Music Education in the Classroom

Music is an important part of the Junior School at Tranby College. All students are involved in making music both individually and collaboratively. At every year level, students are encouraged to sing, learn songs and percussion pieces and develop their skills for learning a musical instrument. Throughout their time in the Junior School, students build theory knowledge, develop their aural skills and learn to read music notation. Students are encouraged to be creative through movement, composition and improvisation. They create their own music using melodic and rhythmic instruments on GarageBand on their iPads. Students are also treated to a number of music incursions and excursions that are varied and matched to current needs.

Instruments offered in the Junior School

Students from Year 2 upwards are expected to learn an instrument as part of the Music programme at Tranby College. In Year 2 students learn to play the recorder and then in Year 3, the violin. In Year 4 students have the option of continuing either the violin or recorder. In Year 5 students may choose to either continue learning the violin for a third year or begin learning to play the keyboard. In Year 6, it is compulsory to learn the keyboard.

In the Junior School, students may also choose to learn guitar, drums, piano, voice, violin, clarinet, flute, saxophone or trumpet with a private tutor at the College. From Pre-Primary-Year 3, students may only choose from piano or violin, however from Year 4 onwards the other instruments also become available. When students reach Middle and Senior school, there are even more instruments on offer. Instrumental concerts are held twice a year for students to share their learning and to provide performance opportunities. Students also have the opportunity to perform at assembly.

Ensembles

There are two choirs in the Junior School, the Years 1-3 Choir and Years 4-6 Choir, both of which are open to any student who loves to sing. There is also a Junior School Violin Ensemble for students in Years 4-6 who are learning to play the violin. Both Choirs and the Violin Ensemble perform at assemblies and major whole school events.

Miss Tara Oorjitham

Junior School Specialist Music Teacher