Music & Performing Arts at Mount Martha Primary.
The Music and Performing Arts program at Mount Martha Primary is diverse, inclusive and comprehensive. We aim to empower the learner with positive learning experiences that foster a lifelong love of music, dance and drama. It is our hope to facilitate resilient, independent learners who can work effectively with others in a range of contexts.

At Foundation level, students are encouraged to explore music, share it with their peers and experience it from the perspective of an audience. They listen and respond to a range of music through singing, movement, playing and improvising, focusing on beat, rhythm, pitch, dynamics and tempo. Specifically, students learn to differentiate between sound and silence, loud and soft and fast and slow and are taught to feel a beat in music through various instrumental and movement activities. The Kodaly method is also used to engage students in music, allowing them to develop a strong sense of pitch and further reinforce the elements of music. Students are encouraged to discuss their experiences of music in the community, identifying what they enjoy and why.

Year 1 & Year 2:
Students continue to explore music through singing, playing instruments and moving to music, further developing their awareness of pitch, beat, rhythm, dynamics and tempo. They are encouraged to create and perform music and begin to represent ideas symbolically. Students work on developing the range and expressiveness of their vocal and instrumental technique and continue to focus on using their voices and instruments correctly and safely. They explore performance techniques and are encouraged to reflect and discuss a range of music they listen to and develop an understanding of music from different cultures.

Year 3 & Year 4:
Students sing, play and move to music, demonstrating a basic understanding of musical concepts. They organise musical ideas into simple compositions and use understood symbols to represent these. Students listen to a range of music, identifying key features and they make some informed judgements about musical preference. They interact with other musicians and focus on developing the skills needed to perform in an ensemble. Students listen to and perform independent rhythms over an underlying beat and are encouraged to identify differences between notes moving up by step and by leap. Students create and perform dances, demonstrating a range of performance qualities and focus on choreographing movements to complement different genres of music. They also explore world music, understanding the purposes of music in different social and cultural contexts.

Year 5 & 6:
Students sing, play, improvise, compose, arrange and perform music, both as individuals and in group situations, demonstrating an understanding of musical concepts. They organise musical ideas into compositions, using notation systems to record them. Students listen to a range of familiar and unfamiliar music with a sense of understanding, appreciation and discrimination. They also explore composition through using music technology, combining musical samples and ideas to create original music works. Students perform dances from a range of contexts demonstrating movement and expressive qualities appropriate to the dance. They explore, refine and organise movement to convey meaning to an audience. They discuss the ways in which the elements of music are used to communicate ideas and feelings, by exploring and comparing music from different cultures, eras and genres.