The school's music opportunities are very important to our school and community. Every class from Prep to Year 6 have a weekly 40 minute lesson where they experience an aural based music program that is sequential and developmental with the voice as the main instrument. These weekly lessons are part of an eight year program that feeds into secondary school. Music is one strand of the arts syllabus and as such, is part of one of the key learning areas from Years 1 to 10. Other classroom music instruments that are focused on during the year include the ukulele and the glockenspiel.
Students learn a variety of songs and verses to complement both rhythmic and melodic concepts. Each of these songs are supported by different games and activities.
Music events at our school:
- Musical play
- Performing for community groups.
- Special events representing the school.
- Instrumental concert evenings.
There are many benefits for children to participate in musical programs:
Assists children to focus on participation and performance in an environment of cooperation and teamwork.
Stimulates intellectual growth and broadens intellectual and cultural horizons.
Fosters self-esteem, confidence and a positive outlook.
Caters for difference in learning styles, opening avenues that students may not otherwise access.
Help to develop memory and demands accuracy and persistence.
The junior choir is a non-auditioned group open to all students in Years 2 and 3. The students in this group have a great deal of fun while learning some basic choral techniques.
The senior choir is a non-auditioned group open to all students in Years 4 to 7. This voluntary group provides an opportunity for further experience in music, development of vocal technique and all aspects of team work. This choir will tackle more difficult music.
Instrumental music programs
Woodwind/brass/percussion program (Years 4-6)
Strings program (Years 3-6)
Students from Years 4 to 6 (strings – Years 3 to 6) are able to be involved in the school instrumental program. Brass, woodwind, percussion and string instruments may be studied. The students then go on to be part of the school ensembles.
All instrumental students perform frequently on parade, for special events and competitions and at the annual end of year instrumental concert.
As part of music education it is important that students participate in audience activities. The instrumental students, once a year, head down to Brisbane on the Allen Stacey Cultural Excursion. On this excursion, we visit the cultural hub of Brisbane, South Bank. Here, we visit the Queensland Symphony Orchestra during a working rehearsal and performance. We also visit the Art Gallery of Queensland and the Gallery of Modern Art (G.O.M.A).
Steve Schultz teaches guitar at Buddina State School. These are paid private lessons taught in school time. Steve is an experienced guitar teacher and performer. The guitar classes and ensembles perform throughout the school year. Steve also forms a rock band with the more experienced students during the year.
Junior arts program
Heidi Taylor teaches an exciting and dynamic arts program for our Preps to Year 2 students. Throughout the year the students are immersed in the elements of dance and drama.
Every second year Buddina State School performs a musical. Students in Years 3 to 6 are able to audition for a roll in the production at the beginning of the year. Throughout the course of the production, students will rehearse intensively so they are ready to perform on opening night. We have produced many successful productions including Wonder in Aliceland, Heroes, From Rock to ROCK, Aladdin, and Lights, Camera, Action.