The music program at NHS has an active hands on approach to music education. Instruments, dance and singing are at the core of all lessons. Students are encouraged to be music makers. Students undertake music lessons each week and cover all key music skills through activity and performance.
The program has key focus areas that include African drumming, Marching drumming, ukulele, Salsa dancing and singing. Skills are developed in these areas and others over time starting in reception. This builds self-confidence team work and lifelong skills. It is our aim that all students can play an instrument, make music as a team and dance before graduating from our school.
In addition to the classroom music students can take their learning further in music by joining our extension groups. These include the Primary Schools Festival of Music Choir and School Choir, The North Haven Drum Corp, The Percussion Marching and Display Team, The Guitar Group, The Instrumental Music Services Hub Band (concert band), and The Salsa Team.
All students sing. Students learn singing technique and harmony as well as reading music. All students sing starting with traditional folk songs, singing games, rounds and songs that accompany dances. This is by memory and develops a learnt vocabulary and rhythms of speech. Pitch and intervals are developed with the natural patterns of children’s development. Students further develop their singing skills with part singing and harmony using choir material and songs from the Festival of Music Program. Current popular songs are learnt and students are encouraged to perform, interpret and make singing part of their everyday lives.
All students learn the ukulele introduced in reception and build on their skills each year. Ukulele is an approachable way for students to lead into a whole range of stringed instruments. Fun, affordable and sweet sounding. The online resources for continued learning at home are excellent and enable students to learn the songs of their choice. The skills learnt with ukulele lead directly into the guitar syllabus offered in the Guitar Ensemble.
All students in all year levels learn to play African hand percussion instruments using traditional West African rhythms. Multiple parts, interlocking rhythms and musical structures are covered as well as that all important time feel in a circle of drums.
Students learn traditional marching drum patterns on snare drum, triples and bass drums. Reading music notation, stick control and team work are covered in the class lessons forming solid foundations for all future drumming and to move into the drum corp.
The school choir is part of the Festival of Music program which culminates in a performance at the Festival Centre. Singers who want more than the classroom singing can hone the technique and develop their performance skills. Students learn to read music notation, sing harmony and work as a musical team. Students need dedication and commitment to get the best from themselves in the North Haven Choir. The choir offers pathway opportunities for aspiring singers and those looking to study voice in high school. The choir performs regularly during assemblies, community events such as Remembrance Day ceremonies and at the Entertainment Centre as part of the Schools Festival of Music.
Through the Department of education Instrumental Music Program a whole range of concert band instruments are offered to students in years 5 to 7 this is during school time at Le Fevre Peninsula Primary School. Instruments include flute, trumpets, saxophones, clarinets and more. Student learn as part of an ensemble called the Hub Band and with group lessons with specialist teachers. This program offers pathway opportunities for aspiring musicians looking to pursue music in the senior education.
Guitar is also offered at North Haven. Students learn a contemporary guitar method including music reading for continuation into high school music programs. Interested students attend lunch time classes and commit to regular practice and to perform at school events. The school has some guitars available for loan for new students through the school library.
Keen drummers can take their playing further and learn team work and technique with the North Haven Drum Corp. Drummers meet during lesson time for lessons and rehearsal. The Drum Corp performs with the Precision Marching Team and on their own at school and community events.
They perform traditional marching rhythms as well as a style associated with American College sports called Drumline using more modern feels and songs.
Dance at North Haven is for all students starting in reception with traditional music games and dances. Students learn folk, and contemporary dance style but with an increasing emphasis on Salsa in senior years culminating in a performance of Salsa by year 7 graduating students. Salsa is rhythmically rich and one of the most popular partner dances in the world today.
Percussion Marching and Display Team
The Marching and Display Team is a very popular group that takes elements of marching, cheerleading and dance. The Team develops intricate choreography to create performances for marching and stage. They also use contemporary music and at times work alongside the North Haven Drum Corp. This group meets during school hours but also some out of hours and lunch times are required leading up to events.
Salsa Team is for students looking to take their Salsa further and perform at school and community events. Students learn a group style of Cuban Salsa called ‘Rueda’ with constantly changing partners and a caller leading the dance. The steps learned are similar the world over and students learn some Spanish along the way. The Salsa team meets regularly, during school hours and some out of school hours leading up to events.