Yidarra Catholic Primary School has a strong music tradition and offers a variety of musical opportunities for our students. We make music an enjoyable learning experience and encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences. Our teaching focuses on developing the voice and each child’s ability to sing in tune and with others. We have weekly Liturgical Singing sessions where children learn new songs for enjoyment and in preparation for Liturgies, Masses and other school celebrations.
All of the students from Kindergarten through to Year 6 attend weekly class music lessons which are taught by our music teacher Mrs Natasha Stokes.
These lessons are planned around the Kodaly Methodology to encourage enjoyment of a wide range of music, developing specific music skills and enhance learning in other curriculum areas. Children develop their performing, listening, composing and appraising skills through a variety of music and movement activities.
Instrumental Music Program
A team of peripatetic teachers teach instrumental lessons including: Guitar, Flute, Violin, Voice and Piano on a fee-paying basis, however spaces are limited and fill up quickly. These lessons take place on campus during class time.
We like to share our enjoyment of music with the wider community and these students partake in local Eisteddfods and the Catholic Performing Arts Festival.
At Yidarra we have a Junior and Senior Choir; the Junior Choir is for students in Years 3 and 4 and the Senior Choir is for students in Years 5 and 6.
We rehearse once weekly before school time singing a wide range of repertoire including popular, musical theatre, spiritual and liturgical singing
We enjoy performing each year in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival and often sing carols for our Parish, St Thomas More at the end of the year and any other performance opportunities that come up during the year.