Special Programs - Music Club

Music Club - Miss Emily Ager

The after-school Music Club program is based on the Western Australian curriculum. Each term different year groups have a chance to participate.

In Term 1, Cassia collaborated with the Child and Parent Center to deliver the Drumbeat program with year 1 and 2 students. Drumbeat is an award-winning program incorporating hand drumming, behavioural therapeutic principles and cognitive and dialectical elements. Students learnt drumming techniques using traditional African djembe drums, as well as  musical concepts of beat and rhythm.

In Term 2, Music Club had the theme of ‘Musical Creations’, with year 1 and 2 students. Each week students learnt a musical concept. They also created then play their very own musical instruments made from recycled materials, such as drums and drumsticks, kazoos, egg shakers, balloon whizzers, rainmakers, and even a thong-a-phone. We also conducted musical experiments to discover how different features can change the sound something makes, such as the amount of water in a glass, or the length of a pipe.

Term 3 was open for year 5 and 6 students. We used a variety of instruments, songs and musical games to learn about musical concepts and how to read and write music. These skills were showcased in a joint musical performance with the Cassia Ukulele Band at the Pilbara Music Festival, where the Music Club and Ukulele Band collaboration took first prize in ‘Best Band Ensemble”.

In Term 4, year 3 and 4 students are learning how to read music and play the recorder. Learning these essential musical skills and concepts opens up opportunities to pursue learning other musical instruments later on, the benefits of which have been proven time and again by decades of research.

The Ukulele Band has been running at Cassia since Term 2 this year. This has been a huge success, with interest constantly growing, and students developing musical skills and interest. Playing the ukulele combines multiple skills and multitasking. Already students have mastered how to play some basic chords, switch chords, play a few strumming patterns, and sing together and in time. It is fantastic to see the enthusiasm and growing talent from this group of students.

Miss Ager (Room 8 Teacher)