Ardtornish Primary School Saarinen Avenue St Agnes South Australia DECD



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Music education is an important element of our school and even the Principal is learning the clarinet. Children are exposed to rich and varied musical experiences and are actively encouraged to perform to outside audiences including the annual Music Concert.

The Ardtornish Band plays a major part in bringing together students who wish to further develop their performance skills and musical Knowledge.

Visit our Band Webpage and Blog.

Recorder Groups complement the music program by addressing and supporting the needs of Year 2/3 students in particular.

Choir - Festival of Music
Students develop their voices and perform as a very cohesive unit as member of our Festival of Music. Choir. Go here to learn more about the program

Instrumental Music
This features strongly at Ardtornish Primary School. The school provides the venue and administrative support for students who wish to learn to play a musical instrument.  Tuition is provided by private tutors, and paid for by parents.  Instruments available include keyboards, guitar, percussion, flute, trumpet, clarinet and saxophone.  In excess of 100 students learn a musical instrument. 





Students can begin to learn keyboards in year 3. Students use electric keyboards. For practice they need to buy their own. They can be bought new or second hand for less than a $100. Lessons are taught by Avril Keough. Lessons are on Thursdays. Students can join classes anytime during the year. Lessons are in groups of 3 to 5 or they can be individual.

JP Singing occurs fortnightly. The R-2 students gather with their teachers to learn songs and perform them as a whole group.

How our Students benefit from Instrumental Music - Mark Hansen.
Students at Ardtornish are fortunate to have access to a strong instrumental music program..

On being appointed to Ardtornish I began clarinet lessons and after only three terms I was confidently playing simple pieces on the instrument. The experience reinforced for me the value of music education as I experienced first hand the benefits learning an instrument can bestow on a person.

Considerable research has verifying the following facts, and in light of them, every parents should ask themselves, “Why isn’t my child involved in music?”, because the positive outcomes flowing from it are immense. A recent survey in the USA showed that an average of 20% of high school students are enrolled in an instrumental music program and that 80% of the academic awards are consistently gained by this 20% group of music students.

Self-Esteem. Learning music is hard work, but also very rewarding, which can lead to a genuine increase in self-esteem. This can happen when a student masters the many steps along the way to becoming proficient, as well as when they have a successful recital or concert.

Music Increases Memorizing Capacity. Music students showed evidence of greater memory training. This is an important quality for students to develop to enable higher academic achievement.

Music Improves Reasoning Capacity. There is proof from these studies that students learning music had enhanced comprehension skills. A far greater percentage of music students understood the story they were asked to read compared with non-music students.

Music Also Improves Pupil's Time Management and Organizational Skills. Structure and organization are important skills to be learned. They can carry a child forward in many areas of life, not just music education. It takes discipline for a child to set aside time each week to practice. Learning to discipline themselves can eliminate procrastination, and assist them to like structure and organization, a valuable trait in all areas of life.

Music Fosters the Development of Team Skills. Music seeks to improve the student's team skills, especially when the student is part of an instrumental music program where they are a member of the band and other ensemble groups. As in other team activities all members have a role to play. All members are important and must learn to work as a team.  

Did You Know?

Music is Mathematical. It is rhythmically based on the subdivision of time into fractions which the students must do instantaneously whilst playing their instrument. This enhances their mathematical ability.

Music is a Foreign Language. Most of the musical terms that are used throughout a piece of music are either Italian, German or French. The musical notation itself is a highly developed form of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas.

Music is Physical Education. Learning to play an instrument requires coordination of fingers, hands, arms, cheek and facial muscles in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragm, back, stomach and chest muscles leading to the development of a higher level of athletic fitness.

Various Other Health Benefits. Learning a wind instrument can sometimes help with respiratory disorders such as asthma - because of the development of the lungs.

Other Benefits Include: The fostering of self-expression, emotional intelligence and responsibility. The development of discipline, pride, concentration and social communication as well as the development of physical coordination and problem solving skills.

Enjoyment. If playing an instrument is considered enjoyable it may take time away from less desirable things, such as watching television or playing video games. In addition to this, any activity that is enjoyable can be a great stress reliever, which may be especially important for our kids right now since they are living in a world of ever increasing stress.

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