Music – Mrs Eryl Lewis

Music was introduced to Lakelands Primary School in 2017.

The Music Room is situated in room 4.3, which is a purpose built, acoustically designed room.  All students from PP to Year 6 receive an hour long Music lesson each week with Mrs Hancock or Mrs Lewis.  Kindy students also receive music lessons with Ms Susanne Crogan.

Music lessons are planned according to the WA Australian Curriculum and offer the students the opportunity to sing, develop their understanding of musical elements, listen to and discuss to a variety of music such as jazz, classical, pop and rock and compose their own musical compositions.  Students from Year 1 also learn to play Ukulele and play in small and whole class ensembles.  Ukuleles are provided for students to play in their lessons, but many students choose to purchase their own so that they can practice at home.  Students are more than welcome to buy their own instrument and leave their instrument in the music room on the day of their music lesson, but it is not a requirement. Should you wish to purchase a Ukulele, please do not buy an instrument with plastic tuning pegs as these are toy versions and are very difficult to tune. The Ukulele brand we use at school is Mahalo and is an affordable entry level instrument available at all music shops.

“Search for a Lakelands Star” was introduced in Term 2 of 2017 and is planned again in Term 2 of 2018.  This program encourages all students to use our stage area in the music room to have a go at performing on the stage.  Students are given the opportunity to perform on a stage in the safe, supported environment of their own classroom.  This proved to be a huge success amongst the students last year and many went on to perform their items at our specialist showcase “Night of the Stars”, an afterschool community event, in Term 4.

Exploring composition is also a focus in all music classes at Lakelands with tuned and un-tuned percussion being used extensively in the Lower Primary classes and Bucket Beats, Stomp Band sounds and Garage Band in the Upper Primary classes.  Students are encouraged to improvise and experiment with sounds and are taught how to record their compositions using basic notation.

We currently have two choirs at Lakelands.  A Junior Choir for students in years 1, 2& 3, which is run by Mrs Lewis and Mrs Dunsmore, and A Senior Choir for students in Years 4, 5 & 6 which is run by Mrs Lewis.  We have more than 100 students attending choir each week.  Our Junior Choir meets every Tuesday recess and focuses on having fun through singing in an ensemble.  The Senior Choir meets every Wednesday recess and also focuses on developing the student’s voices by using correct singing and breathing techniques while singing for enjoyment and fun and also performing in the community.  Both choirs regularly perform and school assemblies.  Our Senior Choir also performed in many community events in Term 4 2017, including Lakefest, Madora Bay Carols and a performance at the Lakelands Shopping Centre.

We also encourage students to experience live performances as part of the curriculum and in 2017 took a group of our Year 5 choir students to see a performance of “The Beat of Your Feet” at the Mandurah Performing Art Centre, performed by the WASO Chamber Orchestra and narrated by composer Paul Rissman, who we had the honour of meeting at the performance.  Another live concert performance is planned for our Year 5 choir/instrumental students in 2018.  We were also lucky enough to have the WA Police Band and Lakelands Senior High School perform for our students in Term 4, which they all enjoyed enormously.

In November last year, the whole school participated in the 2017 “Count Us In” event, which involved the school coming together to sing a song called “Shine Together” simultaneously with 3,000 other schools across Australia via a live internet link.  We will be repeating this event again on November 1st 2018 as the staff and students enjoyed it so much.

The Music room is open on a Monday for Year 1, 2 & 3 students and Thursday for year 4, 5 & 6 students.  This offers students the opportunity to practice their instruments, listen to music or just meet with friends and listen to them play.

Additional instrumental lessons are available at Lakelands and are provided by Perth Music Agency.  Should you wish to receive further information regarding this, please contact the school office.