concert Band

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Co-ordinator: Mr Antony Zambolt, Mrs Louise Emery
Contact: 07 55 777 239
Year Levels: Years 4 – 6
Terms: All year commitment
Venue: W4/5 (Band Room) (Senior Music)
Times: Friday 7.15am-8.15am
Activity Description: Junior School Concert Band is an instrumental ensemble which consists of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments and plays a variety of styles including marches, jazz, folk songs, movie themes and much more. If there are excess numbers of students on one instrument (e.g. clarinet) students may rotate between their instrument and percussion on different pieces. The band performs at a variety of functions including School functions and Eisteddfods.

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