The Creative Arts Key Learning Area of study that the students experience at St Patrick’s Catholic School is guided by the NSW Board of Studies K-6 Curriculum.
The Creative Arts Key Learning Area covers:
– Dance, and
– Visual Arts
At St Patrick’s students across infants and primary school are involved in a range of activities and experiences with at least 90 minutes per week allocated for Creative Arts.
Our Music program is inclusive, recognising that every student has the ability to participate in and appreciate music. Through exposure to various forms of music and the nurturing of their music skills each individual’s musicianship is developed. A typical music class has an emphasis on identifying and interpreting musical concepts through singing, moving and playing. Students are exposed to a range of musical repertoire through listening, participating, composing and improvising.
We utilise a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments in our hands on approach to music at St Patrick’s. Our ‘Keyboard Room’ provides the opportunity for students to further their musical notation and musical literacy skills as they compose and play their own music.
At St. Patrick’s, we actively seek out opportunities to broaden our students exposure to quality music programs and events. Through partnerships with professional musicians, we are able to provide students with exposure to high quality performances and interactions. These partnerships include: Master Drummer Craig Morrison (Kids on Congas), Soprano Angela Brewer (Coast Opera Australia) and the NSW Police Band
Extra-Curricular Music Opportunities
We also offer a range of extra-curricular music opportunities for our students. please follow the link: https://www.spegdbb.catholic.edu.au/learning-teaching/extra-curricular-music/
The Benefits of Music Education
Active participation in the ‘Creative Arts’ has been proven to enhance students ability both academically and socially. Through being creative and composing, students are using and extending their imaginations, opening themselves to a world of possibilities, thinking critically, expressing their thoughts and opinions and broadening their experiences Australia Council 2014
When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. Neuroscientists have found that the artistic and aesthetic aspects of learning to play music are different from any other activity, and that those who were exposed to a period of music learning showed enhancement in multiple brain areas, compared to others.
Please find the link to this TED Talk: How playing an instrument benefits your brain, Anita Collins, TED -Ed