Jody Banks - Performing Arts Teacher
Performing Arts at St Joachim’s includes a wide range of activities in the creative areas of Music, Dance and Drama.
All classes from Foundation-Year 6 have a weekly hour of Performing Arts following a sequential program that includes singing, dancing, instrument playing, listening, creating and making music. In the early years (Foundation- Year 2) students work on their understanding of pitch using the sol-fa singing notes and hand signs (do, re, me, fa, so, la, ti, do’) where they are encouraged to discover and develop their ‘singing voice’. They also work on their understanding of beat, rhythm, tempo, dynamics and tone colour using a variety of percussion instruments such as drums, maracas, castanets, tone blocks, triangles, cymbals, bells, guiros, tambourines and claves, as well as learning to read basic rhythmic patterns. All students in Years 3-6 learn to play the recorder and the ukulele in a class setting, learning about music notes, chords, melody and harmony. They also learn how to read music symbols including notes on the treble clef stave, note values, rest values, time signatures, dynamics and tempo markings. Students in Years 5 & 6 begin to read formal music notation and start to compose their own digital music using the online recording studio ‘Soundtrap’ on their Chromebooks.
Our students have many performance opportunities, including our Whole School Concert which is held every second year at the Frankston Arts Centre and the Senior School Production which is held every alternate year at the Cranbourne Community Theatre. A school Talent Show is held each year in the school hall and our Liturgical Choir lead the singing at school masses and at events out in the community. ‘St Jo’s Musos’ is a music club held in Term 1 where students can make music together as an extension of what they have been learning in music classes. At the end of each year all students from across the school take part in our annual Christmas Concert.
There are certainly a lot of music making, singing, dancing, acting and performance opportunities here at St Joachim’s!