2017 has seen the introduction of Music as a learning area to Lakelands Primary School.

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 Berglund or Mrs Lewis.

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, compose their own musical compositions, learn to play the Recorder or Ukulele and play in small and whole class ensembles.

Last term saw our first “Search for a Lakelands Star”, which encouraged all students to use our stage area in the music room to have a go at performing on the stage. This gave many of our students the opportunity to perform for the first time on a stage in the safe, supported environment of their own classroom, and proved a huge success amongst the students.

This term we have been exploring composition in all classes with a focus on using tuned and un-tuned percussion in the Lower Primary classes and Bucket Beats and Stomp Band sounds in the Upper Primary classes. Our composition unit will be further developed in our Upper Primary classes next term through the introduction of Garage Band.

We currently have two choirs at Lakelands. A Junior Choir for students in years 1 & 2 and A Senior Choir for students in Years 3-6. We currently have around 120 students attending choir each week. Our Junior Choir meets every Tuesday lunchtime and focuses on having fun through singing in an ensemble. The Senior Choir meets every Wednesday lunchtime 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 and will also perform at the 2017 LakeFest. Our Senior Choir have also been invited to perform at The City of Mandurah luncheon and have a number of other community performances pencilled into the diary in Term 4

At the start of Term 4, both choirs will perform at Lakelands Primary School’s Festival of the Stars, together with students from each class from Years 2 to 6 who have been invited along to showcase some of the talent at the school.

We also encourage students to experience live performances as part of the curriculum and in Term 2, 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. Future live performances at the school include The WA Police Pipe Band at the end of this term.

The Music room is open on a Monday and Thursday and offers students the opportunity to practice their instruments, listen to music or just meet with friends and listen to them play.

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.