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The music program at Robina State School is noted for its excellence and prominent position in the schools culture.
 
The popular instrumental program has risen to great status over the past decade with our school winning the “Most Outstanding Primary School” award at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod for three of the last four years.
 
The instrumental program operates as part of the larger music program encompassing an extensive classroom component and choral groups catering to a wide cross section of the school community.
 
Robina State school’s emphasis on excellence in the arts stems from innovative practices and an ethos celebrating the many advantages of developing a meaningful music program within the curriculum.

Innovation

 
Music classes were established at Robina State School over a decade ago.  The rationale is to streamline the process for teachers and students.  Students in the instrumental program have the opportunity to join in a class comprised of other instrumental student thereby streamlining communication and movement between music based and regular school activities.

The music ethos

 
The music staff at Robina, with the support of the administrative team and fellow class teachers, uphold music as a highly important focus within a child’s education.  Comprehensive studies have shown that studying a musical instrument has many positive flow-on effects to other areas of learning.

When playing a musical instrument, students are engaging in mathematical , linguistic, spatial and creative thinking. They are also honing their fine- motor skills whilst developing their individual confidence through performance and their team-work skills through working with ensemble.

The band program

 
Instructor: Ms Nicole Elkins (Bachelor of Creative Arts - Music)
Student numbers: 140
Year levels involved: 5-7

Ensembles

 
  • Senior Band (an advanced primary group with a focus on developing musicianship and technique)
  • Jazz Band (a select group of players focusing on developing improvisation techniques through Jazz and Rock music)
  • Percussion Ensemble (for students with a love of rhythmic precision).

The strings program

 
Instructor: Ms Helen Hurst (Dip Mus.  Grad Dip String Pedagogy)
Student numbers: 130
Year levels involved: 3-7

Ensembles

 
  • Beginner Strings (for students in their first year of playing)
  • Intermediate Yellow Strings (for students in their second year of playing. Players develop greater independence within the group)
  • Intermediate Blue Strings (a higher level intermediate group focusing of bridging the gap to the advanced primary level)
  • Senior Strings (an advanced primary group with a focus of precision and musicality)
  • Chamber Strings (A select group of our most advanced string players).

Classroom music

 
Teacher: Ms Fiona Urie ( Dip Tch Primary, Masters Of Education)
Student numbers: 725
Year Levels  involved:  Prep-7

Program highlights

 
  • Integrated sequential music program from Prep-7 with a half hour lesson for each class per week
  • Intensive study focus of the recorder in years 3 and 4
  • Percussion classes in Year 5
  • Tuned percussion classes in Year 2 and 6
  • Senior (Year 5-7) and Junior (Year 2-4) choirs
  • Whole school singing events.