The Foundation Years music program is based on the Kodaly method – children are introduced to musical concepts beginning with experiences that are easiest for them, such as listening, singing and movement, and musical skills are developed through games, movement, songs and exercises.
The Middle and Senior years programs emphasis is active participation and teamwork – students perform at school celebrations and concerts, and learn the organization and responsibilities of being part of a musical team. Students are exposed to a variety of repertoire including pop music, musical theatre and contemporary pieces.
The Music Arts Program includes:
- Foundation Years music: students create music using the recorder, ukulele and a variety of Orff instruments and gain experience performing as part of choir and theatre productions.
- Instrumental Music: the Band Program at SMS begins in the Middle Years, where all Grade 7 and 8 students experience learning an instrument. Different styles of music are explored: traditional concert band, jazz, Latin and experimentation in jazz structures.
- Vocal Music: All Grade 7 and 8 students take part in choir and Grades 9-12 can choose to join Senior Concert Choir – a full year performance course that focuses on developing skills in a choral setting.