Junior School The Arts
Music is an integral part of life at Fairholme Junior. Starting with our Kindy students and continuing through to Year 6, our students enjoy dynamic, Kodaly based, weekly Music lessons with a specialist music teacher. In these lessons, musical skills are developed and honed and the joy of making music is paramount.
The program is complemented by numerous choirs, a string orchestra, concert band and several smaller ensembles. The girls are also immersed in a Year 2 String Program and a Year 4 Band Program.
Our annual Junior School Musical is performed by every student from Years 1 to 6 and our Christmas Musical features our Kindy to Year 3 classes. Private tuition is also offered across a range of instruments listed below.
Students may elect to study an instrument or voice through a comprehensive music program. Students may study from full time staff members or visiting specialists who offer lessons during school hours, or at lunchtime, before or after school by arrangement.
Studies have indicated that students who learn a musical instrument tend to develop their cognitive skills at a faster rate. The physical activity involved with playing a stringed instrument for example, combined with the intellectual focus, engages both sides of the brain in a way that is quite unique! The benefits of learning a musical instrument cannot be overstated!
The following are offered for all students at the College:
- Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
- Brass: Trumpet, French horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
- Woodwind: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone (alto, tenor and baritone)
- Guitar - acoustic & electric
- Bass Guitar
- Highland Bagpipes & Drums
- Pipe Organ
- Percussion - Orchestral & Drum-kit
- Aural Musicianship Training
- Music Technology
As well as the many performance opportunities for our students during the year, students may undertake AMEB or Trinity College examinations. Individuals and groups may also participate in the Toowoomba Eisteddfod, combined school festivals in Toowoomba and Brisbane and other community events.