The Junior Grammar Music curriculum provides a comprehensive education, in state-of-the-art facilities. Classes are taught by specialist staff to enhance each student's learning experience.
Students experience a sequential and aural-based program, practical in nature, incorporating the use of voice and instruments in a variety of literacy and creative activities. Junior Grammar also integrates classroom strings, keyboard, woodwind and digital music composition tuition from Years 3 to 6, thus allowing students exposure to various instrumental and composition opportunities.
Junior Grammar students perform at various school functions including the annual ANZAC Day Service, Grandparents’ Day, Music Showcase Evenings and the Junior Grammar Presentation Night.
Visual and Performing Arts
Art, Drama, Dance and Music are integrated as Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) from Year 1 to Year 3 and offered as separate subjects from Year 4 to Year 8. Specialist teachers and extensive resources provide opportunities for students to learn about the key learning areas of The Arts whilst developing self-awareness, aesthetic awareness, problem-solving, decision-making and effective communication.
The Australian Curriculum underpins all lessons and helps students understand how the individual elements of various Arts can impact upon, combine and complement each other to create a complete cultural experience – in the same way music can underscore the action of drama and comedy, and how colour and movement can express changing emotions.
To provide those students from Years 1 to 3 with the opportunity to further their engagement in The Arts, Ipswich Junior Grammar School enters the National Wakakirri Story-Dance Competition. This cross-arts performance piece focuses on using movement and music to tell a story, with a strong focus on recycling and reusing. In 2014, our Hungry Caterpillar entry was awarded Best Story Adaptation, with Junior Grammar progressing through to the State Finals – a great achievement for our future performing artists. Information on how your child can be involved is released late in Term 1, with rehearsals conducted every Wednesday in Term 2.