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It has been wonderful to see both Year 7 and Year 9 students involving themselves in their music classes during the first few weeks of this year. 

The Year 7 students have been learning about the elements of music, focusing especially on rhythm. 

It has been great to see students participating in rhythm clapping activities and creating their own rhythms in table groups. These activities were a valuable opportunity for students to strengthen their teamwork and negotiation skills, and to build their confidence in performing for the rest of the class.  

Year 7 students have also been learning about the various instruments of the orchestra and the instrument families they belong to. They have enjoyed watching video examples to learn about less familiar instruments. 

Students have additionally been learning to read and write music notation. 

The Year 9 students have been learning about Medieval music and culture, and the influence this has on certain gaming soundtracks. They have been learning how the elements of music are treated in Medieval music and how this differs from more modern musical styles. Students has also been increasing their familiarity with Medieval instruments and making connections to modern versions of these instruments. They have enjoyed watching video examples of these instruments to strengthen their understanding. Students have also enjoyed watching video examples of gaming soundtracks and making connections to Medieval musical elements, such as the use of Gregorian Chant in Halo. 

The instrumental program has recently resumed for the year and many students are excited to receive lessons on a range of instruments. Congratulations to the students who are taking the initiative to learn a new instrument.

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