Music at King's
Our vision is to allow the King’s student body access to a range of Music endeavours regardless of individual ability in order to promote lifelong musical interests. The Co-curricular Music Program develop King’s community and reflect the FISHER (Fairness, Integrity, Service, Humility, Excellence/Encouragement, Respect/Responsibility) principles to the wider world.
Purpose of Music Ensembles/Groups/Bands
- Play an integral role in educating the whole child (social, spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical).
- Offers opportunities to display and develop character and build confidence.
- Each student is a unique creation of God with unique abilities, which can be developed through music.
- Promotes the notion of school spirit, community and identity.
Student’s involvement in the co-curricular music programs aims to develop life skills and musical knowledge which ensure a healthy well balanced approach to life. Students can benefit from involvement in our musical programs with the opportunity to compete in a competitive and non-competitive atmosphere while being supported by family and friends. The philosophical underpinning of our Music Ensembles/Groups/Bands at King’s relates more to involvement than elitism, with success being measured by the experience and involvement. Our aim is for students to conduct themselves in a positive manner both at rehearsals and during performances.
Music teachers are encouraged to use ensembles/groups/bands as a unique vehicle to teach lifelong character traits as an indicator of success. While performing is an exhilarating part of the co-curricular program, it should never be the ultimate goal of any teacher or school. As a school we value the development of the person which needs to be reflected in our groups’ aims. We need to develop ways to actively teach character in our groups. If our ultimate goal is to develop character it will shape the way that our ensembles/groups/bands represent King’s in the community and the attitudes that these take into performances.
Aim of Co-Curricular Ensembles/Groups/Bands
The aim of the co-curricular music program is to provide opportunities for involvement in a positive, supportive environment. This will promote immediate and long-term benefits to students, which will be observed in terms of better musical knowledge, socialisation, improved feelings of self-confidence and self-worth and the satisfaction derived from skilled performance in individual and group recitals.
The co-curricular music programs at King’s will aim to promote:
- Demonstration and development of Christian character.
- Skill and technique development and teamwork.
- An atmosphere of friendly cooperation and healthy competition.
- Character traits both on and off the performance stage. This ensures the musician values the character traits above the desire to be involved in musical opportunities.
Other benefits of the co-curricular program:
- Encourages fellowship amongst students, across year levels and between staff, students, parents and others.
- Provides contact with other schools and communities and enhancing the school image within the community.
- Provides an opportunity for students to be visibly involved in school life.
- Builds community with an outreach component to help others.
The Year 2 strings program has been a strong feeder to the two strings ensembles: Junior Strings Year 2-Year 5, and String Ensemble Year 6-Year 12. These string ensembles rehearse weekly and regularly perform at school and community events.
At King’s, all Year 5 students are given the exciting opportunity to learn a Wind instrument: Either flute, clarinet, trumpet or trombone, as part of our wind program. Students undertake weekly lessons in a small group setting to develop technical skills with our instrumental experts. Students then combine as class bands and develop their collaborative and ensemble performance skills, playing a varied repertoire of classic and contemporary band pieces. The culmination of this program is an entertaining concert to the school community, a definite highlight for our Junior School students.
Every week students attend a Chapel service, which provides opportunities for worshipping and learning about God in community with their peers. Chapel bands Year’s 6/7, 8/9, 10, 11, and 12) rehearse and perform weekly at the various chapels. Chapel bands provide students the opportunity to perform, develop as musicians and teaches them to use their skills to lead their teachers and peers in worship.
King’s is blessed with a very talented and dedicated team of instrumental music teachers. Staff inspire their students to improve and enrich their students’ knowledge and understanding of music from the perspective of their chosen instrument. In addition to enriching students' personal growth and interests, the Instrumental Program also strongly supports the music curriculum, particularly in the Senior School.
Our teachers work with a specific focus on the technical aspects of the instrument which, in turn, increases the students’ rate of progress. As a result this also teaches students the importance of commitment, being rewarded with the fruits of their labour! By encouraging students to participate in performance opportunities provided by King’s (such as Recital Nights and community events), students develop a greater confidence and more robust performance technique.
Lessons are available for the following instruments:
- Acoustic Guitar
- Electric Guitar
- Electric Bass
- Double Bass