Each week, children attend a 50 minute Performing Arts lesson with a trained Specialist. The program is a sequential, developmental program in which children experience the Performing Arts through creating, composing, critiquing, exploring and responding to music. Children in the younger years learn the fundamentals of music through activities based around beat, rhythm, pitch, dynamics and tempo. They learn to perform in front of a familiar audience and they explore, experience and respond to music in a range of styles. The children learn to sing a wide variety of songs and play a range of tuned and un-tuned instruments.
In Dance, children move and respond to a range of musical styles and genres. They become aware of how to move their bodies in space and learn popular dances.
In Drama, the children learn about how drama can represent the world and that they can make drama to represent their ideas about the world.
In Years 3 and 4, the children begin reading music as they learn to play the recorder in class. Singing, composing, performing and critiquing remain important components of the program. Children learn about a range of instruments, and begin to communicate experiences, ideas, concepts, observations and emotions through the Performing Arts. They learn popular and traditional dances and begin to use improvisation to express themselves through movement.
In Drama, children begin learning scripts and stage craft as they develop confidence, teamwork and improvisation skills. Students make and respond to drama independently and collaboratively with their classmates and teachers. In the older years, the children study different musical styles and genres. They continue to learn different types of written notation and create their own compositions in a range of styles. The children begin using a range of multi-media devices such as ipads and computers to compose, record and edit their works. Contemporary dance and choreography are the focus of the Dance Program whilst confidence, teamwork, creativity, improvisation, scripts and stage craft are developed through the Drama Program.
Choir: Children from Years 3-6 are encouraged to join the School Choir. Our choir has performed at a range of venues, from the OPS Community Market, our school Christmas Carols and the Annual Oakleigh Carols in the Park.
Instrumental Music Tuition: At Oakleigh Primary school you may wish to take advantage of our Music Tutors Program. Private tuition (user pays) is offered during school hours for the following instruments: piano / keyboard, drums, guitar, violin, recorder, voice and saxophone. A concert at the end of the year showcases the children’s achievements.
Productions: Each year our school embarks on a major production during Term 3. All students throughout the school are involved. Past productions have included a whole school Circus performance, Musical Productions, Night of the Notables and an Arts Festival.
Foo Foo Concert: The Foo Foo Concert is a long standing tradition at Oakleigh Primary School. Beginning in the 1990’s, this talent show was devised to raise money to repair Foo Foo, our school giraffe. The Foo Foo Concert is held during the last week of the school year and, although it is no longer a fundraiser, the tradition continues until this day.