To nurture every student’s musical creative spirit through music making and improvisation.
The QtPS Music department believes in developing every student’s ability for creative expression, a confident learner and appreciation for music of various cultures through music making and improvisation. Aligned to the GMP Music syllabus, we organize music skills and knowledge with the focus on improvisation. Our music lessons are designed using the Experience-Concrete-Application (ECA) approach where students get to experience a new skill or instrument, then get hands-on practice before they apply the skill into another task. During lessons, teachers also use both formative and summative assessment to provide students with feedback on their musical development skills and social domain.
In addition, to enrich and enthuse students in music experiences, we dedicate one term for each level to learn in-depth a specific musical instrument in order to equip students with the musical capacities to express themselves.
To complement the Music curriculum, we engage our students through music appreciation sharing sessions with the focus on musical improvisation that includes hands-on activities. We also provide platform for students to showcase their creativity through jingle competitions such as ARTS jamboree and 5516(classroom cleaning).
ARTS jamboree jingle 2016ARTS jamboree – P2
ARTS jamboree – P3
ARTS jamboree – P4
5516 (classroom cleaning jingle) 20175516 – P2
5516 – P3
5516 – P5
Primary 1 students will learn to play soundshapes and Primary 2 students will learn to play boomwhackers.
Rationale to focus on the above percussion instruments:
A good rhythmic sense is essential in music making. Hence, learning these instruments through listening, touching, observation, discussion and teamwork will help the child to think critically and make sound decisions. It will also develop in students the ability for creative expression through music. Furthermore, these instruments are easier for lower primary students to handle and play confidently. At P2, students are given the opportunities to work in groups to compose and perform simple melodies using both sound shapes and boomwhackers to deepen students’ technique of keeping the pulse(using sound shapes) and creating a melody (using boomwhackers. At the heart of learning, students will realize and value the importance of teamwork and active listening during creating and performing ensemble music.
Primary 3 students will learn to play the recorder and Primary 4 students will continue to deepen their skills in playing the recorder and they will learn to play the Ukulele.
Rationale to focus on the above melodic instruments:
The General Music Programme 2015 requires students to play a range of classroom music instruments and can perform on a main melodic instrument with good tone and expression . Both recorder and Ukulele are melodic instruments.
1) The learning of recorder provides students with the opportunity to express themselves through music using woodwind instrument. In the process, they learnt to coordinate their finger movement and various musical elements such as pitch, dynamics and rhythm. To engage and build students’ confidence, the music committee provides more structured resources where students will learn to play at least a simple song after learning a new musical note. Through this process, students will be able to practice the fingering of the various musical notes with ease progressively. This will allow them to taste success of playing a song with each new musical note learnt. At P4, students will continue to learn other musical notes and the appropriate songs to deepen their skills.
2) The learning of Ukulele provides students with the opportunity to express themselves through music using string instrument. Besides learning the basic chords, students will be taught to listen attentively, and thoughtfully during practice, hence bringing to their awareness that listening is a necessary skill for music making. Each class will perform at least a song from either local or global culture. Music teachers will facilitate the performance.
To deepen students understanding and apply what they have learnt, we provide a platform to showcase students’ creativity using both percussion and melodic instruments through performances during recess.
Primary 5 students will learn beatboxing (enrichment programme conducted by vendor)
Rationale to focus on beatboxing:
Students will experience and recognize that their vocal chords can be a powerful ‘instrument’ to make music in the absence of musical instrument. This is aligned with the department focus of developing confident students to make music with or without any musical instruments. Beatboxing not only teaches the students a greater sense of timing and rhythm but also improves their listening and improvisational skills. Creativity takes play during preparation and ‘battle’. During ‘battle’, they are tasked to listen to their opponent’s rhythm and improvise it quickly to make it more interesting than his/her opponent.
P6 students will showcase their performing talents during P6 year-end graduating concert. P6 graduating concert is a platform for music teachers and students to collaborate in an art form presentation. With the teachers’ guidance and support, students will learn to manage the different dynamics that come along beyond friendship groups.