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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

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.

K to Year 6 Class Music Education Program Outline

Kindergarten - Singing, Moving, Playing, Composing, Introduction to music notation reading and Improvising

Year 1 - Introduction to recorder and building on skilss from Kindergarten

Year 2 - Learn read and play five notes on recorder, sing more complex songs and extended improvising

Year 3 - Introduction to C Major scale, more complex rhythms and songs.

Year 4 - C and D Major scales on recorder, play songs over more than octave, compose and improvise, sing in parts

Year 5 - C, D and F Major on recorder, Play more complex songs, compose using music technology.

Year 6 - C, D, F and E Major. Play extended songs on recorder, learn two parts songs and compose more complex music using music technology.

Due to health risks involved in sharing recorders we ask all students to have their own recorder. Quality Yamaha Recorders can be purchased for $12.00. All students use a recorder tutor book which can be purchased for $15.00. The tutor has a CD, which students can practice with.

Class Music is conducted by our music specialist Mr David Collins-White, who is also the current Artistic Director of the ‘Cantabile Music Festival’,  Music Mentor in the ‘National Music Teacher Mentoring Program'(Promotional video here), ARIA Music Teacher Nominee 2022 and composer of E=mc2 the Musical

Students also attend quality music concerts presented by organisations such as Musica Viva, Opera Australia & the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

The co-curricular instrumental program has a number of visiting music tutors who offer students at Haberfield the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. For more information click here.

Students are encouraged to join and particiapte in one of the following music groups, choir, band, guitar, recorder, guitar 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.


More information about Arts Unit here!

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