Under the instruction of Music Specialist Mr Michael Goodwin, students at St Thomas More explore music in an extremely well-resourced dedicated Music room. The music aspect of the curriculum is addressed in a very practical way, capitalising on Mr Goodwin’s 25 years’ experience as an award-winning songwriter, working musician and instructor.
Students are provided with the opportunity to explore acoustic and electric guitar, drums, electric bass and keyboards/piano as well as vocals and music theory. They learn to incorporate technology such as an iPad to understand recording and composition, using apps such as Garageband to create their own songs.
Beginning at Kindergarten, our Music program allows students to learn rhythms and beats, musical notation and improvise with the elements of music to communicate ideas. They listen to a range of music and explore music from different cultures and occasions.
Years 4, 5 and 6 are offered the opportunity to play in a Band, learning a variety of instruments and singing techniques. This culminates with an end of year Music concert, utilising the new theatre at the Margaret River HEART.
The students also participate in fortnightly singing sessions as a school, learning contemporary liturgical songs, which can be sung during Masses.
St Thomas More offers an in-school Instrumental Tutoring program. Utilising local musicians, students from Year 3 to Year 6 may opt to learn Guitar, Piano, Drums, Flute or Voice. Fees are charged per term by the individual tutors and sessions take place during the school day making the most of break times to limit disruptions to the classroom teaching programs.
St Thomas More, Margaret River
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