The Music curriculum at IJGS provides a comprehensive education, in state-of-the-art facilities. To enhance the learning experiences, classes are taught by specialist staff.
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. IJGS also integrates classroom strings and woodwind tuition in Years 4 to 6, thus allowing students exposure to various band instruments.
Junior School students perform at various school functions, including Anzac Day Service, MAD (Music, Art and Drama) Night, Grandparents’ Day, Music Showcase Evening and IJGS Presentation Night.
Visual and Performing Arts
Art, Drama and Music are integrated as Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) from Year 3 and offered as separate electives from Year 9. 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.
Different themes link lessons and help students understand how the individual elements of various arts can impact upon, combine and complement each other to create a satisfying cultural experience - like how music can underscore the action of drama and comedy, how colour and movement can express changing emotions.
To provide those students in Years 1 to 3 with the opportunity to engage in The Arts, Ipswich Junior Grammar School, supported by Ipswich Girls' Grammar School, enter 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 IJGS 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.