Mrs Scott has taught Music at Hillsmeade for 11 years and is also the Specialist PLT Leader. She has a Bachelor of Music and Education and a Masters of Special and Inclusive Education.
‘As a classically trained musician and an experienced educator background, I am incredibly fortunate to teach Music at Hillsmeade PS. I strive to nurture all students’ lifelong love of music through fun and engaging lessons that incorporate games, songs, dance and playing instruments. Music is a universal language that unites students of all abilities and diverse cultural backgrounds. It supports students to develop skills in communication, collaboration, self-regulation and creativity and has an important role in supporting and maintaining positive mental health. I plan for all students to be successful learners and provide opportunities to experience playing a range of musical instruments. I aim for students to continue their learning journey in music outside of school and into adulthood.”
Curriculum & Learning
Music is an integral part of learning at Hillsmeade Primary School, and students are encouraged to listen to, explore, create, improvise, perform and, most importantly, enjoy a wide variety of musical genres and experiences. Quality music education has been shown to enhance student engagement and well-being, increase personal and social development, and improve outcomes in other subject areas.
The goals for teaching Music at Hillsmeade PS, in line with the Victorian Curriculum, include:
Expression and Creativity: Encouraging students to express themselves through music, fostering creativity, and developing their ability to communicate emotions and ideas through musical elements.
Skills Development: Building fundamental musical skills, including singing, playing instruments, and understanding basic music notation, we aim to develop both individual and ensemble performance skills.
Cultural and Historical Understanding: Providing students with an appreciation of diverse musical styles, genres, and cultural contexts. This includes exploring music from different times and places to broaden their cultural understanding.
Listening and Responding: Developing active listening skills, enabling students to analyse and respond thoughtfully to various musical pieces. This involves understanding the elements of music and how they contribute to the overall composition.
Collaboration and Ensemble Skills: Fostering teamwork and collaboration through group music-making activities and games.
Reflection and Evaluation: Encouraging students to reflect on their musical work and the work of others and to provide insightful feedback.
From Prep to Grade 6, students experience playing a range of instruments, which include:
- Unpitched percussion instruments, i.e., claves, egg shakers, triangles etc.
- Pitched percussion instruments, i.e. xylophones, glockenspiels, handbells and boomwhackers.
- Ukuleles and guitars.
- Djembes and other hand drums.
- Electric keyboards
Additionally, there are opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, including:
- Mass Dance in the Victorian State School Spectacular (audition only) every 2 years.
- Singing club.
- Hillsmeade’s Got Talent (assembly performances).
- School Production (Years 4,5 & 6) every 2 years.
- Private Instrumental Music Lessons (fees apply).