Music is an important part of life at Walford. Performances by ensembles, bands, orchestras and choirs are incorporated into school life. Students refine their technique and build confidence through these performances.
The music program in the Junior School incorporates the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. It also utilises Zoltan Kodaly methodologies - teaching rhythm using easy notation names, using solfa to teach pitch; and Orff Schulwerk Methodologies - teaching rhythm, beat and percussion skills using glockenspiels and xylophones. Each of these methods allow students to progress at a level they are comfortable with.
Our Junior School students learn through singing, movement, experimenting and playing instruments, performances, composition and creation. Students learn Elements of Music, Music Theory and Choir.
Year 2 students are involved in a String Immersion Program, with Year 5 students undertaking a Band Immersion Program. Students are also encouraged to join ensembles, the Junior Band, Junior Orchestra, Junior Choir and Concert Choir.
Walford has a dedicated music centre, where students study music as a compulsory subject until the end of Year 9. Students can then elect to continue studying music through their senior years.
Our Middle School music program caters for all levels of musical ability and experience. The study is mostly contextual, rather than the assumed study and written theory. Students study: Keyboard Studies, Written and Applied Theory, Musical Context (Styles, History, Form & Structure, Instruments), Composition and Performance.
We continue our dynamic music program through the senior years, for students who elect to continue their music studies. Our Year 10 program leads into both SACE and IB Diploma music studies in Years 11 and 12.