The music program at Hawker School is taught using the Orff Schulwerk approach. Carl Orff was a German musician, composer and educator who believed that music is the natural outcome of speech, rhythm and movement. Orff’s approach gives students the opportunity to learn music through saying, singing, moving and playing a variety of body percussion and classroom instruments.
The beginning of each music lesson welcomes students through singing, a process which allows them to settle into a classroom environment with no desks or chairs. New music is taught aurally before progressing on to both informal and formal music notation. Body percussion and movement activities are an important part of allowing students the confidence to successfully play on instruments such as xylophones, metallophones, chime bars and untuned percussion. The addition of recorders in Years 2, 3 and 4 allow for a mixed instrumental performance experience for students.
Most importantly, students are encouraged to enjoy themselves and have fun whilst learning music.