Music at Newport
Musical activities provide children with important experiences, which can help them develop physical co-ordination, timing, memory, visual, aural and language skills. As children increase their command of music and exercise musical skills in the company of others they gain important experiences with self-paced learning, mental concentration and social awareness. More importantly, music is a gift that will last a lifetime, socially and creatively.
There are important outcomes that children will achieve as musicians and individuals. The three-tier structure for both the wind bands and the string ensembles ensures these outcomes are commensurate with children's skills levels. These outcomes include:
- Development of self and group discipline including punctuality, teamwork, leadership and rehearsal skills
- Constant development of skills including playing techniques, intonation, sight-reading, singing, rhythm, pitch, sound quality
- Understanding music vocabulary
- Instrument care and knowledge
The Performance Band, String Orchestra and Newport School Orchestra represents the culmination of this skill level at primary school, hence the audition process, which selects students who have achieved outcomes to a high level. These are very exciting prospects for the children of Newport Public School.
The wind program commenced in 1991 with 15 students under the watchful eye of Music Directors Martin Hardy and John Stone. Since then it has steadily evolved to not only offer 3 wind bands, but also after a successful introduction of a violin program in 1999, now includes 3 string ensembles.
Currently the Newport School Instrumental Music Program boasts 7 instrumental ensembles consisting of 3 wind bands, 3 string ensembles and 1 full orchestra. The wind bands are known as Training, Concert and Performance Bands. The strings ensembles are known as 1st Year Violin Ensemble, 2nd Year Violin Ensemble and String Orchestra. The String Orchestra and selected Performance Band students combine to form the Newport School Orchestra for special events periodically through the year. Children are placed in instrumental groups in accordance with their level of music ability.