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Brookfield State School offers students a number of opportunities to participate in music activities, both in the classroom and at an extra-curricular level.
 
Classroom Music
All classes from Prep through to Year 6 receive one 30 minute lesson each week with our classroom music teacher. In this time, students are encouraged to experience and participate in music, through moving, singing, listening, improvising, creating and performing tasks.  Students explore sound and develop aural skills as they participate in the roles of performer and audience using a variety of instrument resources including untuned percussion, xylophones, marimbas and recorders. Through singing and playing in class groups, students are able to develop their understanding of solfege, music notation, texture, timbre and tonality in music. Making music with others also allows students to strengthen peer relationships and practise social skills in a safe environment.
 
Extra-Curricular Activities
Choir
We currently have three choirs operating in our school. The aim of these groups is to encourage a love of singing, as well as developing the skills and confidence that come with regular performance. Each choir is open to all interested students, and no audition is necessary.
The Junior Choir caters for Years 1 and 2, the Intermediate Choir for Years 3 and 4, while the Senior Choir is made up of Year 5 and 6 students.
These groups aim to develop the children’s singing skills from in tune unison singing, through to partner songs and canons, and moves through to use songs with a wider range of notes and a variety of harmonic devices. We perform on school assemblies, community events, state-wide competitions and also host our own concerts for parents and our local community members.
 
Marimba Groups
Our Marimba program was introduced in 2013 and we currently have 3 groups.  The marimba is a tuned percussion instrument that is much like a xylophone. In these groups, students will develop a greater awareness of ensemble performance and a deeper understanding of the musical keyboard, while having a lot of fun along the way.
 
Strings Program
Students in Year 3 have the opportunity to be selected for a position in our Strings Program. The selection process includes a music aptitude survey as well as a demonstrated commitment and satisfactory achievement within the Classroom Music program, and takes place at the end of Year 2. Tuition is held in small groups during school hours, and students progress through the various string ensembles (Beginner Strings, Intermediate String and Senior Strings) as they are ready. Participation in ensembles is a requisite to being enrolled in this program. Instruments offered include violin, viola, cello and double bass.
 
Band Program
Students in Year 4 have the opportunity to be selected for a position in our Band Program. The selection process includes a music aptitude survey as well as a demonstrated commitment and satisfactory achievement within the Classroom Music Program, and takes place at the end of Year 3. Tuition takes place in small group format during school hours, and students are required to participate in one of our school Concert Bands when they have acquired the skills needed. Instruments offered include flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and percussion.