Year 3 students have begun learning the ukulele and, so far, it’s going very well! We have covered posture and hand position as well as the name of the strings and plucking technique. Students have even started learning a piece of music that we hope to perform for parents in the near future.
In Year 4, all children have been given a recorder and have been encouraged to bring it home to practise. They’ve learnt how to hold the recorder and know how to blow effectively to achieve a good tone. They will be learning a variety of pieces as they develop their skills and, at each stage of the programme, students will be given opportunities to take mini-exams to advance to the next.
Of course, the idea here is to instill a love of music that will last a lifetime (not just a year) and I hope you will be hearing the dulcet toot of the recorder and the mellifluous twang of the ukulele for many years to come.
By Matthew Champness
Head of Performing Arts