Music is an important part of school life at Point View School whether viewed in the classroom, in the Performing Arts Centre, the school Hall or in the community.
All children receive regular classroom music lessons in the spacious PAC and are involved each week in syndicate singing sessions to share and enjoy music as a whole school at syndicate and whole school assemblies. Music students can develop their performance skills, playing at school assemblies and music recitals.
Children from Year 4 – 6 who learn an instrument or sing are encouraged to participate in a range of musical ensembles including Orchestra, Year 6 Choir, Year 5 Choir, Year 4 Choir, Kids for Kids Choir, Whero and Kakariki Ukulele Band, Rock Band and the Bucket Drummers. These groups perform within the school at whole school and syndicate assemblies, Grandparents Day, graduation and special assemblies, as well as performances in the community – the APPA Music Festival in the Auckland Town Hall, the Join Together Music Festival, World Vision Kids for Kids Concert, NZ Ukulele Festival and locally throughout the school year. These public performances provide opportunities for the children to perform in groups for the school community and celebrate the skills and talents they are developing. The School Production is every two years for the Middle School which provides another performance opportunity to showcase our talented students.
This develops a myriad of important skills in line with the New Zealand Curriculum; listening, singing, performing, composing and appraising as individuals and as groups, self expression, self discipline, music awareness. Where possible, a cross-curricular approach is adopted and musical activities are planned so that all children may participate and enjoy them, irrespective of ability.
We are lucky to have a well-resourced Performing Arts Centre. The school music instruments are wide and varied: including tuned (marimbas, xylophones, bass xylophones, glockenspiels) and untuned percussion; drum kit; bass, electric and acoustic guitars / amplifiers; class set of ukuleles, upright pianos, portable grand electric pianos. The PAC also has a full sound system, including projector/white board.
Itinerant music tuition is available out of school hours. More information is available from the school office.
Trina Clark – Music Specialist