Our School - Music Program

The music program at Para Vista Primary School uses a modern, practical approach in conjunction with traditional theoretical values.  Music can make a big difference in the life of a young child, opening up pathways that can often be overlooked, as well as improving brain function and developing skills used in other school subjects and later in life.  At Para Vista, all students partake in music lessons where they will learn the fundamentals of music performance, technology and theory, as well as looking at how music works in society and the world around us. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students at Para Vista will have the opportunity to learn a variety of instruments including:

·       Classical Guitar

·       Electric Guitar

·       Bass Guitar

·       Trumpet

·       Trombone

·       Ukulele

·       Drums

·       Percussion

·       Xylophone

·       Keyboard/Piano

·       Voice


As well as the classroom program, there are several elective ensemble opportunities for students at Para Vista:

Festival Choir

The choir has weekly rehearsals for the Festival of Music beginning at the start of each year.  Students will learn the fundamentals of choral singing and are given the opportunity to be involved in the largest choir performance in the state.  The choir is open to students in Years 5-7.

Junior Choir

The junior choir is open to student in Years 3-7 and rehearsals take place weekly.  Students will learn the fundamentals of choral singing with an aim to join the Festival Choir when they have built this skills.  Repertoire consists of a mixture of songs from the Festival of Music and other songs arranged by Mr Bird.

Rock Band

Learning how to play an instrument in an ensemble lesson setting, students learn classic and modern rock tunes and have the opportunity to perform to peers, parents and the public throughout the year.  The rock band is open to audition for students in Years 4-7.   All students in the rock band recieve subsidised instrumental lessons with a qualified private music instructor.

Classical Guitar Ensemble

The students in the classical guitar ensemble learn how to play their instrument in a small group instrumental lesson setting, learning traditional pieces on a weekly basis. The classical guitar ensemble is open to audition for students in Years 4-7.

Brass Ensemble

Students that join the brass ensemble will have the opportunity to work in an ensemble with a small group.  If successful with their audition, they will have a weekly group lesson on the trumpet or trombone as well as a weekly rehearsal with the entire ensemble.  The brass ensemble is open to audition for students in Years 3-7. All students in the brass ensemble recieve subsidised instrumental lessons with a qualified private music instructor.

 

Instrumental Lessons

Beginning in 2017, Para Vista offers subsidised instrumental lessons to members of the rock band and brass ensemble.  For students involved in these ensembles, there is a $15 cost per lesson, equating to $150 per term.

Additionally, any students not involved in the ensembles are able to enquire about receiving lessons through one of our private music instructors.  These lessons are subject to availability and payment directly to the provider.  The instruments available for these lessons are:

  • Keyboard/Piano
  • Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Drums
  • Voice (boys and girls)
  • Trombone (own instrument required)
  • Trumpet (own instrument required)

The cost of these private lessons is $25 per 30 minute lesson.  If grouped with 2 or more students, the cost is $16 per 30 minute lesson.  If you are interested in enquiring about instrumental lessons, please contact the music teacher, Chris Bird at chris.bird135@schools.sa.edu.au to discuss your options.