All students from Transition to Year 6 participate in an innovative and exciting formal music education, starting in Transition, students have up to 3 general music classes each week where students learn to perform, by singing and playing percussive instruments, to listen and discuss music and gain the skills and confidence to compose, arrange and perform their own musical ideas. Musica Viva In Schools forms an important component of the class music program exposing our students to a wide variety of styles and world class live musicians. Choir is added to the general music classes in year 1 and the recorder is started in Year 2. The recorder is included in the music program for a variety of reasons.
1. Accessibility and portability, and durability
2. Opportunity for all students to participate in a class instrumental experience
3. Recorder playing is the basis for most woodwind instruments
4. Allows integrated practical and theoretical experiences
5. Develops note reading and performance skills
6. Encourages active listening and participation.
7. Physically appropriate to the size of junior school aged children
Year 3 students ‘taste-test' the violin, cello, flute and tenor horn, in ten week blocks., with a mini-concert at the end of each. These four instruments allow the students to examine the different physical aspects of playing and helps them and their parents to make an informed decision about their preferences.
From Year 4 students all have the opportunity to choose from all major string, woodwind, brass and guitar instruments for small group tuition and all participate in a concert band, string ensemble, or guitar ensemble, progressing from the junior to intermediate groups as they gain skills and experience. Some students are asked each year to participate in the senior school ensembles. Most students continue to study these instruments and perform in an ensemble well into the senior school.
In addition to these lessons many students also choose to take advantage of our excellent peripatetic staff and undertake individual lessons on a wide variety of instruments often also choosing to sit for public examinations held by internationally recognised music bodies including the AMEB, Trinity- Guildhall, IMEB and ABRSM.
Choirs are an integral part of the music program and every child from year 1 to year 6 participates in a Stage choir. Repertoire is carefully selected to develop the vocal skills, aural skills, reading skills, performance skills and audience skills required for full participation in a concert. Part work is introduced early through the use of rounds and the content is chosen to compliment the class topics and reinforce concepts studied in class. Australian compositions form an important part of each choir's repertoire.
The choirs, recorder consorts and instrumental ensembles regularly perform in school at assemblies and special occasions, such as the commencement service, benefactors service and speech day. They also participate strongly in Bathurst and Regional eisteddfods each year.
Students from Transition to Year 12 were dazzled with the musical genius of 'The Sousaphonics' during performances on Friday, 3rd June at All Saints' College.
Introducing Jonathan Clipsham:
Co-ordinator of Music
Jonathan Clipsham joined All Saints' College as the Co-ordinator of Music in late May 2011. He has been singing and making music since primary school playing oboe since he was 10 years old and has varied and extensive experiences in teaching and performance. He is a passionate educator who looks for every student, irrelevant of age, to gain skills in performance and composition across diverse musical genres.
His musical education commenced at age three in the Kodaly method inspiring him to learn recorder, piano, oboe, voice, guitar and the saxophones. He studied oboe with Lesley Challender before commencing lessons with Conall McClure at the Conservatorium of Music Sydney where he completed a Bachelor of Music. Playing oboe in the Sydney University Orchestra, Macarthur Orchestra and many chamber groups as well as conducting primary and high school orchestral, concert and jazz ensembles he is excited to work in the instrumental program at All Saints'. Jon continues to tutor oboe and musicianship to students of all ages and has enjoyed doing so for over a decade.
Studying under Robyn Naylor, Dr Neil McEwan and Stuart Davis, Jon has developed a love of cappella and sacred choral works which he will draw upon as he leads the All Saints' Chamber Choir. He has and continues to sing in many choirs and vocal ensembles including the Conservatorium Chamber Choir, Sydney City Singers, Ising on the Cake, The MAS Barbershop Quartet and the St Andrew's Anglican Cathedral Choir as well as taking strong leads and chorus roles in a collection of musical theatre productions.
Jon also looks forward to introducing some Balinese Gamelan and Folk music into the curriculum and maybe even some dancing!
MUSICA VIVA - THE SOUSAPHONICS
Five musicians from Sydney performed an array of musical genres from South America, Eastern Europe, the deserts of Egypt and many more on a collection of instruments including saxophones, trumpets, percussion, trombones and a Sousaphone.
Students and teachers sang, clapped, stomped and even danced exploring rhythm, complex melodies and layers of sound.
"That was the best, ever!" exclaimed a Transition student as they skipped out.
We look forward to Musica Viva's next visit in Term 4 when 'Fada' introduce the students to traditional Irish songs and high-energy dance tunes.
Jonathan Clipsham (Co-ordinator of Music)
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