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Penrith Program

Posted on 24 Aug 2016 by Cristina Maldonado


St Marys North Conductor.

As part of our Penrith program we had the first visit by an orchestra of St Catherine's School Waverley students to St Marys North Primary School on Wed 27 July. The students will form a relationship by interschool visits and open rehearsals at our Studio, and this will support the inclusion of Music Education in the curriculum at St Marys North Primary School. Mia Whalley and Ella Berckelman from St Catherine's School Waverley told us all about it.


On Wednesday 27 July St Catherine's School Waverley visited St Marys North Public School to perform . First up we played the Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas, the famous piece we all know from Fantasia. We taught the students about the use of dynamics and tempo in the music and how this can affect how the music makes you feel, how it can tell a story.

Then we played two pieces from the Peer Gynt Suite by Grieg, Morning and In the Hall of the Mountain King. We demonstrated changing tempo and dynamics and asked the students how the different sections made them feel as well as what time in the day the first piece of music represented.

Students from Year 5 had the opportunity to learn how to conduct an orchestra in 4/4 time. After this activity, we played In the Hall of the Mountain King again and students were able to practiced their new conducting skills, with one of them student getting the chance to conduct the orchestra.

To wrap up the day, we played One Bottle of Pop, a song that one of the Year 5 classes had studied, with each section of the orchestra playing a different part of the music. Students then learnt what each section of the orchestra was called and which instruments were part of it while some students got a chance to play rhythms on percussion instruments.

After the concert, St Marys North students were able to ask us about our instruments while showing us their ACO Music & Art workbooks.

On behalf of St Catherine's School we would like to thank St Mary’s for having us and we hope to see you all again soon.

Mia Whalley & Ella Berckelman (Year 8)


Find out more abour our ACO Education Program here.