Music at Campbell Primary School

All students from Pre-primary to Year 6 have the opportunity to learn Music at Campbell Primary. Students participate in a one hour music lesson each week where they learn a large range of skills through a creative and exciting program. Campbell Primary School performs at many successful musical events. These include performances at ANZAC Day, assemblies, the Australian Band and Orchestra Conductors Festival and more.

The school is involved in the Instrumental Music Schools Services (IMSS) program and has tuition available in Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Low Brass, Percussion and Classical Guitar. Testing for these instruments takes place in Term 3 of Year 4, for commencement in Term 1 of Year 5.

There is also a choral program with a Senior Choir open to all students Years 5 and 6 who love to sing. In the past we have presented school musicals, performed at Massed Choir Festivals and WAGSMS concert series.

Year 6 students that have been involved in learning an instrument though IMSS are also invited to join the Concert Band in collaboration with Canning Vale College. Here, they rehearse and perform engaging pieces with other students, bringing more opportunities for students to grow their ensemble skills.

Our focus for Music is guided by the National Curriculum for the Arts (Music) developed by ACARA. Our program at Campbell encourages the children’s enjoyment of Music via movement, singing, playing instruments, listening to a variety of music, composing using available instruments and utilising the excellent technological facilities that we have at Campbell. Children are encouraged to learn within contexts that are developmentally sound and we have aides to assist children with additional needs. We encourage usage of Arts language at Campbell and introduce the recorder in Year 3 to encourage note reading and performance. In the higher grades recorder continues and is a good preparation for entry into the IMSS program in Year 5.

We contribute to the arts education process at Campbell by placing the students in relationship to the National Curriculum (Arts) by

  • Observation in class during activities.
  • Use of checklists related to musical elements e.g. pitch, rhythm, timbre, texture etc.
  • Children’s own reflective observations and assessments made during class work.
  • Standardised testing such as Musical Aptitude Indicator (MAI).
  • Encouraging our students to have their excellence recognised by applying for scholarships in Arts subjects.

At Campbell we are giving our children the opportunity to experience Music as a tool of communication, as a reflection of their culture and as method of expression that they can continue all their lives.