Performing Arts




We are the Performing Arts team! Our names are Peta Murray and Jess Syme.

Students from Foundation to Year 6 enjoy a holistic Performing Arts program encompassing music, drama, dance and media. All students have a 50 minute lesson each week with a Performing Arts Specialist.

Our classroom is exceptionally well resourced, allowing children access to a variety of instruments and materials to support their exploration and engagement with the Performing Arts. Great emphasis is placed on growing the children's confidence and interpersonal skills through an interactive and supportive learning environment. 

RECORDER PROGRAM
All students in Years 1 - 6 learn the recorder. Learning the recorder assists children enormously in developing the ability to read music. Learning an instrument is also beneficial to a child’s academic progress.

The following is a list of equipment needed to run this program purchased by our students through the school to bring to their Performing Arts lessons each week.

  • Recorder – the one available through the school is the Yamaha Descant Recorder.
  • Recorder Cleaner
  • Recorder Book – the book that we use is called ‘Black Belt Recorder’ – Book 1.
  • Music bag to keep recorder, sheet music and recorder book together.
  • An A4 display folder – this will be used to keep additional photocopied music. 
Every second year, all students at Great Ryrie Primary School are involved in staging a full scale, musical production. During Performing Arts lessons, children learn the lyrics, melody and choreography to a class song. Senior students are given the opportunity to audition, rehearse and perform lead roles in our production. The community come together to source and construct costumes, props and set for the students to use. Production offers all students a chance to perform on stage for their family and friends and it is a highlight of our Performing Arts program.

Students at Great Ryrie Primary School also have the opportunity to learn an additional musical instrument, by participating in private lessons during the school day. Further information on the Instrumental Music Program is available from the office and is detailed below.

There is a variety of Performing Arts extension groups available for students to join. These include Junior Choir, Intermediate Choir, Senior Vocal Group, Senior Dance Group, Junior Orchestra and Senior Orchestra.

JUNIOR CHOIR
Choir Leader: Miss Jessica Syme

Junior Choir is for students in Years 1 & 2. Junior Choir meets in the Performing Arts room at recess each Wednesday. This is a free activity that all junior students are welcome to attend.

INTERMEDIATE CHOIR
Choir Leader: Miss Jess Syme

Intermediate Choir is for students in Years 3 & 4. Intermediate Choir meets each Wednesday at 1pm (lunchtime) in the Performing Arts room. This is a free activity that all intermediate students are welcome to attend.

SENIOR VOCAL GROUP
Choir Leader: Mrs Peta Murray

Senior Vocal Group is for students in Years 5 & 6. Senior Vocal Group meets each Tuesday at 1pm in the Performing Arts Room. This is a free activity that all senior students are welcome to attend.

DANCE GROUP
Leader: Mrs Peta Murray

Dance Group is for students in Years 5 & 6. Dance Group meets every Friday at 1pm (lunchtime) in the Performing Arts room. This is a free activity that all senior students are welcome to attend.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC at GRPS
Children at GRPS have the opportunity to learn an instrument in a program provided by qualified instrumental music teachers who specialise in teaching specific instruments. 

Students will have fun whilst learning to play their chosen instrument, read music and learn theory.

Each year, we hold an Instrumental Music Soiree. This is an evening where children have the opportunity to showcase their emerging skills and talents to a supportive audience of family and friends.

JUNIOR ORCHESTRA
Leader: Mr Julian Dobric, assisted by Mrs Peta Murray

Junior Orchestra is for any student in their first few years of learning an instrument. This is our “beginners” orchestra, where the students are taught to play as an ensemble. Students are taught to read and play simple arrangements and are often invited to perform at assemblies and school events.

SENIOR ORCHESTRA
Leader: Mr Julian Dobric, assisted by Mrs Peta Murray

Senior Orchestra is our orchestra for those students with a few years of experience under their belts. Arrangements are more complex than those taught in Junior Orchestra and students are given the opportunity to regularly perform at school assemblies and other school events.

Read about the benefits of learning music:
ABC show Don't Stop The Music examines what learning an instrument can do for a child's brain development

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