Year Level Description
During Year 4, students take a musical journey around the world. They experience a diversity of styles within their cultural contexts and from this develop their current musical skills and knowledge. Students gain an appreciation of the inspirations for composition (artwork, nature, narrative) from each country visited. They learn simple folk songs, dances and perform works, as a class ensemble, that are culturally relevant. In response to this, Year 4 students develop their own original works and arrangements.
All Year 4 students participate as a member of the Bumble Bee choir. This provides them with the opportunity to further develop their singing and performance skills. Through a wide-ranging repertoire of unison and part songs, they learn to sing expressively with appropriate breath control, phrasing and interpretation.
By the end of the year students are expected to:
- maintain a steady beat in a variety of activities and tempos;
- recognise changes in meter both visually and aurally (march, waltz or tango time);
- read and write extended rhythms with fluency (ta, ti-ti, tika-tika, ti-tika, tika-ti, two-oo, za-aa, four-or-or-or and zaa-aa-aa-aa);
- transcribe rhythms from unfamiliar aural examples;
- sing do re mi so la in tune;
- transpose solfa into treble notation;
- read notation on the treble stave fluently;
- accurately perform a repertoire of songs, dances and other musical works;
- create effective compositions in response to art music, both individually and in a creative group environment;
- utilise Arts language when describing musical elements;
- evaluate and reflect on the work of others and themselves;
- develop interpersonal skills through teamwork and ensemble performance;
- participate effectively in all class activities;
- demonstrate effective audience and ensemble etiquette.