The Arts (Music)

With a strong focus on the Musical Futures approach to teaching and learning music, students at St Therese are making music in groups informally, using the real-life learning practices of popular musicians.

It involves students working in friendship groups, in a self-directed way, on a series of musical tasks with performance opportunities.

Drawing on the Orff-Schulwerk method of teaching music through play and movement, students at St Therese are learning to use their voice as their primary instrument and transferring those skills to both pitched and non-pitched instruments. By using simple speech rhymes children are learning to play simple and complex rhythms together in collaboration with one another.

In the music classroom students are learning to play music on a variety of instruments. The instruments used in the music classroom include: 
  • Ukulele
  • Xylophones and glockenspiels
  • Djembe drums
  • Orff percussion instruments
  • Boomwackers 
  • Guitars (Acoustic and Electric)
  • Keyboards
  • Drums - djembes and electronic/acoustic drum kits
  • Audio equipment - PA, microphones


From Foundation to Grade 2 the students are learning the fundamental skills of music including keeping the beat and singing in tune. Students are also using Orff percussion instruments, djembe drums, boomwackers, xylophones and glockenpiels to play simple melodies together as an ensemble. 

Grades 3 to 6 are using ukuleles, guitars, keyboards and drums to play music individually and within a group.
All students F-6 are given opportunities to compose and perform music within and beyond the classroom.

Our Music Program is run by Mrs Michelle Budd.