Performing Arts

In Montessori early childhood settings, music is integrated into the environment and the curriculum. It is not treated as something separate taught only by music experts. It is a form of human expression open to everyone.

Children are introduced to four parallel series of music activities and exercises in each of the following areas:

• Singing
• Music appreciation
• Music literacy (pitch and notation) with the Montessori Bells
• Rhythm (notation)
• Playing of instruments.

The music materials in Montessori early childhood settings have the following features:

• They are always available for the children to use when they choose (except for the percussion instruments)
• They are prepared so children can use them independently
• They allow for repetition
• They are designed to lead to concentration, perseverance, success and confidence
• They are an integral and constant part of the environment.

At Blue Gum Montessori School students from Junior, Middle and Upper Primary attend Performing Arts classes once per week, where they engage in active music making with a focus on singing, movement, dance, percussion playing and instrumental work. Classroom work is based on Montessori principles aimed at teaching music literacy and developing skills in performance and composition.

In Junior Primary, students are immersed in musical activities to develop listening skills, singing, pitch, beat, rhythm, tempo and the playing of various percussion instruments.

In Middle and Upper Primary, students continue to learn basic music principles and are introduced to reading and writing music and playing of musical instruments.

School assemblies often incorporate performances by multi-age groups.