Santa Maria College: Where Music Flourishes From Year 5

Music is an integral part of Santa Maria College’s curriculum, and the school offers many opportunities for students to explore and develop their musical abilities. From Year 5, students can participate in the classroom music program, and they also have the option to join the co-curricular music program, which offers choral and ensemble opportunities. These programs help to bring the girls together as a music community, and regular performances and concerts are a highlight of the co-curricular program.

One particularly exciting opportunity for Year 5 students at Santa Maria College is the Beginner Band program. This program is designed to give students the opportunity to learn an instrument in a group setting, and it’s available to both students who have never played an instrument before and those who are currently learning a different instrument.

The instruments offered in the Beginner Band program include the flute, clarinet, saxophone, and cornet. Students who are interested in joining the program will need to audition, which involves a musical aptitude test and a short interview. While the program is aimed at students who have not learned these instruments before, those who are currently learning the piano are welcome to apply, particularly if they are keen to be part of a musical ensemble.

Below, Year 6 students Lauren, Isabella and Grace share what they love about Beginner Band.

So, why should your daughter join the Beginner Band program? Here are just a few of the benefits:

  1. Development of musical skills: By joining the Year 5 Beginner Band, students can develop their instrumental skills. This program is an excellent opportunity for students to learn a new instrument and expand their musical abilities.
  2. Boosts confidence: Being part of the Year 5 Beginner Band can help children build their confidence by giving them opportunities to perform in front of others. With regular performances and concerts, students have many chances to develop their confidence and showcase their talents.
  3. Teamwork and collaboration: Playing in the Year 5 Beginner Band requires collaboration and teamwork, which can help your daughter to develop important social skills and learn to work together towards a common goal. These skills are valuable not just in music but in all areas of life.
  4. Enhances cognitive abilities: Research has shown that learning music can enhance cognitive abilities such as memory, attention, and problem-solving skills. By participating in the Beginner Band program, students can develop these important cognitive skills while having fun and learning a new instrument.
  5. Provides a creative outlet: Playing in the Year 5 Beginner Band is a great way for children to express themselves creatively and explore their artistic talents. Music is a powerful form of self-expression, and this program gives students an opportunity to find their musical voice.

Overall, the Music program at Santa Maria College is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their musical skills, build their confidence, and explore their creativity. The Beginner Band program is just one example of the many ways that the school supports its students’ musical education.

If you have a Year 5 daughter who is interested in music, consider the Beginner Band. Who knows – she might just discover a lifelong passion for music!

Applications are now open.

For more information contact the Music Department T: 6330 0282 or E: [email protected]

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