Haberfield Public School

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Music education

Junior choir at primary proms

As part of Haberfield Public School’s holistic approach to every child’s education all students receive ongoing and sequential Music Education lessons from Kindergarten to Year 6. Research shows how learning music can help your child in so many ways including:

  • Improved reasoning capacity and problem solving skills
  • Improved maths and language performance
  • Greater memory capacity
  • Greater social and team skills

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In class music at Haberfield PS students develop skills in singing, movement/dance, instrumental work and music composition. The Music Education program also links with drama and introduces senior students to the use of technology in music.


As part of the Music Education program at Haberfield Public School all students in Years 1 to 6 learn the recorder.


Due to health risks involved in sharing recorders we ask all students to have their own recorder. Quality Yamaha Recorders can be purchased for $10.00. All students use a recorder tutor book which can be purchased for $15.00. The tutor has a CD, which students can practice with.


Families wishing to purchase any items are asked to fill in a school envelop with the item being purchased, the amount enclosed and your child’s name and class clearly printed on the front. Completed envelops can then be returned to your child’s class teacher.


All students participate in weekly music lessons conducted by our music specialist Mr David Collins-White, who is also the currently the Artistic Director of the ‘Cantabile Music Festival’ & a Music Mentor in the ‘National Music Teacher Mentoring Program'(Promotional video here). Children participate in a sequential music education program from K to year 6 developing singing, recorder & percussion instrumental playing, movement, dancing & composing over their 7 years of primary education. Students attend quality music concerts presented by organisations such as Musica Viva, Oz Opera & the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.


Participation in the co-curricular instrumental program is ever increasing, with over 300 students now involved in choir, band, guitar, recorder and string programs. The La Festa performing arts concert is a showpiece of our school and features all performing ensembles and a number of talented students. It also serves as a fundraising event that raises money towards school programs.


There is an Instrumental Ensemble fee which is $200 in 2022. Payment can be made for the whole year of $200 or $100 per semester for String, Band & Recorder Ensembles. Please make payment via school online system with reference 'Instrumental Ensemble Fee' or to the OFFICE in an envelope with child’s name and class. This fee helps pay for Band conductors and music. Please note if a student is in more than one ensemble or band they only pay one $100 fee per semester or $200 per year. We can only keep this fee low if all students pay promptly. If your child leaves the Music Ensemble during the year please inform the office.

More information about Arts Unit here!

David Collins-White
Co-ordinator creative & performing arts
Haberfield Public School