Year Level Description
Throughout Year 6, students engage in a wide variety of singing, listening, playing and creative activities. Students are introduced to music from various cultural backgrounds. They listen to, discuss, analyse and create works from a variety of styles and times, for example, units studied may include advertising music (jingles), vocal blues and writing of an original work. Students learn folk songs, dances, instrumental works and perform individually, in small groups and as a class ensemble. Theory and aural knowledge and skills are further developed.
Year 6 students may audition for the Musique Du Coeur choir for Years 4 to 6 and the Chamber Choir. Other groups they may be able to join after consultation with the Head of Music or Ensemble Directors include Fiddlesticks Orchestra, Sforzando Strings, Wire on Fire, Mini-Bandit (Beginner Band), Bandit (Advanced Concert Band) and Guitar Ensemble.
By the end of the year students are expected to:
- discuss and recognise features within the genre and style of music studied;
- compose and perform effective improvisations;
- create and perform an effective arrangement/backing of a known song or write an original piece;
- recognise, read, transcribe complex rhythms both visually and aurally (syn-co-pa, tam-ti and tim-ka);
- increase speed of reading treble and bass notation;
- identify and draw frequently used music symbols;
- understand and incorporate a wide range of musical terms;
- develop and extend their understanding of time signatures, meter and chord progressions, structural and scale forms;
- actively participate in class activities and accurately perform a repertoire of songs, body percussion pieces, dances and other musical works;
- demonstrate interpersonal skills through teamwork and ensemble performance;
- critique and reflect on performances and musical works.