Music at Tootgarook PS is based on students learning as musicians and as audience members through making and responding. Skills and techniques developed will allow students to manipulate, express and share sound as listeners, composers and performers. Music learning has a significant impact on cognitive, affective, motor, social and personal competencies. Through continuous and sequential music learning, students listen to, compose and perform with increasing depth and complexity.
The Music program at Tootgarook aims to develop students’ confidence to be creative, innovative, thoughtful, skilful and informed musicians and give them the skills to listen, improvise, compose, interpret, perform, and respond with intent and purpose. The instruments students play at Tootgarook during music lessons are untuned percussion instruments, xylophone, recorder, ukulele, keyboard, guitar, bass and “chair drumming”. Of course song and voice is also integrated into the lessons. IPads are used for music composition and research. Students learn creativity, innovation and communication through engaging in the music practices of listening, composing and performing. They also develop their performing skills further through Drama activities and exercises.
Students at Tootgarook PS have the opportunity to participate in our instrumental music program where we offer lessons on a varied selection of instruments. We run our School Band which students can join once a certain skill level is achieved. Tootgarook PS participates in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular biannually and Choir is available every year. We also participate in an annual Music Camp and all students are involved in our themed whole school concert. All our instrumental learners perform at our Art and Music Festival and there are opportunities to play in different bands/groups, when initiated by students.